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This is Pia BEFORE stress-free living.


This is Pia living a lifestyle of wellness (which does not have room for stress)!


Do you want to know what it takes to get out of the bondage of stress-filled living? Contact us today at 614-306-0532 or by emailing us at livewell@baobabvillagewellness.com.

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Cauliflower Pizza Food Swap

Posted on April 17, 2018 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Cauliflower Pizza Food Swap

Cauliflower may not be your go to vegetable but it makes an excellent food swap when you want pizza. With a little planning and preparation you can use cauliflower pizza crust to enjoy your favorite pizza.


  • 1 medium head of cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 ½ tablespoons coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Put ½ of the cauliflower florets into bowl of food processor, pulse until it resembles rice (about 30 seconds). Transfer into a large bowl and place other ½ of florets into food processor to repeat above.

Microwave pulsed cauliflower for 5 minutes OR add all to a pot with 1 inch of water and bring to a boil to let it cook for 5 minutes with a lid on. 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet or pizza pan with parchment paper.

Let cauliflower cool for 15 minutes. Once cool enough to handle, transfer cauliflower to a clean dish towel or cheesecloth. Squeeze of excess moisture -- make sure to do this until no water comes out and the cauliflower is dry. This is very important to the success of the recipe.

Next transfer cauliflower pulp to a large bowl and add in egg, mozzarella, parmesan, coconut flour, garlic powder, oregano, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir to combine and form a soft dough.

Place dough in the middle of the prepared pan and push out with your hands to form a 9-10 inch circle, with about ¼ inch dough thickness.

Bake for 20 minutes until crust is firm and slightly golden brown. Remove from oven, then top with pizza sauce and cheese (or whatever your heart desires). Bake for 5-10 more minutes until cheese is melted, then turn broiler on for 1-2 minutes to get cheese nice and golden brown and bubbly. Make sure to watch carefully!

Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes minutes before cutting into 8 slices and serving. Serves 4, 2 slices each.


**Recipe orginally posted on Ambitious Kitchen.

Secrets to a Peaceful Marriage

Posted on April 4, 2018 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Secrets to a Peaceful Marriage

Want to know a few secrets to a peaceful marriage?

Secret ONE: Peace comes when you treat your relationship with the Improvisation Mantra of “YES AND…” NOT “Yes, but…”

Yes AND suggests you are listening and considering what is being offered by your spouse; AND, you desire to build on it with what you have to offer, always seeking to be in the moment and looking for cohesive connection opportunities.

“Yes, but” is dismissive and tells the lie that you are considering his/her side when in fact you just are waiting for the window to present YOUR side, your way, your pre-fashioned outcome.

Approach each exchange with your spouse as a “YES AND” opportunity and expect good things to happen!

Secret TWO:

Peace comes when we accept the limitations of others. Sometimes we expect too much and impose unrealistic expectations  on others thus priming the stage for disappointment. Learn to meet people where they are at and come alongside them for the journey. Stressing over the limitations of others will SPILL over into your marriage and manifest emotionally, mentally, physically or spiritually. It’s called daily baggage and it is often inadvertently dumped on the spouse.

Secret THREE:

Peace comes when you CEASE trying to get your spouse to change. You don’t have the tools to make this happen. When we cease trying to get others to change—we can offer alternative ways of handling and or viewing a situation but ultimately we must rest in the fact that the decision for someone to change is NOT our problem to own.


Do you seek daily to find opportunities in the little things to connect with your spouse or are you often stuck in yesterday’s list of disappointments as you begin each day anew? Not saying this is easy, but a big step is to become aware and take action. Perhaps the assistance of a marriage enrichment group or coach may go a long way to helping you and your spouse produce the fruit of peace in your marriage.

Seek peace in your marriage and pursuit diligently. Love and live well!

In good health,


©March 2018

Baobab Village Wellness Group

Protein Bar that Packs a Powerful Punch

Posted on April 3, 2018 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Protein Bar that Packs a Powerful Punch

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All protein bars aren't created equally.

The Baobab Village team has found a protein bar that not only tastes good but is good for you.

ONE Protein bars come in a variety of different flavors that will make your taste buds happy. The Baobab Village Team has personally tried and recommend the Lemon Cake, Maple Glazed Doughnut, and Chocolate Brownie flavors. 

