Happy Mother’s Day!

My posts are infrequent right now, due to the business of life. I am currently taking classes, and doing important work for the rescue I volunteer for, and I need to complete my homeschool daughter’s High School transcript this Summer. All of these are time-consuming and don’t leave much time for blogging. Plus, I am working extra hours at my nursing job to compensate for high gas and food prices eating away at our savings. So, for the next few months posts here may be sporadic, though I will try to update old posts when time permits. I also am going to be taking the updated Kidney Coach classes soon, I hope.

On this Mother’s Day, I would like you to consider a few things. I have two children, both will be adults as of tomorrow. I am almost 53 years old and have completed Menopause. My whole life I have not had to worry about my reproductive rights being infringed upon, and while I have passed the reproductive stage of my life, my daughter has not. If you are my age, then you too lived your whole reproductive life without having your rights infringed upon. You were able to decide what choices were right for you. Think about that. Whether you are pro-life, or pro-choice, you had a choice to choose which one. That choice may soon be taken away from our daughters, granddaughters, nieces, etc.

Something else to consider. I can no longer have children, my biological clock has stopped. However, a few years ago, I could have still had children. I have Kidney Disease and had this potential decision been made a few years ago I may have had to carry a child to term should I have gotten pregnant, which would have been extremely dangerous for me both because of age, and kidney disease, yet in Florida, the new law passed may have forced me to do just that as there is no longer an exception for the health of the mother. There is also no exception for rape or incest. Think about that as you approach Menopause and having a child is possibly the last thing on your mind, even if you are married or in a committed relationship.

I love my children with all of my heart and being a mom has been the greatest gift I was given. But, that doesn’t mean I think women should have their reproductive, and health choices decided for them by politicians.

Happy Mother’s Day! Remember to make your mom feel special today. Being a mom is hard work and a lifetime of work.

Extreme Grocery Budget Challenge: Week 13

Hello, and welcome to week 13 of my Extreme Grocery Budget Challenge. This is a year long challenge, and possibly more. If you have been following from the beginning this started as a dual challenge at 63 dollars per week, for a family of almost 3 adults now, and a challenge to see if someone with CKD, could eat shelf-stable, convenient type foods and still feel good. The latter only took a few weeks, and I quickly decided that no I could not eat those types of foods on a consistent basis and still feel well. Now, with that said I can eat shelf-stable veggies like canned veggies that are low in sodium and no funky preservatives. I don’t prefer canned fruit, but the same ingredients would apply. I can also tolerate shelf-stable tuna, and canned chicken, as long as the sodium is within reason, and there are no funky preservatives. I looked at canned beef, I think it was, roast beef maybe, but the sodium was insane, and it was expensive. I did not even bother to try it. Mainly, when I say shelf-stable I am talking about convenience foods, such as frozen meals, and ultra processed foods. Last week, I had to increase the budget from 63 dollars per week to 75, just because of how high food prices are now. The sole purpose for this challenge is to see how much money we can save, and to take account of how much food we are wasting. 75 dollars per week is about a third of what we were paying prior to starting this challenge. So far we have had to replace our fridge, and washing machine. We also just got nailed on taxes and were able to pay the balance. We did not have to finance any of this. The fridge and washing machine were not just bought because we wanted new, both of them needed to be replaced. We are not starving, we have reasonable snacks, and still enjoy the food we are eating.

Last week, I came in at I think 5 dollars under budget. I did have to pick up an extra gallon of milk part way through the week, so that money went for that. This week, I spent 25 cents over my budget, so 75.25. Food prices are still going up, and chicken is outrageous right now. Some of this is due to the millions of chickens that have been euthanized due to a Bird Flu outbreak. Chicken is my main protein that I eat. So, that is a bit distressing.

