The Ultimate christmas gift: life!

Welcome to Friday! I hope the week has been kind to you. Before I get to my final gift idea I am going to give a couple of updates. I did not get to my Dollar Tree food item this week, because on Wednesday I hurt my hip and Thursday I was in so much pain it was hard to care about anything else. I do not actually know what I did to hurt it, and I was not sure if it was my hip or hamstring. I either over-stretched or just pulled it. Of course, with CKD I was worried it might have been a small fracture, but I didn’t really think it was that as I could stand on it, it just hurt really bad. I got no sleep at all Wednesday night because I could not get comfortable. Because I have CKD pain medications are very limited the options I can have. I finally took a baby Aspirin and an Extra Strength Tylenol Thursday morning, because I just couldn’t relax from the pain. Now I have a very high tolerance for pain, but when it is making me agitated it really is not a good thing. That took the edge off and at least made me feel human. I also used heat because it was cold and ice would have been awful. However, you do have to be careful with heat if a blood clot forms. Rest, elevation and compression were also required. I did not have anything I could compress the area with. But, my husband’s knee brace fit on my thigh so I wore that for 24 hours straight. I did order this one, from Amazon, and it just got here in less than 24 hours. Thank God because I have to work this weekend and there is not a whole lot of sitting. I will wear the brace all weekend in hopes it works. I slept like a baby last night, mostly because I found a way to prop the leg and isolate it enough to not put any strain on the area. I woke up with very limited pain this morning and was able to resume normal walking, with only a minor hitch in my step, and went to finish Christmas shopping. I also took a multivitamin yesterday and ate an extra 20 grams of protein. I have no idea if either of those things did anything, but as I write this I have no pain at all, and no limp. Amazing! The human body truly amazes me.

You can see from my Fitbit stats, Wednesday I forced myself to get the 10,000 steps which was probably not a good idea. Thursday when I insisted on resting, I only got half of what I would in a normal day. But, that is OK rest is a good thing, and we all need to do it when it is needed.

Now, for my Ultimate Christmas Gift for People with CKD: Give Life! Now, that could be a very political sentence, but I am not going to be political. There are so many ways you could promote life, for people and animals, but since this series was about Kidney Disease that is what I will focus on. There are hundreds of thousands of people waiting for a new kidney. Some have been on the wait list for many years, and may never get one. You can live a long and healthy life with only one kidney. Plus, you could save someone’s life. What a gift! I was on the bone marrow donation list since my early 20’s, I am now 51. In that time I was contacted twice about being a possible match. It didn’t end up I was, and now that I have CKD I am not sure I would be allowed to donate, but what a feeling to have thought that maybe I could have gave someone life. If you would like to learn more about being a Living Kidney Donor, please visit the American Kidney Fund Living Donor webpage to learn more. The American Kidney Fund is a great organization and they do great things for kidney patients. So, if you just can’t give a kidney, maybe you could donate in another way.

That is the end of my gift ideas for CKD for 2020. I know Christmas is still a week away, but I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas! Be sure and check out the awesome Christmas Carol’s video below. 10 beautiful songs in one video.

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tis the seasonings!

Happy Wellness Wednesday! My daughter already ate lunch so I will have to do the Dollar Tree food challenge item tomorrow. It is a damp, rainy and chilly day here in Florida. We did get in a driving lesson and a dog training session before the rain came, so now on to the school day. This gift idea is is more of a knowledge type gift idea. Last week I posted about herbs and spices as a way to cut back on sodium for people with CKD. However, as I found out my Lemon Pepper seasoning I use all the time has some sodium in it. Now, it is very strong and I only use small amounts, but it still has hidden sodium in it. So that got me to thinking that I could probably make these seasoning mixes myself and just keep them in the pantry. Most of them are made with common herbs and spices that would be included in a spice herb gift kit. However, if you really want to go organic and avoid all preservatives and additives, buy from a specialty website like Mountain Rose Herbs. I also shared the gift idea of growing an herb garden in which case your loved one could dry and save their own herbs. But, what if you wanted to learn to make herb and spice blends to give as awesome gifts? The video below will show you how easy it really is to do it and avoid all the extra stuff you may not want. The lovely lady in the video offers some great learn to cook options on her channel. You will need jars to put all your herb and spice mixes in, and here are some to choose from. If you are cheap like me, I mean frugal, you could just save old jars to use. But, since this is a gift idea I would recommend buying the lovely jars.