Each protein bar has 20 grams of protein and only 1 gram of sugar. If you need a quick snack or preworkout meal ONE Protein Bars will do the job!

Try one today and let us know which flavor is your favorite. 

Delicious Fudge Brownie Food Swap

Posted on March 27, 2018 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Declious Fudge Brownie Food Swap

Have you made changes to your nutrition but still want to enjoy your favorite foods? We have good news; you can. With some research and planning you can prepare your favorite recipes with a few food swaps to make them healthier.

Over the next few weeks we will share some of our favorite food swap recipes. Our first recipe is Black Bean Avocado Fudge Brownies. The ingredients in this recipe will surprise you and your taste buds.

Black Bean Avocado Fudge Brownies


  • 1 - 15 oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 of a large extra ripe avocado
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (important to use a VERY good quality powder!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips of choice, plus 2 tablespoons for topping


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8x8 inch baking pan.

Place all ingredients besides chocolate chips into blender or food processor. Process or puree until ingredients form a smooth batter. If the batter is WAY too thick and won't process then add in a teaspoon or two of water. This batter needs to be very thick in order to produce fudgy brownies. Add in 1/3 cup chocolate chips and fold into batter.

Pour batter into prepared pan, sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of remaining chocolate chips. You can also fold in nuts or swirl in peanut butter. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out somewhat clean and top of the brownies begin to crack.

Cool pan completely then cut into 12 delicious squares.

If you try these delicious brownies let us know. Share a picture of your creation on our https://www.facebook.com/baobabvillagewellnessgroup/" target="_blank">Facebook Page. 


Recipe originally posted on https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/healthy-avocado-black-bean-brownies/" target="_blank">https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/healthy-avocado-black-bean-brownies/

Introducing Claudette!

Posted on March 13, 2018 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Introducing Claudette!

We are excited to welcome Claudette to the Baobab Village team as a personal trainer and wellness coach. Continue reading to learn more about Claudette's personal wellness journey and her inspiration for helping others achieve their goals.  

What inspired you to become a personal trainer?

The great personal trainers that have guided me through my weight loss and fitness journey have inspired me to become certified. Their spirits, dedication, knowledge and encouragement have been contagious and has sparked my desire to support others in achieving their wellness goals.

What do you hope clients will learn by working with you?

I hope I can teach clients that their goals are achievable.

Share lessons you've learned along your wellness journey.

Key lessons I learned through my personal wellness journey:

  • One's ability to achive their purpose in life is tied to one's wellness.
  • Have faith and pray specifically about your journey. 
  • It starts with doing one thing differently and consistently. 
  • This is a lifestyle changing journey with successes and challenges. 
  • Know that you are not on the wellness journey alone. 
  • Your coaches, trainers, and accountability partners will not let you fail!!!

Want to meet Claudette and try out a session of her high energy, dance fitness class? Join her on May 2nd at 6pm where she will preview her class at Baobab Village. Registration is free but we are accepting donations of any amount at the door. https://baobabvillagelablastfitnesspreview.eventbrite.com" target="_blank">For more information and to  register click here

These 5 Words Will Sabotage Your Weight Loss Plan!

Posted on February 27, 2018 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

These 5 Words Will Sabotage Your Weight Loss Plan!

What is this notion of “Let me ease into it” or “ I need take baby steps” when it comes to losing weight?


It’s like saying:

“please leave the door open so I can return to nonsense and foolishness as I so please.”


“not really ready to make the commitment yet, but I want to create the illusion that I am” which is self-deception at its finest.

It’s very dangerous because after 8 weeks of “easing into it”, doing an 1/8 of what is required and NOT yielding any real or visible results, discouragement settles in and you quit.

Why would someone want to ease into weight loss? 

  • Fear of failure arrests you.
  • Potential grief over the death of old ways of doing food, exercise, and rest.
  • Fear of whom and what you will have to muster the courage to say NO to in order to truly do what it takes. 

When you start a new job, do you only work 1 day a week and eventually build into a 5-day work schedule AND expect a salary like you’ve been doing 5 days from the beginning? Do you only work 2 hours a day for weeks until you’ve fully eased into 8 hours a day? (With the exception of coming off a traumatic event and easing back into life)

There are times when it makes sense to ease:

  • Relationships
  • Making a major purchase
  • Selecting a college to attend
  • Traveling down the yellow brick road with Diana Ross and Michael Jackson  

But once the decision is made and the date set, easing ceases! You jump in and move forward with gotta-get- it-gusto!

