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Element 24 invites us to explore a profound dimension of our personal growth—the path to higher consciousness.

Higher consciousness is a concept that may sound strange, but it has tangible implications for our lives. At its core, it's about elevating our awareness, deepening our understanding and connecting with our truest selves. It's a journey of self-discovery, mindfulness and purpose. Element 24 is a beacon guiding us towards this enlightening exploration.

Element 24 serves as a bridge between your physical, emotional and mental well-being. It encourages you to contemplate life's deeper questions, such as:

  • What are your core values and beliefs?
  • What is your purpose in life?
  • How can you align your actions with your true self?
  • What legacy do you want to leave for future generations?"

Higher consciousness is a vital component of personal growth. When you embark on the journey to higher consciousness, you open doors to self-improvement, emotional well-being and spiritual fulfillment. Here's how it can impact your life:

  • Clarity and Purpose: The exploration of higher consciousness can provide clarity about your life's purpose, helping you make decisions aligned with your values and beliefs. It's like finding a roadmap for your life.
  • Enhanced Self-Awareness: It leads to a deeper understanding of your emotions, thoughts and behaviors. You become more attuned to the signals your body and mind send, helping you make choices that nurture your well-being.
  • Stress Reduction: As you cultivate mindfulness and self-awareness, you gain the tools to manage stress and anxiety more effectively. It's a journey toward inner peace.
  • Meaningful Relationships: Higher consciousness often leads to more profound connections with others. You approach relationships with empathy, understanding and authenticity.

Element 24 of Your Lifebook Guide provides practical steps to set you on your journey to higher consciousness:

  • Reflect on Your Core Values: Take time to identify the principles that guide your life. These values will serve as your North Star.
  • Define Your Life Purpose: What drives you? What legacy do you wish to leave? Defining your life purpose can provide a sense of direction and fulfillment.
  • Mindfulness and Meditation: Incorporate mindfulness practices and meditation into your daily routine. These tools can help you stay present and aware.
  • Self-Care: Prioritize self-care practices that support your journey. Proper nutrition, regular exercise and quality sleep are essential for your overall well-being.
  • Learning and Growth: Continue to expand your knowledge and understanding. Reading, engaging in meaningful conversations and seeking new experiences can elevate your consciousness.

Element 24 challenges us to venture into the realm of higher consciousness, exploring the depths of our being and connecting with our true selves. It's a transformative journey that touches every aspect of our lives.

As you continue on this journey to achieve Lifelong Transformation, One Healthy Habit at a Time, remember that it's a process, and there's no fixed destination. Each step brings you closer to a more profound understanding of yourself and the world around you. This heightened consciousness can enrich your life, relationships and well-being.

Let's continue to support one another on this remarkable path to higher consciousness. As a Community, we are here to learn, grow and thrive together. Stay mindful, stay true and embrace the beauty of self-discovery.

Check out Dr. A’s Element Stories here!

As Thanksgiving approaches, we extend our gratitude for the incredible journey we've shared with each and every one of you. This season let's celebrate not only the delicious feasts on our tables but also the abundance of well-being and positive change we've brought into our lives together.

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the things that matter most, and for us, your health and well-being top that list. We are grateful for the transformations, the renewed energy and the healthier, happier lives you've embraced with OPTAVIA. You've shown us the power of dedication, commitment and the resilience of the human spirit.

During this season, feasts can be a culinary delight. As we gather with family and friends, let's continue to make healthy choices that align with our OPTAVIA Plans and enjoy the celebrations with gratitude in our hearts. OPTAVIA is not about deprivation but about finding balance. Consider these tips to savor the holiday without overindulging:

  • Plan Ahead: Before the big day, plan your OPTAVIA Fuelings and Lean & Green options so you can enjoy your Thanksgiving meal with intention.
  • Portion Control: Savor the flavors of the season but keep portion sizes in check. Use smaller plates to help manage portions.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to help control your appetite and stay hydrated.
  • Engage in Physical Activity: Enjoy a brisk walk or engage in some physical activity to keep you feeling alert and refreshed. 
  • Gratitude Journal: Before your meal, take a moment to reflect on what you're thankful for. A grateful heart can make a mindful eater.

Go a step further to expand the joy of the season, reach out to your OPTAVIA friends and share your progress, challenges and triumphs. The camaraderie and encouragement from your fellow Community members can be a great source of motivation during the holiday season.

From all of us at OPTAVIA, we wish you a Thanksgiving filled with joy, gratitude and the company of loved ones. May your hearts be light, your plates be balanced and your journey to better health and happiness continue to flourish.

