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As we approach the dawn of the new year, I extend my heartfelt gratitude for your unwavering commitment to personal growth and self-improvement.

A pivotal aspect in the pursuit of a prolonged and fulfilling life is the cultivation of habits that bolster optimal health. The Habits of Health, designed to propel individuals along the health continuum, serve as a foundation for positioning oneself toward a vibrant and extended life*.

Upon achieving optimal health, Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen, Co-founder and independent OPTAVIA Coach, advocates for the attainment of UltraHealth—a pinnacle state where the body operates at peak efficiency, transcending previous levels of well-being.

The journey towards UltraHealth involves the following augmentations to the Habits of Health lifestyle:

  • Dietary Optimization: Partner with your healthcare provider and adhere to Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen's guidelines in the Habits of Health to ensure you are eating nutrient-rich foods and to calculate your optimal energy intake tailored to this advanced stage of well-being.
  • Movement Enhancement: Elevate your physical activity with regular, robust movements that promote optimal cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and brain health. When ready, formulate a secure and effective exercise plan to share with me, and we can navigate this journey together.
  • Brain-Health Optimization: Just as our bodies require exercise, our brains thrive on stimulation. Engage in activities such as solving puzzles, playing games, reading books, writing, painting, and fostering meaningful conversations with friends to invigorate your cognitive faculties.

Congratulations on reaching the culmination of Your LifeBook. May you relish the holiday season with your loved ones! Feel free to reach out to me, for additional insights as you continue to strive towards UltraHealth.

*No one can predict how long we are going to live, but research suggests that making an overall lifestyle change by taking an active role in your choices and behavior, including losing weight, eating healthier, moving more, and reducing stress, has the potential to help you live a longer, healthier life.

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The December holidays are a time for joy, connection, and a variety of healthy and delicious food. This year, make a conscious effort to create a menu that is both festive and healthy. OPTAVIA is here to help you with more than 200 plan-approved Lean & Green recipes that are perfect for the season. Simply download the OPTAVIA App from the Apple or Android store to get started on your journey to a healthier holiday celebration.

Broth-Based Soup: A Nourishing Start

Kick off your holiday feast with a nutritious and flavorful broth-based soup. Choose a variety loaded with vibrant vegetables and lean protein, omitting noodles for an extra health boost. Consider incorporating nutrient-rich greens like kale or zucchini to elevate both the taste and nutritional value of your appetizer. The OPTAVIA App has several plan-approved recipes to inspire your culinary creativity.

Spruce up Your Turkey Leftovers: A Delicious Lean Alternative

Discover a world of lean leftover turkey recipes on the OPTAVIA App! Explore a variety of delicious options, such as Turkey Hash and Open-faced Turkey and Gravy. We've recently added these mouthwatering recipes to help you transform your turkey leftovers into nutritious and tasty meals. Explore the OPTAVIA App today and make the most of your post-holiday feasts! 

Mix Up Your Salad: A Fresh Take on Greens

Ditch the ordinary and venture into a world of vibrant flavors with a new salad recipe. Swap out traditional lettuce for a nutrient-packed spinach or kale base and add festive ingredients like asparagus, cauliflower, or red bell peppers. Enhance your salad with a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds or roasted, sliced almonds for a healthy dose of fats. The OPTAVIA App is your go-to source for innovative salad ideas that will bring both color and nutrition to your holiday table.

Roasted Vegetables: A Medley of Goodness

Can't decide on just one or two vegetable side dishes? Roast a medley of broccoli, green beans, and asparagus with your favorite seasonings for a healthy and visually appealing option. The OPTAVIA App includes recipes with an assortment of vegetables, cooked in numerous ways, to satisfy your taste buds while contributing to your overall well-being.

Start a New Tradition

The beauty of the holiday season lies in the opportunity to create lasting traditions. Who knows, a new menu item might just become a cherished part of your celebrations for years to come. Explore the diverse range of Lean & Green recipes on the OPTAVIA App and let your culinary adventures shape a healthier, happier holiday experience for you and your loved ones.

I am here to support you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle. Share your holiday menu creations, ask for advice, or simply celebrate your successes. Reach out today and make this holiday season one to remember—filled with joy, connection, and the delicious flavors of health-conscious living.

Remember to try this week's featured holiday recipe and let the OPTAVIA App be your guide to a Lean & Green celebration. Download it now and embark on a deliciously healthy holiday season!