One thing is for certain: Easing into weight loss effort will yield ease on into it results.

Real Deal Moment: We want maximum results with ease on into it effort… You deserve better than this!

The following are NOT appropriate for people who have made the DECISION to lose weight:

  • Hemming and Hawing
  • Shilly Shallying
  • Pussyfooting
  • Lolly Gagging
  • Shucking and Jiving
  • Piddling around

They are more appropriate for birthday agendas and mother’s day celebrations. There will be NO book on How to Lose Weight the Shilly Shally Way or The Piddle Off the Pounds Weight Loss Strategy.

Give yourself PERMISSION to release the "ease into it" mindset and stop the nonproductive behavior that enables you to continue to EASE into it and gives the illusion you are being productive.

Give yourself PERMISSION to do what it takes to WIN!

Necessary Endings

Posted on February 22, 2018 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Necessary Endings

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Last week marked the beginning of ADAR the last month on the Hebraic calendar. What’s significant about ADAR is that it marks a time to not only END some things but to

CELEBRATE those endings.

Celebrate endings? Hard to do, eh? We often prolong ending things because we don’t quite know how to gracefully bring things to a conclusion. We FEAR the preconceived aftermath.

But there are things that need to end in order for you to continue to move forward in life:

  • Ending the tug-o-war with weight loss and LOSE WEIGHT
  • Ending an unhealthy relationship (personal, work, etc.)
  • Ending a particular job or career
  • Ending your perceived inability to say NO in order to achieve your goals

Necessary Endings by Dr. Henry Cloud is a MUST HAVE for everyone, especially those needing help facilitating an end to something. Check out what Dr. Cloud says about endings:

“Today may be the enemy of your tomorrow….Endings are a natural part of the universe and you must face them, stagnate, or die.”

Purchase this resource through our featured link to get a copy of this resource in your hands right away! No immediate necessary ending in sight-- keep living because it’s coming. Get this book to be empowered AND prepared!

Do you want to hear HOW this book helped Pia make a scary but necessary ending? Click here to be INSPIRED.

My Necessary Ending

Posted on February 21, 2018 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

My Necessary Ending

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THE FOLLOWING LETTER is the ACTUAL RESIGNATION LETTER sent to my building principal

May 8, 2014

Dear Principal (Name Withheld),

It is with a melancholy but joyful heart that I humbly submit this letter informing you that my season at Reynoldsburg as a classroom English teacher has come to an end. Reynoldsburg has been a great place to serve, and I am a much better person having had the privilege to serve as a teacher in this district.

I learned a lot. I grew a lot. I met soooo many wonderful students, parents, and educators. I can honestly say this district has blessed me beyond measure!

Why am I leaving? Great question. Back in December of 2012, the Lord began to show me things in my dreams that I didn’t quite understand, but I kept track of them in my journal. The theme of the dreams kept recurring almost every other night. It was a strange feeling—amazing and scary at the same time.

After several months of dreaming, my husband asked me, “Do you realize there is a RHS connection in all of your dreams?” I hadn’t realized it (even though I carefully recording all details); somehow I managed to overlook that part. Even though we started working on our business plan years ago, I just knew I would be with RHS until at least 2018. I think there was a part of me that wasn’t ready to receive what God was trying to prepare me to do.

In fact, a couple of months before my husband’s observation (May 2013), one of my prayer partners asked if I had been released from the job yet. I angrily shot out, “Absolutely not!” for I was offended at the thought of leaving RHS so soon. I told her I hadn’t received THAT memo, but little did I know I was consistently receiving it in the form of dreams (and a special book) — I just chose not to accept it.

Yes, there was a special book entitled Necessary Endings by Dr. Henry Cloud I started reading in January of 2013. It took only 3 weeks to complete and was a fabulous read! It spoke to me and inspired me, but I didn’t think leaving RHS was my “necessary ending.” I mean how could it be? I have a great job! I work in a district that is doing some innovative things that line up with my passion; the students are colorful, fun characters, etc. Leave . . . no way!!!I am too blessed here!

How many can say they drive to work daily with a smile on their heart? I can. I did not dread going to work and looked forward to the opportunity each day would bring. I am not saying that I didn’t have bad days or that I didn’t look forward to the summer; I am a human teacher!

