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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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Fab Fall Recovery Shake Recipe

Posted on October 17, 2017 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I just stumbled on the most delightful fall recovery shake and it really blessed my pants.

Drum roll, please!

The pumpkin spice protein shake! 

  • 1 scoop of J Robb Vanilla Egg White Protein Powder (this is my preference, but a whey protein isolate works as a great 2nd option)
  • 2-3 TBS of canned pumpkin
  • 1/8 tsp of vanilla
  • 1 tsp of dark brown sugar
  • 3-4 dashes of Allspice OR 1.5 dash of nutmeg and 3-4 dashes of cinnamon (Side note, Allspice is its OWN spice made from the dried berries of Pimenta dioica…but the nutmeg/cinnamon combo can slightly mimic the flavor)
  • Ice
  • 6- 8 oz. of water

Combine ingredients in blender and enjoy this delicious fall post workout treat!

The body tends to use this well immediately after a workout to begin the recovery and repair process.

Stay tuned for our wellness leaf on all things pumpkin!!!!! Tis the season!

Beating the Seasonal Blues and Blahs

Posted on October 17, 2017 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

We have a SECRET to share on how to beat the seasonal blues and blahs

Its mid-October already. Time is slowing down for no one. The days are getting shorter. The dark is present longer. Do you know what this means? There is potential for low energy and moodiness to creep in and slow you down.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

To prevent seasonal blues and blahs, you have to ACTIVATE A PLAN. One crucial component of this plan is joining and adhering to a STRUCTURED exercise program that includes accountability, guided instruction, and as super plus, comradery.

Studies show people tend to flourish more when they are an active part of a structured fitness community. The support, encouragement, and accountability within the exercise program will do wonders with boosting your mood, increasing clarity, and sending a steady surge of energy just when you need it.

Where do you begin? If you are not already connected with a program, start visiting different centers or purchase a Groupon and try a few places to see which one will best meet your needs for this season. After you find one, COMMIT! Pay for a few months in advance or COMMIT to pay for a few months in advance to ENSURE you don’t flake out when winter hits.

Besides, the best time to begin prepping for the summer is NOW.

Baobab Village provides a great environment for you to exercise your body. We also provide nutritional coaching to help you stay the course during these winter months WITHOUT feeling deprived AND with the ability to enjoy your favorite holiday foods.

Haven’t tried us yet? We offer a Groupon for a couple services… (low risk investment to experience the


Get started NOW so you can be in the right frame of mind and routine through the winter months.


Live well!

Yummy Solutions for Bland Foods

Posted on October 5, 2017 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Yummy Solutions for Bland Foods

We want to share a few of our favorite fall treats to help enhance those so-called bland foods…

Introducing Crystal!

Posted on September 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Introducing Crystal! 

What do you want your class to know about you as an instructor?

I am very attentive and responsive when it comes to guiding my class. Yoga is supposed to be fun so I am here to make that happen!

Why should people consider yoga?

Yoga helps to restore the body. Benefits of yoga include:

  • Helps slow and still the daily grind
  • Soothes the nervous system
  • Encourages mindfulness
  • Cultivates body awareness
  • Allows for self-awareness
Adapted from Adam Brady


How has yoga helped you?

Yoga has made me so much more patient in my day to day life.

Any final thoughts/encouragement?

I took yoga teacher training on a whim because I wanted a better understanding of my purpose and I am so glad I did! My body is more open and so is my heart!

Introducing Emily!

Posted on September 6, 2017 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Introducing Emily!

We are excited to welcome Emily to the Baobab Village team as a YOGA instructor. Read more about Emily, her passion for yoga, and her teaching style.

Why should people consider yoga?

Yoga is for everyone, even if you don’t think you are flexible or have not been active in a while. Yoga increases relaxation, strength, flexibility and the mind body connection.

How has yoga helped you?

Yoga has helped me get over anxiety and depression. It has taught me to be present in the moment and has helped me be grateful for everything!

What do you want your class to know about you as instructor?

I am fun and easy going, but I am also passionate about reaching a class that invigorates the mind, body, and soul. I love people and I love seeing people grow into their full potential.

Any final thoughts? Encouragement?

I am so grateful to be apart of the team and I look forward to meeting everyone. 

Is Your Family Sabotaging Your Progress?

Posted on August 16, 2017 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Is Your Family Sabotaging Your Progress?

Do you often feel like your fitness and/or nutrition goals are often thwarted inadvertently (or on purpose) by the distractions of family and friends?

You are not alone if you do. When you finally make the decision to take on a new goal and change a major part of your life, it is often hard for family and friends to TOTALLY get on board and understand what this means for their lives. They will still expect you to do things that conflict with your success like eat out at a restaurant that doesn’t have the choices that will keep you moving in the right direction. OR bring all kinds of nonsense and foolish in the form of cookies, chips (or whatever your THING is) and expect you to stay strong and get over it!

It doesn’t work that way. In order for you to be 100% successful without as little stress as possible, the loved ones you are around the most have to make a semblance of a sacrifice and offer the support you need.

If you want your family/friends to get on board with your journey:


• share your goals and what it means for everyone as a family

• tell them how they can benefit from you accomplishing your goals

• (If relevant) tell them how you would love it if this is something you can do together, but you respect if they are not ready at this time

• Get them to sign a support agreement and POST it for all to see on a regular basis.

