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Chronic Illness

Mental Health

Food & Life



Make healthy eating easier when you have a chronic or mental illness.


I am so very excited to announce the release of a new book, that I had the privilege of contributing to!

Dear Chronic Illness is a compilation of letters by people that are chronically ill, to their respective illness.

This is a real, honest look at the individual way we...


Everyone needs sleep, regardless of whether you have a chronic illness, a mental illness, or are a typically healthy person.

Sleep is when our body heals and restores itself. Sleep also plays a critical role in our immune system, as well as our brain's ability to learn...


Life doesn’t always go according to plan. Okay, let’s be honest, life rarely goes according to plan.

When I started this blog I knew I couldn’t expect myself to post on any kind of strict schedule. Between my unpredictable health and mom life there were bound to be time...


What Does Depression Feel Like?

It is like having an evil presence living inside of your own mind.

You may have periods when this evil creature goes into hibernation. You feel happy, you feel free.

But then he wakes up. Maybe something bad happens in your life and it shak...


One of my favorite, go-to desserts is my Secretly Healthy Cookies. They are delicious, healthy, easy, and did I mention DELICIOUS!

But once fall arrived I was looking for way to incorporate pumpkin into recipes that I knew my family would enjoy. This led to a twist on...


Eating healthy is important for everyone. But it is especially important if you suffer with chronic health problems.

Some have found they benefit from specific diets or avoiding trigger foods, such as going gluten free or avoiding dairy.

Regardless of what your perso...


Living with chronic and/or mental illness naturally leads to a wide array of feelings and emotions.

Many times it can be difficult to even pinpoint one particular emotion you are experiencing, more like you are a ball of emotional twine all rolled up together.

But there...


I have said it before and I will say it again, travel can be a great way to cope with mental health problems. A change of scenery really does wonders for me.

It must be addressed though, that travel can be difficult when you have a physical illness, like fibromyalgia....


Life with chronic illness can make cooking healthy meals a challenge.  Like a big, major challenge.

That is why I am always looking for ways to make cooking easier, more chronic life friendly if you will. In fact I started sharing some of my tips on Instagram using the...

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Adriel Maldonado
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I am a wife, mom, writer, and amateur plant-based cook, living with multiple chronic and mental illnesses. 

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