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June 13, 2024

Refreshing Drink Recipes to Beat the Heat

As the summer sun reaches its peak, staying hydrated is more important than ever. But who says hydration has to be boring? Here are some simple recipe

June 6, 2024

Fun and Healthy Summer Snacks

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy fresh, light, and delicious snacks that not only keep you cool but also pack a nutritional punch. Here are some fu

May 30, 2024

The Surprising Link Between Texting and Better Eating

Ever notice how you just feel a little lighter after a laugh with friends, or a heartfelt conversation with a loved one? These kinds of positive socia

May 22, 2024

Uncovering the Hidden Sweetness in Everyday Foods

(The following article was written for the December 2020 issue of Get Healthy magazine, a publication of The Northwest Indiana Times. I’m sharin

May 16, 2024

Mastering the Art of Cleaning Produce

Last week I promised that I’d offer some various ways to effectively clean your produce. Before preparing fruits and vegetables, wash your hands wel

May 9, 2024

Navigating Pesticides in Produce

To buy organic or conventional produce? That is the question of the day. Organic produce, by definition, is grown without synthetic pesticides, synthe

May 2, 2024

Diverse Protein Sources for a Healthier You

Last week I covered the topic of how much protein we need in a day and dispelled the idea that protein causes kidney damage. In case you missed it, he

April 25, 2024

Is Too Much Protein Dangerous?

Twenty-five years ago, there was plenty of skepticism about protein. After all, bodybuilders ate lots of it—and they experimented with all kinds of

April 18, 2024

The #1 Nutrition Principle

“Red wine is better than white wine!” “Kale is better than spinach!” “GRAINS ARE EVIL!!” Ever feel like good nutrition is just too complic

April 11, 2024

Angelos Update and Green Thumb Time

If you’ve been following my blog for a few years, you may recall my weekly posts that were written comparing the size of my friend’s baby in utero

I Got Carded

Interesting times we live in.

Last week I was carded before I could enter the grocery store. I went during the first hour of the store’s opening, with the “seniors.” I’m legit and getting carded to prove I’m old enough to shop early in the day was a first for me. Word to the wise: always carry your ID.

We’re running our dishwasher almost every day, and it used to take 2-3 days before it was full enough to warrant a washing. Lots of cooking and grilling happening, and thankful that Mr. Non-Compliant is a grill master.

My flowers are looking really good, with the exception of 6 tulips that have been beheaded thanks to those wascally wabbits. Beware: I hear a frost may happen Friday night into Saturday morning, so we may need to cover the delicate plants. Watch your weather.     

I can go a number of days without having to make a trip anywhere, and we have yet to run out of food. This is a good lesson for future reference—certain to help my efficiency level.

One tank of gas lasts…a really long time.

Lots of people need lots of prayers.

I’m betting you’re noticing a different way of life too. It’s interesting.

And yet, do you find yourself:

  • feeling a bit discombobulated?
  • grieving the life that’s been left behind?
  • stress-eating your way into a larger size?

Perhaps you’d like to:

  • enjoy quality sleep
  • have more energy
  • be confident and happy in your body

Food is the SOLUTION!

It’s not too late to join my virtual 4-week course, “EAT: And Think Like a Champion.”

We begin today at 11:00AM central. Click here for the details. I’d love to see you in our Zoom class!  

If you’re interested, and are unable to make today’s class, you can still join us for the remainder of the lessons at a pro-rated price. While the course is designed to cover specific topics, each lesson also stands on its own.

Wishing you good health and much happiness,
Carol

“Our coaching experience with Carol far exceeded our expectations. This was more than a weight loss program. It is a lifestyle program that focuses on how through better food choices and eating habits you can become healthier, sustain weight loss and lead a better life. We found it to be both educational and enjoyable.”—Stella Z.

EAT: And Think Like a Champion

I’m inviting you to join me in this 4-week group course I’ve created in response to our recent life of magnified uncertainty; a life that has perhaps created a bit more stress.

Working with me virtually, you’ll gain clarity around the best ways to conquer foggy brain, fatigue, low mood, anxiety, and more.  

Through a unique combination of attitude AND kitchen coaching, you’ll learn techniques to help you:

  • Be more confident
  • Have more energy
  • Gain mental strength
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Be happy in your own skin

In addition, I’ll address:

  • Why depression and low mood are linked to what you eat
  • The role stress plays in your overall health and well-being
  • What it means to eat mindfully and why diets are unsuccessful on many levels
  • The role of quality sleep

And, we will be in virtual community which allows for ongoing interaction with one another!  

4-Week Course Outline

Lesson 1: The Mind-Body link. Stress, stress eating and mindfulness—WHAT we mean by these terms and HOW to incorporate helpful strategies. We’ll make stress-busting food that’s quick and delicious.

Lesson 2: Risks of a high sugar diet and the link to foggy brain. Bummer, right? We’ll make a tasty low sugar treat.

Lesson 3: Food is THE SOLUTION, and why quality sleep is important. We’ll enjoy some superfoods.

Lesson 4: Healthy habits for life—and what about red wine? Letting go of the stress of thinking about eating perfectly. Since we all like tasty snacks, we’ll make something today.

