Foodie Friday: Turkey Stuffing That Is Kidney-Friendly

Boxed stuffing is so easy, and fast.  But, if you have CKD, Diabetes, food allergies or intolerances learning to make an easy Turkey Stuffing is super important.  Boxed foods are full of sodium, phosphorus, and other preservatives, making it a not so healthy food choice.  I combined some recipes I found to come up with an easy delicious turkey stuffing recipe.  We don’t actually stuff the turkey with it.  So it is a side-dish at our house.  You can use any bread, but white breads will have less phosphorus.  You can either bake the bread for a few minutes in the oven or toaster, then brake them up or use day-old bread.

1 1/2 cups celery

1 cup onion

1 cup unsalted butter

7 slices of white bread

7 slices of oat bread

1/4 tsp ground sage

1/2 tsp ground thyme

2 tsp garlic powder with parsley

2 medium apples chopped

1 cup apple juice

Melt butter in a large pan.  Saute onion, celery, and apples in the butter.  When they are cooked through add the spices and the bread.  Coat with the buttered mixture and apple juice.  Cook at 325 for 20 minutes.  You can refrigerate ahead, but be aware it will take longer to heat it up.  I personally would add just a sprinkle brown sugar or cinnamon to the top when done, and maybe some almonds. Or offer them on the side.  Yum




Health Buddy Melissa Podcast #1

Well, the converter I was going to use does not accept large Mp3 files.  So, my podcast will be available via email to those who wish to receive it.   Each Thursday I will send a new podcast to all email subscribers.  The first one is a general About Me and was created last week so it says Happy Halloween at the beginning.  If you would like to be a guest on the podcast, have comments, or questions to topics discussed, please use the contact form below to message me.  To sign up for my free newsletter and receive my podcast weekly, use the contact form below to message me with the podcast in the subject.  Only people who want the podcast will get it.  Podcasts at first will focus on kidney awareness, and then I will focus on other health-related topics.  I hope people will enjoy this new way of communicating.




Cold and Flu Prevention Part 1

This post was updated on 3/31/2021 It does not apply to the Covid vaccine. I am fully vaccinated against Covid. You can read about my experience in the archives. I do not get a flu vaccine generally speaking.  That doesn’t mean I never will.   I much prefer keeping my Immune System as healthy as possible and preventing infection using the Chain of Infection method. This does not mean I am against the Flu Vaccine or am telling anyone to not get it.  Everyone has to make their own informed decisions about these types of decisions. If you want to get the flu vaccine then do so. If your doctor has recommended to you to get the Flu Vaccine, then please follow your doctor’s advice. Even if you can break just one link in the Chain of Infection, a lot of colds, and cases of flu may be prevented.  Now, this is much harder than just getting a flu shot because it takes time, effort, and some skill to do it.

The first link in the Chain of Infection is the illness-causing organism or pathogen.  These are usually a virus or a bacteria.  The flu and cold are both caused by a virus.  They are very easy to spread and catch.  In order to break the first chain, and prevent getting a cold or flu, disinfection must take place.  Disinfecting will kill germs.  This is different than cleaning, or sanitizing.  Sanitizing will lower the number of germs but not kill all germs.  Be sure whatever product you use that it states it is a disinfectant.  Be sure to follow directions and mixing ratios.  You should disinfect daily during Flu and Cold season, so from Halloween until March, I disinfect every 3 days.  However, if someone is showing symptoms, or we are having company then I disinfect daily and before and after company leaves.  You don’t have to disinfect everything, but door handles, faucets, tables, countertops, and other commonly touched areas.  I also will put a squirt of bleach in dishwater and on sponges or dishcloths.  Common disinfectants are Chlorine Bleach, Alcohol, and Hydrogen Peroxide. However, be sure to visit the CDC website to be sure you are using disinfectants properly for them to work correctly. Lysol and some other products are also labeled as disinfectants. If you work in Health Care, like me, removing your clothes as soon as you get home and putting in laundry, leaving shoes outside, and disinfecting your car are also great ways to help break the first link in the Chain of Infection.    Be sure to wash hands frequently after touching areas that may be contaminated.  I carry alcohol-based hand sanitizers everywhere.  Other ways to break this first link are to get enough sleep, do not over consume sugar, or other junk foods that will reduce the effects of your own Immune System.

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Herbs on Tuesday: Turmeric for CKD and Other Inflammatory Disorder

Updated 3/16/2021 I thought it was time to start sharing my newly learned knowledge of Herbs and Essential Oils.  Essential Oils are way more potent than Herbs, and great care should be used when using them.  There are not a lot of viable studies as to the long term effects of Herbs on the body.  Curcumin and Turmeric have been used in Ancient Medicines and cuisine for thousands of years.  Below will be 3 articles for you to read more on Turmeric and what studies may show.  If you want to learn more, the 3 best sources I use are Medline, Pubmed, and Cochrane.

