Honoring Our Body – Nov 21

Honoring Our Body

It’s so easy to be critical of our bodies and constantly run all of the negative tapes over and over in our head. This week, as we are showing thanks and appreciation for all that we have in our life, what if we took some time to reflect and appreciate our body?

Our bodies are incredible! Without thinking, day in and day out, our heart pumps our blood, our lungs expand allowing us to breathe, and a million other processes take place allowing us to live another day.

Accepting and loving ourselves means loving ourselves as we are now. Not just when we hit some ideal that we are striving for. Let’s give ourselves grace. We may not be exactly where we want to be now, but we can always shift and start incorporating new habits to move us in the right direction.

Several years ago I heard someone say, “It’s hard to take care of something you don’t love.” That struck a chord deep within me.

When we love ourselves, we can see that eating healthy foods that nourish our bodies, as an act of gratitude and appreciation. And we can see exercise or movement as a celebration of what our bodies can do instead of a punishment dealt out because of what we ate.

My hope is that we understand that we are all on our own journey, doing the best we can. Please know that the number on the scale in no way dictates our value as a person. It doesn’t determine how beautiful we are, how worthy we are, how lovable we are or what an amazing human being we are.

Be Inspired!

The Perfect Shrimp Salad


  • 14 ounces jumbo cooked shrimp, peeled, deveined and chopped
  • 1½ cup tomato, diced
  • 4½ ounces avocado, diced
  • ¼ cup jalapeno, seeds removed, diced fine
  • ¼ cup chopped green onion
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh pepper to taste


In a small bowl combine green onion, lime juice, olive oil, pinch of salt and pepper. Let them marinate at least 5 minutes to mellow the flavor of the onion.

In a large bowl combine chopped shrimp, avocado, tomato, and jalapeno. Combine all the ingredients together, add cilantro and gently toss. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

Makes 2 servings.

Per serving:
1 Lean | 2 Greens | 2 Condiments | 2 Healthy Fats

Life of My Dreams

At 44 years old, Lesley had lost all hope of ever feeling healthy, having energy or being fulfilled again.

“My transformation story began about three years ago. I used food, especially chocolate, to numb my stress and to freeze the feelings of grief I felt from my brother’s passing 27 years before.

I had tried and failed to lose weight so many times with other weight loss programs and various diets, I didn’t know where to turn. Then I reached out to a friend on Facebook one day, and she shared the health program with me.

That one decision to try this health program has changed the entire trajectory of my life. I have lost 76 lbs and have kept the weight off.  I also found a health community that supports and truly cares about one another. Now, I get to live in the moment and dance for joy.”

Happy Thanksgiving and remember that we gather to be thankful for what we have, for the family we love, the friends we cherish, and for the blessings that will come!

Health and Happiness,


Tina Kucera

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Tina Kucera | http://www.tinak.optavia.com | tinak.gethealthy@gmail.com

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