You can see the picture of my grocery haul below. Please don’t mind the cups in the sink. I shopped at Winn-Dixie and Walmart this week. I have mentioned before that I hate shopping at two stores. But, I needed some pool chemicals, and Walmart is right across the street from Winn-Dixie. Along with prices going up, there are still bare shelves for some items. You might be shocked to know, but each week I shop, whether it is Aldi’s, Winn-Dixie, or Walmart there is always coffee creamer in short supply. Onions are very high in price, too. Cheese and lunch meat have gone way up, and most other items have gone up at least a few cents as far as I can tell.

I was kind of annoyed this week, because I go to Winn-Dixie because they mark their meats way down, and my husband prefers their meat over Walmart. I don’t know why, they all taste the same to me, unless it is organic, then it is better no matter where I buy it. But, the new weekly ad prices started yesterday, yet they did not have all of the sale signs up and I had to go back and forth between the app, and store items to figure out what was on sale. This just took so much longer, and I won’t go on a Wednesday again. Two items that were super good deals this week, were the Swerve brown sugar replacement, and the organic milk. At Walmart, last week, I paid 7.50 for the same Swerve. At Winn-Dixie for this week only, it is buy one get one free. That means each bag was 4.25. The organic milk which was not in the sale flyer was 3.99 for a gallon. If you buy organic milk you know that is a good deal. I did not buy a lot of meat this week, because the prices are high, and we have a good stock in the freezer. The ham steaks were buy one get one free, and I can make them go a long way in several meals. Lettuce and tomatoes were also very high priced at Winn-Dixie. I had to get lettuce at Walmart where the price was a little more reasonable. I don’t know how much longer I will buy fresh tomatoes, and I hope my garden will produce some. I bought more canned veg this week, than frozen because one it is cheaper and two hurricane season is coming and I don’t like to fill the freezer too much in case we lose power for an extended period of time. We will use up what is in there, and then keep bare minimum on hand. The juice was buy one get one free too.

If you are on any kind of specialty diet to stay healthy, and or manage a chronic disease you are probably feeling a pinch in your budget. Healthier foods are more expensive right now, even beans and lentils have gone up in price. Do the best you can. Decrease your portions, especially if you are overweight and can afford to decrease your portions. Don’t be afraid to reach out to community organizations that may be able to help you get the foods you need to stay healthy. Not all junk food items are cheaper. They too are going up in price. Snack type foods, like chips and pretzels, even crackers are outrageous right now. We don’t drink a lot of soda, but the price for that is also through the roof. I am surprised people are still willing to pay these prices for food items that serve no purpose to health and well being. I know some people say eggs have gone up, but honestly dime for dime they are still a great deal as a protein source. The same goes for milk. I do not drink milk, but the others in my family do.

Are you on a grocery budget, or do you just spend whatever you want? Leave me a comment and let me know. Do you use any reward cards? I have the Winn Dixie rewards card and so far I have 5 dollars saved up to use on groceries. I just signed up for the Hitchcock’s card, but I have not used it yet.

Next week, my daughter and I will be taking our 75 dollar budget and shopping at our local Family Dollar and Dollar General to see what we can get. Family Dollar I know sells frozen chicken thighs, and Dollar General does have some fresh fruit and veg, albeit very expensive. We will see how that goes. These two stores are right in our town, and we could literally walk there if we had to. I am unsure of what day this will be, but probably Friday.

Disclaimer

Kidney Class Week #12

Happy Thursday! I am a day late and a dollar short again this week, lol. I guess it doesn’t matter which day I post these on, but I do try to stay consistent for my readers.

This week we are on slide #12 which has to do with HTN in relation to Kidney Disease. This slide is very self-explanatory, and if you want some videos and other information, the past two weeks also were about this topic. I have tons of posts in my archives on the topic of blood pressure, so you can browse there as well. High Blood Pressure is the #2 cause for Kidney Failure, right behind Diabetes at #1. It is imperative that you monitor your blood pressure routinely, even if you don’t have the condition. Catching and treating it early will help prevent long-term effects. I recommend you learn to take your own blood pressure with a manual cuff, or someone in your family, if you have CKD, already. If you can’t technology has improved the electronic monitors greatly. Just be sure and follow the instructions in the packet, and get a cuff size appropriate for the size of your arm. Keep a log of your blood pressure and share it with your doctor, whether you visit yearly, monthly, or weekly.