Thank you for being a part of the OPTAVIA Community. We are grateful for you.

Yield: 4 servings

Per Serving: 1 Leanest, 3 Green, 3 Condiments, 2 Healthy Fats

Total Time: 45 minutes


1¾ lb. cooked sliced turkey breast

3 cups reduced-sodium turkey or chicken broth, divided

4 spreadable cheese wedges such as Laughing Cow Original Swiss

½ tsp onion powder

½ tsp garlic powder

½ tsp rosemary or sage

2 cups cauliflower florets

½ tsp black pepper

2 cups green beans

2 tbsp butter

4 medium portobello mushroom caps

Cooking spray

¼ cup chopped parsley


  1. In a large skillet, bring 2 cups turkey broth to a simmer. Season with onion powder, garlic powder and rosemary. Simmer on low for 10 minutes or until reduced to 1 cup. Add the cheese wedges and stir until melted and smooth.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring the remaining 1 cup turkey broth to a simmer. Add the green beans and simmer for 7 minutes. Remove green beans from broth, toss with 1 tablespoon butter and keep warm.
  3. To the same simmering broth, add the cauliflower florets. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes until tender. Remove the saucepan from heat. Puree cauliflower with a potato masher or immersion blender to desired consistency. Season with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and black pepper. Keep warm.
  4. Heat oven to broil. Trim the stems off the portobello caps. Spray with cooking spray and place on a baking sheet, stem side up. Broil for 4 to 5 minutes until mushrooms are tender and browned.
  5. While the mushrooms broil, add the turkey slices to the simmering gravy. Simmer until heated through.
  6. To serve, place a mushroom cap on a plate. Top with 7 ounces of sliced turkey. Serve with ½ cup each of mashed cauliflower and green beans. Spoon ¼ cup gravy over turkey slices and mashed cauliflower. Garnish with 1 tablespoon chopped parsley. Repeat for remaining servings.


Nutrition Per Serving: 400 calories, 12g fat, 13g carbohydrate, 63g proteint

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Embracing the Impossiblel

In the midst of a bustling life as a busy mom of three, Kelly grappled with the idea of undertaking the seemingly impossible. A myriad of doubts swirled in her mind, each one a heavy anchor on her aspirations.

"There's no way this program will work for me," she mumbled to herself, doubting the potential for success.

"I don't have the money or time for something like this," she reasoned, well aware of her many commitments.

"I don't think I have it in me to do this journey," she admitted to herself, struggling to find the strength to embark on a transformative path.

However, the journey commenced, and with each step, Kelly's perspective began to shift. OPTAVIA, which initially appeared beyond her reach, seeped into every facet of her life. Her courage grew, and her faith deepened. A newfound mindset allowed her to believe in her capacity to "do the impossible."

Most importantly, her "why," her children, witnessed firsthand the fruits of her dedication. Through hard work, they learned that effort yields rewards, that grace accompanies the journey, and that together, they could achieve the unattainable. Hope rekindled within her heart, a spark of inspiration that had long been dormant.

In her role as an independent OPTAVIA Coach, Kelly found herself surrounded by a supportive team that had once been strangers but had now become her friends. The program equipped her with lifelong tools for health and well-being, far surpassing mere statistics. She extended a hand to others, sharing the gift of health and hope, even if the numbers didn't always reflect her reach. The relationships she forged, the emotions she laid bare about her own struggles with food, and her unwavering commitment kindled a spark of hope in those who saw her journey.

As an educator, Kelly recognized the value of continuous learning and how it influenced not only her but also those around her. The message of hope was shared with authenticity, inspiring others to believe that they too could accomplish the impossible.

Finally, with a heart filled with purpose, Kelly embarked on her mission. She understood that life offered an opportunity to fulfill purpose, which often gets lost in the daily whirlwind of responsibilities. A renewed sense of hope emerged as she embraced "Lifelong Transformation, One Healthy Habit at a Time." She believed that it was essential for her family, friends, and Community to witness the journey towards a healthier, more purposeful life.

With unwavering commitment, Kelly aimed to model hope and lead by example. She expressed her gratitude to those who had walked this path before her, knowing that their efforts had provided her with another chance at life. "For nothing will be impossible with God," she whispered, clinging to this guiding belief as she continues her transformative journey.

*Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5 & 1 Plan® is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.


Rebecca Lange
Independent Certified OPTAVIA Coach
P.O. Box 38941
Greensboro, NC 27438

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