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Showing posts with label Optavia Fuelings. Show all posts
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Friday, February 12, 2021

OPTAVIA Fueling Hack - Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownie

I know I have gone on and on about how I prefer not to "hack" the Fuelings, and I still choose not to add stuff to them - I eat my five Fuelings plus my full Lean and Green every day. 

HOWEVER, I was tired of seeing the Girl Scout cookies peanut butter patties on my counter, so this was my alternative. You mix a Brownie Fueling with 3T-4T of water, pour it into a silicone candy mold, top it with 2T of PB2 (prepared as directed)

It made eight heart shaped "candies" in this Wilton silicone mold





They aren't really easy to eat when they're frozen, but once they soften enough to eat them, they're sticky and messy and it just seems like more work than it's worth for the benefit. 

HOWEVER, the taste is worth it, if you're wanting that chocolatey-peanut buttery mix of flavors! 

This isn't something I'll do often at all, but it was fun to try it and see that it does work. 

I also did this with a chocolate shake and peanut butter shake - you can see that here: http://www.myjourneytoahealthyme.com/2020/12/optavia-fueling-shake-hack.html

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Optavia Fueling Hack - Smashed Potato "Bagels"

I am not the person who hacks Fuelings - I don’t normally like to add stuff to them and then have to track it. But this...this was worth it. I plotted my L&G around it today 😂

1 OPTAVIA smashed potato fueling, either flavor (1 Fueling)
2 egg whites (1/7 of Leanest)
1/2t baking powder (1 Condiment)
1/2t Everything But The Bagel seasoning (1 Condiment)
1 wedge light Laughing Cow cheese (1 Condiment)

Mix fueling, egg whites, and baking powder together. Spread in bagel shape on parchment paper on a baking sheet, sprinkle with EBTB seasoning, and bake at 350° for 13-15 mins.

I made one bagel shape and one flattened ball shape to try it out! I spread the Laughing Cow on top of the bagel shape, and slit open the ball shape and spread the LC inside ... the verdict is, both options are delicious! 😋

OPTAVIA Smashed Potato Fueling Hack


Sunday, January 10, 2021

Exercise and/or Long Hours and Optavia

If you work out strenuously, or work long hours, you might have questions about how Optavia can and will fit into your life. Here are some guidelines. 



On adding extra fuelings:

If clients are going to be up for later hours, we do not recommend adding extra Fuelings, as this contributes extra carbohydrates and may take the client out of the fat-burning state. Instead, we recommend that clients either utilize the optional snack or 2-3 oz. of additional protein if staying up for later hours.

On skipping fuelings:

It is important that clients get in 5 Fuelings and a full lean and green every day. We do not recommend that clients skip Fuelings or any of their lean and green meal. Skipping any of these options could potentially inhibit a client’s weight loss results, as getting too low of calories can send our body into a conservation state.

On spacing fuelings: 

If clients start their day later than usual and feel that they’re going to have a hard time getting all of their Fuelings in for the day, we would recommend that they shorten their time intervals to get everything in (i.e. eat every 1.5-2 hours instead of every 2-3 hours). If a client feels that they are going to miss their 5th Fueling later in the day due to emergency circumstances, we would rather them double up on their last two Fuelings for the day than to skip a Fueling.

On longer days: 

For clients who are up for longer hours regularly (i.e. nurses or those who have shift work), we recommend they spread out their eating times to every 3 hours, split their lean and green meal into 2 portions, utilize the optional snack, and add an extra 2-3oz. of protein. If they feel this is not enough food or they find themselves hungry throughout the day, we could potentially switch them to the 4&2 plan. This plan would give them 2 lean and green meals to split into two portions.

On timing fuelings:

It is okay for clients to eat right before bedtime (including eating their lean and green meal right before bedtime), as long as they are physically comfortable doing so (unless they have a pre-existing medical condition such as acid reflux, which may prevent them from eating so close to bedtime).

Exercise info:

The Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan® is designed to only support up to 45 minutes of light to moderate intensity activity per day. We describe light to moderate intensity activity as something you can do while holding a conversation comfortably with someone, or as something that keeps your heart rate maximum under 65%. This may include activities such as brisk walking, gentle yoga, light resistance training, etc. If clients feel they are a bit more hungry on the days they do an activity that falls within these parameters, they can add an additional 2-3oz. of protein to their day. If the client is doing more activity than what falls within these parameters (whether in terms of intensity or duration), then we would have to switch them to a higher calorie program altogether in order to support that activity and see results.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

How to Fix OPTAVIA Fuelings

HOW TO FIX YOUR OPTAVIA FUELINGS 

Fuelings come ready to eat, and as a powdered mix that you prepare before eating. Keep this process simple! 