I am an AKF Kidney Coach. These slides are theirs. As a Kidney Coach I run the class, take comments, and answer questions based on their program, my experience with CKD, and my experience as a nurse. This is not medical advice nor should it be taken as such. It is informative and educational. This applies only to my Kidney Coach status with them. All other blog posts are mine and have nothing to do with AKF Kidney Coach classes.

Please leave me a comment if you have CKD, love someone who has CKD, have High Blood Pressure, or just have questions about the topic. I will answer all valid questions, and spam is deleted. If you would rather not make public comments, you can use the contact form below to send me an email and I will answer you there.

Scroll down to read this week’s slide.

The Biggest Kidney Development In 20 Years!

Hello! It is still National Kidney Month, and I meant to talk about this topic weeks ago, but I got busy with other things and it didn’t happen.

I am not going to go into all the mumbo jumbo of a clinical trial, there is a video for that, lol. The video below will talk about the clinical trials for Farxiga and the results. I will keep it simple and state it met all of their standards with flying colors! The FDA has now approved Farxiga for the treatment and prevention of kidney decline in CKD patients with or without Diabetes. This is huge!

Now, before you get too excited there are some caveats. It is for stages CKD 2-4, and you can not be on hemodialysis. You can read the drug information here, but if you are on a low sodium diet, and which person with CKD is not on a low sodium diet, then you need to proceed with caution as Farxiga can cause you to be dehydrated, and cause volume loss. Make sure you discuss all aspects of this drug if you decide to ask your doctor about using it. The people in the clinical trials were on ACE Inhibitors, or ARBS, most likely to control blood pressure. So, I would be curious to know how Farxiga would work for those of us who do not take those medications. Not all of us do, though it is a typical standard of care for most people with CKD. Also, and most important in my mind, is that Farxiga can cause a type of genital infection, that can lead to gangrene, in the genitals. Yes, you read that correctly. You would need to pay extra attention to this very sensitive part of your body for any signs of infection. You also can not have Polycystic Kidney Disease or autoimmune kidney disease to take Farxiga. There are other drugs in this class of medication, but only Farxiga has been FDA approved for the treatment of CKD. Farxiga is made by Astrazeneca.

Now, my thoughts on Farxiga. Would I take it to slow the progression of my CKD? Absolutely, if what I was currently doing did not already have me back hovering at stage 2. I also do not take Ace inhibitors or ARBS, so I probably would be disqualified from using it. I do not want to be on hemodialysis, ever, and so this would be something I would consider. I would request my doctor make adjustments in my plan of care, such as sodium restrictions, and I would request closer monitoring for side effects.

Be sure and watch the videos, read the links, and educate yourself before talking to your doctor about taking Farxiga.

Disclaimer

Renal Support Drink!

Happy Thursday! Before I get to the main topic I want to mention that my dates for the weekly food budget challenge will be changing to Friday to Thursday, or Thursday to Wednesday depending on whether it is my Friday to work or not. I started a new job and I won’t be able to shop on Monday anymore, and I don’t want to shop on Sunday. These past two days for orientation I have basically sat all day. I don’t know how people sit at a desk for 8 hours or more every day. I simply can’t do it. I am very accustomed to walking 10,000 steps or more a day, not 6,000 and that is with a 30-minute treadmill walk when I get home. I am glad I will be working just two days a week. So, tomorrow will be the end and beginning of the week for food. It was a weird week of eating this week and we didn’t use much food. So, I won’t need to buy much, but I will probably go ahead and spend the 63 dollars because that is the budget.

Last week on Facebook I saw an ad for a new renal drink from Kate Farms. This is not a review of the drink, as I didn’t buy any, but just an informational for anyone who might be wanting to check it out.

