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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

How to Fix OPTAVIA Fuelings


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


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:


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! 


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! 


Use the provided paper cup, and bake as directed. 

Any other tips? Leave a comment! 

Sunday, December 20, 2020

What is Fat-Burn? When am I in Fat-Burn on Optavia?

EXPLANATION OF FAT-BURN from Nutrition Support:

What is Fat Burn?

This program works by putting you in a “fat burning state”. This is more technically known as a very mild "dietary ketosis." Ketosis is a stage of metabolism where your body has depleted the reserves of its main form of energy – glycogen. Once those reserves are gone, your liver will begin breaking down stored fat in the body for use as energy. Breaking down the fat yields fatty acids and three types of ketone bodies (hence, the name ketosis). The ketones are then burned by the cells in your body as an alternative fuel. We try to stay away from the name “Ketosis” because of the negativity associated with it. We will call it “Fat Burning” or the “Fat Burning State”. 

The fat-burning state or ketosis refers to a metabolic state where your body is burning fat instead of its preferred fuel of carbohydrates. 

Carbohydrates exist in two forms when you are eating normally - "free" or accessible carbs, and stored carbs called glycogen. When your body needs fuel, it will burn the free carbs first (like when you eat a bagel or drink a glass of OJ - full of sugar/carbs). When all the free carbs are gone, your body will burn the stored carbs (glycogen). Glycogen is made and stored primarily in the cells of the liver and the muscles, and contains carbs and water stored together. Once the glycogen and stored water is gone, your body turns to burning fat.

In the first week of this program, people usually lose 3+ lbs. Most of that is a result of using up the glycogen, because every gram of stored carbs ALSO stores 3 grams of water. If the glycogen is used, the water is released. Result? Large weight loss.

This is ALSO why, if you have a high carb meal at some point, your weight goes UP UP UP. Every extra gram of carbs will be stored with an extra 3 grams of water. This is why if you eat 1 lb of chocolate, your weight goes up by 4 lbs (at least! 1 lb carbs + 3 lbs water).On a side note, when your body burns fat as fuel, ketone bodies are produced and are released in your urine, sweat, and saliva - this is the reason some people experience a sweet taste in their mouth. Additionally the brain loves ketones, so sometimes people have a euphoric "runners high" type feeling. The more fat that is burned, the higher the concentration of ketone bodies. Since this is a "mild" ketosis most people do not experience the taste in their mouth, but many do get that little energy "high".

Our program produces a MILD ketogenic, or "fat-burning" state. For diets that invoke a SERIOUS ketosis, like the Atkins diet, your carbs are limited to less than 20g per day (not what we would consider balanced). On the 5&1 program, we are eating just about 80g of carbs daily - JUST enough to keep your brain functioning well, and JUST enough to put you into mild ketosis.

You will KNOW that you are in ketosis IF you have been 100% ON PLAN for 3 days. This is because your body only stores enough glycogen to provide fuel for 3 days. Once the glycogen is GONE, after 3 days, you will be in mild ketosis.

Getting Into the Fat Burning State

Arguably, the worst part of being on the program is getting into FB. Our bodies have done what they’ve always done for millions of years – they’ve adapted to life as they know it. Our lives have led to us being overweight by indulging in bad foods in bad quantities. Our bodies are now used to that type of existence. Introducing a new nutritional paradigm (ketosis) to our bodies will necessitate it’s adapting to the new condition. This adaptation is stressful for the body and we will feel the effects.

