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As the winter season blankets us in its serene beauty, it's essential to ensure that our wellness remains a top priority. Winter wellness is about more than just staying warm; it's about nurturing your body and mind to thrive during these colder months. Here are some tips to help you feel your best throughout the winter season.

  • Maintain a Nutrient-Rich Diet: Winter may tempt us with comfort foods, but don't forget the importance of a well-balanced diet. Load up on seasonal vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage, which are rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Staying committed to your OPTAVIA Plan will keep you on track and feeling fantastic
  • Stay Hydrated: It's easy to forget to drink water when it's chilly outside, but staying hydrated is crucial for overall health. Opt for herbal teas, warm water with lemon, or even warm broth to keep your fluid intake up. Dehydration can lead to fatigue and decreased immunity, so keep sipping!
  • Embrace Indoor Workouts: If outdoor workouts aren't appealing in the cold, bring your fitness routine indoors. Try online workout classes, home yoga sessions, or even dancing in your living room! Staying active is essential for maintaining energy and mood. Our OPTAVIA Active product line is designed to support your fitness journey, whether you're working out at home or braving the cold outdoors.
  • Strengthen Your Immune System: Cold and flu season are here! Boost your immunity by getting enough rest and focusing on a balanced diet rich in immune-boosting nutrients. Protect your health proactively.
  • Practice Gratitude: Lastly, embrace the beauty of winter by practicing gratitude. Keep a journal to remind yourself of the positive aspects of the season and make the winter months a time of reflection and appreciation.

Remember, I'm here to support you every step of the way. Together, we'll navigate the winter season and ensure you emerge even stronger as we welcome spring.

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This week is Women's Heart Week, and OPTAVIA is honored to join hands with you in raising awareness about heart health and celebrating the strength and resilience of women everywhere. Maintaining heart health is a cause that deeply resonates with us, and we believe that taking care of ourselves is a fundamental step towards achieving optimal well-being.

According to the World Heart Federation, heart disease remains a leading cause of death for women worldwide. Women's Heart Week serves as a crucial reminder to prioritize cardiovascular health and foster a proactive approach to prevention and wellness. It's a time to come together, share knowledge, and empower one another to make heart-healthy choices.

At OPTAVIA, we understand the profound impact that lifestyle choices can have on heart health. Our holistic approach to well-being encompasses not only weight management but also the overall improvement of lifestyle habits. Through our support system and Clinically Proven Plans, we aim to inspire positive transformations that contribute to a healthier heart.

Proper nutrition plays a pivotal role in maintaining heart health. OPTAVIA's Fuelings are designed not only to support your weight management journey but also to provide essential nutrients that contribute to overall cardiovascular well-being. As we celebrate Women's Heart Week, let's commit to nourishing our bodies with the care and attention they deserve.

This Women's Heart Week let's embrace the power of small, consistent choices that contribute to a heart-healthy lifestyle. Whether it's choosing heart-friendly foods, incorporating regular physical activity, or managing stress through mindfulness, every decision brings us closer to optimal heart health.

Join OPTAVIA in Celebrating Women's Heart Week:

  • Share Your Journey: Inspire others on social media with your heart-healthy story to help create a motivating community.
  • Educate and Advocate: Spread awareness about heart health by sharing with your loved ones which MacroHabit(s) you are focusing on to prioritize your cardiovascular well-being.
  • Stay Connected: Participate in our Women's Heart Week events, webinars, and discussions. Connect with OPTAVIA members to share insights on the path to heart health.

Let's make a significant impact together, promoting heart health and empowering women for strong, united, and wellness-driven lives. Cheers to strong hearts and an empowered Community. Feel free to contact me, your independent OPTAVIA Coach, for any inquiries or support!

Yield: 4 Servings

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

Total Time: 60 minutes


18 oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced into strips

4½ tbsp reduced-fat margarine, divided

6 tbsp Louisiana hot sauce, divided

12 oz. 99% lean ground turkey

½ cup + 2 tbsp reduced-fat blue cheese crumbles, divided

1 clove garlic, minced

2 cups cauliflower florets 

1½ tbsp almond flour

Cooking Spray

¾ cup 2% Greek yogurt

1 tbsp light sour cream

1 tsp cider vinegar

4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped

1 cup celery, sliced into ½-inch pieces

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved


To make the buffalo chicken strips:

  1. Heat 1½ tablespoons of margarine in a small skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Sauté chicken until lightly browned, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Remove the skillet from the heat and pour in 2 tablespoons of hot sauce. Toss to coat the chicken well, and transfer to a separate plate to keep warm. Set the skillet aside for later use.

