30 Day Vegan

About month or two ago I watched a documentary.

It was some shady back alley film I found on the internet, it was full of heated arguments and night vision shots of sad mistreated animals being raised for the slaughter house.

This film brought up an anger and sadness in me, but mostly just made me want to puke.
(I wouldn't recommend anyone go through those 40 something minutes of emotions on purpose.)

It also gave me an epiphany of sorts.


Chocolate Hazelnut Spread || Part Deux

Remember that one time I made some dairy free chocolate hazelnut spread, then made that crazy time consuming nutella crepe cake?!

How could you forget right. 
Well, you could probably forget quite easily because you weren't the one who spent a hundred years flipping crepes. 
But I will never forget.


Currently // June & July 2015

In preparing for this July favorites, I realized I never even did a June post.
So here are some things I've been enjoying over the last couple of months.


About Those Hair Extensions // featuring a lot of photos of my face

If you follow my on the Instagram like you should be (if not, what are you even doing with your life?) you will have noticed a bit of a hair evolution over the last few months. 

One day its short, one day it's long..suddenly there are bangs then they are gone.
(I'm a poet and I didn't even know it!)

This is because I am now the proud owner of some Laced Hair extensions. 
When I had long hair I always wanted to get some clip ins to add extra body and length to my tresses, but after I chopped off my hair they became a necessity. 
I may be exaggerating about the necessity of them, but how else am I to get a beautiful long braid when the desire hits! 
Don't get me wrong, I looove my short bob. I've had it almost a year now and I have no intention of growing it out anytime soon. 
That said, it is difficult to have certain hairstyles with short hair.
Full braids are a no, sock buns don't work out quite right, and pony tails look so sad and pathetic. 


A Beginners Guide to Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome

Last month marked the year anniversary of my last visit to the autonomic center at Stanford.
No I didn't have this date circled on the calendar, I just happened to make the mistake of trying to drive somewhere on the high schools graduation day this year, which reminded me of that same day last year when I was trying my hardest to hold in the desire to pass out and or puke while stuck in miserable traffic.
That tilt table test was a doozy, you guys.
But it got me thinking about how far I've come in this last year. Not that I don't still feel like a ticking time bomb waiting to go off, but things are a lot brighter then they were last summer.

So I thought I'd spread a little of my P.O.T.S knowledge out into the universe because there is nothing I like doing better then telling people what to do.
I'm really pretty good at giving advice about life.
You wouldn't be able to tell this about me because my own life is a giant pile of doodoo, but I do follow my own advice most of the time so maybe I shouldn't start up a new career as a life coach.

Just call me CarinaMD, which is basically what my real life social media handles are, but thats because that's all I could get related to my actual name not because I think I'm a doctor.
Now we have that issue settled down.
(shameless plug: follow me @carinamdee on all the things)

I could go on for days about doctors, and medicine and proper diagnosis. But this is more about after diagnosis.
You've been given this life sentence, what now?
(also see my letter to a newly diagnosed personage, and this post from  a few months ago)

If you don't have Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and don't care to learn about treatment options or you don't have an hour to read this post, don't click on.
It's very long and very medical.