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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


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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


GATS 2016


WOW, what a good time!  It is almost like going to a family reunion again.  Seeing old friends and meeting new ones. 

I was honored and grateful for the opportunity to speak Thursday and Saturday at the health pavilion stage, and of course on one of my favorite topics, the physical and emotional aspects of gut health.  I also want to thank the many who bought my book, “Gut Instinct” I would love to hear your comments about it.

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GATS is a fun time, yet exhausting.  I am sure that I put about 30 miles on these shoes.  I brought my “rolling desk” with me everywhere I went because I wasn’t ever in one place and wanted to always have my books on hand for all my friends who waited for GATS to get one.  At one time I saw, who I thought was one of my Face Book truck driver friends, but wasn’t sure.  When I went to FB to check. I contacted him to ask, “Was that you sitting in front of me?” He said, “Are you the office lady?” LOL Yep that was me…..  I felt like it was my other child tagging along everywhere I went.  Time was so tight, that even at the evening gatherings, “my office” had to tag along too.  There was NO time to take it back to the room to be where I needed to be.

All in all GATS is a great place to be, where we are all one big trucking family. Be sure to check out the health pavilion, so many wonderful folks put a lot of effort into concern of your health, such as Trucking Solutions, Randall Reilly, and Land Star.    If you are going next year, be sure to give me a holler.  I’d love to meet a new trucking friend.

It is my goal to help drivers and their families move in a positive direction.  For any questions check out my web site 

See ya next year at GATS!


You are not alone…..

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Professional drivers, families of drivers, and friends of drivers, you are not alone.   It is an unfortunate fact that more people now days are unhealthy due to the food supply than ever before.  This unhealthy state not only affects our physical body, but our emotional self.  I challenge you to improve your health not only for yourself, but for the others in your life that love you and want to spend quality time and memories with you.  Do it not only for yourself, but to be that great example to those that you influence, that if you can do it anyone can.  All people look at others as an example.  Is that example a good one?  If you are a driver, that gives you even more power.  If a truck driver can do it on the road in a truck smaller than a bathroom, anyone can do it.  How many people could your example influence?   Share helpful information that you use to meet your goal.  Get moving, and empower yourself to empower others.  Be the first one that you know of to take the challenge.  

You are not alone.  So many others are suffering from physical ailments, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, aches and pains, overweight, tired all the time, depressed and don’t know why.  These are unnecessary sufferings.  Quality of life is the key; what else is worth more than a high quality of life? 

Things that you can do:

How Truckers Gut Instinct Saves Lives……..

While driving, have you ever been in a situation that gave you butterflies or twirls in your gut or that feeling that something is just not right?  This is a perfect example of how our gut and brain are so connected.  You just feel it right in your gut.  Because truck drivers are on the road day in and day out, I believe their instinct is even more fine-tuned about driving, than the average person.

So our gut and brain are connected?  We have tons of neurons in our guts to receive the mayday call and to give us that weird feeling of alarm.  But if our gut is not in tip top shape, things are not going to work right.  Our emotions and decision making skills can suffer and there are many many different illnesses that stem from the shape of our digestive system, our gut.  In fact, I believe that most diseases are directly correlated with it.  Some are irritable bowel, acid re-flux, spastic colon, colitis, crones, celiac, diabetes, heart disease, eczema, psoriasis, feeling down, emotional ups and downs, and the list goes on.

If these ailments are related to gut health, how important do you think gut health is?

If our digestive system is in excellent condition, we are very likely to have no health concerns at all.  Although I have always been interested in alternative health, the journey of my own gut and the well being of my family, have strongly pushed me into a direction of good health, while thinking outside the box.  These successes, have brought me to a realization of the many unnecessary sufferings of others.

  • How your gut affects your entire health and immune system.
  • What kind of foods are creating a greater risk for disease?
  • How processed foods are killing us!
  • The most common factors to be aware of in order to maintain good gut health.
  • What are the major causes of “leaky gut syndrome” which is leading to sickness and autoimmune disease?
  • How can antibiotics many times do more harm than good.
  • How does your gut affect your emotional state?
  • How you can eat healthy in a truck…. whether you cook or not…recipes included!!
  • What are Genetically Modified Foods (GMO’s) and how they’re destroying our immune system! (GMO’s are banned in most other countries!)
  • The myth accepted about eating “plenty of whole grains.”
  • Natural cures and remedies!

My husband is an over the road truck driver.  I have seen the many unique issues that drivers have to face out there.  Lack of good quality food options, challenges of getting up and moving to get exercise, and having people on their side to support them physically and emotionally.  It is my passion to help as many drivers and their families as possible to be successful in their everyday life and their future.  One of the ways that I have done this is with my book Gut Instinct.  It has just published June 22, 2016.

Drivers, I wrote this book to you and for you. I am wanting this book to get into the hands of as many people as possible to help the unnecessary suffering and low quality of life abroad, especially in the trucking industry.  Although it is written primarily with the trucking industry in mind, everyone can benefit by adhering to the ideas outlined in this book.

Tell your friends.  Give them, give yourself, the most precious gift of all, the gift of health.

