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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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Ask the Coach/Counselor

Posted on December 4, 2017 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Ask the Coach/Counselor

Q: I have NOT practiced yoga because I was told it goes against my religion. Why should I STILL consider yoga despite these claims?

A: That is a great question and one that many unnecessarily struggle with. Although there are some religions that incorporate yoga practice they cannot lay claim to the MOVEMENTS.

Multiple religions sing, dance, and clap however, no one stops these practices just because another religion uses it. It comes down to each individual’s heart and motive behind the movement. You should honor your Higher Power in ALL that you do! Do you not go to your job because there may be some atheist employed alongside you? Do you not go to a particular grocery store and abstain from buying spinach because a Muslim shops there AND buys spinach?

It’s all about perspective. Yoga is a collection of movements designed to help the body flow.

As my friend Coach Arp once said: “I wouldn’t eat my food without seasoning, and I do not want to weight train without the “seasoning” of yoga. It’s a great enhancement to my exercise routine.” Well said, Coach Arp!

In good health,

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Myths of Yoga Deconstructed

Posted on December 4, 2017 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Myths of Yoga Deconstructed

There are a lot of myths floating around preventing people from receiving the benefits of yoga.This is unfortunate because yoga provides solutions to many problems people experience but they miss out due to lack of good information.


You have to be in shape to practice yoga.


Anyone at any level can participate. Always ask the studio to recommend which session you should attend based upon your current status. Also, be sure to let the instructor know before class your status so he/she can make modifications and guide you carefully.


All yoga classes practice chanting and other things that I’m not comfortable with.


Although there are some instructors who chant, not ALL instructors incorporate this into the class. PLUS, you don’t have to chant. Instea speak something that pleases you during that moment or just be quiet.


I am going to look crazy in front of others.


Most people honor the quiet space of yoga and are more focused on self than you. Focusing on others in the class will deprive an individual of a rewarding yoga session. In other words, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.” (couldn’t resist;))

Success Series: Meet Maria!

Posted on November 28, 2017 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (1)

Success Series: Meet Maria!

"I was pleasantly surprised regarding the nutrition component. In attempting to meet specific macronutrient goals, it is not an eat less type of plan, but eat more. In the beginning I actually was tired of eating and would think, Oh no, I need to eat again!"

How have you benefited from the Baobab Village experience?

This year I decided to be intentional in upgrading my nutrition and developing a consistent exercise regimen. Baobab Village offered a framework that I was able to personalize and easily incorporate into my lifestyle.

What is your favorite part about Baobab Village?

I really enjoy the camaraderie of the group exercise component. I not only have some new compadres but I am encouraged by their positivity, motivated by their commitment, and inspired by their successes.

What have you learned about yourself on this journey?

I like eating healthy. BOO to potato chips and M&M's (they used to be my go-to daily snacks)!

Name 1-2 challenges you faced on the journey and how you overcame them.

One challenge was to determine what to eat while meeting my macro-nutrient goals. I finally just started to focus on the recommended choices under each category and now make up my own concoctions (recipes).

Why should people consider Baobab Village Wellness Group to help meet their wellness needs?

Baobab is an excellent place to begin your wellness journey.They are committed to assisting you “to be your best you.”

Shut Down Pesky Cravings

Posted on November 23, 2017 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Shut Down Pesky Cravings

Excited about the holidays but nervous about staying on track with weight loss goals?

No need to fret; we‘ve got a simple solution for you!

Ever notice how hard it is to turn off the cravings for that delicious pie, savory stuffing, or golden, cake-like cornbread? No matter how much you try, a little nibble here and a little taste there… next thing you know, you’ve eaten the equivalent of three servings AND it’s not even FRIDAY!


Raw broccoli and/or cauliflower!


Yes, you read it right! Eating a few flowerets of either cruciferous veggie will cleanse your palette and DECIMATE those pesky cravings. If you cannot handle raw, then LIGHTLY steam the veggies and eat about ½ to 1 cup. Chase with an 8 ounce glass of water.

DO NOT run the veggies in dip! In fact, DO NOT use any flavor enhancements at all. They need to be in their purest and thus most potent state to do the work!


You CAN enjoy the holidays and NOT be a slave to post meal cravings. Follow this tip and have a great weekend!


7 Ways to Rest Well at Night

Posted on November 15, 2017 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

7 Ways to Rest Well at Night

Even though the days are shorter, there are still many people complaining about NOT getting enough sleep; it’s almost epidemic. Getting the proper amount of sleep increases the likelihood of:

  • harmonious relationships
  • productivity
  • weight loss and management
  • stress reduction
  • memory improvement

Want to improve your chances of having a good night’s rest?

