We are in the middle of an unprecedented health crisis in our country. With so much uncertainty concerning the COVID-19 virus, it’s an excellent idea to make sure you are adequately prepared for an extended stay at home. I don’t mean stock up on toilet paper, I am talking about having easy access to nutritious and healthy foods in your pantry, fridge, and freezer. This is especially important for those individuals who, due to an underlying disease or chronic condition, have dietary restrictions. We reached out to some of our Nutrimedy dietitians for their thoughts on what to include in a well-stocked household. Here are some items to include on your grocery list:
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Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is defined as the gradual loss of kidney function over time. There are five stages of kidney disease characterized by how efficiently your kidneys can filter waste and excess fluid from your blood. According to the National Kidney Foundation, 37 million Americans are currently living with CKD. The top two leading causes of CKD are diabetes and high blood pressure. As the stages of CKD progress, your body must work harder to filter out your blood. The final stage of CKD indicates kidney failure requiring dialysis or kidney transplant.
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As a dietitian, I often get asked about vitamin and herbal supplements and other various “natural” remedies. This is sometimes quite a controversial and even emotionally charged subject. Not to mention, that there are so many different kinds of supplements out there and so much information. How do you sift through it all? How do you know if it will really help? And what about safety? Does “natural” equal “better”?
Let’s take a step back for a moment to make sure we are all on the same page. The definition of the word natural, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary, that fits best for the purpose of this topic is “growing without human care” or “existing in or produced by nature”. Think about the term natural in relation to a supplement. That product’s ingredients are very rarely grown or...
Estrogen is a hormone that is primarily thought of as a “female” hormone. However, it plays a role in both female and male health. In men, estrogen supports sexual function. In women, estrogen essentially prepares the uterine lining for pregnancy.
There are various types of estrogen.
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This recipe provides a balanced meal as well as a meal that is lower in calories, lower carbohydrate, and moderate protein. The meal is easy to make and includes everything you need to make a complete balanced, nutritious meal. The soup is great to make for a weeknight meal!
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 lb bag of carrots, chopped
5 stalks celery, chopped
5 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp salt
2 lbs ground turkey
1 tbsp dried onion flakes
1 tbsp poultry seasoning or Italian seasoning (a seasoning blend that contains various herbs such as rosemary, thyme, basil)