For more information about my book and how to get it go here.




Heart Smart Highway founder wants to take others along for a healthy ride

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After a few years on the road, driver Jeannie Lennox realized her health was headed downhill.

The former caterer had always enjoyed cooking but she found it challenging in her new life as a trucker.

She had been shocked when her husband of six months decided he wanted to make a career change into trucking. She was even more shocked that he wanted her to come along. 

“I said, ‘Just ride in a truck all the time?’ He said, ‘No, you drive, too.’”

So, she decided to join him.

After making contacts with Fed Ex at the Mid America Truck Show (MATS) in 2007, they hit the road and never looked back.

She soon noticed, however, that it took a heavy toll on her health.

Jeannie and her husband were eating and cooking whatever came along with no thought of health. She said she knew about health and knew better but didn’t think that it would make a big difference since she had never had a weight problem and was physically fit.

At under 5 feet tall, she weighed 118 pounds when they started. After two years, she weighed 130 pounds. The number on the scale jumped to 148 by the next year.

Along with gaining weight, she noticed she would get out of breath just walking to a truck stop and back.

“This out of breath worried me so bad that in 2010 I went to the doctor to get a stress test and check out my heart,” she remembers.

Thankfully, her heart checked out fine.

Still, she was plagued with nagging brain fog and painful arthritis in her hands and fingers, among other complaints.

“Since I was sitting in the truck all the time, when I would get home, in about half a day the bottoms of my feet would hurt so bad that I would just have to go sit down for the rest of the day,” she said. “I just couldn’t take one more step and couldn’t get up. I would take ibuprofen if I had to keep going.”

That was the wake-up call she needed.

“I knew then that this was it. I had to do something about it.”

Jeannie started researching about healthy foods and processed foods and made changes in what she was eating.

“When I started eating right, in just one week I felt better. My fingers didn’t hurt as bad, very soon I started losing weight, and the shortness of breath was gone. I can now go jogging. I can keep up with the grandkids now.”

The rewards of good health far outweighed any obstacles she faced by living on the road. She says making it fun and sticking to a routine is key to success in eating healthy.

“I love to be creative with cooking, and I just went crazy making up new healthy yummy dishes. I use no recipe books. I would make a meal plan and go shopping every two weeks to the grocery store, and we got into a great routine. I stay off the grocery aisles that have the food that I don’t need,” she said. “It was easy to eat right by having an eating routine in the truck that hardly ever changed.”

They started saying yes to healthy choices and no to everything else. They discovered that eating grains had a negative effect on the way they felt.

“I had to recreate my routine and tell myself no on the bad foods. At first we went off all bread. This made a big difference.  When we eat bread now we can tell a big difference.”

Ironically, she soon found that having such a healthy routine made it more difficult to eat well at home than on the road. 

“I did find that when we would get home, we would go out with friends and family and find that I would slide back in the bad habits that I was in before. Almost immediately my hands would start hurting bad,” she said.

Sharing what she has learned about nutrition and health eventually led to Heart Smart Highway, where truck drivers share ideas for healthy living on the road.

“When we were in the truck I would talk to other drivers about eating right. I talked to Les Willis (the other Heart Smart Highway administrator) and his wife about it and they started eating better. I have found that some people are interested and some are just not. Some will encourage you and some will be a discouragement. But keep on track. If you mess up, realize it and start over to do even better. Be true to yourself.”

Making healthy choices can mean life or death, she said. 

“We were parked in a truck stop four or five trucks down from a lady who died in her truck. I hear of this all the time.  How many of you have seen or heard the ambulance coming for someone at the truck stop?”

Encouragement and help are just a click away at Heart Smart Highway, where there is a community offering support as well as practical solutions for drivers.

“So many drivers are overweight, on tons of medications, poor health in general, losing their driving jobs because of bad health, even death — all because of fast processed foods. I have posted tons of great meals that I have made and I have even made some how-to videos about how to cook it in the truck.”

Carolyn O’Byrne

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From Stress To Success

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The stress of the road, drivers you understand.  When you think, “I’ve got this,” something else happens.  You blow a tire, you’ve got a DOT physical coming up, no place to park, regulations changing, no loads, situations at home, a clueless four wheeler, traffic, …………. how are you supposed to cope?  

Stress on the road can be tough.  Stress is harmful to our health.  How are you supposed to juggle all these things on a daily basis without stress? 

Life is going to happen.  There are things that we can plan for and there are things that come to us as a surprise.  Make a plan and know that this plan needs to be flexible.  Think ahead, think about your daily situations, and write them down if it helps.  Determine in your mind and train your thoughts to respond in a certain way to these happenings.  For instance, if another driver cuts you off, have a stress free plan.  When dispatch calls with bad news, how could you approach this situation without anger and stress?  If a load is canceled, whether we get angry or not, the load is still canceled.  The reaction of anger or self defeat, is only hurting ourselves.  Events that come along are what they are and it is how we respond to them that determines our emotional levels.  What one person thinks is a bad situation, could be a good one to someone else. 

