Crown Point, IN

September 28, 2023

Why You Can’t Stop Eating Junk Food

“Who ate all these chips?!” You look around and, alas, not even a dog to blame. Oops. It’s not your fault.  If you’ve had this experience—r

September 21, 2023

Harvesting the Balance of Autumn

September 23rd ushers in the autumn equinox, a time when day and night are in perfect balance. It also opens the official season of cozy sweaters, pum

September 14, 2023

More Brain-Boosting Foods

Last week I shared a list of brain-boosting foods with the promise of more to come. Here are some additional foods that you may choose to include in y

September 7, 2023

Ten Brain-Boosting Foods

Thank you for the many recommendations of farm stands with tasty corn on the cob. Mr. Non-Compliant happened to be in the vicinity of VanDerGriends Fa

August 31, 2023

Mr. Non-Compliant’s Unwavering Passion for…Corn

Mr. Non-Compliant LOVES corn on the cob. Since the corn season is rather brief, I do my best to oblige him with this indulgence. And as my dear cousin

August 24, 2023

Tips for a Sluggish Thyroid

Lately, I’ve been getting lots of questions about the little gland known as the thyroid. It seems to be underperforming for many of you. Hypothyroid

August 17, 2023

Healthy Anytime Toast

Since my encounter with bar food last week, I’ve been focused on eating more plants. I came across this idea to enjoy “toast” and get more veggi

August 10, 2023

Confessions from The Antler

What does one eat when in a bar? Bar food, of course. The bar options: The Brown Bear vs. The Antler: Horniest Bar Around (There were deer heads with

August 3, 2023

6 Ways to Enjoy a Staycation at Home

August. Already. Is summer slipping by too quickly? Feel as though you’ve not experienced enough lazy days? Can’t manage to get away for one reaso

July 26, 2023

The Wonder of Apricots

When I think about the abundant fruits of summer, apricots make the list. Although some of you may not be fans, I ask that you consider giving this da

5 Ways to Stay Committed to Your Goals

We’re into another year in what seems like a flash.

Even if I didn’t look at a calendar, I’d know this.

How, you ask?


I go to my same classes, at the same time of day, and I typically park very far from the entrance.

No more parking spot. So, I now park even further from the entrance.

Good news is that I get more steps into my day.

Good news is that more people are exercising.

Bad news is that in a few weeks, I’ll get my parking spot back.

It’s a pattern that I’ve witnessed for decades.

The excitement of the new year and goals of getting healthy tend to go by the wayside when real life takes over. It’s easy to fall into familiar patterns that often don’t serve us.

If they did, we wouldn’t have the desire to change them.

Today, I give you 5 ways to stay committed to your health (or any) goals, even when you don’t feel like it, life gets really messy, you lose hope and feel like nothing’s working or you absentmindedly eat an entire bag of cookies/chips/fill in the blank.

  1. WHY do you have the desire to get healthy or lose weight or whatever it is you’d like to do? Now, go deeper, with that WHY. Then, go even deeper. You know you’ve hit the real reason WHY when it almost (or does) make you cry. Getting clear on the REAL rock-bottom reason you’d like to accomplish your goal is key to making it happen. When you get off track for any reason, go back to the big WHY.
  2. Remember to practice one small activity at a time that takes you in the direction of your commitment. When you figure out what that is, put it into your calendar or it won’t happen. If you tell yourself you’re going to walk 10 minutes 3 times a week, schedule those times and keep the dates. You’re important!
  3. When you mess up (because we all do) admit it and begin again immediately. You’re in good company so don’t beat yourself up over it. Do not wait until Monday or after another social gathering or when the birthday cake is gone. Now is the only time we have. Make it count.
  4. Be flexible. If you decide on a plan that isn’t working for you, adjust accordingly. Sometimes we set unrealistic expectations for ourselves. It’s best to set yourself up for success, master one thing, then add another desirable habit.
  5. When you feel stuck, do an activity for 5-10 minutes that gets you back on track toward your big WHY. Even the tiniest action can get the momentum going again.

Need help with your big WHY? Email me and we’ll set up a time (for about 30 minutes) to figure it out together. It’s my New Year’s gift to you! WHOOT WHOOT! 

Oh, and my word for 2023 is…CLARITY. If you haven’t chosen your word for the year, it’s not too late. Go for it! Then practice living it.

May 2023 bring you health, happiness and clarity.

Much love,
Health Coach Carol

“Many people think they lack motivation when what they really lack is clarity.” – James Clear

Wishing You a Happy, Healthy 2023

It’s that time of year when we think about starting something new.

Perhaps even a resolution. Or three.

Here’s a tip: decide on a small daily action that you are highly committed to sticking with, rather than a big resolution.

Something measurable and specific, like starting each day with a glass of water. (Rather than losing weight.)

Trying one new-to-you vegetable a month. (Instead of eating healthier.)

