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Carolyn Allen

Meet Author Carolyn Allen

Carolyn Allen is the Author of 60 Seconds to Weight Loss Success — One Minute Inspirations to Change Your Thinking, Your Weight and Your Life. She has been providing mental and spiritual approaches for weight loss success both online and in the Washington, DC community since 1999 presenting for Weight Watchers, First Class, Fairfax County Adult Education and other community groups. She is the owner and president at MyMiracleTea.com, an herbal detox health tonic in keeping with the Word of Wisdom.

She is mother of five and the grandmother of a growing number of delightful grandsons and granddaughters and lives with her husband, Bob, in Springfield Virginia, where she serves as the Visiting Teaching District Supervisor. She has been writing for Meridian since 2007.   Her lifetime personal struggles with overeating and sugar are the source for her articles. 

Her favorite foods are broccoli -- lots of it! and chocolate frosting ... just a taste every now and then.  Her book is available at both Amazon.com and her website, www.MyMiracleTea.com.  Feel free to visit her at carolynallen@mymiracletea.com

Author's Published Articles
2014-04-07

Will the messages of April Conference change your life? Here’s a dynamic way to make the most of the next six months, ‘til ...

2014-03-24

Was Glenn Beck poisoned? Meridian’s Health Living columnist adds her thoughts to the LDS broadcaster’s news. Today’s art...

2014-03-10

Needing some oomph and focus on making health a priority? Here are five questions to make it important today! ...

2014-02-24

The Savior had the best homeopathy remedy of all! It's easy and delightful to apply this today to your life, your heart, and y...

2014-02-10

Want to reduce body fat, increase lean muscle mass and burn calories more efficiently? How about losing pounds and inches? Toda...

2014-01-27

Here’s the follow-up on Meridian’s Sugar-Free Challenge from October, and updates on coping with osteoporosis. Am I still ...

2014-01-13

What can children teach us about weight management? Enough to make 2014 a very healthy (and fun) year for you! The whole fami...

2014-01-07

Whether you’re excited and ready to take on your health, or badly needing some fresh strategies to launch the new year, click...

2013-12-16

Will you maintain your weight over the next two weeks? Detour holiday pounds with three questions, three survival tips, three C...

2013-12-02

Too much turkey? Is it possible to greet the New Year without extra pounds? We say “YES!” without dieting or deprivation. ...

2013-11-26

Lighten and brighten Thanksgiving week with recipes for our sinfully simple crock pot turkey and dessert, along with an unforge...

2013-11-18

Let a fascinating book, astonishing photos and a fun ten-day Thanksgiving project create a life-changing Thanksgiving season fo...

2013-11-04

Wondering what to do with all that Halloween candy? And what about the clutter on your desk, kitchen and bathroom counters? He...

2013-10-21

Addicted to Sugar? Here’s Atonement 101, also known as the LDS Addiction Recovery Program....

2013-09-30

Can you be addicted to sugar? Are you? Am I? Watch the video, take the quiz and join me and other Meridian readers in a 30-d...

2013-09-23

The first in a 3-part series on sugar addiction, what it is, how it impacts our lives and how to address it with the Savior’s...

2013-09-09

What do you say to someone turning 99 on the auspicious date of 09-09? “Happy GOLDEN Birthday!” Here are five great family...

2013-08-26

What did the summer bring you special gifts and memories? Here are three of mine, important words in the Bible, easy instructi...

2013-08-12

Are you cranky, wishing for a nicer complexion or reducing the risk of cancer? A flat tire on a hot summer day becomes awake-u...

2013-07-29

Finding yourself comparing how you look to others? Acceptance or rejection of your body carries weight only in your mind. Fin...

2013-07-15

Summer means lots of residential moves as families relocate in time to get settled before school starts. Several years ago new...

2013-07-01

How do Americans compare health-wise with the rest of the world? Then, how do members of the Church compare health-wise agains...

2013-06-17

If you think that calcium and drugs are the answer to this common modern-day condition, think again. Today’s article include...

2013-06-03

If your jeans could talk, what would they say to you today? More importantly, what will they say to you in September? How on...

2013-05-20

Are you an emotional eater? Here are six zero calorie, sugar-free ways to move on with your day, along with a bonus of five Chr...

