My new year’s wish for you now and for all time is inner peace and love. Blessings to you and your family and may you recognize them all the year through.
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I want to wish you a very merry Christmas and a joyful and happy New Year! This is the time of year that many look forward to yet for others this may not be the case.
Unfortunately, we can not pick all the circumstances that occur in our lives, but we can choose how we react to them. Whichever direction you are in, I have a gift for you.
Get a notebook that is dedicated to writing down your blessings and just keep an ongoing list. Try to add more and more blessings that you have to this notebook every single day. Look over it not only in times of stress but in times of joy. We all have more blessings than we realize and coming to this awareness is medicine for the soul. Share this gift with others. What if we all were aware and grateful for all of our blessings? Where would we be as a whole? You have no power at all to change others, but you have ALL the power to change you. When we have this joy and share it with others it will spread.
My Christmas wish for you is for blessings and good tidings the whole year through.
Whether the flu and cold season is upon us or not, the question is when, how, and what. When do we wash our hands, how do we wash our hands, and what do we use to wash our hands?
Most people agree that we should wash our hands when they are soiled, but what about before and after handling food? Using the bathroom? Coughing or sneezing into them? Most people know this information, but it may not always be applied.
A quick rinse of water is not going to get it! I have seen so many people run two seconds’ worth of water over their hands in the public restroom on the road and then dry them. I don’t get it! In order for our hands to be cleaned, we must wash our hands with soap and water, then rinse them off well, and then dry them. Are we in that big of a hurry these days that we would jeopardize our health and the health of others?
Let’s talk bacteria. We have good and bad bacteria in and on our bodies. We need that good bacteria for keeping us healthy and free from disease. We want to keep that good bacteria as happy as possible inside and out. Washing our hands in plain soap and water does just this. It does a fine job in getting rid of the unwanted particles and keeping the good. Using antibacterial soap not only kills all of the bacteria on the outside, it is very difficult to get out of the water supply and ends up in our drinking water, therefore killing the good bacteria inside of us. The negative health effects can range from allergies, hormone and muscular disorders to blocking photosynthesis in plants and killing animals.
Another note to remember: hand soap is not the only antibacterial soap out there. Many dish soaps, sanitizers, and cleaners also contain these ingredients. Please consider your own health by taking these precautions along with helping us all.
Blessings on your health,
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.
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. 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.
1 lb. ground beef
½ bell pepper, chopped
½ onion, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
½ t garlic powder
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.
Coach Carolyn O’Byrne, CHT
What happens when the circulation slows down or worse stops?
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
- 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.
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…
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
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.
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.
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.
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Don’t let the artificial flavor and convenience of some foods put your health at risk. Your health is priceless, so please value it.