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

Some Coffee Caffeine Chatter

I hope those of you who love donuts enjoyed your special day last week. Mr. Non-Compliant was caught savoring a blueberry sour cream donut from Rise’n Roll.

He said it was amazing and is considering having another one before next year’s donut day celebration. 

If you see him at Rise’n Roll, be sure to take a picture and let me know.

For my coffee lovers, here’s a tidbit that you may find interesting.

Light roast coffee tends to be slightly higher in caffeine content than dark roast when measuring scoop for scoop.

Some studies have shown a difference of 9 mg of caffeine (per half cup) between light and dark roast coffee, with lighter roasts containing the larger amounts.

Because the light roast beans spend less time in the roasting process, they are slightly smaller than medium and dark roast beans. Therefore, when measuring by volume, you’ll get more coffee beans per scoop with light roast. More beans equals more caffeine.

When measured by weight, the difference is insignificant.

Another tidbit: Dark roast coffee is less acidic than light and medium roast. If you suffer from heartburn or other digestive issues, dark roast may be a better option.

I am a fan of Lifeboost Coffee. It’s organic, low acid, roasted fresh in small batches when you order, 3rd party tested for molds, bacteria, heavy metals, pesticides and 400 other toxins.

There are a variety of coffee flavors to choose from, although I find the basic dark roast to be delightful.

If you enjoy coffee and must avoid it due to its acid producing qualities, or if you are searching for a “clean” coffee, you may want to give Lifeboost a try. Check it out at www.lifeboostcoffee.com


Much love,
Health Coach Carol

 “I wake up some mornings and sit and have my coffee and look out at my beautiful garden, and I go, ‘Remember how good this is. Because you can lose it.'”Jim Carrey 

Score a Free Doughnut on Friday

Friday, June 2nd is National Donut Day.

And it’s Gina’s birthday.

Happy National Donut Day! Happy Birthday, Gina!

We’re finally in the month of summer and my peonies are in their glory—white, pink and red blooms abound. There is much to celebrate.

Back to the free doughnut topic, in case you’re a fan. 

Dunkin’ Donuts is offering a free classic donut of your choice with the purchase of any drink on their menu on Friday, June 2nd.

There may be other donut deals, so be sure to ask at your local bakery if you’d like to be part of the celebration.

You can bet Mr. Non-Compliant will read this blog post and check into it.

He’s all about a doughnut—but only if it’s amazing.

Amazing is better than free.

Since doughnuts are not a health food, (I know you know this because you’ve been reading my blog posts) it’s best to limit intake. On National Donut Day, if you must indulge, make it amazing.

Curious as to the correct spelling of doughnut? Here’s the scoop:

“Dictionaries and popular style guides like the AP Stylebook list doughnut as the preferred spelling. However, donut is a common variation in the United States. It’s less common in official settings but is still fully acceptable.”

There you have it. Consider yourself to be a donut expert, at least on Friday.

Brew a Tastier Cup of Coffee

As I was thinking about donuts, my mind wandered to thoughts of coffee. If I were going to enjoy a donut, I’d want an amazing cup of coffee to accompany it.

This past weekend, I deep-cleaned my coffee maker. 

NI’m sure my coffee will be tastier now.

When was the last time you deep-cleaned your coffee maker?

If you’re like me and that task gets overlooked on a regular basis, follow these simple steps to deep-clean your coffee maker. You use distilled white vinegar. If you need some, let me know. I overbought.

Be sure all the water is out of the water chamber before beginning.

Step 1: Pour
Pour equal parts distilled white vinegar and water into your coffee maker’s water chamber.

Step 2: Brew
With the basket and filter chamber empty, activate the switch to brew.

Step 3: Stop and Sit
When half the liquid has brewed, turn off the coffee maker and let the solution sit for about an hour.

Step 4: Resume
When an hour is up, turn the coffee maker on again to finish the cycle.

