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'Tis the season to celebrate, reflect, and cherish the wonderful moments that define this special time of year. As we gather around the hearth of the holiday season, OPTAVIA extends heartfelt gratitude to our incredible Coaches and Clients. Your dedication to health, wellness, and supporting each other throughout this journey inspires us every day.

This season, more than ever, embodies the spirit of giving, gratitude, and renewal. It's a time to pause, to appreciate the milestones achieved, the challenges overcome, and the profound impact each of you has made within our OPTAVIA Community.

In the midst of the festive cheer, we understand the unique challenges the holiday season may pose on your wellness journey. The temptations are aplenty, yet so are the opportunities to make mindful choices.

Remember, it's not about perfection; it's about finding balance, joy, and fulfillment while staying true to your goals. Here are a few tips from OPTAVIA to navigate this season while embracing wellness:

  • Celebrate Mindfully: Indulge in the delights of the season while being mindful of portion sizes and choices. Savor the flavors, enjoy the company, and listen to your body's cues.
  • Healthy Swaps: Explore creative ways to incorporate healthier options into traditional recipes. Our OPTAVIA App is a treasure trove of nutritious and delicious recipes that can add healthy options to your holiday dinner table.
  • Stay Active: Engage in physical activities that bring you joy. Whether it's a stroll under twinkling lights or dancing to festive tunes, staying active can uplift your spirits.
  • Supportive Community: Lean on your OPTAVIA community for support, motivation, and inspiration. Share your experiences, tips, and encouragement to uplift each other.

As we navigate this season together, remember that your journey is our shared journey. Your achievements, struggles, and victories are what bind us as a community dedicated to well-being.

May this Christmas Day sparkle with moments of love, laughter, and heartfelt connections. As we gather with family and friends, let's cherish the joy of togetherness and the warmth of shared memories. May the spirit of the season fill your hearts with peace and may the twinkling lights illuminate a path of hope and happiness for the days ahead.

From all of us at OPTAVIA, we extend our warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas filled with love, joy, and memorable moments.

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This week is an opportune moment to not only celebrate physical achievements but also to reflect on the intricate and powerful connection between the mind and body. OPTAVIA recognizes the significance of the mind-body connection in achieving Lifelong Transformation, One Healthy Habit at a Time. Let's explore the profound impact of understanding this connection as we bid farewell to the old and welcome the new.

  • Mindfulness and Healthy Habits: Reflect on the habits cultivated throughout the year for improved physical and mental well-being. Emphasize mindful eating, regular physical activity, and stress management for a positive mind-body relationship.
  • Positive Mindset, Positive Outcomes: Recognize the impact of a positive mindset on program adherence and overall well-being. Cultivate an optimistic perspective to enhance your journey with OPTA
  • Emotional Eating Awareness: Utilize OPTAVIA tools to become aware of emotional eating triggers. Assess how managing emotional eating has influenced your wellness journey.
  • Stress Reduction Techniques: Incorporate OPTAVIA's stress reduction techniques like mindfulness and deep breathing. Reflect on the positive impact of these practices on navigating challenges and maintaining balance.
  • Celebrate Non-Scale Victories: Acknowledge non-scale victories such as increased energy, improved mood, better sleep, and enhanced mental clarity. Recognize these achievements as integral components of overall success.
  • Gratitude for Mind-Body Harmony: Express gratitude for the transformative power of a harmonious mind-body connection. Appreciate the positive impact on mental and physical health.
  • Setting Mindful Intentions for the New Year: Set mindful intentions for the New Year that encompass mental and physical well-being. Align intentions with the OPTAVIA foundation for sustainable, holistic health goals.

As we conclude another year with OPTAVIA, let's celebrate the profound connection between the mind and body. By understanding and nurturing this relationship, you've laid the groundwork for sustained well-being. As you look toward the future, may the coming year be a continuation of your journey towards optimal health, where the mind and body work in harmony to achieve lasting success.

Cheers to a mindful, healthy, and fulfilling New Year with OPTAVIA!

Yield: 2 servings

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

Total Time: 45 minutes


2, (8-oz.) boneless skinless chicken breasts

½ tsp salt, divided

¼ tsp ground black pepper

2 tsp olive oil

½ cup minced scallions

4 cups chopped collard greens

1 tsp smoked paprika 

½ cup fresh diced tomatoes


  1. Season the chicken breast with the ground black pepper and half of the salt.
  2. Preheat a skillet, add the olive oil and sear the chicken breasts until they are golden brown on both sides.
  3. Once the chicken breasts are well-browned, remove them from the skillet and set aside.
  4. Into the same skillet, add the scallions, collard greens, remaining salt, smoked paprika and 1 cup of water.
  5. Cover with a lid and simmer gently for 5 minutes.
  6. Once the greens are tender, add the diced tomatoes and continue to simmer for 2 minutes without a lid.
  7. Add the seared chicken breasts back to the skillet, cover with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes until the chicken breasts reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
  8. Divide the greens and pan juice evenly among two plates and top each with a chicken breast.


Nutrition Per Serving: 320 calories, 10g fat, 8g carbohydrate, 51g protein

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

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From Weight to Wonder

Bryanna and her husband first met while working in the same department at a University in San Luis Obispo. She fell in love with him for the kind, caring soul within, rather than the outward appearance of a nearly 380 pound man. Despite stereotypes associated with the Athletic Department, her husband defied expectations. Early in their marriage, they faced fertility challenges, leading them on a lengthy and arduous journey through heartbreak and failed attempts. The couple's perseverance ultimately rewarded them with a daughter in 2010 and twin boys in 2012.

However, the birth of the twins brought its own set of challenges, particularly with one facing major respiratory issues. Years of stress, hospital stays, and emotional turmoil took a toll on Bryanna, causing her to enter survival mode that resulted in weight gain. It wasn't until November 2020, prompted by her daughter's innocent observation of feeling "fat," that Bryanna decided enough was enough. She took charge, seeking inspiration from her cousin who was an independent OPTAVIA Coach, and eventually embracing the transformative power of OPTAVIA.

OPTAVIA became the catalyst for a remarkable change in Bryanna and her husband's lives, allowing them to emerge as their best selves and instilling in them the confidence to follow a path to optimal health. The transformation extended beyond physical changes, influencing their ability to partake in everyday activities and savor unnoticed victories, like comfortably riding a water slide or boarding an airplane without a seat belt extender.

Motivated by this profound transformation, Bryanna became an independent OPTAVIA Coach in February 2021. Initially, her goal was to support their nutritional needs, but it evolved into something much more significant. This decision ignited a newfound purpose within her, compelling her to help others on their wellness journeys. Bryanna recognizes that true well-being goes beyond the scale and encompasses overall health.

In her quest to continue to make a difference, Bryanna encourages others to shed not just weight, but unhealthy habits, emphasizing that one's identity is not the issue; it's the habits that can be changed. Grateful for the transformative impact of OPTAVIA, Bryanna remains dedicated to empowering others to feel amazing and embrace a healthier lifestyle.

*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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