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September 24, 2020

Pumpkins, Apples, and Pears, Oh My

Welcome to fall and an abundance of pumpkins, apples, and pears. These are just a few favorites that enjoy a big debut this time of year. The Great Pu

September 17, 2020

Creating Space…in Your Refrigerator, Freezer, Life

Lately I’ve noticed that I have the need for more space—physically, mentally, digitally, and when it comes to my schedule. And no, I do not want a

September 10, 2020

Standing in the Doorway of September

We’re standing in the doorway of September. Summer days still linger, yet autumn is inching its way into our lives—and wardrobes. It’s one more

September 3, 2020

Sometimes I Eat My Feelings

Yes, you read that correctly. Sometimes I eat my feelings. How about you? We feel sad, so we eat food that soothes us. We feel like celebrating, so we

September 2, 2020

Carob Brownies

(This recipe first appeared in the August 2020 issue of Get Healthy, a publication of The Northwest Indiana Times.) Ingredients:  1/2 cup all-purpos

September 1, 2020

High-fiber, low-fat legume adds the flavor without the drawbacks of chocolate

(The following article first appeared in the August 2020 issue of Get Healthy, a publication of The Northwest Indiana Times.) Online version Most pe

August 27, 2020

Are You Ready?

Are You Ready? Or are you waiting for the perfect time to…                             …learn a new skill? …write the book? …ea

August 25, 2020

Gluten Free Pie Crust

This recipe yields two 9-inch pie crusts. 2 cups Gluten Free All Purpose Flour Blend (Namaste and King Arthur are brands I’ve used)  1/2 teaspo

August 20, 2020

It’s Tomato Time

As I was caring for my tomato plants, I had the memory of my father teaching me about cutting off the suckers–those shoots that show up between

August 13, 2020

Enjoy a Bit of Sabbath Today

Today, take some time to lighten things up a bit and do something you really enjoy—for about an hour. Warning: this may take some discipline. Monks

Celebrate New Life

About two decades or so ago, a construction worker appeared at my pharmacy consultation window looking for advice.

He needed help falling asleep, and he was looking for it in the form of a drug. I walked around to the front of the pharmacy, as I often did, in order to have a more private conversation. I escaped momentarily from the ringing phones, drive-thru bells, and as many other distractions as possible.

My focus was on this patient and his specific challenge, and I shifted into health/life coach mode.

The questions that I presented to him:

*What is happening in your life currently that is unsettling?

*How are your relationships?

*Even though you have a physical job, do you get any recreational exercise?

*How much caffeine or alcohol do you consume, and when is that happening in your day?

*What does your bedtime routine look like, and is it consistent?

*Does your life bring you happiness and fulfillment?

Together, we brought to light that the relationship with his girlfriend was making him crazy, which stressed him out, which sent him to the local bar, which led to an increase in alcohol consumption, which led to rotten sleep habits. His life was not fulfilling, nor was it making him happy. He was not living healthy, and he wanted a new life.

He left without buying a sleep-aid, after giving me a big bear hug of thanks.

In that brief conversation, we got real, and he found clarity.

When asked how long I’ve been practicing as a health/life coach, I realize I’ve been at it as long as I’ve been a pharmacist.

Your health is about what you eat, how much you move and so much more. It’s about your life.

The only life you have is NOW. Let’s get real about that.

What’s holding you back from being who you need to be in order to stare down those Twinkies, jelly beans, and various food addictions?

What if you could eliminate some current habits and let go of those medications?

What if…we had a real conversation so you could get really clear about what it would take to enjoy your life today, as opposed to “someday, when…?”

As we approach Easter Sunday and the celebration of new life, I’d love to help you figure out what “new life” looks like for you. Email me and we’ll schedule a call—my Easter gift to you.

Easter blessings,
Carol

“You make a new life by making new choices.”—Sean Stephenson

Good Snacks

As I mentioned last week, I had to put together some serious snacks to get me through a busy weekend. I was highly successful!

Here’s what I packed in my GIGANTIC snack bag to keep my energy high and my taste buds happy.

*Homemade trail mix: In a large baggie, I tossed together homemade fried almonds (sauté raw almonds in coconut oil for about 8 minutes, drain on paper towel and salt as desired), raw walnuts and pecans, dry roasted macadamia nuts, dried blueberries, chocolate chips (or cacao nibs to minimize sugar). This snack goes everywhere, except in extreme heat, due to the chocolate. It contains lots of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and nutrients.  

*Hard boiled eggs with smoked sea salt flakes

*Cut apples drizzled with fresh lemon juice

*Dark chocolate bars (85% cocoa)

*Tangerines (Cuties, because they peel easily and are seedless)

*Bananas

*Lots of water

*Greek yogurt, high in protein and low in sugar. I found individual servings of Siggi’s brand in berry and vanilla that were pretty good. I typically buy 5% Fage in a large container for economical reasons, and add fresh fruit and a bit of honey. For convenience sake, I went with individual servings.

