Plant-Based and Personalized Vegan Meals

I received a VegReady sample free of charge for the purposes of testing, however all opinions are my own.

Even though I’m not vegan or vegetarian (here’s the difference if you don’t know), I try to have at least one meet-free meal per day. So when the folks at VegReady offered to send me one of their snacks to try out, I gladly accepted.

VegReady provides vegan meals that are healthy and ready to eat. They offer a variety of options and don’t require refrigeration which makes them easy to take with you. Coming in 2018, you can order meals matched to your DNA.

I received a Mango & Jalapeno Quinoa Snack to test out. VegReady products are ready to eat, so you literally just open it up and dig in. Continue reading

Only In Your (Weird Diabetes) Dreams

I have a history of very vivid and weird dreams. I’ve heard of others with diabetes having strange diabetes dreams and even stranger dreams when a low blood sugar is involved. In more than 6 years with type 1 diabetes, I hadn’t experienced a diabetes dream… until the other night.

I woke around 2:00 a.m. to my Dexcom alarming low, so I checked my blood sugar and it was 66 mg/dL. A little low, so I treated with a marshmallow from the back on my nightstand (don’t judge what you don’t understand) and ended up slipping back into sleep. I can’t remember everything about the dream I had next, but here’s what I do remember… Continue reading

A Case of Mistaken Identity: Drug Addict or PWD?

There’s a heroin epidemic in my home state. Drug addiction is a sad and serious problem in our country that is getting a lot of media attention. This crisis has had an unexpected impact on people who live with diabetes.

via Type 1 Diabetes Memes

Because after insulin laughter can be the best medicine, those of us with diabetes make jokes about it, specifically type 1s like me who have to inject either regularly or occasionally. We joke about being high, we joke about shooting up to keep from getting high and we joke about being insulin addicts. All of which are true but out of context could sound bad.

However some of the actual realities of this disease have lead to mistaken identity in some cases.

Three things happened in the course of one week over the summer that prompted me to write this post.

Needles on the Playground Continue reading

Making the Right Financial Moves When Medical Emergencies Arrive

Today I have another guest post, from personal finance blogger Josh Wilson at FamilyFaithFinance.com.

Medical bills can be a nightmare. A night in the emergency room or bad news from a doctor can mean thousands of dollars taken from your bank account or even harm to your credit score. But, since medical bills don’t go straight to your credit score, there are some moves to make within the first 90 days after an emergency occurs.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reports that about half of all collection accounts on credit reports actually come from medical debt. The report also said that a single collection can cause a decent credit score to fall about 100 points. Many patients don’t even realize how quick a medical bill can damage their credit.

Other misconceptions include: Continue reading

Contain Yourself {Cleveland Got a Container Store!}

The Container Store (The Original Storage and Organization Store) in Beachwood has been open for a couple of months now, but I just recently found time to get my Westside self out to the Eastside to do some storage shopping.

Do you follow me on Pinterest? If so, you may have noticed that I have a board dedicated to organization obsessions. I’m slightly obsessed with finding new ways to organize and store stuff.

My very pregnant friend Natalie and I met up for lunch and a visit to the Container Store for no other purpose than to explore. I’d never been in one before, because there weren’t any local, but I’d browsed online. Let me say, browsing in the store is so much better!

We walked down nearly every aisle of the store. Continue reading