2013-05-06

Here are two poems, two stories and two sweet baby dolls to warm your heart and bless your health this Mothers' Day....

2013-04-22

Should he preach belief in faith and herbs or medicine and doctors to the early Saints? It was a question and a quandary for ev...

2013-03-25

Did you know that Nauvoo’s favorite dentist was also the first Jew to be baptized into the Church? Today’s article highlig...

2013-03-11

The untimely death of Joseph Smith’s 25 year old brother Alvin had a lifelong impact on his desire to live a higher law of he...

2013-02-25

Are you at risk for diabetes? Today’s article includes 10 myths of diabetes, an online video and test that may change your l...

2013-02-11

Meet Justin Wayne Lewis, winner of the 2012 Mormon Tabernacle Choir Guest Conductor Contest....

2013-01-28

Are your New Year’s resolutions fading?? As January comes to an end, here’s a neat new trick to keep those critical January...

2013-01-14

We check in with Ben Edgell who was featured in Meridian one year ago after losing 100 pounds, along with one more simple calen...

2012-12-31

What will the New Year bring to you? More of the same (yawn) or a wide-open door to a happier, healthier you? Get out your ne...

2012-12-17

Whether it is Christmas bells, music, or the hearts and words of those we love, Christmas is a time for listening. The recent t...

2012-12-03

What do a red pen, a bottle of hydrogen peroxide, and Heloise’s fabulous recipe for fat-free cream soup have in common? You...

2012-11-19

Lighten and brighten up the day with some easy family fun and a printable cookbook that's trim on calories -- but not missing a...

2012-11-05

Can peace be found in a piece of candy, cake or pie? If the stress of the news, the election and the weather has you eating ev...

2012-10-24

Meridian documents the fascinating viral story about Mitt Romney’s character through a personal interview with Hal Prewitt, t...

2012-10-22

Is breakfast a challenge for you? Here are some fresh perspectives and simple recipes for delicious, nutritious, makes-you-fee...

2012-10-08

The powerful messages of each short General Conference talk bounce our spirits to a higher plane. Here’s an equally quick and...

2012-09-24

Take a deep breath! Here’s life changing information that will powerfully and naturally address pain, stress and maybe even ...

2012-09-10

Now that my 26 years of active mothering years are over, here are two life-changing books to help parents with babies and teena...

2012-09-03

Let September bring not just changes in the air, but changes in your health! Here is new information on federal requirements fo...

2012-08-13

Do you ever feel broken and find yourself trying to fill the empty holes of your soul with food? Here’s a beautiful new persp...

2012-07-30

A dramatic Word of Wisdom experience for a U.S. Army Major testifies of the Lord’s promise to protect us. Today’s article i...

2012-07-16

Meet Melody Barber, down 40 pounds for over 25 years, who conscientiously chooses the Word of Wisdom, and words of the prophets...

2012-06-11

Here’s the best game of the summer! Today’s article includes a terrific step by step 9-week guide to a healthier diet....

2012-05-28

Two outstanding LDS Army Colonels share their reflections on health and fitness. Here is inspiring information for creating h...

2012-05-14

Let the beauties of springtime renew and inspire your healthy choices! Today’s article includes a delicious muffin recipe an...

2012-04-30

If portion control is a challenge for you, here are 10 ways to avoid overeating and directions for scrumptious 0-calorie treats...

2012-04-16

Elder David Archuleta and missionaries worldwide inspire a way to establish long-term health habits. Today’s article include...

2012-04-04

The best health of any time in history is available to us, and yet we eat man-made, modern foods that rob us of our health. Le...

2012-03-19

There’s no denying that denial is a big element in the Book of Mormon. Today’s article includes a self-quiz for sugar addi...

2012-03-05

Is it possible that the best diet for modern times is actually included in the ancient Book of Mormon? Today’s article inclu...

2012-02-20

President’s Day and Moroni: The beloved Book of Mormon hero presents a powerful example for creating dynamic positive health ...

2012-02-06

Five family friendly strategies for healthy dinners and a to-die-for lemon chicken soup recipe....

2012-01-23

Do your family meals need some perking up? Make 2012 meals special with five simple tips to make dinnertime memories worth rem...

2012-01-11

The story of a young LDS father who lost 100 pounds may be just the lift you need to make 2012 your year to get healthy....