1. Take a shower or bath before bed. Why go to bed with the residue of the DAY on you? Plus, it makes for better romance.

2. Be mindful of what you watch before going to bed, even if you DON’T watch TV in bed. The news, dramas, and anything else laden with negativity WILL impact your sleep. Go to bed laughing!

3. Make your last meal 3 hours before bedtime.

4. Practice 2-3 relaxing yoga poses prior to bed. Stretching your body and releasing the thoughts of the day will help shift you into a state of rest.

5. Avoid consuming coffee, black tea, sweets, or alcohol before bed.

6. Journal 2-3 positive thoughts in a notebook. Going to bed reflecting on beauty and brilliance will foster a sense of peace.

7. Use a soothing aromatherapy product. Lightly spray your bedsheets OR lightly mist your room. Get a diffuser with a timer and let the little puffs flow.

This is just a PARTIAL list of tips and we encourage you to research and try more! Our bodies were created for sleep. PLEASE be sure to get yours! You deserve a minimum of 7 hours EACH night.

Live Well.

Do Your Habits Help You Achieve Your Exercise Goals or Hurt You?

Posted on November 15, 2017 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Do Your Habits Help You Achieve Your Exercise Goals or Hurt You?

I don’t feel like working out.

It’s too cold!

It’s too dark!

I’ve got other things I MUST do; I don’t have time to exercise.

Sound familiar?

Any of these HABITS of mind stunting your ability to maintain a consistent exercise regimen?

I get it. But what I also get is that there will ALWAYS be a reason to NOT exercise.

The strategy to overriding these reasons to NOT exercise is to change your default response and reprogram your mind.

The truth is no one really wants to exercise in the cold, in the dark, when tired, or knowing there are other things demanding our attention. It’s out of HABIT that we CONSISTENTLY exercise despite the call of these deceptive sirens of life.

  • It’s out of HABIT we bundle up and press to our gym or trainer despite the bone-chilling weather.
  • It’s out of HABIT we drink or eat a little fuel to give us a push to press beyond the perceived or perhaps real feelings of lethargy.
  • It’s out of HABIT we work out in the dark morning or press on after work with daylight dimming, understanding we WILL NOT regret the decision.
  • It’s out of HABIT we adhere to our scheduled workouts and NOT allow anyone or anything to get in the way of this time.

As a result, we consistently reap the MANY benefits that a regular exercise regimen yields and live with a dance in our heart.

Still struggling?

Consider this: It’s out of habit that most of us brush our teeth and wash our bodies and it’s not always because we feel like it or even enjoy it (my Sonicare toothbrush reminds me of the dental hygienist!!).

Think about a habit you would like to add to help you reach your goals. Start doing it today, understanding that it takes practicing this habit CONSISTENTLY for at least 21 days (for some it may take 66 days or more) to make it a part of your lifestyle.

Need help establishing habits that will help move you closer to achieving your goals? Baobab Village Wellness Group would love to help you! Give us a call! 614-626-4983.

Another key to beating winter BLUES and BLAHS?

Posted on October 31, 2017 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Another key to beating winter BLUES and BLAHS


How can examining my healthy boundaries connect with the yucky seasonal blues and blahs?

Unusual connection, eh? 

Boundaries help keep us on task and thus move us closer to achieving our goals. When you refuse to consistently enforce necessary boundaries with YOURSELF, your family, your friends, your job, etc., you will find yourself in a constant state of chasing your tail or delaying progress, at best.

Last time I checked: Chasing my tail DID NOT yield a sense of euphoria!

Chasing my tail and unnecessarily delaying progress top the chart when it comes to triggers for the BLUES and BLAHS!

Enforcing your boundaries will require saying NO more often than you like and perhaps to people you really want to please and say yes to. It will necessitate you saying YES more often to yourself and will challenge you to KILL the guilt associated with saying YES to self. Will this be hard at first? Of course! But the more you build that NO muscle, the stronger you will become, and the easier it will be.

Set boundaries around your time, your priorities, your health, your rest, your joy, your peace, etc. If people and or things are infringing upon those boundaries and preventing your from living your best in all areas, then its time to have some tough and quick (don’t drag it out) conversations in love. Start with you and remind yourself that YOU MATTER.

You don’t ALWAYS:

• need to work more than 45 hours per week, especially if it is compromising your wellness goals (which always should include rest).

• need to pass up on eating the basic amount of food and drinking the basic amount of water because of the demands of a project or person.

• have to volunteer for the group project or go out with the person/or just because they asked you to.