I hope you have been enjoying my gift idea series. It will come to an end on Friday. There are so many great gift ideas for people with CKD and I hope I have been able to narrow it down a bit. Because today is Wellness Wednesday, and I believe laughter is the best medicine be sure and watch the funny kitten video below. I hope it puts a smile on your face as it did mine.

Starting next week my year in review will begin, as well as into the first couple of weeks of January. I will be rolling out some new Health Buddy plans, so be sure to watch for those. If you think your loved one, or yourself, would find benefit in working with a Health Coach use the contact form to email me. Be sure and check out my Fitbit walking stats from yesterday and ask about my Walking Buddy program.

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Happy Feet!

Welcome to Tuesday! I hope everyone had a fabulous Monday. Today, for gift idea #13 I am paying homage to feet.

I have had painful feet my whole life, long before I ever was diagnosed with CKD, so I know what it is like to live with painful feet. I have also suffered from Plantar Fasciitis which took forever to heal and set me back a lot with my fitness goals. So, today I am paying respect to our feet. Our feet provide balance and mobility. We need to love and protect them. I am a nurse, so when I am at work my feet bare the brunt of the stress. I rarely sit and go home with achy feet. I also love to walk barefoot so keeping my feet clean is of utmost importance. If you are a Diabetic then you should have already been taught the importance of taking good care of your feet.

I don’t personally like my feet to be touched by others, but a good foot massage is a great gift idea. A way to soak the feet is another great gift. If you have Diabetes be careful of the temp because you may not have good feeling anymore. Here is a whole page of foot soaking options. Some are super fancy with all kinds of cadillac features. I just use a simple basin with warm water and peppermint oil If you have CKD and choose to use Epsom Salts, be sure and ask your doctor first as the Magnesium may be absorbed in the feet to the body. Once my feet are done soaking, and dried, I apply a peppermint lotion. Are you noticing a theme here? I love peppermint! It makes achy muscles feel better. I put peppermint lotion on my forehead when I have a headache. I like the Teatree brand, but there are tons to choose from.

To enhance this gift idea even more, a pedicure gift set would be a lovely idea. If you want the Hummer of a Happy Feet gift idea, then a good pair of shoes is the ultimate gift. I love Crocs, Sketchers on the Go and the ultimate would be a pair of Orthofeet which I do not own a pair of, but I almost forced myself to buy when I didn’t think the Plantar Fasciitis was ever going to go away and it was really inhibiting my mobility. New Balance ultimately helped cure my Plantar Fasciitis.

Believe it or not we are still eating Lasagna! Casserole type meals are definitely the most economical because they make tons of leftovers. I think I will freeze the rest as everyone is getting bored of it. Tomorrow I will do the next Dollar Tree food challenge item. Also, below see my Fitbit walking stats for the past two days. If you would live a virtual walking buddy ask me about my Walking Buddy program.

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Wheels up!

Happy Sunday! Only 12 days until Christmas! The week after Christmas will be a lot of clean up on this blog, reflection and goals for next year. So, if you enjoy those kind of posts, stay tuned.