2011-12-12

It’s the 12th day of Christmas! The Book of Mormon and a letter from Dear Abby how to overcome the holiday onslaught on our...

2011-11-28

You wouldn’t suppose that King Benjamin offered some insight into weight-loss....

2011-11-14

LDS TV personality and author Dian Thomas has lost 125 pounds over the past seven years. Here’s a review of her newest book,...

2011-10-31

It is so easy to let Holiday treats determine our course for the next three months as “the holidays” proceed. How can we ...

2011-10-24

What you discover when you take the Book of Mormon as an eating guide!...

2011-10-10

What can you do for your health between now and April General Conference? The Book of Mormon may be the greatest health manage...

2011-09-19

The events of 9-11 inspire a host of feeling and perspectives. Let this world-changing event inspire your physical health. ...

2011-09-05

Welcome September! With cooler weather around the corner, where are your skinny jeans? More importantly, do they fit? ...

2011-08-22

Here’s are more terrific tomato recipes and 3 ideas for non-pasta noodles that you’ll love!...

2011-08-08

If the divine nature of homegrown tomatoes defines summer for you, you’ll love today’s fun quotes and quips, amazing facts ...

2011-07-25

Hot? Thirsty? Get out the ice! In the middle of a suffocating summer heat wave, here are some very cool and delicious recipes ...

2011-06-27

A Church Family, who survived the Joplin, Missouri tornado, provides inspiration for healthy living....

2011-06-06

Meet Two Exceptional Returned Missionaries who got home just in time for Mother’s Day with not only successful missionary exp...

2011-05-09

Do sugar, fat and salted goodies dictate your thoughts and your food choices? Maybe we’re not as weak as we think!...

2011-04-25

Dealing with a sugar overload of Easter candy and treats? A life-changing visualization and 5 ways to get back on a healthy tr...

2011-04-11

Looking for big revelations that the time is right for you to make some health changes? Here are 25 little inspirations to in...

2011-03-21

Do you find yourself comparing yourself to others? Here’s a fresh perspective from the scriptures on cherishing your own lif...

2011-03-07

How do you know if you’re healthy? Here are 10 ways to find out, and 10 tips to improve how your body processes food....

2011-02-21

We need color! We want color! We crave color – and it’s a good thing, because it’s good for us. ...

2011-02-07

Wondering what those routine lab test numbers and statistics at the doctor’s office really mean? The unexpected passing of a...

2011-01-17

Whew! How good it feels to have life back to normal and ready to focus on our health. ...

2011-01-03

Make 2011 a bit of heaven with these excellent sources for health and well being. ...

2010-12-13

Christmas Time is Here! Though the world would have us believe that Santa and cookies bring Christmas cheer, our spirits know b...

2010-11-29

Here are three holiday weight loss strategies that really work! ...

2010-11-15

Family dinner can derail a day of otherwise healthy eating. Here are five quick tricks to join the family while keeping your ow...

2010-11-01

Practical, family-friendly solutions for getting rid of candy and a delicious “day after” recipe will put you back on the h...

2010-10-18

Where weight loss is concerned, even taking one small step is better than doing nothing at all....

2010-10-04

Where will you be when we gather again for General Conference? Follow the prophets words and you could be down 12-18 pounds....

2010-10-01

If your determination to lose weight has melted like winter's snow, this new column will give you the support and encouragement...

2010-09-30

We can prayerfully ask the Creator of our bodies, our Heavenly Father, to help us graciously change our health choices from pas...

2010-09-29

If thoughts of Easter inspire dreams of caloric cakes and muffins and candies, there are ways to steer our thoughts in more wor...

2010-09-27

When motivation wanes, as it often does when changing health habits and the old ways beckon, creating a deadline of sorts can b...

2010-09-26

As we watch the world come to life again through flowers, trees, shrubs, and gardens, we can be inspired to make the Parable of...

2010-09-25

If losing weight would open doors to achieving goals or making important, eternal memories for ourselves, then there's rich sou...

2010-09-24

In modern society, fast food and junk food are literally available every few blocks. It's easy to respond to our physical appet...

2010-09-23

The U.S. Postal Service is going to make a lot of money over a two-cent price increase. Easy little two-cent changes in not onl...