Yield: 2 servings

Per Serving: 1 Lean, 3 Green, 3 Condiments

Total Time: 30 minutes


8 oz. 95% lean ground turkey 

½ tsp salt

1/8 tsp ground black pepper

3 eggs, divided

2 scallions, trimmed and minced

3 cups low sodium chicken stock

1 cup cauliflower rice

1½ cups kale, shredded

¼ cup fresh basil, cut finely

1 tsp extra virgin olive oil


  1. Combine the ground turkey with the salt, pepper, one egg and minced scallions. Shape into 8 small meatballs.
  2. Bring the chicken stock to a simmer and add the meatballs, the cauli-rice and shredded kale. Bring to a boil and simmer gently with a lid for 6 minutes. Then, add the basil and stir well to combine.
  3. While the soup simmers, beat the eggs in a bowl until homogeneous and set aside.
  4. Remove the meatballs, kale and cauli-rice with a slotted spoon or skimmer from the stock and evenly distribute in the soup bowls.
  5. Bring the stock back to a boil.
  6. Slowly pour in the beaten eggs while gently whisking so that the eggs spread out into ribbons.
  7. Serve 2 cups of the egg-infused broth and 4 meatballs per portion. Drizzle each bowl with a ½ teaspoon of olive oil per portion.


Nutrition Per Serving: Serving: 360 calories, 20g fat, 11g carbohydrate, 41g protein

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

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Carrying and Dropping the Weight

Linda had carried the weight—both physical and emotional—for as long as she could remember. From her early days as a chubby child to navigating the challenges of adolescence as a slightly overweight teenager, the struggle with her weight persisted. As the years went by, the pounds continued to slowly add up, pushing Linda to explore various weight loss methods, from several programs to extreme measures such as minimal eating and countless hours of exercise.

The toll on her well-being became undeniable, with issues like acid reflux and fatigue becoming constant companions. The fear of embarrassment and the limitations imposed by her weight haunted Linda, making her hesitant to engage in various activities, even checking weight limits before sitting on a swing. Routine doctor visits were marred by anxiety, knowing she would have to confront the scale and face comments about her health.

The unexpected onset of COVID-19 and the shift to virtual teaching presented Linda with an opportune moment for change. With fewer social interactions, she saw it as the perfect time to embark on a personal transformation before the pandemic's end.

A turning point came when Linda stumbled upon a friend's before-and-after photo on Facebook. Determined to cast aside excuses, she reached out and discovered the OPTAVIA program. Filled with a mix of fear, excitement, determination, and hope, Linda joined that very night. The waiting period for her OPTAVIA box became a preparation phase. With the support of her OPTAVIA Coach, she purged her house of junk food, stocked up on nutritious groceries, identified her motivations ("WHYs"), and set short and long-term goals encompassing weight loss and measurements. The dreaded "before" pictures and measurements were taken, serving as a tangible starting point for Linda's journey.

In early March, Linda embarked on DAY 1 of her OPTAVIA journey, bringing her commitment to the forefront. The key lay in a radical transformation of habits—water consumption, Fuelings, Lean and Green Meals—leading to a cascade of positive changes.

Fast forward to August 1st, and Linda achieved her goal, shedding 95 pounds. Linda also went from a size 20 to a 4*. Yet, the transformation extended beyond the external, bringing newfound confidence, comfort in her own skin, boundless energy, and a renewed perspective on life.

Linda's milestones continued with improvements in various aspects of her life. With the weight goal achieved, her focus shifted to toning her body, incorporating strength training and HIIT, and embracing activities previously deemed impossible—ziplining, kayaking, and even confidently wearing shorts.

Enter Coaching—a surprising but rewarding addition to Linda's life. Despite a busy schedule with teaching and family responsibilities, the desire to pay it forward led her to become an independent OPTAVIA Coach. Witnessing others struggling with their well-being, Linda found joy and purpose in guiding them toward a proven method for success. As a teacher, Coaching seamlessly integrated into her schedule, allowing her to impact lives positively on two fronts—nurturing young minds and empowering individuals to adopt healthy habits that transform their lives.

In retrospect, OPTAVIA changed Linda's body and mind, while Coaching altered the trajectory of her entire life, enhancing its quality in ways she never anticipated.

*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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