A Wonderful Little Gem on the Road

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As fall approaches, I feel a tugging inside of me for the warm soothing feeling, that nourishing herbal tea brings me. I see the leaves blow across the road and  sense the change of the smell in the air. There are so many wonderful herbs that bring happiness to my taste buds, sometimes in the form of single herbs and sometimes in the form of blends. Herbs are blessings that the earth freely gives to us, not only to tickle the taste buds, but to comfort us and support good health. There is no limit to the value that these teas can provide. Peppermint is probably one of the most well known. Most people like the flavor of peppermint. What they may not know is how good for them it is. Peppermint is good for digestion, bad breath, headaches, supports improvement of mental focus and respiratory issues, helps with tight muscles and boost energy. One of my favorites is chicory root, it has a full bodied, almost coffee-like experience. I use this as the base to my own favorite blend. I add chicory, rooibos, tulsi and burdock. Not only do my taste buds enjoy this blend, my whole body thanks me while absorbing the life healing nutrients that these herbs bring.

The chill in the air causes my senses to crave warmth. This month, I have already been enjoying the whistle of the tea kettle alerting me of tea time. Maybe the stores are gearing up for the cooler weather months, I don’t know, but I just hit the jackpot at two different stores, in the same day, that had herbal teas on sale. I now have several yummy new flavors squirreled away for the winter. There are several different brands to choose from at your local store. Here is one. Just be sure to read the ingredients. Some of them look very healthful, but may have additives that are not. The good ones will only have herbs, No colors, flavorings, preservatives, or fillers. Tea takes up very little space, needs no refrigeration, and only requires some hot water to prepare. With a little knowledge, herbs can also add to your truck driver/in the truck first aid kit. So whether you are driving down the road or snuggled up with a good book, I encourage you to experiment with the many different flavors tea has to offer. What a wonderful little gem to have handy on the road not only for comfort, but healing.

Blessings,

Coach Carolyn

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Necessity is the Mother of Invention

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As an author and life coach, I love nothing more than finding new ways to inspire drivers and their families to get creative on their journey to healthier eating.  I had seen the Road Pro lunch box oven on several Facebook Groups and had been interested in it for quite some time.  I finally got one and couldn’t wait to try it. To use it at home, I got a converter that I could plug the 12v into.  Maybe I can inspire my husband or other drivers thinking about trying this cooking concept on the road. 

One day, we had some leftover meatloaf and we were just not feeling in the meatloaf mood, so I had a brainstorm.  Let’s crumble it up, add some sauce and put it on top of noodles. The family was not so sure but are accustomed to my culinary experiments.  It was a hit!  They loved it so much that they requested it again.  With this recent discovery in our kitchen, I was inspired that this dish was “the one,” the one that I was going to try first in my new Road Pro lunch box oven. 

This old favorite with a twist is delicious, easy, and can be used for several different meal ideas on the road. You could have meatloaf and veggies the first night, then have meatloaf spaghetti the second.

I thoroughly enjoy being creative with snacks, meals and desserts in the kitchen.  I have used this inspiration to add fun, simple and easy recipes for on the road as a bonus in the back of my book Gut Instinct.

Since I made it the first time using leftovers, I decided to try it from scratch and incorporated a vegetable into the mix for variety, as well as to add some nutrients and fiber.

Everything was chopped and mixed in the bowl.  I had planned to use a silicone loaf pan that I already had and felt sure that it would work. Well, it didn’t fit. I felt a deep sinking feeling in my stomach.  OH NO! I have all this ready and I have no pan that will fit in the lunch box oven. 20170815_174806 I frantically started looking everywhere in the kitchen.  Finally, I found a glass loaf pan.  It fit perfectly! 

 

In the pictures, I used one whole bell pepper, one whole onion and two zucchini.  It all barely fit into the pan. During cooking, it bubbled over a bit, but it sure was good!  So, the recipe below reflects half the amount of vegetables to avoid bubbling over.

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1 lb. ground beef

½ bell pepper, chopped 

½ onion, chopped 

1 zucchini, chopped  

½ t garlic powder

1 t Himalayan salt

1 small can of tomato paste

Add the ground meat to a bowl and add all other ingredients. Mix thoroughly and add to loaf pan.  Spread tomato paste on top and place into the lunch box for 2 ½ hours.

(The first time I made this, I did add sauce to the crumbled up meat.  This time, it had plenty of sauce already, so I didn’t feel the need to add more.  If you like a lot of sauce, add some extra of your favorite kind.)