Here is a sample support agreement template:

Family Agreement

This is a sample template; however, you can design whatever works best for you. The point is that once something is in writing, it will be more likely to come true. There is power in the pen when it comes to commitment. Plus, it provides a safe way to engage in discussions that can be tough to broach with those closest to you.

All the best to you as you accomplish your goals!

Investing in Your Marriage

Posted on August 16, 2017 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Investing in Your Marriage

1. Marriage requires a HUGE INVESTMENT. Are you getting a sufficient ROI?

2. Did you invest enough only to yield a sufficient ROI or did you do what it takes to yield an ASTRONOMICAL ROI? High yields require risk and vulnerability… We submit that it’s worth it!

3. FYI: Sufficient often suggests bare minimum. To have the marriage that keeps you two from becoming strangers, you must go above and beyond which INCLUDES investing in yourself.

“Marriage, being the enormous thing it is, means we are NOT the same person after we entered the union… problem is learning how to love and care for the “stranger” to whom you find yourself married.” --Stanly Haurwes

In celebration of our anniversary month (and for those of you who share an anniversary with your spouse this month), here is a little nugget to consider:

  • Please make sure you don’t allow life and/or the kids to create strangeness in your marriage or worst cause you to be strangers living in the same bedroom.

  • Be intentional about investing in your marriage.

Last call for Come Play with Your Spouse session at Baobab Village Wellness. Invest in your marriage this weekend! It will yield high returns!

Last day to register is Thursday, August 17th at 8pm. Registration is $25 per couple. If you need to register in person please come to Baobab Village on Thursday, August 17th from 1pm-8pm.

In good health,

Team Fitzgerald

Is Your Ground Turkey Making You Fat?

Posted on August 6, 2017 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Is your ground turkey making you fat?

A lot of people are so excited to share that they’ve made the switch to ground turkey instead of ground beef. While this can be admirable in many ways, it doesn’t mean you will accomplish your weight loss goals.

Check out the comparison for 3 ounces of each:

Information is power and just because something sounds healthy doesn’t mean it’s the best for you at this time. As you can see, there isn’t much difference in fat content between the 85 and 93 ground turkey and the ground beef. The only BIG difference is the ground beef will stay in your system longer than the ground turkey.

Yes, burgers and meatloaf will taste better with the fattier meats, but having a major party in your mouth isn’t always an option when trying to hit a major weight loss goal (however, eating well DOES NOT have to be grueling… just attend one of our Unmasking the Healthy Eating Lies to find out HOW to not EVER eat bland or boring healthy food).

Want a nutrition plan that will help you lose weight without starving? Call and set up an appointment with one of our wellness coaches! We will help you EAT WELL as you LIVE WELL!

$uccess: Part 2

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

$uccess Part 2

H.L. Hunt, a $uccessful billionaire, gave 3 requirements for $uccess:

1. Decide what you want

2. Determine the price you have to pay

3. PAY that price


We want to offer a 4th requirement:


4. Pay the price for as LONG as you have to achieve the desired results.


Which leads me to this thing, this idea, this insidious mindset that is undermining the hopes and dreams of so many deserving people-- The Quick Fix!

Read this sentence and fill in the blanks.


(Your Name) ________________________ will work hard for a long, long, long, time to achieve (your goal)_______________________.

Repeat this sentence a few more times.

How does saying it make you feel?

Unfortunately, since the advent of the microwave and drive through window, our society has become immune to the idea of delayed gratification and all the beauty and longevity that accompanies it. Consequently, there are a lot of unmet goals and unfulfilled dreams just waiting to be birthed by many people.


Why is delayed gratification so hard? Why do we make it hard?


Could it be that we have too many things going on in our lives that we no longer have the capacity to slow down and wait?

Could it be that we subconsciously walk in a lifestyle of fear, the fear of missing out or falling short, that the idea of delayed gratification suggests failure instead of ultimate, sustainable $uccess?

Consider this:

Wouldn’t it be more fulfilling to forgo 3 (fast food restaurant of your choice) bacon cheeseburger meals that lack much nutritional value and leave you feeling depleted and $ave up for a nice meal such as a grilled double-cut pork chop with a side of grilled asparagus, and red garlic mashed potatoes? (Pork is not on trial today :)).

Maybe those aren’t your food choices, but you get the idea. The point is $aving up (delayed gratification) to enjoy a well-prepared, relatively healthy sit down meal is a lot kinder to your body than the fast food frenzy feast. You will finish the meal feeling empowered and a new muscle of discipline is developed because you waited!

$uccess is about doing what you have to do for as long as you have to do it, delaying gratification, until you reach the goal.

What permanent $uccess are you trading for a quick fix?

Success: Part 1

Posted on July 12, 2017 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Success: Part 1

"Successful people make a habit of doing things unsuccessful people don’t like to do.” Herbert Grey


What is the one goal you would love to accomplish?

What are the top 5 thigs you need to do to accomplish this goal (including any mindsets you need to embrace, etc.)?

What DON’T you like to do that is on that list?

If this goal is important to you, start doing more of things you DON’T like to do and do them DAILY! 

Keep up the consistency and see yourself ACCOM PLISHING your goal!

Would you like some help accomplishing your goal? Contact us to see how we may be able to help you reach any of your wellness goals.