2010-09-22

When you think about it, it's as hard to live with the extra pounds as it is to face the hourly challenge and lose them. And e...

2010-09-21

Without costing a cent or taking any time, there are motivations that can light our way to healthy choices that will help remov...

2010-09-20

You’d never think of looking in the Bible for a diet tip!...

2010-09-19

Only infants and those who are seriously ill or aged are fed. The rest of us put every bite into our bodies ourselves. This is ...

2010-09-18

If our weight keeps creeping up, are we looking at our eating habits realistically. Here are some ways to think about what you...

2010-09-17

With a baby's pure spirit to guide us back to a time when we were in the presence of our Heavenly Father, the sacrament can be ...

2010-09-16

Most of us who struggle with our weight could easily change the lyrics of George Gershwin's song "Summertime and the livin' is ...

2010-09-15

Do you remember the Aesop's fable of the hardworking ant and the foolish grasshopper? Using the true meaning of the word "dilig...

2010-09-14

If finding the strength to make health choices feels overwhelming and/or easier to just ignore, the tools of a telescope, a mic...

2010-09-13

Meridian readers Joe and Liz Langston have lost 115 pounds since January 1 and share how humor and forgiveness may be the best ...

2010-09-12

The first part of August is a time to treasure. Though the return to school and regular schedules may be approaching, it's stil...

2010-09-10

Even as the five foolish virgins were left behind because they had not prepared and filled their lamps, the anniversary of Katr...

2010-09-09

In light of the hurricane season, is the potential danger level for your own natural health disaster becoming stronger or weake...

2010-09-08

Is there any word that describes the LDS people better than labor? With the industrious honeybee and its hive as our mascot, ev...

2010-09-07

Whether or not you've got school-age kids, September also means a fresh start. If you slid off the dietary wagon this summer, d...

2010-09-06

Welcome, September! A fresh new month and season bring a fresh new start for healthy living. Here are three easy as 1-2-3 ide...

2010-09-06

It's mid-September. The beach towels are put away and the duties of real life greet us once again. How to face the endless stre...

2010-09-05

Today is a perfect day to commit to leaving our posterity a personal legacy of health choices that make a difference today and ...

2010-09-04

Wouldn't it be great to start the New Year without starting a new resolution to lose weight? Today’s Weight Loss Made Easy ar...

2010-09-03

Fall is a time of harvest, and surely the bountiful personal harvest that has just come to us once again with the October gener...

2010-09-02

For those who struggle with their weight, they may be surprised that food is not the enemy. The enemy may be much closer to ho...

2010-09-01

Articles about “thinking positive” to lose weight when it is medically impossible are a slap in the face. This is especiall...

2010-08-31

Halloween unlocks the floodgates of opened candy bags everywhere. It will be in our homes in greater abundance if we have chil...

2010-08-30

Fall is a time for change. The season tells us so! The last chapter has NEVER been written and today's thoughts set the tone fo...

2010-08-23

Some practical hints--from fighting acne to a very cool anti-aging facial exerciser....

2010-08-10

Neil Sedaka sings that “breaking up is hard to do.” True? True! Here’s how to overcome depression and stress as you brea...

2010-07-26

How has the economy affected eating out? For our family it’s not more than once or perhaps twice a month. And we’re not a...

2010-07-14

If healthy eating for weight management seems limiting and difficult, you are not alone. Here are three inspiring stories to h...

2010-06-28

Is it a drag to be constantly mindful of what we’re eating -- or an opportunity to be closer to the Savior? It’s all in h...

2010-06-14

June is a month for graduations and celebrations. In a very real way, as we become educated and master our physical appetites,...

2010-05-31

Though we all know the Word of Wisdom has the “what to do”, to live healthfully, it also provides the “how to do it!” ...

2009-08-29

The Savior and His disciples sang a hymn before entering the Mount of Olives. Could that be a clue to the value of music in fac...

2009-08-28

Is a healthy Thanksgiving a plate of food or a state of mind? Let today's article help guide your choices for the holiday journ...

2009-08-27

The easiest way to lose five pounds is to not gain them in the first place! Though we may have lived holidays of the past as a ...

2009-08-26

Even as the Wise Men brought three gifts to celebrate the Savior's birth, here are three life-lifting, light-giving gifts we ca...