Today, is gift idea #12 for people with CKD. As you know I have CKD, and as I get older I have to start to think about things I never really thought about before. Like what if I couldn’t work anymore, or afford my car, what would I do? I am fortunate enough to live in a small town where I do have options for groceries, and other needs, within walking distance. They are not my favorite options, but that is OK. So, what if I had to walk to get my needs met? I would need something to put bags of items in if I didn’t want to carry all of those bags, which I wouldn’t want to, lol. Not being able to work or maintain self sufficiency would be a very hard thing for me. So, maintaining my independence as much as possible would be vital to my well being. That is why I chose carts with wheels for today’s gift idea, and I think I will actually be purchasing one of these myself. I think in January, when my daughter starts the Nutrition course I have created, I think it would be great for her to learn about what if we were poor. We have lived on very tight budgeting in the past, but she was very little and has no memory. Hard times can fall on anyone for any reason and being able to adapt to survive is vital. She is a very picky eater, and really loves garbage food. This has to change. Anyway enough of that. You can find all kinds of great options to fit any number of needs, here. If I did not live close enough to shopping areas, I would be recommending to my husband to consider moving for our elder years. We are not to our elder years yet, lol, but it is wise to think about before hand.

I probably won’t have a gift idea tomorrow, as it is a work day. So, come back Tuesday. Next Friday will be the end of my gift ideas. I hope you have been able to find some awesome gift ideas for that special person on your list with CKD.

Be sure and check out my Fitbit stats from yesterday. It was a rough day. I was extremely tired and I didn’t think I would make my goal. But, I just got by. Lots of energy today, and the weather is lovely. I have tons of outdoor stuff to do before my Bills play my husband’s Steelers tonight. That should be fun!

I threw a quick menu plan together for the week. I didn’t put a lot of thought into this week, but it should work. Tuesday and Friday is shopping days and I have increased our budget to 70 dollars a week for 3 people. That is still a huge cost savings for us, and just will work better for our needs.

Menu:

Sunday: Leftover lasagna. I really suggest making these kinds of large meals that do not cost a lot and last for days for lunches and or dinners. Texas toast and salad.

Monday: Still leftover lasagna, lol I forgot to say that I made homemade sauce with tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. It saves a ton of sodium and needless added sugars. Plus, it was delicious. I made one without meat, and one with. The meatless one had mushrooms and onions.

Tuesday: Cheesy chicken and broccoli over brown rice. I will share this super easy recipe Tuesday, and how I modify it for CKD.

Wednesday: Ham, sweet potatoes and pasta.

Thursday: Chicken, mashed potatoes, and veggies

Friday: Leftovers from Tues, Wed and Thurs.

Saturday: Ravioli. This is a work day for me and I won’t be having ravioli.

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get your art flow on!

Happy Saturday! I hope everyone is having a splendid, relaxing day. Below please see my walking stats for Thursday and Friday. Let me know what you think of my Fitbit background images. Photography is another favorite hobby of mine. Also check out my next favorite Christmas song. Some years ago my son and I were in a singing Christmas tree. We had so much fun, and while I can not really sing, he can, and the experience was amazing. That was in 2016, the year I got very sick right after the singing Christmas tree finale. I was later diagnosed with CKD. Mary Did You Know was the solo that he sung, and below you can hear Carrie Underwood sing it. It is a beautiful song!

I think this is gift idea #11. If you have CKD, or you have a loved one who does, especially if they are on dialysis or have to spend large amounts of times at the doctors office, having something to occupy that time is a great gift. Maybe they are more homebound due to Covid and not wanting to catch it. Adult coloring books, with fine tip gel pens, or colored pencils are a great gift item. You will find all kinds of cool ones to choose from here. I love the window clings, the 3D puzzles and some of the other great options. These are easily portable and not super heavy. Maybe they would like to crochet, knit or read. There are so many art options for people to do. Give the gift of art to your loved one this year and see what they will create. Not only is Art a great way to cure boredom it is also great for self esteem, and reduction of stress. I love the adult coloring books and you can even make some beautiful gifts when they are completed.