DASH WAFFLE MAKER: 

Any “baked good” type fueling can be made into a waffle. Use the recommended amount of water on the packet, or substitute liquid egg whites for the water. Using water makes 1 waffle; using egg whites “puffs” the batter up, and makes 2 waffles. My favorite things to Dash are the Buttermilk Cheddar Herb Biscuit, Mashed Potatoes, Brownie, Cookie, Blueberry Biscuit, Cinnamon Cake, and Sweet Potatoes. 

See my tips here: http://www.myjourneytoahealthyme.com/2020/11/dash-mini-waffle-maker-optavia-fuelings.html

SOUPS AND PASTAS: 

I find the texture and taste to be best when I add the soup mix to an insulated container or insulated mug, pour boiling water over the top, stir, and cover for at least an hour. I often make a thermos of soup while I’m making my first Fueling, and set it on a counter or in my bag, and save it for my 3rd Fueling. So simple and easy to take on the go! 

MICROWAVE: 

Mix as directed on the packet. I microwave baked goods for between 15-30 seconds, rather than the recommended time. I like the baked goods a little gooey. It’s ok to eat all of the fuelings as a batter, too! 

TOASTER or OVEN:


Use the provided paper cup, and bake as directed. 




Any other tips? Leave a comment! 

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Christmas on Optavia

I love cooking and baking. I especially love the tradition I have with my children to bake holiday cookies - peanut butter blossoms, cut-out sugar cookies with frosting, snickerdoodles, oatmeal chocolate chip, and sometimes even more. We bake everything dairy-free, and often gluten-free also, and it is something we all enjoy. 

I'm not going to lie, it was REALLY difficult this year to not taste-test the batter (especially the oatmeal chocolate chip batter) or the cookies (the peanut butter blossoms are my favorite!) but I asked myself one simple question and it helped me refocus: "What do I want more - that cookie, that I already know how it tastes (and honestly, it's probably not as good as I'm imagining it to be), OR to keep feeling amazing and not destroy my stomach by eating foods it isn't used to?" The answer was simple at that point. Maybe some day it won't be simple, but this year, it was easy to choose ME over the cookies. It was easy to put myself first, and break that habit, and remind myself it was things like those cookies that got me to where I was in the first place. There is a time and place for choosing to indulge in a sweet treat, but I am not at that time nor that place right now, and I made a very conscious and intentional choice to NOT taste-test the sweets this year. 

But what about dinner? 

I know there are tons of ways to create Optavia-compliant holiday meals and side dishes. Several are listed here. Much like Thanksgiving, I just don't have the same sentimental attachment to holiday foods that a lot of people seem to have. I don't need the meat and cheesy side dishes. As a kid, I would only eat mashed potatoes (no gravy) and pumpkin pie and cookies. 

I know a lot of people make the conscious choice to go off-plan for the holidays, to splurge a little bit, or take small tastes of foods that they would normally not eat while following Optavia. All of that is fine, especially when it is an intentional decision. 

So what did I eat?

I had my five Fuelings - I added a dash of nutmeg to a creamy vanilla shake and it was delicious! - and I ate seafood and spaghetti squash, with salad, for my Lean and Green. It was yummy, it was filling, and it kept me in Fat-Burn!



Friday, December 11, 2020

Optavia Fueling - shake "hack"

 I know I have gone on and on about how I prefer not to "hack" the Fuelings, and I still choose not to add stuff to them - I eat my five Fuelings plus my full Lean and Green every day. 

HOWEVER, I saw this hack come up over and over and had to try it. You mix a shake with 1/4 cup of water, pour it into a silicone candy mold, and freeze it. 

The first time I did this (earlier this week) I made it with the Dark Chocolate Covered Cherry shake and it was OK. It wasn't great, but that isn't my favorite flavor shake anyway. It made four heart shaped "candies" in this Wilton silicone mold



They aren't really easy to eat when they're frozen, but once they soften enough to eat them, they're sticky and messy and it just seems like more work than it's worth for the benefit. 