In the pictures, I have used a no-grain pasta that is made out of mung bean.  You can use the pasta of your choice.
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Enjoy!

Coach Carolyn O’Byrne, CHT

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Extra Extra Read All About It!

news paper 2What happens when the circulation slows down or worse stops?

There is a good chance that if you are on the road a lot or you have an office job, there might be an issue with circulation.

Do you experience:

  • Cold feet and toes – even in the warm season
  • Cold hands and fingers
  • Numbness in certain parts of your body – generally extremities
  • Frequent dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Dry skin despite regular consumption of water
  • Hair loss
  • Lack of energy
  • Water retention in your feet
  • Varicose veins
  • Blemishes or spots on your skin
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty catching your breath
  • Feelings of pins and needles in extremities

 

What can be done to support this?

Examine what is being eaten.  Get rid of processed foods, artificial anything, foods cooked in high heat oil, and add good fats, vegetables, and fruits (in moderation).  Pick high nutrition foods to eat.  Spices can support the thickness or thinness of the blood. Don’t worry, spices don’t have to be hot, such as ginger, ginkgo biloba, and garlic, but cayenne is a good one too.  So many highly nutritious foods can support good health.  Try them all they all have huge benefits.

Get moving.

I know that exercise is a challenge for drivers and office workers, but take advantage of every opportunity possible.  Even if it is just for 5 min.  Bounce, jump, walk around, find a walking trail, step up the pace and try brisk walking, take the stairs, stretch, use weight resistance, squats, and toe touches, anything that gets the blood pumping.

You know your body better than anyone else.  Do what you know you can do and IF you can increase it daily, build it up as much as you can.  Get that circulation pumping!  It is important to your health.

You’ve Been Hacked

You’ve Been Hacked…

How do I know this?  We have all been hacked.  We all have “something” we do that we wish we didn’t.  Whether it is eating foods that we know are not good for us, biting our nails, getting angry easily with family, trucking on the road or “something” else.  Everyone has “something” that we would like to improve or change.  

So if we don’t want to do this, why do we do it?

Somewhere along the line, the idea to do that “something” got into our mind and made itself at home.  Once that happens, it can be difficult to kick it to the curb.  BUT difficult does not mean impossible like we might think.  Just as strong as the habit is to do it, you can create the same kind of habit to not do it at all.  Repetition, repetition, repetition.  

Make the conscious effort to do what you want to do and put it as top priority every moment.  Tape up reminders, say the goal to yourself over and over, out loud or in your mind, and then visualize, which is the magic bullet.  Visualization is huge in helping to make changes to our habits.  Visualize yourself doing what you want to do.  The deeper you go into your mind and feel that it is real, the better it works.  Your subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between real and not, and that is where the habit is stored anyway.  Your subconscious mind will think that you are really doing it the right way.  

But get ready, because it might rebel.  It has been doing it the old way for so long it will pull you back in that direction as hard as it can.  Keep up the good work and eventually, sooner than later, if you keep on track, that pull to do the old thing will be gone and you will have developed a new habit that is exactly in the direction that you want to go.  

So, don’t let being hacked control your life.  You have a choice

 

Get Moving

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GET MOVING!

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could switch up sitting and standing while cruising down the road? Well, since standing is NOT an option, here are some ways to get moving.

Truck driving poses a challenge when it comes to physical activity. Lack of movement negatively affects your health more than you might think. So what can you do to improve this phenomenon?

What about when you are going down the road? You can get moving then, too. Move your arms and tap your feet (one at a time of course. LOL). Get some hand weights. Tense up your muscles one at a time, hold that position, and release. You might find some muscles that you didn’t know you had.

Here are some other ideas:

To help tone your stomach, pull in your stomach muscles as far as possible and hold, then release.

Put your arms in the upper or lower hulk position, tense, hold, then release.

Stretch (you know, the way we used to do every morning when we were kids).

Firm those glutes. Anywhere, anytime you can tighten up your gluteal muscles, hold them and then release.

Sit up straight. Pull your shoulders back, lift your head up, and take a deep breath.

When you get out of the truck to fuel, eat, drop, or unload, make the most of it. If you don’t have to help with the load, ask if you can walk around their lot. Who cares what people think! Another idea is to exercise or just walk around right outside the truck. Find stairs, or even just a step (all you need is one). Start off with the right leg, using it first to go up then down, then after a repetition of 10 or 20, switch legs.