Step 5: Rinse and Repeat
Discard the solution and run several brew cycles with clean water until the smell of vinegar is gone.

It’s advised to repeat this procedure every month to enjoy delicious coffee and extend the life of your coffee maker. (Wash the carafe, basket and filter with warm, soapy water after each use.)

Better put it in the calendar or it won’t happen.

Wishing you a beautiful June weekend.

Much love,
Health Coach Carol

“I choked on a carrot this afternoon and all I could think was ‘I bet a donut wouldn’t have done this to me.’ ”–Anonymous

Raw Honey is Good

I’m with Winnie the Pooh when it comes to honey.

Although, I don’t recommend eating pawfuls of it from a honey pot.

To get honey’s natural health benefits, look for raw or unpasteurized.

Raw honey has some healing properties (may help with sore throats, stomach flu, digestion), strengthens the immune system and has antiseptic properties when applied to wounds, burns, and other skin conditions. Raw honey is Nature’s Neosporin. 

Local raw honey may be beneficial for pollen allergies. Any raw honey that is harvested nearby where the same sort of plants are blooming at roughly the same time can be considered local. Try taking a teaspoonful daily.

Bees really are very busy. A colony of bees can visit up to 50 million flowers each day, with as many as 60,000 bees in each colony.

To make honey, worker honeybees fly up to 5km searching for flowers and their sweet nectar. Usually, they’ll visit between 50 and 100 flowers per trip.

This explains why there are so many benefits to enjoying raw honey. Botanicals have provided healing properties for centuries. Bees are gathering all this goodness to make their unique blend of honey.


Tip: Young kids are more prone to acute coughs because they’re still developing their immune systems. If your two-year-old develops a cough, give them honey. Mix a teaspoon into warm water and give it to your child to drink daily until the cough has gone away. Children under the age of 2 should not consume honey, as there could be bacteria present that could make them sick.

A teaspoon of raw honey added to your lemon water, herbal tea, drizzled over fruit or Greek yogurt, or enjoyed on its own, is a healthy way to sweeten up your day and get a boost of energy. 

Recipe alert: I like to add my teaspoon of honey to a salad of mixed greens, blueberries or pear slices, goat cheese, walnuts, extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice. Toss to combine.

I’m thankful for bees. And their honey.

Much love,
Health Coach Carol

“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.”– A. A. Milne     

Savor the Season

Here in the Midwest, it’s finally safe to plant flowers and vegetables without fear of frost.

We hope. I’m going to risk it.

The daffodils and tulips are done for another year. My lilac bushes are fragrant and their beauty is short-lived.

My peonies are going to open in the next week or so, depending on the warmth of our days. 

I have rhubarb growing that’s ready to be harvested and made into something tasty. Fortunately, it returns faithfully each year.

The flowers, vegetables and herbs are calling my name. It’s a beautiful time of year.

If you enjoy fresh herbs and vegetables, I encourage you to plant a garden.

You may not have much space; however, you may be able to have a few herb pots on a sunny patio or tuck a tomato plant or two into your flower bed.

Have fun getting creative.

It’s fascinating to see what develops from a plant when you add some water and sunshine.

If you’re an accomplished gardener, then you’re most likely well ahead of the game. You have your garden mapped out, have seedlings started in a warm window and will enjoy your first tomato by early July, if not sooner.

My dad always planted a huge garden. I didn’t appreciate it as a kid on the farm, since I had the chore of weeding. Swore I’d never grow up and plant a garden.

Never say never and never swear.

Although I’m not the meticulous gardener that he was, I do the best I can and enjoy whatever happens to grow. I now find satisfaction even in the weeding. It’s a wonderful form of meditation for me. 

Guess I’ve grown up to be my father, the farmer’s, daughter.

Whatever beauty you find this spring, take time to enjoy it. The seasons pass much too quickly.

Sending you love,
Health Coach Carol

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.” – Alfred Austin