First, your body will notice a dramatic drop in caloric intake at first. We’ve gotten our bodies used to abundant calories and carbohydrates for long periods of time or to an up and down pattern of calories/carbs which our bodies see as “feast or famine”. Either way, when we take the calories/carbs away, our bodies will react:

    1. Hunger – you’re going to feel hunger because your body is used to having more than it has now. Not atypical for dieting in general.
    2. Fatigue – you’re taking in dramatically less fuel (food) than you used to and your body will probably try to compensate by getting you to slow down your expenditure of energy. It does this by decreasing your metabolic rate. This can make you feel tired, even dizzy. It’s a type of warning that your body’s giving you saying “if you don’t get some food, I’m going to start burning fat!”
    3. Headache – some report headaches associated with “carbohydrate withdrawal”. Whether it’s truly withdrawl or not, I don’t know. However, it certainly seems that way to those who suffer its effects. The typical headache relief methods (ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin) are allowable while on Optavia, however your stomach may seem more sensitive to them because it’s no longer loaded with food. Try to use such products soon after having a meal and drink plenty of water.
    4. Irritability – when you're hungry, tired and/or have a headache…you can be understandably irritable. Try to keep in mind that you may be more inclined to react negatively to things during this short time and don’t go off on those who don’t deserve it.

The good news is that this transition generally lasts only 2-4 days. Once you’re in Fat Burn, you’ll feel a difference in your energy level. It will go up significantly as your body begins to enjoy having an alternative fuel source – fat stores!

Being in Fat Burn

As the ketones pervade your bloodstream to supply the cells with energy, your state of Fat Burn begins to manifest some side effects. Some of those side effects are disquieting, but they’re not bad for you.
Ketones will show up in your urine, which are sometimes able to be detected with Ketostix, but the state of ketosis that OPTAVIA evokes is so mild that often such tests won’t show a positive result on the Ketostix.

One of the three types of ketones is permeable to the lungs and can pass from the blood through the lung walls and becomes incorporated into your exhalations, the same way that carbon dioxide passes out of the body. This can cause “ketosis breath” and a slight metallic taste in the mouth. This is unpleasant, but can be easily overcome with frequent brushing of teeth (a few times a day) and sugarless gum/mints.

Menses can also be affected while in ketosis. Your cycle may be disrupted or cease all together. While this is an odd occurrence for a woman, it is not completely unexpected while in this state.

Happily, once you're in Fat Burn, your hunger dissipates, and you get the best of both worlds: faster weight loss AND reduced hunger. You may occasionally feel hunger while in Fat Burn, but it should be more mild than normal. Since you’re eating every few hours, you shouldn’t feel that gnawing sensation associated with hunger prior to being in ketosis. As your body adapts to the new circumstances, it may even develop an internal clock that will make you mildly hungry right around meal time. For some, there is no hunger at all and people need to remember or even be reminded that they need to eat!

Another side effect for some is an increased sensitivity to cold. Hands and feet can be particularly effected. I am normally very hot blooded, yet my hands and feet became ice cold when in Fat Burn. Hot drinks (tea, coffee, Optavia cocoa/mocha/cappuccino), sweaters, heat packs, etc can all help with this.

Breaking Fat Burn

Staying in Fat Burn revolves around keeping your body from getting excess carbohydrates. If your body comes to the conclusion that there are enough carbohydrates available to use as its main fuel source, it will end the Fat Burn state and resume using carbohydrates. This crash out of Fat Burn has some side effects as well:
  • Hunger – your body will assume that since you’re getting enough carbs to end Fat Burn, there must be ample food available. Coming out of Fat Burn and having food available is exactly the type of situation that the body has adapted for over the millennia - “Feast or Famine”. Now, it sees it as a time to feast so that you can replenish the glycogen that you depleted while getting into Fat Burn. That replenishment requires more fuel – more food! Therefore, your body tells you to eat, eat and eat. You’ll be almost insatiably hungry.
  • Immediate and dramatic weight gain – As your body restores its glycogen, you’re gaining weight…quickly. Several pounds in a period of a couple days is not uncommon.

Resuming Fat Burning

If you fall out of Fat Burn for some reason, the best thing to do is to start working to get right back in it. Follow the program as if you didn’t do anything to fall out.

If you “cheated” and had a candy bar or a hoagie or cookie or a slice of bread or whatever, resume the program as if you hadn’t had it at all. Keep on your meal schedule and get in your 5 Optavia meals and a Lean and Green. Don’t abandon the day, weekend or week by just giving up on it because you’ve “screwed it up”. Just get right back into the program immediately!

