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



MATS 2017


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?

Are Your Vitamins Hurting You?   pills

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, 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




Healthy Love


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



Health Improvements Today with this one Thing…..


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



A Look into New Year’s Resolutions


New Year’s resolutions are funny things.  The beginning of the year is like this magical time that we wait for, to do what we have been wanting to do for a long time.  Some of us ponder all year about what we want to do in the New Year.  Then we finally narrow down what is really necessary to be done and make a pact.  I am going to ______________ as soon as the New Year gets here.

Some common resolutions are: to lose weight, get fit, eat right, quit smoking, make more money, get out of debt, learn something new, spend more time with loved ones, and travel.

Do we REALLY want these things?  Of course we do.  Then why do so many resolutions never come to fruition?  Why don’t we always follow through with the plans that we make?

The answer to this question is a simple one, but not always an easy one.  As we live in this world, all kinds of ideas and beliefs enter our minds from many different sources, some that we accept and some that we don’t.  Some of these ideas turn into beliefs.  When we accept them they become habits that are replayed in our minds as facts.


Everyone in my family has a weight problem.  I’ll always have one.

I’ll never be able to make that much money.

I don’t deserve to be happy.

It always has been this way and it always will.


Where these beliefs came from doesn’t matter.  What matters is that you don’t believe them.  It is VERY likely that they are just not true. So the answer to the question is, if you will change your beliefs you will change your world.  If you believe you can do it, you can.  Don’t limit yourself because of false ideas that you have accepted as true.  You can make that New Year’s resolution come true.  Start adding positive true statements to your belief system.  Think of them several times a day.  Visualize them as reality.  Figure out what it is going to take to make it happen.

If you want to find out just what it is going to take to make it happen, I can help.

Let’s figure out how to get from your starting point to your destination.

What is your destination?

Where do you want to be this year?

Do you feel the challenges of life can’t be fixed?

Are you ready to do what it takes?

What are you waiting for?

It is right here and can you have it.

Carolyn O’Byrne, CHT

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Peace on Earth

Drivers,                                                                                            peace-on-earth

According to an internet search, there are about 3.5 million truck drivers just in the US.  WOW!  That is a huge amount of people on the road.  If truck drivers alone put a mind to it they could change the world. Yes, the world!

Just about everyone thinks about peace on earth this time of year. Is this possible?  How?

It all starts on the inside.  Is there peace within?  If we find complete peace within ourselves, can we make it our mission to help others to find it?  If everyone reading this would make it top priority in their life to find peace within themselves and then make an effort to help everyone that they know to do the same and so on like the domino effect, where would this world be?

Is peace on earth something that we only think about around the holidays?  Sometimes you see people with smiles on their faces while shopping, they are more giving, or just over all more jolly.  What if we all had this feeling all year around?  What if everyone looked out not only for the highest good of themselves, but for the highest good of all?

Sure, for whatever reason, there may be some people that will just not want to live in peace, but most people do.  So if the majority of us had inner peace, can you imagine what a wonderful world this would be?

Blessings and good will to you all………

Carolyn O’Byrne, CHT

Stuff on the Road

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Most of us have much more “stuff” than we need.  Christmas is a time for giving, but many times we just get more “stuff.”  Think outside the box.  What if we gave the gift of time, a massage, or an outing?  What about something life changing, like the gift of inner peace, health, optimal weight, or personal success?  These gifts will never be forgotten (unlike that smell-good soap or those fuzzy socks) and will never expire or need fixing.

Everyone is at a different place in their lives.  Study where your loved ones are, think of what a Truck driver’s spouse might appreciate while the other one is on the road.  What would a driver benefit from that is not something material that takes up space, but very useful to life in the truck.  Consider an eBook or audio book with self-help on an issue that they are having, or about a hobby that they enjoy.  Perhaps taking some time to chat about anything, or just let them talk and be a good listener (sometimes the dash is the only listener for days on end).  What about gift cards for the necessities of being on the road?  Often nutrition is a concern, which creates the need for nutritional supplements.  Ask them; it’s OK to do that too.  You just never know what would make their life so much easier.   Maybe get them something that they might not be able to get on their route or that they would enjoy as a treat, but wouldn’t get for themselves.

Share these ideas with others.  Our drivers deserve it!!!


Thank you drivers.  Merry Christmas!!!    

Carolyn O’Byrne, CHT  


What am I thankful for?                     thankful  

You Driver!

My family and all others would not have their home, food on the table, and the supplies needed without you.

You sacrifice yourself and possibly your family for the conveniences of others. Pushing that truck down the road can be so rewarding by seeing different places and letting the windshield be your office window, but it is not always fun and games.  It is hard physically and emotionally.

Truck driving can take a toll on your health.  Hours and hours of sitting, limited choices of healthy food, and the stress of being on the road, puts your health at risk.  But there are ways to make driving optimal. 

  • Walk around as much as possible when you’re stopped. 
  • Become the master planner of meals.  When you can stop at a store, stock up on healthy choices, so that you don’t end up needing to get only what is available at truck stops or fast food places. 
  • Keep a positive attitude.  Over and over again science is proving how important our emotional outlook is on our physical health.  Be thankful.

My hope for you this Thanksgiving and years to come is that you have optimal health for your highest good and the good of all.

THANK YOU DRIVERS, you are so special to me and to us all.

Carolyn O’Byrne, CHT

Life Coach Service, LLC


Flash Drive


Drivers, we all know that the only thing on a flash drive is what you put on it, right?

Well other than the fact that we are MUCH more complicated than a simple flash drive, the same goes for us.

What we or someone else, put into our minds is ultimately what shows up in our life.  In addition to that, what we put into our mouths, is what will show up in our health In my experience, show me someone with emotional issues, and I will show you someone with gut issues and vice versa.

Do we see the importance here?  If we want to be our best self, we must be in control of everything that goes into our self and no one else..   No we can’t control going to a truck stop and seeing or hearing way too much ________.  But we can control how we respond to it.  There is so much that we can control about ourselves.

Most of us don’t want something or someone to control us, yet we are very likely submitting ourselves to something or someone.  Such as, letting unhealthy foods determine our health or letting someone else’s negative attitude control how we act upon situations.

I want to let you know that you have the power to control yourself, no matter what the setting.  No matter if it is emotional or physical, such as what you eat.

Become aware of your triggers, educate yourself, and find someone that can help you to become accountable, whether it is a family member, or friend.  Some don’t have that person to go to or some just want a neutral party with experience.  Either way I want to empower you to be the best that you can be.

Blessings on your health,

Carolyn O’Byrne, CHT