Then I decided to try it again, but this time with a Creamy Chocolate Shake and a Silky Peanut Butter Shake, and do each mold half and half - and the taste is amazing! It's still a mess to eat, but it is definitely the chocolate/peanut butter flavor combination I enjoy. 

Creamy Chocolate Shake + Silky Peanut Butter Shake 

This isn't something I'll do often at all, but it was fun to try it and see that it does work. 


I also did this with a Brownie Fueling and PB2 - you can see that here: http://www.myjourneytoahealthyme.com/2021/02/optavia-fueling-hack-peanut-butter.html


Monday, November 16, 2020

What do I eat on Optavia? Can I eat out?

 When you're following the Optavia 5&1 Program, each day you will eat/drink:

  • 5 Fuelings (meals and snacks you purchase from Optavia directly). Each fueling is nutritionally interchangeable and contains high-quality protein which helps retain lean muscle mass, probiotic cultures which help support digestive health, and all of the essential vitamins, minerals, fiber needed as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
  • 1 Lean and Green (see this link for specifics on how to calculate your Lean and Green)
    • Up to 2 Healthy Fats, determined based on your Lean
      • A Healthy Fat should have 4-6 grams of fat, less than 5 grams of carbohydrates, and between 45-60 calories
    • Up to 3 Condiments (optional)
      • A condiment serving should contain no more than 1 gram of carbohydrate and be under 30 calories
  • 1 Snack (optional) such as:
    • 3 celery stalks
    • 1 fruit-flavored sugar-free Popsicle®
    • ½ cup serving sugar-free gelatin, such as Jell-O®
    • Up to 3 pieces of sugar-free gum or mints
    • 2 dill pickles spears
    • ½ oz of nuts: almonds (10 whole), walnuts (7 halves), or pistachios (20 kernels)*
      • *Be mindful that nuts are a rich source of healthy fat and additional calories — choose this optional snack sparingly.
    • OPTAVIA Puffed Snacks or OPTAVIA Popcorn
    • 2 Tbsp PB2 powder
  • 64 ounces of water

Can I dine out while on Optavia? 
YES! Optavia has made it super easy to accommodate dining out while on program. Here is a list of restaurants and compliant meals in the Dining Out Guide. When dining out, you should have your typical lean and green meal consisting of 5 to 7 ounces cooked lean protein, 3 servings of non-starchy vegetables, and 0-2 servings of healthy fats depending on your lean choices. Request that your meat be prepared/served without sauces and/or added fats; switch out starchy vegetable options (like potatoes) for lower carbohydrate choices (like steamed broccoli or a salad). Ask your server to skip the breadbasket or bowl of chips, and always get your salad dressing on the side.

How do I count cheese and dairy?

How do I count Coffee Creamer?
We do not have a particular brand of creamer that we recommend, but you may use any creamer that fits either of the guidelines below, and count it accordingly:
Healthy Fat:
                4- 6 grams fat
                45-60 calories
                < 5 grams carbohydrates
Condiment:
                < 30 calories
                < 1 g of carbohydrates

How do I count other foods?

I am compiling some of this information from Facebook posts from coaches, who have shared what Nutrition Support has told them. As with any information on this website, please confirm it yourself to ensure accuracy. If you have any comments or feedback, please comment so I can adjust as needed!

OYSTERS
Per nutrition support, 13 ounces of oysters counts as 1 LEANEST portion on Optavia. Be sure to add 2 Healthy Fats!

SPARKLING OR FLAVORED WATER
Any zero calorie, zero carbohydrate beverages (LaCroix, Bubly, Aha, etc.) are permitted IN ADDITION TO the 64 oz of water each day. These do not count as anything, just a beverage in addition to the plain water. There is no limit to the amount of these beverages you may have each day, although we recommend using them in moderation. 
Plain UNFLAVORED sparkling water and plain regular water may count towards your 64 oz of daily water intake. Keep in mind, we want to limit caffeine intake to 300mg or less per day. 