It only comes in vanilla and is a plant-based supplemental drink, especially for kidney patients.If you don’t tolerate soy, or milk caseins then this drink may be for you. It has 450 calories per bottle, so technically it could be used as a meal replacement. It is high in fat, but if you need to gain weight or add some fat to your body, this might be good. It has a good amount of protein if you need to increase your protein intake due to dialysis or muscle wasting. It has a very good nutrition label. It is all organic, but the ingredient list is pretty long. It is expensive. You will get 12 bottles per order, and their homepage says you may be able to get it covered by your insurance. It was created especially for patients on dialysis. Each bottle contains 250 mg of sodium per bottle serving. I think that is a lot, be sure and discuss it with your doctor before you buy it. The sugars are sugar alcohols and each bottle has 43 grams of carbs with 4 grams of fiber. Each bottle contains 190 mg of Phosphorus, 250 mg of Potassium, and 20 grams of protein. Be sure and discuss the nutrition information with your doctor before you purchase and start to drink. If you are not on dialysis these drinks may not be for you. Don’t forget to include the 8.5 ounces in each bottle into your fluid restriction intake, if you are on fluid restrictions.

You can learn more about this drink, here.

Disclaimer

Is Your 401K A Scam?

Welcome back to another Thinking on Thursday topic. As I continue my research on topics related to retiring and elder years, this one came up a lot, and of course, is one I and lots of others can relate to. A scam is probably not completely accurate, but many people do not truly understand their 401K and actually end up losing a lot of their earnings long before they retire.

Most places don’t even offer a 401K option to their employees, and if they do you probably have to work full time to participate. I really am not sure I understand why because my research shows all of the burdens is on the investor, that’s you, not the company offering it to their employee. So, right off the bat, I call BS. At the end of last year, I pulled out of having any more money taken from my check and put into my 401k. Why?

For several reasons.

  1. I did not see any stability in the company I was working for and figured the would be rolling over the business to another healthcare managing company in a couple of years, just like the many previous ones before them. Rolling over a 401k is a pain, and I can’t cash it in without huge penalties, and I wasn’t vested so it didn’t even matter. Most companies don’t have you vested until at least 5 years working for that company. The new job I am starting at next week is 6 years to be vested.
  2. I have about 10 years to retirement, and while they can put my money into less risky portfolios, not all of them are set up that way. I really do not know enough about investing to take any kind of high risk with my money.
  3. The fees these companies charge are ridiculous.

If you don’t know about these things and your 401K I suggest that you learn about them. I urge you to watch the video below and if you do have a 401K start looking into what amount of fees you are paying, where your money is actually invested in, etc.

Index funds may be a much safer place to invest your hard-earned money. They have way less risk and are easy to manage so the fees are nominal at best. Read more about index funds here, and there is a short video that he ranked as the top 5, after the longer video. I do not know that they will make you rich, his title is his title.

I am not an investing coach or money coach. I am a health coach, and retirement issues are a huge part of health.

Disclaimer

What Is A DNR And Do I Need One?

Welcome back to another Thinking on Thursday topic. The answer to this one is it depends.

First off, what is a DNR? DNR is an acronym for Do Not Resuscitate. It is a legal and binding order that makes it illegal for healthcare providers to begin CPR on you. CPR is another acronym for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, which simply means in the event your heart stops beating or you stop breathing.

You can not have a legal and binding DNR without a valid doctor’s signature. It also has to be witnessed. A DNR can be rescinded if you decide you don’t want one.

The question of whether you need one is always controversial. If you are under the age of 50, especially if you do not have a terminal illness, getting a doctor to sign a DNR order will not be easy. However, not everyone has the same perception of what being alive, or quality of life means to them. That is why you need a Living Will, especially to make it known what your wishes would be if you suddenly went into cardiac or respiratory arrest. It is never the point of these posts to define what living or quality of life means. Those are very personal subjects and ones you should explore on your own and with your family.

