9 Easy High Protein On-the-Go Breakfast Ideas

9 Easy High Protein On-the-Go Breakfast Ideas

Now that Fall is in full swing, most people are back into a good routine and no more lazy summer mornings. It’s more important than any other time of year (hello, flu season!) to have easy high protein on-the-go breakfast ideas.

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Cold pumpkin recipes for warmer weather

Cold Pumpkin Recipes For Warmer Weather

It's the middle of September, the kids are back in school, and while fall is supposed to be just around the corner, if you live in the South like I do, you won't be seeing those fall-like temperatures anytime soon. So, if you're also like me and want to enjoy all thing pumpkin this time of year, keep reading for tons of cold pumpkin recipes for warmer weather.

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What to look for in a healthy snack bar

Have you ever wondered what to look for in a snack bar? Whether it's a protein bar, granola bar, or energy bar, it seems like every week there's a new healthy snack bar option to choose from at the grocery store. And one of the most frequent questions I get asked is what to look for in a healthy snack bar. 

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5 After School Snacks that Won't Ruin Dinner

5 After School Snack Ideas that Won’t Ruin Dinner

It’s the middle of August, and kids have already started heading back to school in certain parts of the country. (My oldest started yesterday!) The first day of school can bring a flood of emotions and potentially stress, but it also brings a return to some semblance of “normalcy” for a lot of families… though, I don’t think anything’s ever quite “normal” when it comes to life with kids, but anyways…

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10 Low Sugar Lunchbox Staples

Ready or not, school is just around the corner! Hard to believe right?! Do you know what you’re going to pack for your kids for lunch on that first day? Ya, I don’t either, it’s ok. But, one thing I do know is that loading my kids up with sugar at lunchtime is a sure fire way to make sure they’re exhausted and unable to focus in the afternoon. So, here are my Top 10 Low Sugar Lunchbox Staples:

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How to Navigate the Produce Department with Confidence

Summer is in full swing and it’s time so start thinking about produce that's seasonal and local. There are so many buzzwords you hear when it comes to food shopping. Organic, sustainable, local, eco-friendly, fair-trade, GMO-free, sulphur-free and the list goes on and on and on. Today we’re going to crack down the buzzwords and get you ready for produce shopping without any questions. 

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6 Delicious Diabetes Recipes You'll Love This Summer

 
6 Delicious Diabetes Recipes You'll Love This Summer
 

6 Delicious Diabetes Recipes You'll Love This Summer

Finding recipes that make it easier, and not harder, to manage blood sugar levels when you're diabetic can be hard. And just when it seems like you've found some great recipes and foods, things go out of season, and you have to start the search all over again. 

Well, don't worry. Your favorite dietitians and diabetes experts have compiled 6 different recipes for you to try this summer. They're loaded with all the necessary blood sugar stabilizing things: complex carbs, protein, fat, fiber, etc. Check them out by clicking the button below...

This post was sponsored by Healthline Media. All thoughts and ideas are my own...


The terrifying experience that taught me how a medical ID saves lives

 
The terrifying experience that taught me how a medical ID saves lives
 

Have you ever really thought about it? Did you know a medical ID saves lives? What would you do if you found yourself in an emergency situation and couldn't communicate with anyone? Or what about your kids? Is there anything about your health (or theirs) that emergency and medical personnel would need to know to keep you alive and healthy? 

Did you know that over 95% of medical personnel look for some form of medical ID in an emergency situation? That's because they know anyone they encounter could have a chronic health condition or life threatening allergies, or be on medications they would need to know about. They look because they know a medical ID saves lives. 

So, who exactly should wear a medical ID? Anyone with:

  • one or more ongoing (chronic) health conditions
  • food allergies
  • drug allergies
  • taking multiple medications

Take me for example... I'm a type 1 diabetic and I'm allergic to penicillin. Given that my life depends on 24 hour access to insulin via my insulin pump, and if anyone gave me the most commonly administered antibiotic, I could go into anaphylactic shock... it probably is a good idea for me to wear a medical ID. What if I couldn't communicate that to anyone? What if I was unconscious and none of my loved ones were around to convey that information?