CALI’FLOUR FOODS
  • Traditional Cauliflower Pizza Crust (any flavor except plant based): 1 whole crust = 1 LEAN + 3 GREENS https://www.califlourfoods.com/collections/traditional-pizza-crusts
  • Cali Lite Cauliflower Pizza Crust (any flavor except plant based): 1 whole crust = ½ LEAN + 3 GREENS https://califlourfoods.com/products/calilite-italian
  • Cauliflower Flatbreads: 2 flatbreads = 1/3 LEAN + 2 GREEN https://www.califlourfoods.com/collections/flatbread
OUTER AISLE
  • Cauliflower Pizza Crust: 1 whole crust = 1/3 LEAN + 1 GREEN https://www.outeraislegourmet.com/products/cauliflower-pizza-crust
  • Sandwich Thins: 3 thins = ½ LEAN + 1 GREEN https://www.outeraislegourmet.com/products/cauliflower-sandwich-thins
KBOSH FOODS
  • Pizza Crust (Cauliflower, Zucchini, Italian Spinach, Broccoli, Mexi Cabbage & Kale flavors): 1 whole crust = 1/3 LEAN + 3 GREEN https://kboshfood.com/
REAL GOOD FOODS (all are high in fat & sodium so best used only on occasion)
  • Chicken Crust Pizzas: 1 whole small pizza or ½ large pizza (1 serving) = 1 LEAN https://www.realgoodfoods.com/product/personal-7-pizzas/
  • Enchiladas (all flavors except cheese enchiladas): 2 enchiladas = 2/3 LEAN https://www.realgoodfoods.com/product/enchiladas/
  • Poppers: 4 poppers = 1 LEAN https://www.realgoodfoods.com/product/poppers/
  • Chicken Alfredo Italian: 1 serving = 1 LEAN https://www.realgoodfoods.com/product/cannelloni-chicken-alfredo/
JIMMY DEAN
  • Turkey Sausage Patties: 2 patties = ½ LEAN -or- 5 patties = 1 LEAN https://www.jimmydean.com/products/fully-cooked-sausage/links-and-patties/fully-cooked-turkey-sausage-patties
  • Turkey Sausage Simple Scrambles Cup: 1 serving = 2/3 LEAN https://www.jimmydean.com/products/simple-scrambles/turkey-sausage-simple-scrambles
TRADER JOE’S
  • Shrimp Burgers: 3 patties = 1 LEAN
  • Salmon Burgers: 2 patties = 1 LEAN
  • Tuna Burgers: 2 patties = 1 LEAN
  • Mahi Mahi burgers: 2.5 patties =1 LEAN
  • Turkey Burgers: 1.5 burgers= 1 LEAN
  • Chili Lime Chicken Burgers: 2 burgers= 1 LEAN
  • Crab Cakes: 3 crab cakes = 1 LEANER
  • Turkey meatballs: 5 meatballs = 1 LEAN (limit to 1x a week due to sodium)
  • Meatless Meatballs: 10 meatballs = 1 LEAN
  • Langostino Tails: 7 oz = 1 LEANEST
  • Riced cauliflower: ½ cup = 1 GREEN
  • Riced cauliflower stir fry: ½ cup = 1 GREEN
  • Jicama: ½ cup = 1 GREEN
  • Green Goddess Dressing: 3 Tbsp = 1 HEALTHY FAT or 1 Tbsp = 1 CONDIMENT
  • Organic Tomato Basil Sauce: ¼ cup = 1 GREEN
  • Cauliflower Things = 2 thins = 1/3 LEAN + 1 GREEN
Bertolli Reduced Fat Alfredo Sauce: ¼ cup = 1 HEALTHY FAT https://www.bertolli.com/pasta-sauces/reduced-fat-alfredo/

Better Than Good Snacks:  1 bag = ½ LEANER https://betterthangoodsnacks.com/

Buc-ee’s Turkey Stix (currently only in Texas): 2 sticks = 1.5oz of PROTEIN

Butterball All Natural Turkey Burger: 6 oz = 1 LEAN https://www.butterball.com/products/turkey-burgers-and-meatballs/all-natural-white-turkey-burger

Cereal School: 1 bag = 1/3 LEANEST https://thecerealschool.com/products/cereal

Chompie’s Low Carb Multigrain/Cinnamon/Sesame Bread: 2 slices = 2oz PROTEIN https://chompies.com/product/low-carb-multigrain-bread/

Crepini Egg THINS with Cauliflower: 2 thins = 1 GREEN https://www.crepini.com/egg-thins-with-cauliflower (recommended to use on occasion because it is not very nutrient dense)