When God pointed me in the direction of Reynoldsburg with HIS soft voice back in the fall of 2003, little did I know what great things He had in store for me at RHS! I was the person who said I was done with teaching and would not return to the public school classroom. I started subbing and then long-term subbing and enjoyed every minute of it!!! God is sooo beautiful and knows what we need. He led me to this district which is where I was supposed to be for this season of my life.

Now here I am at the end of this fabulous season, embarking on a major transition. I am now being led to help others through ministry and our business to… live well. Too many people are living stress-filled lives which lead to poor eating, sleeping, and other habits which lead to preventable illness and disease which can ultimately lead to premature death. God wants more for ALL of His children, and I am being asked to go another level in HIM, step out on faith, and leave the comfortable and familiar to help others get to a promiseland.

You may be wondering why I just don’t take a sabbatical to pursue this ministry. I thought about this option many times but never got peace about it. Obedience is important. I’ve seen through personal experience and through the lives of others where disobedience is an ultimate sign of disrespect and lack of trust. Frankly, I am getting too old to continue to make decisions out of fear and/or disobedience—operating this way leaves me unprotected by the protection of our Loving Father.

So, again, it is with melancholy and excitement that I say goodbye to RHS and wish you and everyone else (students, parents, educators, community stakeholders, etc.) nothing but the best! It has truly been a rewarding experience!

Yours in good health,

Pia Fitzgerald

Success Series: Meet Taylor!

Posted on February 5, 2018 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Success Series: Meet Taylor!

Share your Baobab Village Virtual Coaching highlights.

Virtual coaching with Baobab Village provided me with the encouragement and accountability that were both very important in my journey. I especially appreciated the personalized workouts that were adjusted according to my needs. As my schedule got busier, I was given ways to adjust my workouts so that I was able to remain active. After re-injuring my knee, I was given even more creative ways to stay active. During weeks when I could not push my body or make it to the gym I learned how to best adjust my nutrition.

What surprised you about this experience?

I have been active my whole life and thought I knew a lot about my body but throughout my experience with Baobab Village I learned how much I did not know. I have a new understanding of my body and what it needs to stay on course with my fitness goals.

What were 2-3 keys to your success, especially as a grad student?

Planning, adaptability and prioritization were essential to my success especially as a grad student. Not only did I have a full course load but I was working two part-time jobs. Planning my meals ahead of time made it easier for me to stay on course. I started to learn which foods were best for me. When I was not as prepared or did not have time to food-prep, I was easily able to choose foods from nearby restaurants that fit into my meal plan.


Without planning my meals and being prepared ahead of time I could have easily gotten off track by making poor food choices or forgetting to eat altogether. There was room for flexibility and it helped to know that I was not “restricted”. Baobab Village taught me more about how best to incorporate that flexibility into my life.

Finally, I needed to prioritize. I would say I am good at time-management, however, as a grad student, I also had to make good use of free time. I believe that I was successful because I chose to work out when I could (even for 30 minutes). Normally, I would have spent that time taking one of my little breaks goofing around on social media.

Why should someone consider using Baobab Village Wellness Group to help meet their wellness needs EVEN long distance?

Baobab Village Wellness Group is a great source of support, encouragement and accountability, all of which are needed regardless of your lifestyle, occupation, etc. Even if long distance, Baobab provides knowledge that will definitely allow you to learn more about your body and help you to reach your fitness goals.

Any additional thoughts/comments

I highly recommend Baobab Village Wellness Group as I am immensely grateful for the insight I have been given. I am happy to be part of the community, long distance or otherwise.

Practical Tools for Managing Stress and Anxiety

Posted on January 24, 2018 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Practical Tools for Managing Stress and Anxiety

This Saturday we are offering our first Overcoming Stress and Anxiety Group. To wet your whistle with upcoming content, take a look at this graphic illustrating the pathways that lead to stress and anxiety.

Did anything hit a nerve? If so, we welcome your presence this Saturday at 11:00 AM for an opportunity to receive practical tools to STOP stress and anxiety from blocking your progress.


• Ongoing OPEN group meets every 4th Saturday

• Can come as often as you like or need

• Groups are led by a licensed therapist

• Cost is $25.00 per session.

• Call or email 24 hours in advance to reserve your spot — livewell@baobabvillagewellness.com, 614-626-4983

In good health,