*Apricot and almond patties, called Fit Fit Fruit and Nut Bites, made from sun-dried apricot paste and almond pieces. There’s no added sugar, however dried fruit is high in natural sugar. These offer quick energy and satisfy a sweet tooth.  

*The GFB Gluten Free Bites in dark chocolate coconut. These come in individual packages with two bites per package. Each package contains 4 grams of protein. The GFB also satisfy the sweet tooth and offer energy in convenient packages for life on the go.

*Leftover gluten free pancake sandwiches with peanut butter in between. Even cold, these were delicious and made my growly stomach simmer down.

When you have busy days, it helps to have snacks and water with you in case the hungry monster shows up. Being prepared is one of the best ways to keep your healthy eating habits in check.

Being healthy includes many aspects of your life, in addition to what you eat and how much you move. Figuring out the entire picture is what we accomplish together. If some component of your life is out of whack, let’s talk.

To your health,
Carol

 “I always pack a travel snack bag. You don’t want to get stuck without snacks no matter where you go!”– Busy Philipps

Cauliflower, Commitment, and Courage

As many of you know, I am not a cauliflower fan, even though I’m fond of most other vegetables.

I’ve been challenged by lots of you on various ways to try it, to the point where you’ve taken on a competitive nature. It’s rather entertaining. WHO will be the ONE to convince me that cauliflower is a good thing?

You cauliflower lovers have FINALLY WON me over. I recently tried a cauliflower crust vegetable pizza that was quite tasty. In fact, I secretly fed it to Mr. Non-Compliant (who is also anti-cauliflower) and he had no idea.

I didn’t make it from scratch. Check out the photo to see what brand I tried. I may invest the time and make my own at some point. Or not. 

Pizza with 12 grams of protein and 27 grams of carbohydrates per serving makes me a happy girl. I added a tossed salad of assorted greens, grape tomatoes, avocado, shredded carrots, hard boiled egg, and dressed it with olive oil, fresh lime juice, salt and pepper. It was the perfect Lenten Friday dinner.

Which leads me right into the next topic: commitment, courage, and our struggle with both.

There are those instances where we show up fully committed: to ourselves, a project, our work, family, friends; and our courage is unwavering.

And then…we have moments of, “WHAT AM I THINKING?” It’s in those moments of being pretty scared that commitment may (or may not) bring about courage. When it does, we call it a breakthrough—or, getting to the other side.

The cauliflower was a mini-win in that department. I kept giving it a try based on your encouragement, and I finally got to the other side: cauliflower crust pizza. I was committed to keep trying. It really wasn’t too scary.

For the next three days, I’m going off the grid for some heavy-duty coaching. The days will be intense, rollercoaster ride-like, exhausting, and energizing. This will also be the perfect opportunity to try out all the snack ideas I have. (I’ll let you know those that work out best.)  

I’m doing this because my coach did this, and she told me to go. In order to show up powerfully in all areas of my life, I’ve got to unload my personal junk. To be clear, we ALL have personal junk that holds us back from our greatness. I’m going for it. Why wait?

THIS TAKES COURAGE. It’s scary. I’m doing it anyway because I’m committed to serving all of you in the most powerful way possible. I’m committed to living life fully. The next three days will help me get to the other side.

Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I’ll think of all of you when I eat my snacks—and make my dinner selections. I promise to choose wisely.

Courageously yours,
Carol

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” – Vince Lombardi

What Lights You Up?

In the course of your day, what makes you happy, brings up your energy, and makes you feel truly alive?

What lights you up?

Did a number of things come to mind? Or are you still trying to think of something?

If you’re like me, food plays a role in this—getting together with friends and family to enjoy a delicious meal is a great way to spend part of my day.

How about your work? Are you excited to do whatever it is you spend a good amount of time committed to?

Travel, hobbies, volunteering, music, exercise—are only a few thoughts on this topic. Life is full.

If you’re struggling to come up with ideas, it’s probably affecting your overall health.

There’s a workout I do every week that really lights me up. It’s a group fitness class and the room is typically packed. The instructor is tough. She has mastered the art of pushing us to a level that keeps us all coming back for more.

The energy in the room is always through the roof. We whoop, holler, move and groove to the music, can’t wait until it’s over, and hope we live another day. Each time I survive that hour, I feel as though I can take on the world.

It’s a love/hate relationship.

I think anything that pushes us into the unknown can affect us the same way. We have the desire to try something new, but…what if we fail? What if we succeed?

We learn from messing up, rising above the failure, and giving it another go. The alternative is to stay safe. The alternative is to risk missing out on a great deal of happiness, energy, and life.

The alternative contributes to less than optimal health.

So, if you’d like to make a new recipe, try a group fitness class, change careers, take up golf, or write that book, what’s stopping you?

Fitness begins with food, and encompasses so much more. If you could use some help getting started on some new habits, I’d love to help. It’s my gift to you. We’ll consider the possibilities and ask, “What if…”

Courageously yours,
Carol

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”—Winston Churchill