Crepini Egg WRAPS with Cauliflower: 1 wrap = 1 GREEN https://www.crepini.com/all-products/egg-wraps-with-cauliflower-large (recommended to use on occasion because it is not very nutrient dense)

FitCrunch Protein Puffs: 1 bag = ½ LEANER https://fitcrunch.com/puffs/

Healthy Choice Simply Steamers: Grilled Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo = 1 LEANER + 2 GREENS https://www.healthychoice.com/simply-steamers/grilled-chicken-broccoli-alfredo

Healthy Choice Simply Steamers: Grilled Chicken, Pesto, and Vegetable = 1 LEAN + 3 GREENS https://www.healthychoice.com/simply-steamers/grilled-chicken-pesto-vegetables

Healthy Noodle: 1/2 cup = 1 GREEN https://healthynoodle.com/products

ISO Poofs Cereal:  1 cup = 1/2 LEANER https://mpasupps.com/products/iso-poofs?variant=12582210863209

Jicama Tortillas: 2 tortillas = 1 GREEN https://centralmarket.com/product/fresh-jicama-tortillas7-5-oz/

Lifetime Cheese: 4oz = 1 LEANEST https://northwoodscheese.com/lifetime-cheeses/

Member’s Mark Pulled Pork or Chicken: 6oz = 1 LEAN https://www.samsclub.com/p/members-mark-pulled-pork-2-pounds/prod21051154 / https://www.samsclub.com/p/members-mark-seasoned-pulled-chicken/prod22131896

Morey's Marinated Wild Alaskan Salmon Fillet Seasoned Grill (Costco): One 6oz fillet = 1 LEAN https://www.moreys.com/product/seasoned-grill-wild-alaskan-salmon/

Palmini Noodles/Rice: 1 serving (75g) = 1 GREEN https://eatpalmini.com/

Peanut Butter Powder (PBFit or PB2 or Trader Joe's):  1 Teaspoon = 1 CONDIMENT;  2 Tablespoons = 1 OPTIONAL SNACK https://pbfit.com/product/pbfit-original/ / https://shop.pb2foods.com/products/pb2-original-powdered-peanut-butter-peanut-butter-powder

Premier Protein Clear Protein Drink: 1 bottle = ½ LEANEST https://www.premierprotein.com/segment/clear-protein-drinks

Quest Protein Chips: 1 bag = ½ LEANER https://www.questnutrition.com/collections/quest-chips

Rao's Sauces:  Tomato based sauces: 1/4 cup = 1 GREEN;  Alfredo sauces: 2 Tablespoons = 1 HEALTHY FAT or 1 Tablespoon = 1 CONDIMENT https://www.raos.com/

Skinny Pasta: ½ cup = 1 GREEN http://skinnypastausa.com/

Trident Pacific Salmon Burger (Costco): 1.5 burgers = 1 LEAN https://www.tridentseafoods.com/browse/products/trident-seafoods-alaska-salmon-burgers-3-lb/

Tyson Fully Cooked Blackened Chicken Breast Strips: 6oz = 1 LEANER https://www.tyson.com/products/blackened-flavored-chicken-breast-strips/

Two Good Greek Yogurt: 2.5 servings (total of 13.25 oz) of any flavor = 1 LEANER http://www.goodyogurt.com/lower-sugar-yogurt/ (Each 5.3oz container is one serving)

Walden Farms: ALL PRODUCTS: 1 serving = 1 CONDIMENT (check label for 1 serving) https://www.waldenfarms.com



Friday, November 13, 2020

Optavia and my MUST-HAVE appliances/tools

One of the great things about Optavia is that you don't need anything special to prepare the Fuelings, besides a microwave and the blender bottle that comes in your kit. HOWEVER, we all know that there are some tools or appliances that can make your Fuelings a little more exciting, a little more fun, and a little more tasty!

Here are some of my must-have appliances and tools for preparing my Fuelings. Please know these links are to Amazon, but they are not affiliate links, and I definitely encourage you to shop around to find the best price! 

I also created a handy dandy Amazon list of my favorite items. YES - you can find them in local stores, sometimes at better prices (sometimes not). You can add them to your own cart from this list for quick and easy purchasing though! Just be sure when you order, you have it shipped to you! Wish lists can be tricky!