If you decide that you want and or need a DNR make sure it is legal with all signatures required. Then make sure your doctor, family members, and your living will all have copies. You can also file a copy with your local emergency services, and the hospital you frequent. You can carry a copy in your wallet or purse, and I think there are special bracelets you can purchase. Know your state laws in regards to a DNR. Some states may not honor the DNR unless you have the DNR insight on the yellow paper.

As we age these are very important discussions and decisions to make.

Disclaimer

Processing…
Success! You're on the list.

What Is A Living Will and Do You Need One? Plus More!

Welcome to another Thinking on Thursday topic. As promised I said I would cover topics related to retiring and other Golden Years topics. First off let me state this is my opinion, but if you do some research you will see that my opinion is helped by a lot of legal experts. I think anyone over the age of 20 should have a Living Will. At the end of the post, I will do an update on my pantry and food budget challenge, so there will be a lot of pictures.

We can not discuss if you need a Living Will without a few definitions. First off what is a Living Will? I like to keep things simple, so to put it in a simple way it is a legal document filed with your doctor, family, and anyone else who needs it making it very clear what your wishes are for your medical care should you become terminally ill. What is the definition of a terminal illness? Again, in its simplest form when someone has a terminal illness there is no cure and will cause death. That is a pretty broad statement in my opinion and if you have CKD, like me, they will tell you there is no cure. Now, I think in a lot of states this would be broken down into how long until death is expected, etc. Be sure and follow the guidelines, and understand what a Living Will in your state means.

My husband and I will each be doing a Living Will. Something we should have probably done years ago. But, when you are young you don’t think about such things, like something awful can never ever happen to you.

Again, this is my opinion and my feelings. I have been a nurse for 35 years and I know there are certain things I do not want. For example, I do not want to be kept alive with no quality of life. Quality of Life is a debatable topic, but for me, if I can not do the things I enjoy how and when I want to, I have no quality of life. If I am exhausted all the time, can’t work, can’t exercise or even walk far, am being fed by a machine, am incontinent with someone needing to clean and change me, these are not quality of life for me. If these things were short-term, and by short-term I mean less than 3 months, then I would consider it being rehabilitative, not poor quality of life. Event hat is debatable to me if the expense to do so will be outrageous and put my family in a horrible position of trying to pay just to keep me alive. I have lived an awesome life and while I don’t want to die, I don’t fear death. I do fear no quality of life, however. Dialysis is something I am still on the fence about, especially since I don’t have to confront it yet. It is life-saving, obviously, but I would have to assess my quality of life.

These are the types of things you would need to consider when creating a Living Will and are only examples of myself since I am the best example I can give. A Living Will can be amended or rescinded at any time, so don’t feel like once one is created you can never change your mind, or ask for changes.

Even though creating a Living Will is not something fun to think about, or something that has even crossed your mind, it does take the burden off of loved ones who would be put in the position to have to decide these things should you be terminally ill.

You don’t even need a lawyer. Legal Zoom can assist you, and there may be others. Here in Florida, they provide a sample Living Will you can use, just fill in the areas that need filling in.

Consider the pros and cons talk to your family and then make an informed decision. My family is very aware of how I feel.

Update on the food budget/pantry challenge:

This week we are using up leftovers and a bunch of pantry food items. You will see the labels and ingredients for each item below. I am very disappointed to say that I will not be eating the Stove Top Stuffing as it has HFCS and a lot of sodium, added phosphorus and added sugars. I will eat homemade mashed potatoes instead. Keep reading to learn more.

Tuesday: We had for dinner Dave’s Killer muffins as egg and sausage sandwiches. I like Dave’s products. I like their 22 seed bread better, but this is what I purchased. I did have sausage, egg, and one slice of cheese. I had a large side salad with mine.