To make the buffalo turkey meatballs:

  1. Preheat oven to 400ᵒF.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the turkey, ¼ cup of blue cheese, and garlic and stir with a fork until mixed.
  3. Form mixture into 16 meatballs.
  4. Place meatballs on a non-stick baking sheet and bake for about 15 to 17 minutes until cooked through.
  5. In the same skillet used to prepare the chicken strips, combine 1½ tablespoons of margarine and 2 tablespoons of hot sauce. Cook over low heat until melted.
  6. When meatballs are done, transfer to the skillet and toss to coat in margarine and hot sauce mixture.
  7. Transfer meatballs to a separate plate; keep warm and save the skillet for later use.

To make thebuffalo cauliflower bites:

  1. Place the cauliflower florets in a large bowl.
  2. In the same skillet used to prep the cooked meatballs, melt 1½ tablespoons of margarine and 2 tablespoons of hot sauce over low heat.
  3. Pour hot sauce mixture over the cauliflower and toss to coat.
  4. Sprinkle cauliflower with almond flour and toss to coat.
  5. Set the air fryer to 350ᵒF, and spray the basket with cooking spray.
  6. Place the cauliflower in the basket, and spray again with cooking spray.
  7. Air fry for 12 to 15 minutes, tossing halfway through, until the cauliflower is golden brown and cooked through, but not mushy.

To make the blue cheese dressing:

  1. While the cauliflower bites are cooking, make the blue cheese dressing by whisking together the yogurt, sour cream, and cider vinegar in a small bowl. Stir in ¼ cup of blue cheese and refrigerate until ready to serve.

To serve:

  1. Spread the romaine across a large serving platter. Scatter with celery and cherry tomato halves. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons blue cheese crumbles.
  2. Arrange chicken strips, meatballs, and cauliflower bites over romaine, and serve blue cheese dressing on the side.
  3. Per serving, place 1 cup lettuce on a plate and top with ¼ cup sliced celery and ¼ cup halved tomatoes. Arrange 6 ounces chicken strips, 4 meatballs, and a ½ cup cauliflower bites on top. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons of blue cheese dressing and garnish with a ½ tablespoon blue cheese crumbles.


Nutrition Per Serving: 360 calories, 12g fat, 6g carbohydrate, 55g protein

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Expanded Shells

Darkness seemed to envelop Jacquole's life. Each day was a struggle, drained of energy, waking up tired and exhausted, running on fumes just to make it through. Yet, in her despair, a divine plan unfolded.

"One day, after enduring the pain of body-shaming, I stumbled upon a transformative post on Instagram. It was a post by my Coach, Jamala, showcasing a journey of change. Memories of an opportunity presented three years prior resurfaced, but at that time, I hesitated due to a scarcity mindset. However, in the tumultuous year of 2020, at my lowest point, I decided to take a chance on my well-being," Jacquole reflects.

Fear of failure lingered, and doubts echoed in her mind. A friend questioned what would be different this time, and Jacquole honestly admitted she didn't know. Despite the uncertainty, she took the leap, driven by a desperate desire for change. "I knew I didn't want to stay where I was physically, mentally, and emotionally, and I was so desperate for a change. I was sick and tired of seeing the scale increase every time I stepped on it," she confesses.

Sending a message to her Coach became the turning point. Sitting on the floor of her closet, surrounded by clothes that no longer fit, Jacquole made the commitment on her birthday, October 11th, 2020. The journey commenced, leading to a total weight loss of 30 pounds* in the first 3.5-4 months.

Yet, the transformation extended beyond mere weight loss. The weight was the initial allure, but Jacquole found herself rewriting her entire life story. A decade vanished as she embraced a renewed sense of well-being. "I feel better than I did 10 years ago!" she exclaims.

With newfound strength, Jacquole became a Coach just a month into the program. It was a decision she hailed as one of the best in her life. "I became a Coach after a month of being on the Program, and it's one of the best decisions I've ever made! I know I'm successful because I'm helping others achieve their goals," she proudly declared. Success for her was not just personal achievements but in helping others reach their goals.

Recently, she and her husband hosted a community event where they painted nautilus shells—a symbol of their health journey, starting small at the center and building habits, much like the expanding shell. "Now we all have a beautiful reminder of how impactful habits are for our health journey!" Jacquole shares. As the impact grew, so did their collective progress. It was a beautiful reminder of the transformative power of habits on the health journey.

Grateful for the gift she discovered, Jacquole embraced her role in helping others achieve not only a healthy body but also a healthy mind and healthy finances**. "I'm thankful for this gift that I'm able to share and help others achieve a healthy body and healthy mind," she expresses with gratitude.

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

**OPTAVIA makes no guarantee of financial success. Success with OPTAVIA results from successful sales efforts, which require hard work, diligence, skill, persistence, competence, and leadership. Please see the OPTAVIA Income Disclosure Statement for statistics on actual earnings of Coaches.


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

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