Some of my must-have appliances and tools for OPTAVIA Fuelings

Dash Mini Waffle Maker is awesome at preparing Fuelings. I love to do the brownie, smashed potatoes, biscuit, and oatmeal in the Waffle Maker. It comes in different colors, and some of them even make the waffles into shapes (pineapple! snowflake! heart!)

Note: Here are the guidelines I follow when preparing my Fuelings in the Dash. Some are the same as the package, some are slightly different amounts of water. Nothing is quite so disappointing as scraping a failed Fueling out of the waffle maker and still eating it because you're determined not to waste a Fueling :) 

Dash Mini Griddle is amazing for the Chocolate Chip Cookies! It gets them perfectly crisp on the outside, and soft and gooey on the inside - the exact way I like cookies. I also use it when I need extra protein, to cook an egg - it's super quick and easy, and much faster than using my normal cast iron on my stove top.

If you don't already have a personal blender, I highly suggest getting one. I like the Ninja brand, this is the model I have. I like the individual cups the best, and they make your Optavia shakes super yummy if you blend them with ice and water (or cold brew coffee if you're feeling adventurous). There are tons of options for personal blenders, so be sure to choose something that is powerful enough to blend ice. Because my home blender is too big for travel, I also have a small Hamilton Beach personal blender that I keep in its box for when I'm out of town overnight or for the weekend. It is small enough to easily pack, and although it isn't as powerful, it does the job. 

My next suggestion is a frother. There are SO MANY CHOICES, but this is the handheld frother I bought and it has worked well. I don't use it often, but sometimes if I don't want to blend my shake, or use the shaker bottle, this does an excellent job of mixing it up with the water and it's super yummy - it seems like it makes it creamier, if that's possible. I also use it to mix up the Hot Chocolate Fueling with a little bit of cold water, before pouring the hot water into the mug - it seems to make it even creamier and more delicious!

I also suggest a mini whisk if you don't already have one. Mine is Pampered Chef, but you can find them anywhere. I often use a fork to mix up my fuelings, but the whisk is handy to have around. 

I couldn't resist picking up a little cast iron skillet either - I love it for baking the brownie or chocolate chip cookie, if I'm not using the Dash. It turns out so yummy! Follow the directions for baking on the Fueling packet, or shorten the baking time a little bit if you want it slightly gooey. 

My final recommendation is to get a good insulated container. I love my insulated Klean Kanteen Food Canister. I will often prepare soups or pastas (as directed on the package) when I'm making a different fueling, transfer it to the insulated container, and let it sit on the counter until my next fueling time. It really softens up the pastas and noodles. I've also made the soup by adding the Fueling packet to the insulated container, pouring boiling water over it, and then closing the lid and letting it sit for 2-3 hours. 

What other appliances or tools are you using for your Fuelings? Let me know in the comments!

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Dash Mini Waffle Maker/Griddle + OPTAVIA Fuelings Guide

General directions to prepare Fuelings in the Dash Mini Waffle Maker or Dash Mini Griddle:
  • Mix Fueling and mix-ins well
  • Plug in Dash Mini Waffle Maker (to make a waffle) or Dash Mini Griddle (to make a "pancake") and wait for light to go off
  • Spray both sides of Dash with nonstick spray BEFORE MAKING EACH WAFFLE/PANCAKE
  • When the Dash stops steaming, or the steam significantly slows down, open to check for done-ness
  • If you're pre-making Fuelings, you can store them in the freezer and then reheat in toaster oven or microwave
  • Note: Some people use egg whites instead of water. I do not do that because I don't like to alter the Fuelings and have to track what I add to deduct from my daily Lean and Green
  • I generally try to add just enough water to make the Fueling like a batter or thin dough. Too watery, and it will overrun. 
Optavia Oatmeal Fueling made in the Dash Mini Waffle Maker

Fueling and Mix-In Guide:
  • 2 Tbsp water + Fueling = 1 waffle/pancake 
    • Brownie 
    • Biscuits
    • Chocolate Chip Cookie 
    • Cream Cheese Swirl Cake 
  • 3 Tbsp water + Fueling = 1 waffle/pancake
    • Sweet Potatoes
  • 3 Tbsp water + Fueling = 2 waffle/pancake
    • Pancake
    • Shakes
    • Smoothies
  • 4 Tbsp water + Fueling = 2 waffles/pancakes
    • Smashed Potatoes
    • Oatmeal
  • Prepare/cook as directed on packet with slightly less water = 1 waffle/pancake
    • Mac and Cheese (make sure it's thicker than normal)


What other Fuelings have you made in the Dash? Let us know how you prepared it! 