Doing this helps to significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to get back into Fat Burn. The longer you stay out of Fat Burn, the longer it takes to get back into it. So, hop right back on the wagon! 

Here’s a video to explain a bit about FAT BURN with Doug Wood: 

Bottom line? To be in a state of Fat Burn, you need to be 100% on plan. If you aren't, you will still lose weight (because you'll be eating fewer carbs every day than normal) - but it will be more slowly, and hunger and cravings are likely. The more CARBS you eat over 100g, the less BODY FAT your body will metabolize as fuel. And since fat carries 3500 calories per pound of energy, it is high octane fuel!

If you eat lots of extra fat- 1 cup of nuts, 1 lb of cheese, an entire avocado- you WILL stay in ketosis, but your body will metabolize the "free" fat because it is more easily accessed than your stored body fat. This could lead to slower weight loss, or a plateau. *This is still a better option than indulging in too many sugary treats!

Saturday, October 10, 2020

New to Optavia? Starting Optavia? Intro and Overview

If you haven't heard of Optavia, here's a brief overview. If you're considering Optavia, the first thing you need to do is chat with a Health Coach. If you don't already have someone you're working with, please reach out to me - I would be honored to answer your questions and help you get going on your journey to health! I'm also happy to chat with you to discuss this information in more detail - it is sometimes hard to convey and understand the full scope of the program without talking. 

Our program is designed to change your body AND your mindset, and is comprised of four components that all work together throughout your entire journey: 

  1. Your Coach - That's me! The one-on-one personal support and mentorship is what makes our program stand out. As your personal coach, I’m here to guide you through the program and assist you with changing your lifestyle. I will support you in reaching your optimal weight. I’ll provide tips along the way and we’ll celebrate the successes throughout your journey!
  2. The Habits of Health transformational system - It’s not just about getting your body healthy, it’s also about getting your mind healthy. Our Habits of Health Transformational System is the educational component designed to help you strategize your plan for reaching optimal health and wellbeing. 
  3. The Community - In addition to me - your coach, our Community of like-minded people are all on the same health journey and focused on creating better health. From live and recorded Client support calls and webinars, our Community is a place where you can find support, share triumphs, and ask questions.
  4. Fuelings - Our nutrition plan is easy to follow - you don’t have to count calories or macronutrients, it’s all done for you. With our Optimal Weight 5 & 1 Plan, your body enters a gentle but efficient fat burning state. 
  • During this weight loss phase, you’ll have six small meals a day. Five of these meals are Fuelings, which are nutritionally interchangeable and provide vitamins and minerals along with probiotics which help support digestive health, as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. The sixth meal is a Lean and Green meal you will prepare yourself, which contains a healthy amount of lean protein and three servings of non-starchy vegetables. Additionally, you will be drinking 64 oz. of water per day*. 

I coach clients through all three phases of the Program: reaching a healthy weight, transition, and optimization. 

*We recommend drinking 64oz of water each day. Talk with your healthcare provider prior to changing the amount of water you drink as it can affect certain health conditions and medications. 

Once you've talked to a Coach, and ordered your first box of Fuelings (and your LifeBook and the Habits of Health book!) establish a start date with your Coach - my support (or your coach's support) is an important and integral part of your success! You'll have a Kickoff Call with your Coach before you get started, to ensure you fully understand the program and what YOU need to do to be successful!


Before you begin your program, we need to do a little work to prepare.  Review my Tips and Tricks for a quick overview too. You will need the following items on hand prior to beginning:

Everything else you need for success will arrive in your box!  


These are a few grocery items lots of people find helpful for preparing fuelings and Lean and Green meals. Please try to keep it super simple the first few weeks! It doesn't have to be hard or complicated! Here is a link to my in depth overview of what you eat on Optavia, although I included some excerpts below. 