Tomorrow, I will be putting together next week’s menu plan. I am making homemade lasagna today, and that will easily make several lunches, if not dinners in the next few days. Lasagna is obviously not low carb unless you don’t eat the noodles. But, a small piece paired with a large salad will make my meal a nutritious low carb meal. Remember, I am not Keto which is extremely low carbs, and very high fats. My diet of choice is low carb, about 100 grams per day, about 20% protein, and 30-40% fat which for now is a little higher than I like, but it is simply too hard to get enough calories if I don’t eat a little more fat. So far this has not had deleterious effects on my health, and honestly I was probably consuming more fat than I realized anyways.

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Gift idea #10 for people with Ckd and this week’s dollar tree food item challenge

I did an audio recording of my food challenge with images, but I don’t know it wouldn’t upload. I probably don’t have the proper upgrade or something. I will try to keep messing with it, but it is 72 outdoors today and I am not feeling this indoor stuff. I just came back in from checking my gardens for damage from all of the cold nights we have been having. It wasn’t horrible and I cut back a lot of stuff. My carrots and potatoes do not mind the cold, lol. Did you know you could freeze mashed potatoes? Me neither. I had purchased a bag of sweet potatoes and put them in the Instapot. But, then it became apparent we were not going to eat them right away, so I froze them. I froze them in two servings per bag, because my daughter won’t eat them. I wrapped them in aluminum foil first, before putting them in a Ziploc bag to prevent freezer burn. I did the same thing with all of the pancakes we made last night. I had mentioned this before, but one of the best things we ever got was a small chest freezer. It saves us a ton of money. We do have to be careful in hurricane season as that would really stink to lose a freezer full of food.

My Dollar Tree Challenges are a bit different than ones you may have read elsewhere. I may decide in the new year to do some videos, but eh I don’t know. My challenges focus on the nutrition of the food vs the value of the food, plus of course if it tastes good. I actually bought 3 items, so I had one for each of the coming weeks. I went to a Dollar Tree in a larger city, and I was not impressed at all. My Dollar Tree closer to my home is so much nicer. This one was messy, cluttered and just not nice. At any rate today I am testing out the Tombstone cheese stick shown in the images below. You can see all of the images from the review below. First off it is only 3 ounces and would be more of a snack than a meal. A very high calorie snack, but still a snack. The wrapper claims it is a good source of protein at 5 grams. Yeah, I am not thinking 5 grams is a lot of protein, plus the protein is coming from all of the fake cheese in it. Look at the ingredients list. It is a mile long. I read the word Phosphate at least 5 times. That means this tiny 3 oz stick has a ton of added Phosphorus. This would be an incredibly unhealthy choice for anyone with Kidney Disease, like me. Plus, it has 510mg of Sodium in that whopping 3 oz stick. 6 grams of fat, no fiber, and 29 carbs. Totally not a good choice. The can of peas I reviewed a few weeks ago is a better value than this pizza stick. This is not a healthy food option for anyone in my opinion. The package said to microwave it. I don’t own a microwave so I put it in the oven at 350 for 15 minutes and it was fine. As for taste, I tried a tiny piece and it was gross. It tasted like baked chemicals. I am not a food snob. I love junk food sometimes too, but I can’t stand the taste of chemicals in food. My daughter like it, of course, lol, and dipped it in Marinara Sauce. She was still hungry after.

Today’s gift idea has to do with fluids and Kidney Disease. Your loved one may be on fluid restrictions, or may even be told to drink more. Making sure you get enough, or not to much is vital to maintaining healthy kidneys for anyone. These water infuser bottles are multi purpose. You can infuse fruit and herbs into your water to add flavor without calories. Plus, it has the markings on the side so you know exactly how much you have or need to drink. This is a great and inexpensive gift for anyone with CKD, or anyone at all for that matter. Below, is a video about fluid restrictions and Kidney Disease. Being educated and informed is the best way to manage your CKD. Water is always the best option when choosing a drink.

Also below find my walking stats for yesterday, and my next pick for favorite Christmas music. Hint, I love Josh Groban.

