PURE Energy Shots by Le-Vel

First of, let me introduce you to the newest member of the Pickles & Peppers team, Fallon.  Fallon is a rare disease mom and advocate.  She will be posting on PnP and helping keep me active on here as well.  She's good at keeping me motivated, but more on that later as well.

Dash Diet Success

So far I've lost approximately 17 pounds just by following Dash Diet Guidelines.

Taking Back My Health

So this winter I've been fairly miserable. Mental health has been a struggle with severe depression and severe anxiety, I've had a real issue with motivation this year and have gain weight because of it.  My husband has agreed to start the DASH diet guidelines with me, starting with the weightloss weeks.  We will be starting Sunday, March 18, 2018 and I will record our weights, starting photos, etc. I will also post what our diets include and/or exclude. I have the book, but the website has lots of great information.

Round Here - by Morgan LaRoche

Round Here. . . One thing that's hard about Congenital Heart Disease is that it is a "silent” disease. No one really knows what's going on unless they pick out the little clues: the scar, the exhaustion, the shortness of breath, etc. This makes it hard for others to understand what it's like to deal with. No one really “gets it” when you are having a bad day. People can't fathom what living with chronic illness is like because they can't quantify it or qualify it.
One of my favorite coping mechanisms for life in general is listening to music; I love music in general, but one day I was in a rough place mentally (actually, I was dealing with preparing for a difficult procedure), and I heard one of my favorite songs in a WHOLE new light. It has changed my view on things as well as helping me get a better grasp on what it's like to live with and grow up with chronic and invisible illness. It has also given me an easier way to explain things to others in a more t…

Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Month

I was born with several heart defects.  Although, mine were not immediately life threatening they did make my childhood a little more, well, unique than others.
I remember playing in the snow and being told to go back inside because my lips were blue.  I'd be swimming and be told to go sit at the edge of the pool because my lips were blue.  I didn't quite understand how my lips could be blue when it was nearly 100 degrees outside.
I was diagnosed with several defects including Atrial Septal Defect, Ventricular Septal Defect, Transposition of the Great Vessels, & Pulmonary Stenosis.Want to know Five facts about Congenital Heart Defects (CHD)?  Check out the CDC's information here and trust me you will be surprised.CHD are the most common type of birth defects.  Most people don't know that.
Did you know that the cost incurred by CHD patients, their family, and the tax payers is over $5 BILLION per YEAR!!!So many other facts are found on the CDC's website.
If we wan…

Heart Month Is Not All About Heart Attacks!

Did you know that 1 in every 100 babies is born with a heart defect? Did you know that 50% of them are at risk of death if their defect is not surgically corrected? How about that Congenital Heart Disease is the NUMBER ONE MOST COMMON BIRTH DEFECT? It is also the number one cause of infant mortality.  You'd think that would be more widely known and publicized, but it isn't.  Most people think of other defects when they are asked about the most common.  
Because Congenital Heart Disease (or Defects as it was previously known) has so many different ways to manifest itself, many people don't put it all together.Nationwide Children's Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio, is where I have been treated for my Congenital Heart Disease since it was found when I was six weeks old.  Below is their infographic.  They have done so much for me, I love to spotlight them when I can. (Click the infographic to go to their site where it's larger)

I was one of those that was almost lost in the …

Boosting Your Immunity

Photo Credit: by Carrie Raab