I wear a medical ID everyday just in case, but that wasn't always the case. As a child, I always wore one because my mom made me. But as I grew into young adulthood, I got lazy about wearing one. And by the time I was pregnant with my first daughter, I hadn't worn one in years. I took for granted the fact that I had an insulin pump attached to me and figured anyone could just see that and would know I was diabetic. 

Well, one afternoon when I was about 15 weeks into my pregnancy, I decided to go for a run, just like I did several times each week. We lived on a street that made a 1.5 mile loop. I usually did 2-3 laps depending on how I felt. I also used to always take my insulin pump off while I exercised (especially while running) because I didn't like the way it felt bouncing up and down. So, off I went. I felt tired, but hey... I was pregnant, wasn't that part of the territory?

About halfway through, I noticed my blood sugar felt like it was starting to drop, so I ate the box of raisins I always kept on me while running (just in case), and kept going... but it didn't seem to be getting better. The raisins definitely weren't enough, and before I knew it, I was at the furthest point from my house, sitting on the ground... barely able to sit up, much less get up and walk home. 

In my confused and desperate state, I started to panic. I didn't have my insulin pump on. I didn't have my phone (I was in my own neighborhood, it was daylight, and I was less than a mile from home)... nothing on me to indicate I was diabetic. (In reality, my insulin pump port was still on obviously, but I wasn't thinking clearly, remember?) And I didn't have a medical ID on. 

I sat there for a good 15 minutes and just focused on staying awake. Oddly enough, no one drove by in that time. Slowly, but surely, I felt my blood sugar start to come up. An then, I got up and walked home. No dramatic rescue, no scary trip to the ER or hospital... but goodness it could have been so much worse.

That experience was life changing!

When my husband got home later that evening and I told him what had happened, let's just say he was thankful I was ok, but also just a wee bit upset that I was so careless. And quite honestly, I had been. As a result of that one experience, I've changed a few things I do every single day:

  • Never take my pump off, just suspend it
  • Always just stop if I feel my blood sugar dropping
  • Always have a medical ID on

I now have two different medical ID's I wear on any given day. This one for "fancier" outfits, and this one for everyday casual wear. These are both from American Medical ID. They have so many different styles and options that are the perfect blend: conspicuous to the common person, but able to stand out enough to medical personnel. They've even helped me set up a discount code for you all if you'd like to order your own ID or one for a loved one. 

Not sure how to have your bracelet engraved? Don't worry, they've got some awesome resources on their website to help, and you can always ask your doctor what he/she thinks you should have on your Medical ID. And they can have your ID engraved and in the mail as quickly as 24 hours after you order it most of the time!

Whether you decide to get one from American Medical ID, or another company, if this article taught you how a medical ID saves lives, and pushes you to finally start wearing a medical ID, or to get one for your child, then I'll be very happy!

 

Note: The links above are affiliate links. Meaning I will earn a commission if you deicde to purchase a Medical ID from American Medical ID. All thoughts, stories, and ideas expressed above are completely true and come from my heart. This is a cause and issue I have very strong feelings about and hope you feel motivated to take action for you or a loved one. 

 


9 simple steps to achieving a clutter free pantry

 
9 simple steps to achieving a clutter free pantry
 

A couple months ago, I shared over on Instagram how Rachel Dickerson from A Beautiful Mess 101 helped me declutter my pantry. Since then, I have gotten so many questions and comments about achieveing a clutter free pantry. So I asked Rachel if she would share her wisdom with you guys...

I am totally a visual person. Clutter just stresses me out. I tend to do a pretty good job of staying organized in the rest of my house (though don't look to closely... I said I stay organized, I didn't say it was a clean organized!), but for some reason, I just can't seem to keep my kitchen organized... likely because that's the room I spend most of my time in. 

With Rachel's help, we purged my pantry (and the entire kitchen) of non-essentials, moved items that shouldn't have been in the kitchen in the first place to an upstairs closet... and what impressed me the most, was how much more efficient my kitchen is now! I had no idea I could store this much stuff, and still have extra cabinets sitting empty! 

Click below to download the FREE guide Rachel created just for you guys... and make sure to check out her website for help with all the other rooms in your house!