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gift idea #9, Meal Prep, My walking stats and christmas songs

Since I don’t want to bombard my email followers with more than one post in a day I guess I will have more than one topic in a post. This morning was super cold, again. So, I decided to do some meal prep to reduce waste of some food that was going to go bad. I don’t usually do meal prep but I have been watching some videos and reading some books, and it really can reduce food waste. Since I menu plan it might mean I have to change my menu for the week, but that really is not that big of a deal. You can see all of the images from my meal prepping below. First, I had apples that were going to go bad so I made homemade banana apple muffins. I used this recipe, except I used an all purpose baking mix because that is what I had on hand, 2 apples and one banana. I used brown sugar instead of white sugar. I was going to use Stevia, but I was afraid my husband wouldn’t eat them. If you use an all purpose baking mix you probably don’t need the baking powder. Check the ingredients on the box. These were super easy and delicious. You can see in the images I made full size and mini muffins. The best I can figure, according to my Fitbit nutrition tracker, each mini muffin has 80 calories and 10 total carbs. Later tonight for dinner I will be using the rest of the all purpose baking mix to make pancakes. I am making a ton so they can be frozen and then eaten when someone wants on or two. The muffins can also be frozen, but I don’t see them lasting very long, lol. My husband liked them, a lot. Since pancakes are high in phosphorus be sure and use only the portion sizes recommended on the box. If you are low carb measure your pancake batter and track the carbs. I still have 3 apples and I need to decide what to do with them. I might just cook them down with brown sugar and cinnamon and make a topping for ice cream, yogurt or cottage cheese. Yum that sounds good. Next, I still had 4 cups of cabbage left from that head I bought over a week ago. I decided to make egg roll in a bowl. This was so easy and good. I simply cooked an onion, the cabbage, 1 pound of mild Italian sausage, garlic powder, pepper and leftover broccoli in a frying pan until it was all cooked. Then I added Trader Joe’s Sweet Chili Sauce. I only added half the bottle. You can see the nutrition info for the sauce below, and the cooked results. I had 3/4 of a cup of this for lunch, and one mini muffin. This was so good, and I got at least 3 more lunches out of it. My husband may or may not like this. I know my daughter won’t.

People who have CKD like snacks and treats just like anyone else. However, they do have to be a little more mindful of the choices they make. Too much sugar, sodium, fat, potassium and phosphorus are all things to consider when they choose snacks and treats. For today’s gift idea I chose a gift basket with acceptable snacks and treats for CKD. You can buy a lovely basket, here are some ideas, and add treats and snacks. Please remember that nuts and chocolate are not good choices, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a tiny bit. If they are stage 5 it might be absolutely not suggested. Here you can read about acceptable candy treats to put in the basket, for people with CKD. There is also a video below with the fruits and veggies that have more acceptable levels of potassium for people with CKD. I think a treat and snack basket is a great idea for someone with CKD. I have CKD and I know I would really appreciate this kind of gift.

Yesterday, I said I was going to share my walking stats and then poof I forgot. Below you will see my stats for Monday and Tuesday. I walk a lot, lol.

Tis the season for Christmas music. I am sure you have some favorites, and so do I. Now until New Years on each post I will share one of my favorites. Leave me a note in the comments what your favorites are, and if you have a favorite artist that sings them. Check out my first pick below.

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Gift idea #8 for ckd, kidney education and more

It is Tuesday, and again it is cold here in Florida. It is quite a nice change from heat and humidity, but I am not used to it lasting for over a week now. I had to change up our dinner menu for the week as yesterday there was some kind of pipe issue in town and our water was turned off. So, we ate pizza take out. We will have the chicken alfredo tonight. I was going to make lasagna on Thursday, but I realized I have lettuce that is going to go bad so I decided to make a taco casserole to eat over lettuce, or not if they don’t want the lettuce. But, I want mine over lettuce. I will probably make a side of rice if they want that. I will share the recipe when I make it. I also had to do next week’s grocery shopping today which is early, but my husband needs my car to get a large Christmas gift for my son’s wife back to our house, and then I have to work. So, I went today. I was supposed to only spend 30 dollars, but I spent 50. Again, I gave myself a little break because some of it was baking ingredients and gift tins for homemade cookie gifts. We won’t be eating these so they really should be in the Christmas budget I guess. I also bought frozen veggies instead of fresh as warm dishes this time of year is more popular than cold salads, or cold dishes. I also have apples that need using so I will make apple banana muffins, and freeze the rest or make apple butter.