  • PB2 powder
  • Liquid Egg Whites
  • Approved tomato sauce (Rao’s Marinara or Great Value brand)
  • Cauliflower rice
  • A dressing that can be used as a “condiment” (Bolthouse Farms, Trader Joe’s Green Goddess, or Walden Farms are all good choices)
  • Coffee supplies (unsweetened almond milk is your most flexible choice.  Any sugar-free, fat-free, creamer that contains no more than 30 calories and 1 gram of carbs is acceptable, but you don’t get much of these, and check your portion size!)
  • Easy meal choices for your Lean (chicken, 99% fat free ground turkey, salmon, shrimp, and lean beef are all good choices, as well as eggs)
  • Vegetables for your Green (Choose ONLY items from this list)
  • Laughing Cow cheese (any variety)
  • Spray oil (olive oil, canola oil, or Pam)
  • I have compiled a list of commercial food products and how they count, and if Trader Joes is convenient to your home, I also included a grocery list for Lean and Green ideas:
  • Optional Snack choices (LOOK AT CARB COUNT ON POPSICLES. APPROVED BRANDS HAVE 1 gram of carbs!)

Remember, it is best to keep things VERY simple the first few weeks. I found it helpful to keep my Lean and Green super simple at first as my body and my mindset adjusted to the program. Optavia has created an online cookbook filled with Lean and Green recipes you can explore as you get more comfortable with Lean and Green parameters. 


This program has been the ONLY thing I’ve found that has worked for me, mostly because it takes out the vast majority of the thinking/prep work for meals. The structured nutrition plan focuses on weight loss AND changing your habits, so clients keep it off. 

I'm currently on the 5&1 plan, which means I eat 5 of the Optavia meals/snacks (called Fuelings) a day and 1 Lean and Green meal I prepare myself each day. The Fuelings are high in protein, low carb and low calorie, and you're eating every 2-3 hours. Fuelings come in lots of choices like oatmeal, pastas, mashed potatoes, cereal, snacky-crunchy type things, bars, shakes, brownies, pudding, cookies, soup, and more. Then you eat what’s called Lean and Green for one meal a day -- Pinterest has a jillion recipes you can look at to get ideas, but it’s basically protein and veggies. The Fuelings are super easy to grab and go, so I’ve had zero issue with traveling or being out of the house when I’m supposed to eat - they’re perfect for people who are busy.

It takes a little less than a week of adjusting your food intake on the program to get into what they call "fat burn" where you start to feel REALLY amazing. It was Day 5 for me. As your coach, I will help you get all set up, provide lots of support while you get going, weekly meals ideas, and some secret FB communities.  There is also a big emphasis on retraining your habits around food while rebuilding healthy habits. There’s an incredible support system while you are on plan, and a really great transition out once you reach your goals, so that you don’t just rebound on weight gain. This makes me super excited for the program, because that's where I usually fail. I have no worries about maintaining or regaining on this program. That’s a very bare-boned explanation, but I know this is something SO many of us struggle with. 

I feel like this has been so easy and so successful for me, that I need to share it because I know so many people are dealing with the same issues I was. The tiredness, the exhaustion of prepping foods, of skipping meals because it's easier than eating sometimes, overeating when I skip too many, etc. I have friends who started this program 2 years ago, lost 50 or more pounds, and have maintained it since then, so I know it works. I also have friends who only wanted to lose 10-15 lbs that they were hanging onto, and it was wildly successful for them too, and they've kept that weight off. The nutrition plan is so easy to follow and takes all the guesswork and calculations out of it - everything is perfectly designed for the exact amount of calories and macros you need each day, and the five fuelings you eat each day include all the vitamins and minerals, as well as a probiotic, that you need for a day. Combined with the Lean and Green it is exactly what the body needs. Plus water! 

I'd love to help you on your journey to health, and I am happy to answer any questions. Please contact me - details in the sidebar.

Phone/Text (preferred): 336-202-3316