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In Element 04, Building a Healthy Mindset, we examined your relationship with yourself and prepared you to make challenging decisions along your transformation journey. Now that you are equipped with the tools to take full responsibility for your health, it’s important to understand the dynamics of your relationships and interactions with others, as these play an important role in your wellbeing.

Here are some tips to optimize your surroundings and improve your relationships:

  • Identify your supporters. Identify the people in your life who continuously support your efforts to reach your health goals. Make this a real priority, as you remember that having like-minded people around is a powerful motivator.
  • Identify your stressors. Taking some time to identify your stressors is the key to optimizing your surroundings. Once you recognize a situation that is challenging for you, plan your response by making adjustments that will reduce your anxiety. Doing this will prepare you to conquer this difficult moment so that you can continue being your best self.
  • Be conscious. Being aware of the importance of your surroundings and relationships, as well as how they affect your overall health and wellbeing, is critical. One way to raise awareness of these topics is by having conversations about them with like-minded individuals.
  • Be competent. Competency starts with making deliberate efforts to better yourself and eventually, your surroundings. After a while, the practices you’ve implemented will become second nature.
  • Be patient. Try to remember that these changes won’t happen overnight. Once your environment receives a proper detox, you will see a positive change in yourself.

Ask me, your Independent OPTAVIA Coach, about other ways you can enhance your surroundings and relationships while on your journey to Lifelong Transformation, One Healthy Habit at a Time®.

Join this week’s Habits of Health® Webinar, Your LifeBook – Element 05: Optimizing Your Surroundings, on Wednesday, March 17th at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT/5:30 p.m. PT, hosted by Independent OPTAVIA® Coach Dawn Fischer.

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St. Patrick's Day is almost here! After putting together your favorite St. Patrick's Day outfit – it's time to get the festivities going with some healthy food and at-home activities.

Check out these tips for some healthy and festive activities on St. Patrick’s Day:

  • Plan a scavenger hunt. For an extra-fun activity with the whole family, set up a scavenger hunt around the house with clues that lead to some fun prizes. Who knows - you might just find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
  • Plant shamrocks. Why not start an annual St. Paddy's Day tradition of planting shamrocks in your backyard, or growing them as house plants. Not only are these clovers perfectly festive for the holiday, but they also last a long time.
  • Watch an Irish movie. Get your family together for a fun and cozy movie night. Check out some of the best Irish movies to watch and pick your favorites!
  • Learn the history. St. Patrick's Day has a history dating back more than two centuries. With this rich background, there's a lot to learn about the holiday.
  • Make a healthy meal. Check out the Shepherd’s Pie with Mashed Cauliflower recipe below, or other potential lean and green meals on OPTAVIA’s Pinterest Page for another healthy Irish meal!

No matter how you choose to celebrate, these activities will get everyone in the spirit of the holiday!

Ask me, your Independent OPTAVIA Coach, for additional ways you can celebrate holidays on your journey to Lifelong Transformation, One Healthy Habit at a Time.   

Yield: 4 servings

Complete Lean & Green Meal: 1 leaner, 1 healthy fat, 3 green, 3 condiments

Total Time: 45 minutes


Mashed Cauliflower

5 cups riced cauliflower

3 large eggs

½ tsp salt

1 cup shredded, reduced-fat mozzarella

¼ cup parsley (optional garnish)


Turkey Filling

1 lb. turkey breast tenderloins, cut into fine strips

1 cup thinly sliced white mushrooms

½ tsp salt

½ cup sour cream

1 tsp Hungarian paprika

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce


  1. Spread the cauliflower on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 425⁰F for 30 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Puree the cauliflower in a food processor (or use a potato masher). Mix in the salt and eggs.
  2. While the cauliflower bakes, stir-fry the turkey and mushrooms in a non-stick skillet in about 2 tablespoons of water for about 5 to 7 minutes until the turkey is cooked through. Add the salt, sour cream, paprika, and Worcestershire sauce; mix thoroughly.
  3. Transfer turkey mixture to a casserole dish. Spread the cauliflower mash evenly on top. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  4. Bake in the oven at 400⁰F for 15 minutes until golden brown. Divide the pie into 4 equal-sized portions, garnish with parsley if desired, and serve.

Nutrition Facts:  Per serving: 330 calories, 13g fat, 12g carbohydrate, 44g protein


Visit our OPTAVIA Pinterest page for an extensive assortment library of Lean & Green meals.

Rising Above

After experiencing her daughter's tragic death, Deborah entered a depressed mental state and started eating to cope with her grief.

“Eating out was the best thing when I didn’t feel like cooking and junk food became my comfort food! I always had a diet Dr. Pepper with me and usually some kind of candy or snack cake.”

Deborah’s self-esteem was at an all-time low. When shopping for clothes, she often left the store crying and upset by her physical appearance, and she was unable to live an active lifestyle.

A couple of years later, Deborah read about a Facebook friend’s success with OPTAVIA. After giving her friend a call, Deborah started as an OPTAVIA Client and soon became an Independent OPTAVIA Coach.

"I’ve lost 75 lbs*! My health is great! I feel better, have more energy, and can do things I never thought were possible, like challenging myself with mountain hiking, zip-lining, and even snorkeling. Recently, I rode five miles on my bike a few weeks ago! “Not only have I reclaimed my life, but I am also paying it forward to friends and family by sharing all that OPTAVIA’s Program and Plans have to offer”.

After joining the Coach Community and experiencing success of her own, Deborah’s husband also joined her as a Client.

“My husband has lost a total of 130 lbs*! For this, we are both so grateful!”

Deborah is excited about what the future holds with her husband and sons in her new healthy mind and body.

“Thank you, OPTAVIA and my independent OPTAVIA Coach, for giving my life back to me!”

*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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