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      It has been four weeks since I started this journey and the best result? I feel amazing and I am down TEN pounds from where I started. If you would have told me this time last month that it was possible to loose that kind of weight eating SIX times a day, I never would have believed you. However, it is completely possible with Optavia. 
     I started a month ago with the encouragement of my health coach, Lesley. One of the best benefits of the Optavia program is that you get access to a free health coach. This person is there to help you along on your journey, as little or as much as you wish. For the past four weeks, Lesley has been there to cheer me on and give me ideas when I needed them. She has shared recipes, listened to my ideas, and cheered me on with every pound I lost. 
     Has the past four weeks been easy? Yes and no. The hardest part was learning how to feed my family in a different way. There were days it would have been easier to grab take out and bring it home, but I decided they were taking this journey too. Now, my family isn't eating the Optavia fuelings during the day, like I do.  They eat a normal, healthy breakfast and lunch. They are also drinking more water and we have been eating healthier dinners. No more eating out. We cook at home so we are aware of what is in our food. We also stopped buying snacks and junk food. Basically, we all started making healthier choices which made my decisions much easier. If it wasn't in the house, I couldn't eat it. 

     I really thought I would get more resistance from the fam when all this started. The truth is they did awesome. We have always been a relatively healthy family but we had a few bad habits we needed to break. I also found some sneaky ways to get extra veggies into recipes that makes it easier too. I will share those below so you can try them at home! 

      What are some ways you can start to make your family healthier? It isn't nearly as intimidating as you think. Changes can start small and before you know it, everyone is seeing huge results that will stay with you forever. 

1. Don't Go Hungry
 
     Snacking during the day (healthy snacks) is a good thing. If you have to eat on an empty stomach, you are likely to consume many more calories than if you hadn’t eaten on an empty stomach. To make this easier, keep your fridge and pantry stocked with pre-measured snacks that your kiddos can grab and go. Apple slices, raisins, and pretzels are perfect snacks. 
2. Twenty Minutes of Exercise a Day 
     Keeping your daily workout goal short and convenient works. Getting in twenty minutes each and every day should be doable for everyone. Make it a fun activity that your kiddos look forward to. 
3. Do the Grocery Shopping for the House
     If you bring chips and cookies home, your kids (and you) will naturally want to eat them. Say no at the grocery store. 
4. Drink Water
Encouraging the family to drink more water is a no brainer. It is healthier, makes your skin glow, flushes out your system, and is FREE. 
5. Eat Dinner Together Nightly
     Studies show if you want your kids to have an appreciation of how precious their bodies are, you can’t beat just sitting down together. This simple ritual improves not just kids’ eating habits but their grades and willingness to open up to you, too. No television, no radio, no phones. Just good old conversation. Teens will grumble, but they will survive...I promise. 

     So, what do I feed my family? Check out some of these tried and trusted recipes they LOVE! 
Roasted Pepper Tomato Soup 
serves 8 

1 Tbsp oil
3 leeks chopped
2 stalks celery 
4 cloves garlic, minced
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1/4 c fresh basil
2 cans crushed tomato (28 oz)
3 red peppers, roasted
6 c. vegetable broth
1 sprig fresh thyme

Combine oil, onion, celery, and garlic on medium heat in a large pot. Sauté for 3 minutes until onions are translucent. Add salt, pepper, tomato paste, peppers, basil, crushed tomatoes, broth, water, and thyme. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and cover, simmering for 15 minutes. Uncover and remove thyme. Use an immersion or counter top blender to blend the soup until smooth. Allow to cool 2 minutes and serve topped with basil.


One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta
serves 4 

1 Tbsp oil
1 1/2 lb. chicken breast, cubed
1 tsp seasoned salt, divided
pepper, to taste
one small onion, sliced
1 med head of broccoli
6 c. milk
1 lb. bowtie pasta
1 c. shredded parm
1 c. shredded mozzarella

Heat half of the oil in a large pot. Add in the chicken, season with half of the seasoned salt and pepper, and cook. Once the chicken is nicely browned and cooked through, remove it from the pan. Set aside. Add in remaining oil, onion, and broccoli. Cover for 2 minutes. Season with remaining seasoned salt and pepper. Cook and stir until the onions begin to become translucent. Pour in milk and bring to a boil. Stir periodically so the bottom does not burn. Once milk is bubbling, add pasta and stir frequently until pasta reaches your desired doneness (approximately 10 minutes at medium heat). Add in Parmesan and mozzarella. Stir until cheese is melted. Stir in chicken until well incorporated. 


     Over the past year, I saw one of my friends posting photos of her weight loss on Facebook. I know her, so I knew it was real and not one of those photoshopped ads you see from time to time. The photos were incredible to say the least. In a bit more than a year, she had lost more than 75 pounds.  How crazy is that, right? I was a total skeptic. There had to be more to it or she will gain it back as soon as she quits whatever program she is on. I was curious so I talked with her about how she lost this weight. 
     Lesley told me about how Optavia helped her to change her life. Not only did she loose the weight she had been carrying around, she and her family are now healthier. Optavia isn't the usual eat this, don't eat that plan. They teach you how to be healthy so you can change your entire life. In doing so, you will loose the weight that has been burdening your body. Then, I made the decision to try the Optavia program myself. Lesley is a Certified Health Coach with Optavia now and is cheering me on along the way. 
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Comments

Wow, pasta is favorite of us and its health food. Anyways we can read this article to know the recipe of broccoli pasta. Its yummy and we can add the fresh vegetable according to the our desires.

12/19/2017 4:52am

Being healthy is, indeed, a necessity in life. No one wants to be sick all throughout their lives. I also believe that the Optavia Program is an effective method to make your family stay fit and healthy. In the span of three years, my mother's friend introduced the program to our family and it results in a satisfying outcome. Moreover, I really love the Roasted Pepper Tomato Soup and the One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta recipe you have shared to us in your article. Me and my siblings really likes the taste of the dishes.


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