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In our quest for better health and overall well-being, the age-old adages of "look on the bright side" and "see the glass as half full" carry profound wisdom. But have you ever wondered why positive thinking and understanding your emotions are vital components of achieving the ultimate state of health and happiness?

The power of positive thinking and emotional self-mastery extends far beyond mere clichés. It empowers us to cultivate confidence, nurture a sunnier disposition, and combat those negative thoughts that often culminate in unwanted stress and contribute to a host of health issues.

Recognizing the intricate framework of our emotions paves the way for transforming unhealthy habits into healthier alternatives, particularly when faced with challenging or uncomfortable situations.

Here are some effective strategies to help you foster a positive mindset and gain a deeper understanding of your emotions:

  • Harness the Power of Positive Affirmations: Start your day with a dose of positivity through self-affirmation. Speaking words like "I can do this," "I will give it my best," or "I can navigate this one step at a time" can infuse your mindset with the seeds of positive thinking, which will, in time, sprout into healthy habits.
  • Reframe "Setbacks" as "Set Forwards": Instead of dwelling on past events that thwarted your progress towards your goals, view them as valuable lessons for growth. By learning from setbacks, you can approach similar situations in the future with newfound wisdom and resilience.
  • Embrace the Power of Breath: Incorporate deep breathing exercises into your daily routine. Be it at the dawn of a new day, during a midday break, or before bedtime, deep breaths signal your brain to ease tension and regain focus. This practice helps you regain control over your thoughts and emotions.
  • Surround Yourself with Positivity: Foster a supportive environment by engaging with positive people. Lean on your social network, connect with me your independent OPTAVIA Coach, or confide in friends and family members who radiate positivity. Their encouragement and insights can be a great asset on your journey to better health.

If you seek more guidance on "keeping your glass full" in your pursuit of Lifelong Transformation, One Healthy Habit at a Time®, don't hesitate to contact me for strategies and support for mastering your thoughts and emotions, ultimately leading to improved health and wellbeing.

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As early as age 30, you are facing muscle loss. While you can’t stop your numerical age from increasing, you can control how you treat your body and the habits you build as you age.

OPTAVIA partnered with Shape, an award-winning health and wellness resource that reaches more than 38 million readers each month, to share tips for how to move and fuel your body to help support muscle health.

Shape spoke to a registered dietitian, certified personal trainer and Principal Scientist at OPTAVIA to discuss OPTAVIA ACTIVE™ and her recommendations for creating a muscle maintenance action plan, including:

  • Fuel Muscle Health with Quality Nutrition. “Scientifically designed supplements and other products in addition to a protein-rich whole foods diet can help address age-related muscle mass decline and support overall muscle health at every level … a supplement like OPTAVIA ACTIVE Essential Amino Acid (EAA) Blend or a protein powder like OPTAVIA ACTIVE Whey Protein can be a quick, easy way to kickstart muscle protein synthesis.”
  • Know Your Supplements. Look for formulas featuring reliable claims, such as those that contain no banned substances.
  • Move Your Body & Make it a Lifestyle. Exercise is a crucial component of muscle maintenance. OPTAVIA's Habit of Healthy Motion encourages you to get moving daily, whether it's through walking, stretching or more intense workouts. Regular physical activity can help support muscle mass.

“If you’re looking to start making new habits today, the new OPTAVIA ACTIVE products work with and complement the existing OPTAVIA plans to help people enhance their health and well-being through movement. In fact, the proprietary system for habit creation and the support of a dedicated coach and community may be exactly what you need to achieve goals in every area of life — and in every era of it.”

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Yield: 6 servings

Cook Time: 4 hours

Per Serving: 1 Leaner, 1 Healthy Fat, 3 Green, 3 Condiments


4 tbsp sugar-free Torani Orange Syrup 

6 tsp lime juice, divided 

3 lbs. pork tenderloin 

2 tsp oregano

½ tsp cumin 

½ tsp red pepper flakes 

2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced 

6 cups cauliflower rice 

½ cup chopped cilantro 

1 tbsp lime zest 

3 cups kabocha squash, cubed and steamed 

6 tbsp pumpkin seeds 

6 lime wedges


1. Combine the orange syrup and 4 teaspoons lime juice.

2. Place the tenderloin into the slow cooker. Toss with the oregano, cumin, and red pepper flakes. Pour the lime-orange mixture around the pork. Add in the sliced garlic.

3. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours, until meat pulls apart easily with a fork.

4. While still in the slow cooker, use 2 forks to shred the pork into bite-size pieces.

5. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons lime juice and toss in the cooking juices.

6. Cook the cauliflower rice per package directions.

7. Combine the cooked cauliflower rice with the chopped cilantro and lime zest.

8. To serve, divide pork among 6 plates about ¾ cup each. Serve each plate with 1 cup cilantro lime cauliflower rice and ½ cup steamed kabocha squash. Garnish with 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds and a lime wedge.



To cook the kabocha squash, cut the kabocha squash in half through stem end and scoop out the seeds. Place cut side down in a microwave-safe dish and add about ¼ cup water. Cover the dish with plastic wrap. Poke a hole in the plastic wrap for venting. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Let cool enough to handle, then cut into cubes.


Nutrition Per Serving: 390 calories, 12g fat, 16g carbohydrate, 57g protein

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Mastering Mind and Body with OPTAVIA

In the quest for lasting transformation and a healthier lifestyle, Linda discovered the secret to success: an unwavering commitment to mastering her mind and her weight. Her remarkable journey, which started in the Fall of 2020, has not only brought her incredible personal growth but also the profound satisfaction of helping others on their path to wellness.

For 44 years, Linda experienced the rollercoaster ride of yo-yo dieting, searching for the one program that would finally break the cycle. Little did she know that her search would lead her to not only shed the extra pounds but also gain invaluable knowledge, self-confidence, and the courage to inspire others on their journey to health.

Linda's journey took an unexpected turn when she decided to become an independent OPTAVIA Coach. While not initially in her plans, it has proven to be one of the most rewarding experiences of her life, second only to the joy of motherhood. Linda's newfound purpose has given her the opportunity to support and guide others toward healthier lives.

As a Coach, Linda has witnessed remarkable successes among her clients. While some may not have been ready to embark on this journey initially, others have flourished under her guidance. Linda takes pride in her role as a Coach, seeing her Clients achieve their goals and overcome personal obstacles, including her brother, who courageously joined the program in May 2022 and has made significant strides toward improved health.

Making a profound impact on someone's long-term health is an incredibly fulfilling experience for Linda. She has witnessed transformations in the lives of her Clients, including her brothers, and others who have struggled with diabetes. The satisfaction of knowing that she has contributed to making their lives more enjoyable and healthier is beyond words.

Linda attributes part of her success and the success of her Clients to the support network that OPTAVIA provides. Just as the saying goes, "It takes a village to raise a child," Linda knows that people need people. Through coaching, she has forged new friendships, reconnected with long-lost classmates, and, most importantly, become a better person because of OPTAVIA.

For Linda and her family, OPTAVIA has been nothing short of life-changing. With her unwavering dedication, she's moving forward with enthusiasm, knowing that her path to wellness is not just for her but for those she continues to inspire and guide. Linda's journey is a testament to the power of positive transformation and the profound difference one person can make in the lives of many.

*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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