Stress also affects our eating.  Because of stress and bad habits, we tend to go for the fast and easy way out, not the way that we know is best for our health.  Even though we know that we should fuel our bodies with higher quality food, we don’t, and it becomes a vicious cycle.

Could your job situation improve if the people around you saw this improved way of thinking through you?  Could your finances improve with a new sense of success within you?

Thought for the day:  Does your mind tell your body what to do or does your body tell your mind?

Although this is a simple concept it is not always easy to apply.  The directions that we have gone in the past become habits.  These habits are hard to break.  “Hard to break,” that is the important thought here.  Just because it is hard doesn’t mean that it is impossible.  You ARE capable of improving your life and you are the only one that is.  NO ONE else can do this for you.  Think right now, think hard, how would your life be if you changed all negative reactions into positive responses? Where would your stress levels be, compared to now?  How much more could you enjoy life? How much better would your relationships be? 

You CAN do this!  Get in control of your stress on the road.

Truck drivers, what is a easy, healthy, yummy, no cook meal on the road?

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As I am writing this, I am indulging in a yummy green Pina colada smoothie.  It is fast, easy and so nutritious.  The ingredients are available just about everywhere and some of them need no refrigeration at all.  What is in this smoothie that I am drinking now?

I am using a personal ninja blender.

One banana

½ can Pineapple with ½ the juice (no sugars and no artificial sugar)

½ can coconut milk (not the lite kind, you want the good kind of fat)

Chia seed

And I filled the rest up with fresh spinach.

You can save the other coconut milk and pineapple for a smoothie later or tomorrow.  It is the most beautiful green color too.

Don’t stop there, use your imagination. Strawberries, peaches, berries, pears, mango, and the list goes on. 

I don’t normally use coconut milk in my smoothies, but for this combination, it sure is good!

Usually, I just throw some fruit and greens in and add water.  How easy is that???  Sometimes I put an avocado in there, this makes it smooth and creamy.

Think about it, if you use apples, bananas, pears, mango, avocado, lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit, plums, and peaches, (What did I forget?) you don’t need any refrigeration for those.  Add water and some greens and you’ve got a great meal. 

Other things that you can add to give it an even more nutritional boost are, chia, hemp, and kale. 

So take the challenge to better health on the road.  GO SMOOTHIES!!!

Don’t forget to check out my other blogs for some great tips.

Have a GREAT day!

Carolyn O’Byrne

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Why do I work with truck drivers and their families?


Why do I work with truck drivers and their families who want to improve their health? Why do I work with those who want to go forward with goals and ambitions?  How does health and personal development go together?  They not only go together, but they are one in the same.  We have three parts of our being.  Spiritual, emotional, and physical.  If any one of these are compromised, they will all be affected.  For example, have you ever been so stressed out that you got a terrible headache?  This is our emotional health affecting our physical health.  Have you ever felt like there was a war going on inside of your mind?  When our emotional and spiritual faculties are not in harmony, this feeling of war is the result.  Whether you are interested in physical health or you just want to get on track with experiencing more, I can help you find the abundance that you know is out there, just waiting for you to discover.

I know the challenges, I am a drivers wife.  I have been there and done that.  I see the struggles that my husband faces and have lived the challenges of being the family at home.  

 Click on Truck Drivers, if you don’t read anything else today, read this!!! or for some more bits of information to help you get on the road to health and success.

Not only is the trucking industry bringing us almost everything that we need,  Truckers are also the ones who transport the healthy items that we need, it is vital for the health of everyone, everywhere.

We take care of the mechanical workings of our trucks.  We buy our trucks the necessary things and sometimes a little bit of bling to go with it.  But do we take that much time, energy and effort, on the health and wellbeing ourselves?  Do we take into consideration that our emotional health is just as important as the physical?  Just think how productive we would be if everything about us was in tip top shape.  We all want more out of life.  Don’t we?   I am here to show you how. 

Carolyn O’Byrne

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Truck Drivers, if you don’t read anything else today, read this!!!


Thomas Edison once said, “Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.”  Think about this truck drivers.  Really, THINK about this!!!

Drivers, you have more “thinking” time than most other professionals.  Because of this, I know there are more than 5% of you that truly think.  You are above the averages.  The challenge is that maybe you just don’t have the tools to make it happen.  You’ve got these GREAT ideas that are just living in your head.  Let them out!

Is it a product, a relationship decision, a health decision, a job idea to make more money, something that could help another truck driver or knowing a way to improve your lifestyle?  What is it?

Your paradigm is what’s holding you back.  Our paradigms are thoughts planted in our mind.  Some of them might be helping you to get ahead and some of them might be keeping you from what you want out of life.

Examples of these kinds of thoughts.

I couldn’t do that.

I just don’t have time.

Well, maybe someday.

Examine these thoughts and ask these questions.

Are they reality?

Are you too ______ to do what you want?

Does _________need to happen before you can________?

We all have the resources that we need, to do what we desire.  What is it that you want to accomplish?

Do you REALLY want to reach this target?  I can show you proven methods that will get you there.  It’s up to you.

Carolyn O’Byrne

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