Tuesday, April 28, 2015

5 Foods that Can Help Kidneys

I've been looking for foods that can help my kidneys repair naturally. Here is a list of five foods from Clean Eating Online that are supposed to help your kidneys. I have also heard that asparagus is supposed to be beneficial. I have no idea if any of these really do help, but I'm willing to give them a go.

So far, I've experienced some days where I feel extremely fatigued—yesterday being one of those days.

Today, I went for a walk. I feel a little more energized.

I've found several vegetarian recipes. My sister made me a delicious vegetarian chili and some humus. She makes the best humus. The only better that I've had comes from actual Mediterranean restaurants. I haven't made anything myself yet. My sister made me so much food that I have been eating her cooking for a while. But I'm running out, so I'll have to figure something out. Oh, I have been having fruit and veggie smoothies. It's amazing how filling they can be.

So far I haven't lost any weight. But I'm still dealing with water weight, so I'll have to have patience.

I haven't had any new blood work so i don't know if anything I'm doing is having any benefit. I go back around mid June. I'll let you know how that goes.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Getting in a Small Garden

I haven't been feeling well over rate past couple of days. The fatigue sometimes gets to me. My symptoms include fatigue and swelling.

I've been sticking to a vegetarian fare. I haven't had meat in a while now. I don't miss it much, yet.

I planted an herb container garder over the weekend. I made to sue to have parsley, sage, rosemary and time. Ha. But I put in other herbs too. I also have dill, spearmint, mint, sweet basil, and cilantro. I'm not sure if I will plant others. But, hey, it's good start.

I also have a little salad garden going. Tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, and red peppers. I haven't had much luck with peppers in the past, but we'll see what happens.

I wish I had more motivation, and I am trying.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Little Scared—But Still Fighting

"You are in stage three kidney failure," he said.

My expression dropped.

"But don't let the word failure scare you. It's just he way we describe the disease. You are at the borderline of being able to turn this around or having something to really worry about. Right now, your kidneys are still working. You can affectively change your diet—going to a more vegetarian -style diet. Limit the meat you eat. Don't eat beef. You can have chicken, eggs, cheese. Don't drink colas. Drink water, water with lemon. Do you have any questions?"

"I don't know."

No I Am Not Going to Die, Yet
Yes, I struggling with reversing kidney disease. What I know is that through my diet I can reverse the damage that's already been done. I need to go vegetarian. But I need some vegetarian recipes. I'm not sure what I would like. I like most vegetables, but have only had them as a side dish up until now. How can I make them into a main dish? Any recipes would be welcome.

What I don't know is how well I'll be able to adhere to a vegetarian diet. And how well I'll be able to remind myself that a hamburger isn't worth dying over.

I don't know that much about kidney disease right now. But I will learn. I will try to relay anything that I do learn here.

I'm going to try to chronicle my journey. But lately, writing on this blog hasn't been a primary concern. So without making any promises, I'll let you know how I'm doing from time to time.

See you soon—

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

10 Positive Things I'm Doing to Improve My Life

Lately, writing anything has been extraordinarily painful for me. Well, not even lately. It's been quite a while.  I cannot find the words to say what I want. But, never fear, I'm working on it. Rather than focusing on what goes wrong during the day, I'm trying to focus on what's gone right. I'm doing that in my private journal. And I know I've been ignoring this one.

I'm working on food journaling again. That's going OK. I'm working out more. I cannot wait for warmer weather—and with the promise of better weather next week, all I can say is bring it on.

Please bear with me as I push past the pain. I know that's something I've struggled with all the while I've been writing this blog. But I've found some better coping tools than the ones I once relied upon. They include:

  1. talking to a counselor, 
  2. journaling, 
  3. looking for what went right rather then what went wrong, 
  4. art therapy, 
  5. spiritual connection with some amazing women I've met,
  6. exercise,
  7. my dogs,
  8. my family,
  9. new friends, and 
  10. many more positive things.

I'm looking forward to sharing more about my journey. I'm trying to look at my life as growth and not some painful existence that I'm just trying to get through. And that's a big change for me. I will write more soon.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Maybe It's not the Wheat After All

While I'm trying to figure out if bread really does cause health problems, especially for people with thyroid disease, I'm reading a lot. This article from Mother Jones discusses that it might not be gluten that's making you sick. It might be the way we make bread. The Real Problem with Bread (It's Probably not Gluten) says that today's fast-acting yeasts and additives allow gluten levels to remain in higher in finished products. Also, commercial bakers add gluten to baked products to increase bread's elasticity.

Anyway, the article says that it's modern baking, not modern wheat, that's the culprit. The article is worth a read.