Wednesday: I had a board meeting and my husband was going to be late. So, from the pantry, my daughter wanted Campbell’s tomato soup. Unfortunately, I did not read the label until after I had eaten 1 cup. I didn’t even consider that soup would be so bad for me. This soup is full of sodium, added sugar, and I believe added phosphorus. I did not take pics of the label but you can look it up. I almost died when I put it into my food tracker and I had consumed 40 grams of carbs in a 1 cup serving of soup that was not even filling. Good grief! I did have a side salad with it.

Thursday: We had some turkey still leftover from Sunday. So. I put 2 ounces of turkey breast on a spinach and iceberg salad, with some sunflower seeds. Unfortunately, I did not read the label for the Publix salad dressing and much to my dismay it too has a lot of added sugars. I did look up their organic version and it was much better, though you will pay more for that healthier version. I had one Hawaiian roll, again leftover from Sunday, and holy moly look at the food label and ingredients for one tiny roll. That was just lunch, lol. For dinner, I am making some pan-fried organic chicken from my freezer, carrots from a can see the label it is about the only healthy thing I have featured this week other than the organic chicken, and I will have homemade mashed potatoes leftover. My husband and daughter will be having the Cracker Barrel White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese. I was going to have that too but look at the label and the ingredients. No thank you!

This week has been an eye-opening week for me with my Pantry Challenge eating with CKD. The Dave’s bread, and the carrots, are the only two pantry items that are even acceptable. HFCS, food additives, preservatives, high-fat content, added sugar, high sodium, added phosphorus in the other items are probably not good for you if you have CKD. They are probably not even good for you if you don’t have CKD. If you do decide to eat any of the foods I mention at the very least eat only one portion or even half a portion. Always discuss food options with your doctor or dietitian, if you are even lucky enough to have a dietitian.

That is it for today. I hope you are all enjoying my budget/pantry food challenge. Let me know in the comments.

Disclaimer

Living With CKD Pantry Challenge What We Ate 1/12-1/13

Hello, and happy Thursday. The weekend is coming and that means I will be at work. The hardest time for my family to follow the food budget is the weekends when I work. Last week I purchased lots of extra stuff for them to be able to prepare quick dishes.

The purpose of the Pantry Challenge is twofold. 1, How long can we eat out of our pantry before I need to buy more food? We have a lot of food stored up, so I assume quite a while. For us, the pantry is anything in the pantry, freezer, and anything fresh we may have on hand. The fresh stuff is already getting low. 2. Can you eat out of your pantry and be relatively healthy with CKD? I am not encouraged at all that this is gonna be true. Organic is so expensive, and we are also doing a food budget challenge. So, I am not completely optimistic.

The budget is 21 dollars per person per week. There are 3 of us, so that is 63 dollars a week. The week runs from Monday to Sunday. So far I only had to buy some flour. But, I am sure we will need creamer and milk soon. We may have to find a more affordable way to flavor our coffee.

Yesterday was a lot of fresh food use up, and leftovers. Breakfast and lunch are only what I ate, as we rarely all eat the same thing for those meals.

1/12/2022:

Breakfast: coffee with creamer

Lunch: I was out and unprepared to be hungry. I had to run into the Dollar Tree so I got a very small chocolate bar 2 squares with caramel and a Slim Jim. I made homemade blueberry crisp when I got home. From my pantry, I used old-fashioned oats, fresh blueberries, cool whip from the freezer, brown sugar, cinnamon, and lemon. This was very good and will be a breakfast or snack. Though this day I had it for lunch. According to my food tracker, 3 ounces is 152 calories, this has 2 grams of protein. From a CKD perspective, the candy and Slim Jim are going to be high in fat, phosphorus, and sodium. The rolled oats also will have phosphorus and probably sodium. I forgot to take pictures yesterday, but you could check your labels in your pantry. I still have tons of rolled oats left and I don’t like traditional oatmeal, so I have to figure out what to do with them.