I will stop sharing gift ideas on the 15th. The final one is a humdinger. Today, gift idea #8 is a set of walking videos. I chose these particular ones, because I like Leslie Sansone and she is who I started with. Remember you don’t have to do the whole thing. Do what you can, and work up. Walking is gentle on the body, and low intensity exercise. The set here, comes with an exercise band to help increase strength as well. This is a great set, for a great price. It may take some time, but as your loved one, or yourself, builds strength and stamina you will see great improvements in the body. Exercise helps relieve stress, pain, tension, burns calories for weight loss, improves balance and strength, is good for the heart which is the most important muscle in the body and so much more. Of course, if you have not exercised in a while be sure and ask your doctor, but we all walk, and walking exercise should be ok. I offer a Walking Buddy health plan where I walk over the phone with the customer. If you are interested in that, please use the communication form at the bottom of this post to message me, or click here to read more about it. I think I am going to start sharing my walking stats here on the blog. I wish I had been doing it all this year so people can actually see that you can make great progress with walking. You can see my stats from yesterday, below. I aim for 10.000 steps a day, at least.

I found this great video from the American Kidney Fund, on Youtube. I am a member of a kidney forum where people discuss kidney issues. Someone asked a question about diet, one of the hardest things about having kidney disease, and I found the video for them to watch. You can see it below. The second half is in reference to people with CKD and Diabetes. If you don’t have Diabetes then just watch the first half. It is a great video.

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Portion distortion: The humble potato, plus gift idea #7 for people with CKD

Welcome back! I have not done a Portion Distortion post in a while. Follow me on Pinterest. So, I thought today I would focus on the humble potato. Potatoes are a powerhouse of nutrition. Now, I know you are going to say they are very high in potassium, so not good for CKD, and they are high in Carbs, so not good for Diabetes or losing weight. All of that is true. However, it comes down to portion control and knowing how many carbs a day you are allowed in your diet. If your doctor absolutely tells you no potatoes, then obviously no potatoes. 1 medium potato has 26 grams of Carbs. If you are allowed 150 grams of carbs per day, then you may be able to eat that one potato. Plus, if you have CKD you can soak your potatoes prior to cooking to reduce the potassium amount. If I am making mashed potatoes I soak mine for an hour, drain the water, and soak again with fresh water for another hour. Then drain the water again, add fresh water, and cook as usual. The key is to control the portion size. A serving of mashed potatoes is 1/2 cup. Avoid french fries, or other deep-fried potatoes, to avoid all of the fat. An air fryer is helpful. If you do decide to eat french fries eat only one small portion. Don’t add cheese, bacon, and sour cream if you are trying to make your potato a healthier option. Also, potato chips, while made from potatoes, are not the humble potato I am speaking of. There is a video below on the health benefits of potatoes, and you can read about the amazing potato here. Do you want to learn more about Mindfulness or my new 30 Day Coaching Plan? Then use the contact form at the end of the post to send me a message with whatever you are interested in.

If you read this blog then you know I have stage 3 CKD. I eat one potato a day, usually for lunch. I bake it, or steam it I guess, in my Instant Pot. I weigh it and calculate my carbs and record it. I do not have issues with potassium so eating potatoes is ok for me at this stage. However, if potassium was a problem, I would have to figure out how much potassium I would be allowed in a day, and then eat my potato and record it. I don’t see me giving up my daily potato habit. But, one potato has over 700 mg of Potassium, and some people with CKD are only allowed 4,000 mg of Potassium per day. You have to be careful with Potassium, too much, and too little can both be unhealthy for the body. If you have CKD and you love potatoes, talk to your doctor or dietitian about how much potassium you can have in a day and then stick to it.