2009-08-25

Christmas and the abundance of celebration foods provide countless opportunities to prepare room for Him. Could it be that a be...

2009-08-24

Yes, there's an abundance of holiday food and too much to do, but there's also an abundance of opportunities to quickly, immedi...

2009-08-23

A stake president shares how he lost weight and got rid of diabetes by eating healthy foods in 2007....

2009-08-22

The same method that ward leaders use to determine the status of the ward can be used as we keep track of our weight loss progr...

2009-08-22

The rewards of healthy living come one day, one pound and one choice at a time through little changes, like the dimes, pennies ...

2009-08-22

The peaceful, happy glow that radiates from Helen Luksan, a seminary teacher in Seattle Washington (down 48 pounds since April ...

2009-08-21

President Hinckley, whose longevity and sparkling energy were testaments to his good health, often asked us to “stand a littl...

2009-08-20

February often means that our windows look out on gray skies and dreary days. With love and prayer, here are three short storie...

2009-08-19

Does the weight loss process bore you or annoy you? If so, see what the scriptures have to say. You may find a whole new diet...

2009-08-18

Does the weight loss process bore you or annoy you? If so, see what the scriptures have to say. You may find a whole new diet...

2009-08-17

When you have a craving for sugar, here are ways to distract you from those sugar cravings. Even more important, there are way...

2009-08-16

Whether we're genuinely hungry and it's time to eat, or we find ourselves with food on our minds and in our hands and mouths wh...

2009-08-15

Along with holidays with too much candy and the consequential sales afterwards to clear out the store, will there ever be an en...

2009-08-14

Spring into fitness with three easy gifts to help you increase your levels of health, energy and joy....

2009-08-13

Healthy living is all about flexibly finding satisfying alternatives as we “eat to live rather than live to eat” so that we...

2009-08-12

Our wise and wonderful Father in Heaven has provided every delightful thing to make the challenges of earth life bearable: Sunr...

2009-08-11

Although genuine happiness, health, peace and joy may seem in scant supply, there is always an abundance of genuine problems ...

2009-08-10

Is there one of us that does not relate to Brooke White on “American Idol” last week? We're prepared and ready. We've praye...

2009-08-09

For each of us, there are a few split seconds in our time on earth where the river bends and life proceeds in a new and very di...

2009-08-08

The difference between “nowhere” and “now here” is just a little space! Here are 16 easy weight loss tricks that will ...

2009-08-07

Our Heavenly Father has provided more support than you can imagine to enable wise health choices. Here’s how to find and enl...

2009-08-06

We each have just one body for our one lifetime experience on earth. Find the strength and power to make healthy decisions tod...

2009-08-05

When we decide that living healthfully is a happy thing, with many small pleasures along the way, then there is peace, followed...

2009-08-04

It has been said that we don't quit playing because we're getting older. The truth is we grow old because we quit playing! Here...

2009-08-03

The Word of Wisdom is 175 years old. Could it be that though we do not have the trials and tribulations of the early pioneers,...

2009-08-03

It's easy to be motivated with to lose weight. However, the personal motivation and actions to make personal healthy choices of...

2009-08-02

Articles about “thinking positive” to lose weight when it is medically impossible are a slap in the face. This is especiall...

2009-08-01

A fortuitous find in her optometrist's office teaches our columnist new concepts regarding the Word of Wisdom....

2009-07-31

Just like batteries and magnets, human beings have positives and negatives that dictate how the energy flows and what happens t...

2009-07-30

Today's weight loss made easy trick is the simplest one of all: Give yourself a hug and credit for every good thing that you d...

2009-07-28

Acceptance or rejection of your body only carries weight in your mind. You can make the very subtle but powerful mental and spi...

2009-07-27

Sad to see the summer end? Here's how to carry the lovely days at the pool or the beach into the busy days ahead for the bless...

2009-07-26

Have you seen the bumper stick that says , “Maybe your body is a temple, but mine is an amusement park!'...

2009-07-25

Is there any denying the calamity of the times? But the response to difficulty is not to eat....

2009-07-24

Jen Torres, mother of six and over halfway to her goal of losing 80 pounds, inspires optimism and courage with the successful c...