If you are sitting on the bunk, get a pillow, or use your coat balled up, place it between your knees and press toward each other as hard as you can, hold, and release.

Breathing exercises are so beneficial, too. Many of us take very shallow breaths and are not getting the oxygen load that we need. Using your diaphragm, breathe in slowly and deeply, until you can’t get another breath, then let it out slowly.

By no means is this everything you can do to increase your activity level, but it sure is a good start.

Get moving, get healthy!

This is not in any way to be medical advice. It is up to you to do what you are capable of doing and stay safe.

Are snacks jerking your good health? The challenge is real…

Drivers and your family, the challenge is real to find easy, convenient, healthy snacks while on the road.  Does such a thing even exist?  The search is sometimes difficult, but not impossible.  The trick is to search and plan.

Do you have a plan?  If so, is it you who works on the strategy or are you blessed and have that other person who takes the time to help you with meals and snacks?  Either way, knowing what to do for the benefit of your health is so important.

So, what are some tips to healthy snacking? As far as veggies go, many of them are already in finger-food form.

Here is a list of veggies that may or may not need a little chopping prep:

Baby carrots, cucumbers, cauliflower, broccoli, celery, sugar snap peas, bell peppers, avocado, radishes, green onions, raw okra (yum), sliced yellow squash and zucchini.

Here are some fruits:

Grapes, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, apples, bananas, oranges, grapefruits, peaches, pineapples, pears, melons, cherries, and plums.

And meats?  Now this IS a challenge.  The meats that are so easy to come by are processed.  THIS IS a problem. The act of processing not only adds harmful chemicals to our food but diminishes the nutrition and quality, therefore sacrificing our health.  Hot dogs, lunch meat, bacon, ham, chicken nuggets, fast-food burgers, and last but not least, jerky.  BUT they are so good and convenient!  Yep, they are, but are they good enough to jeopardize your health?

So what are some alternatives?  If you have a means of cooking on the road or you can cook from home and pack it up, buy the best quality meat that you can and make enough for leftovers.

I did happen to come across a jerky that caught my eye, so I looked into it: Nick’s Sticks. Have you heard of them?

As far as I can tell, they are Coach Carolyn approved.  I called and spoke with the company about the products and tried them.  They are GOOD!!!  Here is the link for their products.  You can get them shipped straight to your door.

Don’t let the artificial flavor and convenience of some foods put your health at risk. Your health is priceless, so please value it.

Coach Carolyn

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MATS 2017

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Truck shows are always a ton of fun…This year at MATS was no exception.  The size was overwhelming. But whether you have been there before or not, the things to see and do seem limitless.  Oh, and the beautiful trucks are really something to see.

There is so much hard work that goes into a truck show, especially one of this size.  Kudos to all of the folks who actually put on the show; it is a benefit to the trucking industry.   Let’s not forget the individuals/companies that haul in their items to offer and all the set up that goes along with it.  They should all be ready for a good long break afterward.  It is exhausting just to think about it. I know the attendees are probably thinking the same thing after walking ten thousand miles.

One very exciting thing that happened at MATS is MATS2GATSMATS2GATS is a health challenge that was started and run by drivers.  It was started last year by Tex (James Crowley).  He and his friend masterminded this idea.  This year Tex has handed it off to Tom Kyrk of Road Tested Living to manage.  Tom asked me if I would be interested in helping out with it again this year.  Well of course, this is my favorite thing to do, helping drivers and their families reach their physical and emotional goals.  Knowing that I, in some way, helped with the success of others is what makes me thrive.  I get to do this every day with my job and my book.   If you are wanting to get your health back in shape, here is your chance.

So many good folks and so many good opportunities.

Truck shows are great ways to connect with others in the trucking field whether it is socially or for business or maybe you just need access to trucking related products and enjoy them all being in one place.  If you frequently go to truck shows, you will probably see some of the same people that you met last year or last show and haven’t seen since.  That is certainly the case with me.  It is so good to catch up with folks that you only get to see at the shows.  Meeting new people is always fun too.  Whether it is a random person to chat with or finally getting to meet a friend on social media.  See you at GATS!

Truck shows = fun, opportunity, stories, and memories.

Are Your Vitamins Hurting You?

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Drivers, this info is not only for you on the road, but everyone.  Help others by telling them about this potentially life changing information.

Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, etc. are they helping or hurting? 

Many companies that we are buying from are packaging and selling synthetic products.  Unfortunately, the majority of vitamin supplements today are synthetic meaning man made and not occurring in nature. 