Curcumin is the active ingredient in Turmeric, and both are potent anti-inflammatory herbs.  Because CKD and many other diseases are either caused or perpetuated by inflammation Turmeric may be helpful to add to one’s diet.  It is the enzymes in the spice that offer anti-inflammation properties.  Studies have shown that Turmeric has a lot of promise in treating Inflammatory diseases such as CKD, Diabetes, Heart Disease, and possibly many more.  Because inflammation causes pain the options could be endless.

However, there are some risks to Turmeric that must not be overlooked.  Women who are pregnant, studies have shown, Turmeric may have negative effects in the womb.  Most herbs do not get studied on small children either, so data is hard to find on risks or benefits to children.  Turmeric is a high oxalate food.  So, if you have CKD, or are prone to kidney stones, or have Gout, Turmeric may pose more risk than benefit.  Your doctor or Dietitian could help you monitor blood work if you decided you wanted to try Turmeric capsules, extract or other higher doses of Turmeric.  Studies show that unless you are pouring the Turmeric onto your food, just cooking with it should cause no harm.  But, it is always better to be aware and Mindful of what one is eating.  Always discuss any Herbs, natural remedies, or over the counter medications with your doctor.  Just because something is natural does not mean it is good for you.  It may interact with other medications you are taking.  If you would like to learn more about Herbs, and Essential Oils and how they may be used as a more natural alternative use the contact form to message me for a free meet and greet.  Never just stop taking prescriptions and use Herbs instead.  This practice can be very dangerous.  One also needs to learn where to buy Herbs that are Organic and properly tested for safety and purity.

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National Sandwich Day and CKD

I was wrong.  Friday was not National Sandwich Day, today is.  So I am not late with my post.  If you have CKD sandwiches can be not a great choice.  The high sodium content of bread and phosphorus in bread, make sandwiches potentially unhealthy.  Bread will also have some protein and potassium depending on the type you choose.  Bread can be a healthy option too, considering the vitamins and minerals it contains.  Moderation and choice of bread is obviously important when you have CKD.

I don’t eat a lot of bread, but when I do I really like Oat Bread for sandwiches.  I have posted previously about Ezekiel Bread.  It does not have great flavor and needs to be kept in the refrigerator.  It is also quite expensive, but very low in sodium.  If you are the baking type, you can make your own Ezekiel bread.  Click here for the recipe from

Using white flour, instead of whole-grain flour will reduce the phosphorus in any bread you make homemade.  I am not sure about almond flour but I would assume that flour is probably higher in protein amounts.  Here are a few more links to lower sodium bread you can make yourself:

Remember that cheese, and lunch meat will also have protein and sodium.  You need to choose wisely and add in small amounts.  Add veggies to your sandwich, which are naturally low in sodium, and adds lots of vitamins and minerals.  Choose lower potassium veggies.  Check my archives for the best cheese options for CKD.  If you have an Instant Pot it might have a bread-making option.  Mine does.  Or even a slow cooker or bread machine are great ways to make bread.

You can still enjoy sandwiches it just takes some planning and maybe learning to cook instead of buying store-bought.

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The Don’t Gobble Til You Wobble Holiday Plan

Well, I tried to do my first Podcast yesterday and it was going well until I tried to upload it to this blog.  Apparently, I can not add voice or video files until I upgrade.  Booooo!  I was in a rush to take my daughter Trick or Treating so I just let it go.  When I got home I looked into it more and I can make my mp3 into a video and then upload it to Youtube and then share it here on the blog.  So, next Thursday I will try again to have my first Podcast.

Today is National Sandwich Day and I will do a Foodie Friday post on that tomorrow.  I know not exactly Friday, but whatever.  Living on the edge.

Today is also November 1st which means the start of a new monthly special.  The holidays are extremely hard to stay on track and maintain any weight and exercise changes made throughout the year.  The Don’t Gobble til You Wobble plan is just a variation on my monthly plan, at a discount.  The regular price is $75.  The special is $50 for a month.  You can read the details of the Basic Buddy Plan, here.  You can always add the Walking Buddy Plan or Exercise Buddy Plan.  Ask for details if interested.  The special for the 30-day plan will run until December 31st and can be given as a gift certificate.  Your 30 days will begin on the day the plan is purchased, unless for a gift, and then we can discuss start date.  So if the plan is purchased on December 31st before midnight Eastern Time, that is when your 30 days will begin, minus the time needed for the Meet and Greet.  Use the contact form below to message me if you want to sign up.  You can have the Meet and Greet and then if you decide not to purchase no loss to you.  Gift certificates are not eligible for a refund.  Below you will see an example of the Gift Certificate that is available to purchase only for the holiday season.