2009-07-23

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2009-07-22

The Parable of the Lost Coin can become a priceless vehicle for re-establishing the motivation to care wisely for ourselves. H...

2009-07-21

Though filled with happiness and cheer (as the song goes) we all know only too well that it's also filled with more health deto...

2009-07-20

Though gloom and doom may prevail in the news, action is the answer to feeling better about ourselves, our lives and our health...

2009-07-19

Believe it or not, history can be a powerful weight loss tool. Today's article includes a weight loss photo journal scrapbook ...

2009-07-18

In a most remarkable way, our bodies are similar to the Liahona; curious and miraculous in both workmanship and function, yet t...

2009-07-17

In our Heavenly Father's plan, there will be no Willy Wonka to stop us from eating whatever (and however much) non-nutritious f...

2009-07-16

All the stress in the world is enough to make you rush straight for a candy bar. ...

2009-07-15

It's odd, isn't it, the things in this life that show, and the things that don't? The things that are ignored until it's too l...

2009-07-14

The Savior proved the actuality of the resurrection by doing the routine and mundane, the physical! He walked with them, talk...

2009-07-13

Here are five key indicators that will help keep you on track in your weight-loss program. ...

2009-07-12

Facing a weight gain and relapse and starting again is a Home Depot do-it-yourself project, and – like dishes, laundry and ho...

2009-07-11

What do the Old Testament, a World War II Veteran and Sponge Bob Square Pants have in common? The inspiration and tools for yo...

2009-07-10

Poor summer health choices are as numerous as the sands of the sea at our summer beach holidays. Stay centered and on track wi...

2009-07-09

Satan's plan on every front is eternally the same: to cheapen, to undermine, to upset, to confuse, to misalign and to cause di...

2009-07-08

To master our physical appetites and carnal inclinations is one of the main purposes of mortality. Today's article includes spi...

2009-07-07

Though the Savior may not have been referring to how we care for our bodies when teaching the Disciples about true greatness in...

2009-07-06

Several years ago new neighbors in a town-house development around the corner from us had the moving story to end them all. ...

2009-07-06

What if we could see ourselves—just for a moment—in God’s mirror—rather than in the actual mirrors we use everyday?...

2009-07-05

This simple program will help you feel better no matter how bad things are around you. ...

2009-07-04

As autumn begins, with school beginning and a lot of new starts, it is a perfect time to renew our determination to live health...

2009-07-03

It is 100 days until January 1, and that is definitely enough time to make a significant difference in your health, weight and ...

2009-07-02

Interesting, isn’t it? Milk and dairy products, a staple of most diets, is not even mentioned in the Word of Wisdom. Today’...

2009-07-01

Readers respond to the author’s last article “Got Milk? Got Colds and Tummy Aches?” Here are personal accounts of reducin...

2009-06-30

If leftover Halloween candy and the beckoning holidays are playing havoc with your motivation for healthy choices, today's insp...

2009-06-29

How will you manage the overabundance of holiday treats this year? And what about that pile of gorgeous Christmas cards? Today...

2009-06-29

With Thanksgiving and the launch of “the holidays” just ten days away, this is the right time to adopt an outlook that will...

2009-06-28

Yes, Yes, we know: it’s resolution time. But what if … the world’s most popular New Year’s resolution (losing weight) i...

2009-06-26

The appetizing, delicious, empty-calorie foods weren’t available 100 years ago, or even 50 years ago, but with food preservat...

2009-06-26

Allen finds a mantra for healthy living in—of all places—a graveyard. ...

2009-06-25

If the words “I’m off all medication, down nearly 70 pounds and no longer crave sugar, sweets or foods made with white flou...

2009-06-24

Spring is nearly here! Today’s story and the re-awakening earth are happy invitations for healthy living choices that will ma...

2009-06-23

Here are inspired words from the Prophets that will inspire healthy eating choices for all the right reasons. It just what we n...

2009-06-22

Whether you need help for yourself or support with a loved one’s difficulties, here is instant access (including a free downl...

2009-04-27

Though Charlton Heston may not personally deliver carved tables of stone to you, with the Lord's help you can quickly establish...

2009-04-27

The memories of a very special day with Camilla Kimball, the wife of President Spencer W. Kimball, become a foundation for maki...