• have to be the GO TO for event planning or family organization and/or problem solving— unleash EMPOWERMENT and let someone else have a crack at it.

• be the (your name here) Bank of America for family and friends

You get the picture.

Pick that thing that KEEPS getting in the way, identify the boundary that needs to be enforced, and do it!

As you begin to enforce those health boundaries, get ready to experience a new level of peace and joy, AND watch the blues and blahs disappear!!!

Need help establishing and enforcing boundaries? Give us a call--our counselors and/or coaches are ready to help you!

In good health,

Starving Body VS Well-Fueled Physique

Posted on October 31, 2017 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Starving Body VS Well-Fueled Physique

Are You Starving?

Check out these Pics!

Here is the picture of a body that was only getting an average of 950-1100 calories per day with no specific macronutrient plan in place. She was working out consistently and working out hard, BUT her body would not move in the desired direction.


Here is the SAME body, 40 lbs lighter eating at least 450-600 calories more and steady increasing. She is still training but now with minimal cardio.

What changed?

She signed up for Baobab Village’s nutritional consulting and got on a macronutrient and exercise plan for her body type, made the necessary life and mental adjustments and remained consistent (even in spite of setbacks and hiccups). As a result, she is moving and grooving in a healthy, vibrant body today!

The holidays are coming up and you don’t have to fear gaining more weight or be concerned with DIETING around this festive time of year. You CAN enjoy the holiday delights AND STILL lose weight with the proper plan in place. Contact Baobab Village Wellness Group to learn how YOU can lose weight and experience success!

NOW is the time to get started to prepare for any spring AND/OR summer goals. Don’t delay, call us today!

Feel Stuck in a Holding Pattern?

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Feel Stuck in a Holding Pattern?

Dr. Henry Cloud shares life-changing advice in his book Necessary Endings.

In the preface, he states:

“Today may be the enemy of your tomorrow.” The things you desire in your personal and professional life “may never come to pass if you do not end some things you are doing today.”

When hearing the term holding pattern, what often comes to mind is a plane being delayed for landing due to weather, crowded ports, or technical difficulties.

In our personal lives, it means being stuck and stalled and unable to move forward. To be stuck in a holding pattern suggests you are in a state of waiting or suspended progress but NOT by choice. Or is it?

During times of transition, it may seem like things are moving so slow that it appears we are stuck. However, we are engaged in so much activity that surely we must be on the right track. Doesn’t the fact that we are exhausted and stressed out count for something!

When we feel stuck, we must evaluate our current circumstance by answering the following:

  • What about my current situation has me stuck? 
  • Is there something or someone that I need to let go and leave behind to be able to embrace the new? 
  • Is it time for a NECESSARY ENDING?  
  • If I choose to NOT END or let go or leave behind whatever or whomever, can I be at peace with this state of stagnation?

The scary part can be releasing that familiar thing or person without a clear picture of the future. This is where faith definitely comes in.

8 steps to moving out of a holding pattern:

1. Create a clear visual of where you are trying to go.

2. Identify exactly where you are stuck.

3. Visualize what you will say and do once you arrive and who will be there to greet you.

4. Identify 1-2 things to DO to ensure progress.

5. Identify 1-2 things you must STOP doing to ensure progress.

6. Get moving and be sure to do something DAILY to get there.

7. Encourage yourself DAILY.

8. Do NOT condemn yourself if and when you stumble.

Progress can happen with consistent, meaningful activity and the right action plan. Be courageous and get moving; you’ve been cleared for a successful landing!


In good health,

Pumpkin Seeds and Power Pumpkin Waffles

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Nutritional Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds:

Beta Carotene




And…pumpkin seeds can also help with… DRUM ROLL please… 

SEX DRIVE! Yes, pumpkin seeds contain aphrodisiac properties. Not surprising since low sex drive can be increased with proper food and exercise.

Power Pumpkin Waffles Recipe

• About ¼ Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pancake Mix (or the gluten free pancake mix of your choice. Gluten free to cut down on bloating)

• 1 egg

• 1/2- 1 scoop of your favorite vanilla protein mix (I use whey isolate for this recipe)

• 1/8 tsp of vanilla

• 2 dashes of cinnamon

• 1 dash of allspice

• 1/8 -1/4 tsp of oil (your choice EXCEPT olive oil… can’t imagine that tasting good with this one)

• ¼ cup of pumpkin puree

Mix and pour in sprayed Belgian waffle iron

Serve with no sugar apple butter or applesauce on top.


Side Note: Including protein with pancakes and/or waffles provides a balance in bloodstream with food absorption and helps with satiety.