Each week I’ll let you know in advance what supplies you’ll need for us to create together. You’ll understand what foods will help you overcome a number of ills. You’ll eat and think like a CHAMPION!

The particulars for “EAT: And Think Like a Champion” 4- Week Online Course:

  • We’ll ZOOM on Thursdays from 11:00AM to 12:30PM (central) on May 7, 14, 21, and 28.
  • The class will begin with the topic of the day and we’ll reinforce the lessons in the kitchen making food together, through the magic of ZOOM. (I’ve been doing this with my private coaching clients. It’s fun and we all get to eat our creations!)
  • The value of this offer is $297, yet the fee is only $97 for the ENTIRE 4-WEEK COURSE!

Email me today to reserve your spot and take advantage of this special deal! Payments can be made through PayPal, and I’ll send you the Zoom link prior to our class.

Much love to you,
Carol

“I may have slipped, but that’s okay. She finds the positive, doesn’t judge, and helps me move forward. I have learned to celebrate both small and big victories. Thanks, Carol!–Carol W. on Coaching with Carol

Eating to Boost Immunity and Stay Healthy

Today, more than ever, we’re looking for ways to stay healthy. To be clear, there is no magic potion, exercise routine, supplement, or diet plan that will guarantee your optimal health.

The good news is that there are many ways you can increase your odds of avoiding illness.

While it’s important to reduce stress levels, get good quality sleep (7-9 hours), move your body, and wash your hands (I’ve never been told to wash my hands this much since I was a kid), in today’s blog, I’m going to focus on proper nutrition.   

Making lots of changes at one time is overwhelming and fleeting. As you look at immune boosting practices, choose one that is simple for you to implement today. When it seems easy to manage, add another one. Mastering good habits slowly, over time, is the way to make them permanent.

By making good nutrition a priority, you will increase your body’s ability to fight off illness now and in the years to come.

Avoid deficiencies by eating a variety of whole foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, protein, and healthy fats. Stay away from processed products as much as possible—you know what I’m referring to–those packaged goods that have ingredient lists filled with words you can’t pronounce–and that you can barely read without cheaters.

Protein
Aim for a serving of protein at every meal/snack. A typical serving for women is one palm size, and for men, 2 palm sizes. Sources of protein include lean meats, fish, poultry, seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds, dairy. Beans and legumes are protein sources for plant-based eaters.

Protein is the building block of antibodies. People who are protein-deficient are more susceptible to infectious disease.

Vitamin C
Whole foods are the best sources, as vitamin C is needed to prevent and fight infections. Because this vitamin is water-soluble, we need to replenish it daily. Some of the more common foods high in vitamin C are kale, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, oranges, lemons, yellow sweet peppers, chili peppers, guava, thyme, parsley, mustard spinach, kiwis, broccoli, papayas.

Aim for 1-2 servings per day. For vegetables, a serving is 1-2 fists worth. For fruits (carbs), 1-2 cupped handfuls.  

Vitamin D
Unless you live near the equator, you’ll probably need to supplement. There are foods fortified with vitamin D, however we typically need more. The only way to determine how much you need in a supplement is by determining your blood level. Most people need to supplement with anywhere from 600-4,000 IU’s per day.

Vitamin D helps protect against respiratory infections. Check with your healthcare provider for the supplement and dose that is right for you.

NOTE: When the body is experiencing significant inflammation, such as can occur in some people who become severely sick from COVID-19 infection, vitamin D should be temporarily discontinued. It may be resumed upon return to health. (per the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine)

Zinc
Whole food sources like whole grains, oysters, and scallops are best. Zinc lozenges may help those who are already sick.

Zinc supports T-cells which fight off infection.

Omega-3 fatty acids
Eat plant sources such as chia seeds, walnuts, and ground flax seeds daily. (You won’t reap as many benefits from whole flax seeds, as your intestines cannot break down the tough outer shell of the seeds.) Consume oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines and anchovies, 2-3 times per week. Consider a supplement if you don’t eat fish.

Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and help white blood cells fight off infection and disease.

Is there more we can do? There’s always more. This is a great start.

Focus on what you CAN control. Most of us can control what we eat.

To your health,
Carol

“The ability to keep doing what you love doing is so fragile.”—Dr. John Berardi

Carol’s Healthier Hasselback Potatoes

Ingredients
4 large Russet, Idaho, or Yukon Gold potatoes
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or melted butter or equal parts of each)  
Coarse salt
Freshly ground pepper
Paprika

Directions
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Leave potato skins on, or peel, your choice. Place the potato in a large wooden or metal spoon, and using a sharp knife, make slices across the potato the short way, about an 1/8th inch apart. Gently cut down to the lip of the spoon, not all the way through the potato. The slices should stay connected at the bottom, and the spoon helps keep the depth even.

Slice all the potatoes in this manner and place them cut side up in a lightly oiled shallow baking dish or stone. Brush potatoes with half the oil, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and paprika, or your favorite seasonings.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and brush the remaining oil on the potatoes and season with a little more salt, pepper, and paprika. Return to the oven and bake another 20 minutes, or until they are nicely browned.

Note: Hasselback potatoes may be topped with grated cheese and dried bread crumbs, as well as other variations.