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Optavia Day 7 - 10/18/20

 WEEK 1 and I'm finished with Day 7 on Optavia! I can't wait to weigh in tomorrow and take my measurements. I can't believe how stupidly easy this program is to follow. Even with traveling all day, I was able to stay on the program. I am not 100% sure about my dinner tonight but I followed the dining out guide and I think it was okay. That guide is super helpful. 

Today's fuelings were: chocolate cherry ganache bar, chocolate mint Cookie Crisp bar, honey mustard and onion sticks, creamy double peanut butter bar, and pudding. I had a #16 sub at Jersey Mikes with no cheese and no bread. It made me feel a little bloated (it's meat and I don't usually eat meat) but it was the best I could do while we were driving back from the mountains. 

I am really proud of myself for this week. I stuck to the program completely, with the possible exception of my lean and green today. I drank all my water. I made it through the feeling gross part of the first week and now I feel amazing. I'm really excited for this program and how easy it is. 



Saturday, October 17, 2020

Optavia Day 6 - 10/17/20


 Day 6 and I had my first not-at-home experience with Optavia. We left late afternoon to drive to the mountains for the night, got a hotel room, so we can drive the parkway tomorrow. I was able to pack my lean and green and eat it in the car, and I did just fine! We ordered Chinese to be delivered to the hotel for dinner and I wasn't even tempted - I am so proud of myself for that. It helped that I wasn't hungry. I prepped a brownie for my last fueling before we left, so it was already cooked and ready for me when we were at the hotel too. 

My fuelings today were: cranberry honey nut granola bar, chocolate shake, chicken noodle soup, honey chili cranberry nut bar, and the brownie. My lean and green that I packed for the road was salad with salmon and tomatoes, and the Walden Farms dressing. Somehow I even hit all the water for the day, even though I had to use a port a potty at one of the parks we stopped at on the way to the hotel. I brought my Ultima powder with me too and that was good. I feel like I prepared myself well for today and tomorrow and I'm excited to see the fall colors tomorrow! The weather should be amazing. 

Friday, October 16, 2020

Optavia Day 5 - 10/16/20

 Day 5 is finally here and I feel SO MUCH BETTER today. My stomach isn't bothering me, although I'm still a little gassy. My headache is GONE, whew! I slept great last night again. And I really like all the fuelings I've tried so far. I was down 9 pounds this morning when I weighed myself - whaaaatttt???!!?? 9 pounds! That's so amazing! 

Today's fuelings were: chocolate shake, honey mustard and onion sticks, brownie, cheddar herb biscuit (I cooked this in the Dash waffle maker too - so delicious!), and a double peanut butter bar. My lean and green was salmon with lettuce and cherry tomatoes, and Walden Farms French dressing. I am still hitting my water goal every day too, go me! 


Thursday, October 15, 2020

Optavia Day 4 - 10/15/20

 Optavia Day 4 - October 15, 2020

I feel like crap today. My head hurts, I'm gassy, I have diarrhea, I just all around feel gross. I'm sticking to plan though because this is what I was told would happen this week, just before fat burn kicks in. They said EVERYONE goes through this and then it's like a lightbulb goes off and everything is so much better.  I still am sleeping okay. 

Today's fuelings: chocolate shake, cinnamon crunchy o's, s'mores bar, oatmeal, and a double peanut butter bar. I had three Ultima electrolyte things today and it made a HUGE difference with my headache. My lean and green was shrimp, avocado, spaghetti squash, and tomatoes with some on-plan dressing. I like Walden Farms French dressing the best. 



Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Optavia Day 3 - 10/14/20

 Day 3 - today I was super hungry and had a headache. I made sure to drink the Ultima electrolyte powder and that helped. My coach said I could have up to three a day. I guess this is the transition to being in Fat Burn like they talk about - the crummy feeling before the amazing feeling. I stuck to the program though. My fuelings today were: cinnamon crunchy o's, smoky bbq crunchers, spinach pesto Mac and cheese, honey chili cranberry bar, and a chocolate mint Cookie Crisp bar. My lean and green was lettuce, with shrimp, avocado, and on-plan dressing. 

I've been sleeping better at night, which is awesome. Like sleeping soundly and waking up feeling refreshed. 





Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Optavia Day 2 - 10/13/20

 Day 2 and I was 100% on top of it! Yeah! Crazy that I'm eating so much more than I normally do, and so frequently. I guess I had all the knowledge on how to be healthy before, I just sucked at implementing it. This program is so easy and straightforward, it is ridiculously simple to follow. 

I am breaking the habits already. I was so used to taking care of everyone around me, that I forgot to take care of myself. I forgot to eat. I forgot to eat healthy foods especially, because the bad foods were easier. This program takes all the thinking out of it, and gives me easy and healthy foods to eat all day long. 

Today my fuelings were: maple brown sugar oatmeal, campfire s'mores bar, chocolate chip pancake (that I cooked in the Dash waffle maker - OMG delicious!), chocolate cherry ganache bar, and chocolate pudding (super yum!). For my lean and green, I had salmon with broccoli and cauliflower rice. And I nailed the water goal for today! 



Monday, October 12, 2020

Optavia Day 1! Monday, October 12, 2020

 Today is DAY 1 of my journey to health! I am so excited. I have alarms set on my phone for 8 am, 10:30 am, 1 pm, 3:30 pm, 6 pm, and 8:30 pm to remind me to eat - five of those are fueling times, and one is a lean and green time. 

I decided to keep it easy and I'm literally just following the plan. I see some people go out and try to split their lean and green into two meals and eat half at lunch and half at dinner, or try to "hack" their fuelings, but I'm not messing with all that. I'm eating a fueling by itself five times a day, and one full lean and green once a day. 

I don't really like meat, and meat doesn't really like me, so I'll probably have to eat a lot of seafood. 

The journal from the Optavia Guide is super helpful in keeping me on track so far. I started my day with a cranberry honey nut bar and then had a creamy chocolate shake mid-morning. I tried the rustic tomato herb penne at 1pm and then a creamy peanut butter crisp bar late afternoon, with my lean and green at 6pm with lettuce, tuna, avocado, and on-plan dressing. Before bed, I had a chocolate mint Cookie Crisp bar, and that was my five fuelings plus a lean and green for today. 

My coach checked in with me and I told her I feel like I've been eating all day long, but otherwise everything is good! I'm used to drinking a lot of water, so hitting 100oz wasn't a problem for me. 

She told me to dream big - average loss is 10lbs per month but she lost faster than that the first few months. 

Overall, it was a good day 1!



Sunday, October 11, 2020

Optavia Day 0 - Sunday, October 11, 2020

Today is Day 0 - the day before I start OPTAVIA. I received my box a few days ago and I'm excited to get started. I had my kickoff call today for new clients and it was really inspirational to get my mind in the right place. I also worked through some of the Lifebook, writing down answers and trying to figure out my WHY. 

Some of what I wrote down...

I am a mom, almost 40 years old. I mastered my digestive issues and now I need to tackle the weight. I want something easy to follow that doesn't take a lot of time to prep and shop. My weight goes up and down by 10-15 lbs regularly. My sleep and energy are mostly okay, I try to exercise a few days per week - walking or kickboxing - but I don't always do that. I tend to skip meals and then overeat with large portion sizes. I don't snack much, and I drink plenty of water. My mental health is okay but I'm tired of the way I feel inside my body. I don't have a lot of extra money, I am working on paying off debt, although I also try to make time for fun especially for my kids but also myself with my friends. 

I WANT TO BE HEALTHY. I want to set a good example for my kids, I want to fit into my clothes again. I want to feel better about myself. 

In the future, I want to travel - Alaska, Scotland, and Ireland are on my list. 

My financial goals need focus. 

I AM GOING TO PUT 100% OF MYSELF INTO THIS PROGRAM. I NEED IT FOR MYSELF. 

I am ready to make a change. 

I am the heaviest I have ever been. 

I want to make a change. 

I am PSYCHED for this program. 

I am CONFIDENT in myself. I know I can be successful if I commit and don't sabotage myself. 

I want to make better choices. I want to lose weight. I want to feel better and fit in my clothes. 

Things I am going to do to start to install the Habits of Healthy Eating and Hydration:

1. Set a timer for fuelings

2. Drink 120 oz of water each day

3. Plan a lean and green meal each day


Things I can stop doing to help me eat healthier and hydrate better right now:

1. not planning meals

2. not tracking water

3. snacking on kids food