Before I get to the fabulous gift idea for today I want to give an update on my low carb meals. I had a rough Friday and Saturday. While in Publix they had some of their deli sunflower bread. This stuff is to die for, and it is almost always sold out. Now, the smart thing to do would have been to eat two slices and freeze the rest. But, no I did not do that. I ate a lot of it, and I mean a lot. It was delicious and I didn’t feel guilty, but then I had to get back on track. Saturday, my daughter made homemade pizzas with flatbread I bought at Aldis. I was going to have some and then I decided not to consider all the Sunflower Bread I ate the day before. I aim for 70-100 total carbs per day. So, and this was delicious you guys, I made a low carb pizza bowl type thing. I pan-fried cabbage, onions, 8 slices of pepperoni with a little garlic until the cabbage was to my liking. Then I put some mozzarella cheese on, about an ounce and a half, and put it in a bowl. I will definitely make this again. Tonight, we are having chicken alfredo. I decided to have a small amount of the alfredo sauce, which I don’t care for because it is low in carbs. I will cook the pasta separately, and my family can just add the chicken and sauce to their pasta. Mine will be served with a sweet potato. I know that doesn’t make sense it is still carbs. Yes, but a sweet potato has way more nutrition than pasta and I will only have one serving. Tuesday morning we volunteer and I very rarely eat before we go. It is physical and I need energy stores. Tomorrow will be my next Dollar Tree food challenge. I am almost certain I will not be eating this one either, but my husband or daughter may. Come back tomorrow to check it out. My Herb for the month of December, Dill is going well. It is super delicious on potatoes, lol.

Ok, gift idea #7 for people with CKD is, a heating pad. People with CKD often suffer from pain from cramping, and for other reasons. Due to restrictions on OTC medications, it can be hard for them to get relief. Heat is a wonderful tool to relieve pain. I found two very cool heating pads on Amazon. One is a vest, that you wear for back, shoulder, and neck pain relief. That one looks really awesome. You will find it here. The other one is one that actually wraps around the body part that needs heat. You can find it here. As for me, I get thigh cramps, probably from exercise, and heat is wonderful to help relieve the cramps. Please always follow the manufacturer’s directions for use to prevent injury. If you are prone to blood clots be sure and ask your doctor if heat is safe for you to use.

I just wanted to make a quick note about Epsom Salts. A lot of bath salts actually contain Epsom Salts. Epsom Salts are very high in Magnesium and should not be used if you have CKD without asking your doctor.

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Gift Idea #6 For People With CKD

Happy Sunday my wonderful readers. Today is gift idea #6 for people with CKD. Seeds!

Why? Well for one thing people with CKD have to avoid salt, so adding different spices and herbs to food adds tons of flavor. Two, if they are more homebound due to their CKD it will give them a great hobby that has awesome rewards. I would start with an Herb kit because most herbs grow well indoors, require little care, and get great benefits. I grow Parsley, Basil, and Peppermint right now. If you think your loved one would rather not garden you can always get them a multi-spice and herb collection already dried and ready to use, like this one. It even has free spice refills for 5 years! I might want that one, lol.

If you choose to get seeds it is suggested that you buy Heirloom Seeds. Read about that here. You can buy your seed kits, here.

I really love gardening and am going to step it up in 2021. If I get good at it, it can save me a lot of money and I may even have extras to share with others. It is relaxing, rewarding, not too strenuous if you maintain just a small garden or do container gardens.

Please remember to learn about the herbs and spices you may eat with CKD. Some are high in Potassium and should be used in small amounts. Some herbs are also high in Oxalates which can cause kidney stones. Always do your research, or ask your doctor. If you would like to work with a Health Coach to help you learn about Kidney Disease, use the communication form at the end of the post to send me an email with your interest.

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