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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Menu Plan Monday: Family of 4, One with CKD

Welcome back to my second week of menu plans.  On Fridays, I go over the changes I made to make the meals more kidney-friendly for me.  We are a family of four, but one child does not eat here regularly anymore.  We are attempting to still eat healthily but cut our food budget.  I have CKD stage 3, and my husband needs to lower his cholesterol.  Eating healthy can be more expensive, at least that is the perception.  While it is true buying organic, grass-fed, etc type foods are pricier than other varieties, but it can be done with some meal planning.  Making a menu, and then a grocery list, and then sticking to that list should help you stick to a budget.  Menu plans are for dinner only.

My menu plan for 2/24/2020-3/1/2020:

Monday:  Chicken Alfredo and broccoli.  This is a workday for me, so this is a meal my family will cook for themselves.  Fruit for dessert or after dinner snack.

Tuesday:  Smothered pork chops, mashed potatoes, and green beans.  Fruit for dessert or after dinner snack.

Wednesday:  Spaghetti-O’s and hot dogs, fruit and or veggie of choice.  We had these leftovers from hurricane prep last year and they need to be used up.  Using food on hand is essential to a budget even if it isn’t gourmet.  I will still have one more can of them left, so they will probably become lunch at some point.

Thursday:  Grilled cheese and tomato soup. A side salad can be added if desired.  Fruit for dessert or snack.  Another workday for me so this is an easy meal for my family to make when I am working.

Friday:  Ground turkey with broccoli and pasta shells in a savory sauce.  This is a new recipe for us.  I would like us to eat more lean turkey.  I hope this will be a hit.  Fruit for dessert or snack.

I am only buying fruit in season, and that my family will eat to avoid waste.  No trying new fruits to just have them be wasted.  I bought apples, oranges, and bananas for this week.  I shopped at Save A Lot and Walmart. The California oranges were amazing and are almost gone with a few more days until the next shopping day.    I forgot to keep my receipt, but this week was a little higher than last due to the meat I had to purchase.  It was still well below my 100 dollars per week limit. That 100 dollars is for 3 meals a day, not just dinners.   I still have to meal plan better for when I work.  I am doing low carb at dinner time, and I have not been well prepared for that when I work.

If you would like to learn more about menu planning for chronic illness, message me for a free meet and greet with an assessment. All new customers get the first month for 25 dollars.  Use the contact form at the end of this post.

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