Or reading a book about an interesting person or topic for 10 minutes most days. (As opposed to reading 20 books a year.)

By choosing one small, committed action that you can stick with, you’ll experience change that lasts. 

And leads to you being your best.

Another option is to choose a word that you’d like to live into for 2023. I’ve yet to choose my word.

I’ll be spending some quiet time in the next few days to reflect on the past year and consider my plan for the next one.

Perhaps you’d like to set time aside to review the year and all that you’ve experienced. What went well and what would you like to do differently?

I wish you all the best as we move into 2023 together.

Much love,
Health Coach Carol

“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.”—Brad Paisley

Hachiya, Winter and the Movie

Curiosity got the best of me. This week I tried the heart-shaped Hachiya persimmon fruit. 

I allowed it to sit for several days to ensure that it was fully ripe.

Since the peeling was tough and came off easily, I removed it. The fruit was soft and sweet and reminded me of a mango in flavor and texture. 

The idea of baking something with persimmon floated through my head, however since I have yet to bake a single Christmas cookie and am still in the process of decorating the tree, I let that idea keep floating along.

And Mr. Non-Compliant isn’t a fan. I’d best stick with baking traditional goodies like chocolate chip cookies. Mr. NC tells me that Santa likes those best.

I don’t have the heart to tell him that chocolate chip cookies aren’t Christmas cookies…oh well.

As I look out my window onto Persimmon Street, I wonder if anyone who lives on that street has ever tried a persimmon.


Welcome Winter

It’s officially winter and the forecast for the next couple of days is right in line with the seasonal shift.

Lots of blowing snow followed by extreme cold.

Apparently, everyone in my neck of the Region is listening to the forecast. Thinking that I’d beat the crowds at the grocery store yesterday morning (around 9:00), I was shocked to find the parking lot packed and the lines so long that I couldn’t see the end.

After surveying the situation, I decided to revisit later in the day when I wasn’t trying to play beat the clock.

If you still need to shop, remember to view it as an opportunity to practice the art of patience.

Movie Update

For the record, the votes were split as to whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie. Since in my family the vote is 3:1, I gained a little ground with the 50/50 split.

Thank you for participating in this important process. We agree to disagree, or we agree, depending on which stance you take.

As you celebrate the season, savor the flavors of all the deliciousness that accompanies the festivities.

When it comes to the goodies, chose wisely and only eat it if it’s AMAZING! 

I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah.

Be careful out there.

Much love,
Health Coach Carol

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” –-Edith Sitwell

Persimmon, Christmas Movies and Compassion

Intrigued by seeing persimmon fruit in the produce section of the grocery store, I decided to be adventurous.

The Fuyu variety that I found are about the size of tomatoes. When choosing persimmons, select those that are deep red or orange, have glossy, smooth skin and have their green leaves intact.

I bought two not knowing anything about them. We ate one a few days after purchase and the other sat for about 5 more days.

The first one was firm and sweet, however the second one was sweeter with more of a honey flavor. It probably had time to ripen, since I kept it at room temperature. Refrigeration stops further ripening. 

Cut persimmon like you would an apple, by removing the green stem, inner core and slicing into bite-size pieces. The skin is a little tough—good fiber.

Persimmons have lots of important nutrients, are a good source of fiber, promote heart health, support healthy vision, reduce inflammation and aid in digestion.

When I shared one with Mr. Non-Compliant, he asked “So why would I eat this instead of an apple, if it’s like eating an apple?”

My response, “It’s good to add variety to your diet to get lots of nutrients and experience adventures in eating.”

He ate it. I think he then pulled out the container of M&M’s. More variety and adventure, I’m guessing.

I’ll be buying more of these. Persimmon would be delicious in a salad with greens, goat cheese, walnuts or pecans, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Great eye appeal too.

You could also add this attractive fruit to hot cereal, smoothies, baked goods, yogurt. 

If you choose the heart-shaped Hachiya persimmons, they must be fully ripe to be enjoyable. This variety is on the mushy side and is well-suited for chutneys, pies and puddings.

Christmas Movies

When you think of Christmas movies, what comes to mind? The Santa Clause, Home Alone, It’s a Wonderful Life, Elf, to name a few. The dispute in our home is whether or not Die Hard is in this category.

I vote NO. I’m outnumbered.

Curiously, what do YOU think? I’d love to know. Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?

I’d like to settle this once and for all.

Thanks for your input. (Please vote NO.)


It’s that time of year when life can feel a bit crazier than normal. As our patience is tested to the extreme, may we all be more compassionate and offer others grace.

We never know what our neighbor or fellow driver may be dealing with.

Remember to drink your water, eat some vegetables and get sleep. It’ll be easier to find compassion for the rest of humanityand for yourself.

Sending you love,
Health Coach Carol

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” — Dalai Lama