Do our bodies know what to do with unnatural chemicals that some call nutrients? 

Are we paying for pills that may have no benefit at all, or worse cause us harm and add toxins to our bodies that may already be in toxic overload?

So what can we do?  Get informed.  Be informed.  Do the research for yourself.  Be sure that you are taking all natural supplements and not the “fake” ones.   Here is a link to help out with more info to make a good decision and be able to identify the synthetic products that we don’t want. 

Ideally we should get all the nutrients that we need from the food that we eat.  But because of soil depletion, food processing, natural foods and sometimes fresh produce availability, we are many times left nutrient deficient.  

Truck drivers are not the only ones affected by this but it does pose a bigger challenge when you are on the road. 

I am asked the question all the time, “Where do I find quality products?”

I have been working with a company for years that does just this. It is just like walking into a health food store with many products and brands available, but you can do it easily and simply wherever you are online.  The best perk of all……for orders over $49 the shipping is free and straight to your door.  

Wellevate, a newly designed portal through Emerson Ecologics, makes finding and ordering nutritional supplements a breeze.  For more information about it go to my site, www.LifeCoachService.net. When you are interested in ordering through Wellevate, send me, Carolyn O’Byrne an email requesting to order through Wellevate. I will then send you an invitation to shop (Give me a day or so to do this.).  

GREAT NEWS!! It is simple and free.  

Remember, Wellevate has just announced FREE shipping! Ya Hoo!

Blessings on your health,

Carolyn O’Byrne, CHT

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Healthy Love

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Driving a truck and being away from loved ones may put a damper on the ebb and flow of life that others seem to take for granted.  Although everyone from time to time may struggle with this, it seems that over-the-road-drivers may encounter this more often.  Absence from friends and family requires putting more effort into communication and connection.

Healthy love, it is so important that it can change our lives and the lives of others.  Everyone wants to love and be loved, yet so many struggle with this endeavor.

Some people may or may not realize that there is a fine line between healthy and unhealthy self-love.  There are those who are obviously in love with themselves to the point of loving or caring about no one else.  Then there are those who are completely selfless and do so much for others that they neglect themselves.

The most beneficial direction for the sake of everyone is loving ourselves with our heart in the right place.  We have to nurture ourselves so that we are capable of doing for others with the intention of the highest good of all.  Then we will be able to give of ourselves and be a benefit to others.

If we all made it a point to examine self for the good of others, where would we be as a society?

Truckers, be that shining heart out there making a difference on the road.  It is contagious!  heart-1

Thank you for what you do.

Carolyn O’Byrne, CHT

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Health Improvements Today with this one Thing…..

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There are many ways to gain true health and there are many things available today that claim better health but actually do not.  One good rule of thumb is to go back a few hundred years and look at how they did it.  Because of the huge impact technology has had on our food industry, our health is suffering.  Processed food is, well, processed.  And in this unfolding, we are not getting the components that we need for thriving health.  These foods are stripped of fiber and many nutrients, which usually means a lack of flavor.  This is why they add sugars, salt, artificial flavors, colors, and fats.

One health improving component is fiber.  The lack of fiber can lead to a multitude of health issues and diseases, such as weight gain, bloating, constipation, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cancer, having a toxic body, and more. 

Fiber acts like a scrub brush or a mop cleaning up and regulating all of the excess remains that our body doesn’t need.  This is a VERY important part of the digestive process that is needed for proper health.

The average American eats about 10 grams of fiber per day.  Truck drivers don’t have the conveniences that the average American does.  They have a much greater challenge to get quality foods than practically any other profession.  Could it even be less?  It takes a minimum of 35 grams of fiber to support good health.  WOW! That is a whopping difference. 

Imagine: weight loss, no digestive issues, normal blood sugar, cholesterol, and normal blood pressure, ridding yourself of toxins, and feeling great!

For lasting results there must be lasting change.  I urge you to ditch the processed foods and become fiber aware.  It will make the difference you’ve been looking for.

Some ideas to get you started with high fiber foods:                                    

Peas                                                                              Berries

Okra                                                                              Nuts

Acorn squash                                                             Chia

Brussels sprouts                                                       Flax

Black beans                                                                Quinoa

Chick peas                                                                  Avocadoes

Lima beans                                                                 Lentils

Split peas                                                                    Coconut

Some of these you can simply add on top of the food that you are already eating.  CREATE!

Here are some links for added ideas to help out with better health.

Hemp                                                                               Chia

Salt                                                                                    Kombucha