Dinner: 2.5 ounces of the leftover pork loin from Wednesday. Then I used potatoes I had on hand and made Twice Baked Potato Casserole, and served it with sliced cucumbers on the side. From a CKD perspective, this is not awful. If you have issues with potassium the potatoes could be leached prior to cooking. The recipe I used is here I did not use the full amount of butter and did not have whole milk on hand. I never have whole milk. But, I used a half cup of Flax Milk, and a 1/2 cup of Half and Half instead. Both are organic and don’t have all of the preservatives and additives. You could also use light cheese, but I didn’t have any, but my cheese was organic. Light sour cream could also be used. If you don’t want bacon in it, just make some for the side for those that do. According to my food tracker, 6 ounces of the casserole is 323 calories. The pork was only 61 calories and the cucumber 6 calories. You can see how protein can add up quickly. The casserole alone has 10 grams of protein and the pork has 10 grams. The casserole may not be exact because I had to choose from options on the tracker, rather than putting in individual ingredients one by one.

My new food tracker app does not tell me all of the other nutrients, but the one I was using appears to have killed my phone. I will have to switch again. This was not a great day for lunch and better planning could have resolved that.

1/13/2022:

Dinner has not been prepared yet but has been planned.

Breakfast: I had one tiny square of my breakfast casserole leftover. I had that with an iced coffee.

Lunch: Green salad with 2 ounces of organic turkey breast lunch meat. I got this in one of my Misfits Market boxes and it was still good so I just chopped it and added it to the salad. I added a tablespoon of sweet corn and a tablespoon of sunflower seeds from the pantry. Salad dressing is where you have to be very careful. I added a tablespoon of Country French salad dressing with some croutons. This whole lunch was only 274 calories and from a CKD perspective good. I don’t have issues with potassium, so the greens are OK for me. The sodium in the salad dressing is controlled by portion size.

Dinner: I was going to make homemade hamburger buns to go with the homemade sloppy joe sauce, but I have mini-sub rolls still available. So, we will use those up instead. I will be following this recipe for the sloppy joe sauce. I don’t have tomato paste on hand, so I won’t add it. I don’t think it will matter that much. Everything else I have on hand from the pantry stock. We use organic grass-fed ground beef in the lowest fat amount that I can find. Buy low sodium options when you can, especially of bread. Bread is one of the easiest ways to get too much sodium in your diet with CKD. Use ground turkey for even less fat. I do have ground turkey in the freezer, but the ground beef is already out and ready. Watching your carbs? Use low sugar ingredients, or sugar-free. Watch for ingredients on pantry items that have phos in the ingredient list. That means they have added phosphorus. Using organic will almost always alleviate having added phosphorus in the ingredients. The only two ingredients that I have on hand that are not organic for this recipe are butter and ketchup. According to the recipe, this has 226 calories but does not state the serving size. According to my tracker app, 1 cup of homemade sloppy joe sauce with ground beef has 264 calories. You can parboil your ground beef to reduce phosphorus before finishing it up with the other ingredients. Frozen corn will be the vegetable side.

From a CKD perspective, this is more of a whole food type of way of eating with limited pantry supplies. What makes an item shelf stable? It has to be able to stay fresh on the shelf for 3 to 6 months, or longer. Like I said, I am not convinced pantry eating is going to be a healthy way to eat for CKD. Or if it is, it will not be economical.

These posts take a long time, so show me some love!

Disclaimer

My Top 10 Posts For 2021!

Well, the year is almost over. Another year is gone and a new one is set to begin. How was your 2021?

