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In Element 04 of Your LifeBook, “Building a Healthy Mindset”, we examined your relationship with yourself and provided tips for becoming more mindful.

Now that you are prepared to take responsibility for your health, it’s important to understand the dynamics of your relationships and interactions with others as they play a critical role in finding optimal health and well-being.

These tips may help optimize your environment and improve your relationships as you continue your journey:

  • Identify your supporters. Identify the people in your life who continuously support your efforts to reach your health goals. Having like-minded people around is a powerful motivator while on your journey.
  • Know your stressors. Taking some time to identify your stressors is the key to enhancing your environment. Once you recognize a challenging situation, plan your response by making adjustments to reduce your stress. Doing so will prepare you to conquer each difficult moment and allow you to continue being your best self.
  • Be conscious of your surroundings. Understanding how they affect your overall health and well-being is critical. One way to raise awareness is to have conversations about them with like-minded individuals such as myself, your independent OPTAVIA Coach, and members of the OPTAVIA Community.
  • Practice patience. Being at peace with the fact that holistic change doesn’t happen overnight is critical (and one of the hardest things to do). However, when you are at ease with slow improvements, and knowing that they will happen, you will feel a weight lifted off your shoulders while implementing positive changes in your life!

How are you feeling so far on your journey? Please reach out to me, your independent OPTAVIA Coach, for additional ways to enrich your surroundings and relationships while on your journey to a healthier and happier you.

Check out Dr. A’s Element Stories here!

Carpe Diem! At OPTAVIA, we support the actions of seizing the moment and making choices that align with our pursuit of optimal health.

On Carpe Diem Day, let's infuse our wellness journey with the spirit of seizing the moment.

  • Start your day right. Choose nutritious OPTAVIA Fuelings that power your body towards optimal health. Every mindful choice with each Fueling brings you closer to your wellness goals.
  • Move your body. Embrace movement as a celebration of your body's capabilities. Whether it's a workout, a walk, or a dance session, make it joyful and invigorating.
  • Share your wellness journey. Inspire others and celebrate the small victories that contribute to optimal health. Share a photo or story on our social channels using # OptaviaCarpeDiem, illustrating how you're seizing the moment for wellness.

We challenge you to make a commitment to your optimal health.  OPTAVIA Coaches are here to guide you in making choices that align with your optimal health goals. Connect with me, your independent OPTAVIA Coach and make this Carpe Diem Day a turning point in your wellness journey.

Together, let's make February 26th a day of positive choices and optimal health celebration !

Happy Carpe Diem Day!

Yield: 2 servings

Per Serving: 1 Lean, 3 Green, 3 Condiments

Total Time: 30 minutes


14 oz. salmon, cut into 2-inch cubes

¾ tsp salt, divided

½ tsp ground black pepper, divided

¼ tsp granulated garlic

1 tsp lemon juice

1 medium zucchini

4 mini sweet peppers

6 small campari tomatoes


  1. Season the diced salmon with ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, the granulated garlic and lemon juice. Set aside and allow to marinate.
  2. Cut the zucchini on a drastic angle into ½-inch thick slices and set aside.
  3. Remove the stems and cut tomatoes in half from top to bottom.
  4. Season the zucchini and tomatoes with ¼ teaspoon of both salt and black pepper.
  5. Cook the zucchini, tomato halves, and whole mini peppers on a hot grill or grill pan on all sides for 6 to 8 minutes until well-browned and fully cooked. Set aside and keep warm.
  6. Cook the salmon cubes in an air fryer at 400°F for 3 to 5 minutes (alternately, cook in a toaster oven at 450°F convection-bake for 5 to 6 minutes).
  7. Divide the grilled vegetables evenly and place them on plates. Arrange 5 ounces of cooked salmon on top of each portion and serve.


Nutrition Per Serving: 360 calories, 13g fat, 18g carbohydrate, 41g protein

Discover other plan-approved Lean & Green recipes in the OPTAVIA App. 

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Removing the Guesswork for Healthy Living

After years of managing her health in unproductive ways, Hilari knew it was time to get out of her own way. She was ready for a change and felt that a healthier life was within reach. Her journey toward healthy living began two years before she discovered OPTAVIA while at a party in November of 2022. There, Hilari ran into a family member who she hadn’t seen in a while. During the interaction, Hilari was amazed by how healthy and physically fit she was dressed in a nicely fitted outfit.

A few months later, Hilari ran into the same family member who appeared to be in better shape and better health than she was during their prior interaction. It was then that Hilari was inspired to begin her own healthy journey. Fully aware that she would not achieve optimal results if she continued to use the guessing game approach as her path toward a healthier lifestyle, Hilari made the phone call that changed her entire life.

Hilari was excited to connect with her new independent OPTAVIA Coach and even more excited to be supported by her Coach while on the 5&1 Plan.

“As I went through my journey and quickly reached my first goal, subsequent goals started to expand and my Why has continued to fuel and anchor me along the way.”

Through consistent work, and the support of her Coach Community, Hilari has maintained healthy habits.

“While on Program I was still able to experience so many incredible things including travelling across the country while resisting the urge to overeat.”

Hilari made the intentional decision to become an independent OPTAVIA Coach within the first month of being on Plan. Hilari wanted to make an impact by sharing her newly acquired health knowledge with as many people as she could reach. Hilari’s excitement about her own OPTAVIA experience has had a rippling effect on every aspect of her life.

OPTAVIA has allowed me to flourish and grow, and I am truly committed to supporting others on their journey to health. I envision future generations striving to make healthy choices and live healthy lives thanks to OPTAVIA.”

*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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