2021 was a stressful year for me. I had so much family drama, work drama, and just plain society drama. I hate drama. It drains me. That doesn’t mean I don’t deal with it. I am not a stick my head in the sand kind of lady. But, that doesn’t mean I enjoy it. I had good times too, with lots of laughs, and fun. I was able to get back to stage 2 CKD, maintain a 20-pound weight loss for over a year, met some awesome fitness goals, and I have started some new classes to start my profession in a different direction. I have been an LPN for my whole life since I was 17, which is almost 36 years. I love bedside nursing, with a passion. But, I am almost 53 years old and with about 10 more years to retirement my body is tired. Lifting, pulling, pushing, standing on my feet 12 hours a day, and that is just the physical stress of being a nurse. My body is tired, and I had a shoulder injury over the summer that took 7 months to fully heal, and now I have strained a neck muscle in that same arm from pulling on a very heavy patient. I just am not going to continue to do this to my body. So, two weeks ago I started a medical billing and coding certification class. Yes, this will be a desk job which I am not sure I will really enjoy, but I do know it is what I need to do to stay in the health care field. Once I am certified, which I hope won’t take more than 3 months, I will actively search for work in that field. So, things may change here on the blog. They may not, either. Just stay tuned. I also sit on the Board of Directors of a local dog rescue and will become the Secretary in the new year. This is a new adventure for me, as I have never been a secretary of anything, lol. I am learning to write grants for them. My last child will graduate high school in 2022 which means my homeschooling career will end. I am not sure how I feel about that. But, I do know change is good, and it is necessary. I am ready for whatever 2022 brings, I hope, lol! I still will be offering my coaching plans, so be sure and ask about them if you are interested in some Health Coaching.

I think I am going to stick with the monthly topic themes. They keep me on a good blogging path. Also, starting in the new year I will be sharing the slides from the Kidney Coach program that I have not been able to do live since Covid. I will do one to two slides a week. Each slide will have a written explanation with links to the topic with further information. I am an American Kidney Fund Kidney Coach and I have been given permission to do this here on the blog to reach and educate as many people as possible. A lot of these topics I have already discussed on this blog, but not from the AKF program. I hope people will find this helpful. I really would like to do these in video or voice-over form to be uploaded to Youtube. We will see if I can figure that out, lol. I also would like to do some basic cooking videos and how I adapt them to CKD. That probably won’t happen until my husband no longer works from home sometime in 2022. So, for now, you will just have to read about it. One topic that has really intrigued me over the past month is a pantry or shelf-stable cooking. I think this would be near to impossible on a long-term basis for someone with CKD, but I will be doing some food posts about this. I generally avoid these types of foods and feel that is why I have had such good success with improving my kidney function. But, maybe there are some better options.

So, back to the topic at hand. What were my top 10 blog posts for 2021? Be sure and check out the very end where I share the most popular post of all time on this blog. They are not in any particular order.

  1. https://healthbuddymelissa.coach/2021/07/05/is-this-a-healthy-food-mindful-eating/
  2. https://healthbuddymelissa.coach/2021/02/16/potassium-and-kidney-disease/
  3. https://healthbuddymelissa.coach/2021/02/23/healthy-tip-tuesday-drink-2-cups-of-water-to-lose-weight/
  4. https://healthbuddymelissa.coach/2021/03/12/whats-up-doc/
  5. https://healthbuddymelissa.coach/2021/03/29/warning-i-am-mindfully-aware-that-i-am-in-a-bad-mood/
  6. https://healthbuddymelissa.coach/2021/09/17/funny-friday-halloween-scares/
  7. https://healthbuddymelissa.coach/2021/09/29/high-oxalate-food-swaps/
  8. https://healthbuddymelissa.coach/2021/10/06/why-your-step-count-might-be-deceiving-you-walk-with-me-in-october/
  9. https://healthbuddymelissa.coach/2021/12/17/meatless-meal-2/
  10. https://healthbuddymelissa.coach/2021/07/19/is-this-a-healthy-drink-zevia/

The number one post on this blog since I wrote the post, is this one about which cheese is best for CKD. It actually should be a top 10, but I didn’t write it in 2021 so I didn’t include it. This tells me that people are searching for info on food and CKD.

That is my year in review! Here’s to 2022 and hopefully no more Covid! I am so over Covid and everything that goes with it. Leave me a comment wishing me a Happy New Year and I will reciprocate.

Disclaimer