Making A Family Meal Plan In A Coronavirus Panic

It is getting real now!  On Friday my daughter and I went to go grocery shopping.  I had initially planned on going to Publix but changed my mind at the last minute.  Instead, we went to Walmart.  I could not believe the toilet paper and paper towel shelves were completely bare.  There was a motor home toilet paper at 6 dollars for 4 rolls.  Sorry not paying that.  But, don’t worry I got toilet paper at Dollar General.  Dollar General and Family Dollar still had toilet paper but not much on the side of cleaning supplies.  As I had mentioned before I don’t buy Lysol, too much of a pain and not cost-effective.  But, I was looking for alcohol and bleach.  There was no alcohol in any store, and we went to five, bleach was just about gone also.  I had to buy alcohol on Amazon and there were only 3 bottles left on there.  Well, unless you wanted to pay 25 dollars a bottle. Hydrogen Peroxide in proper dilution will work just as well, if not better than Lysol. It is also very cost-effective.

I also found frozen chicken thighs at Family Dollar and I bought those.  I do not really want to be eating processed foods, due to my CKD, however, I also have to be realistic.  So much stuff was selling out, peanut butter, bread, Ramen noodles, etc.  So, I had to do the best I could for this week’s menu.  Luckily I stock up on frozen veggies and salad was still readily available.  The fruit was also not sold out, but I had bought frozen fruit at Family Dollar and threw it in the freezer. Some places are running out of fresh meat.  Oh, and bottled water was completely gone too.  I don’t get that.  The virus does not infect the water supply.  I do need to drink bottled water due to CKD, but we bought a water filter instead.  We also only buy what we need not ransack the store and buy everything in sight so others can’t get any.  Don’t forget to come back Friday to see how I adjust my family menu to meet my CKD needs.  My menu runs from Sunday to Saturday.

Yesterday:  Spaghetti with Italian sausage and a side salad.

Monday 3/16/2020:  Leftover spaghetti and a side salad.

Tuesday:  Garlic chicken and pasta.  Veggie and fruit.  Right now  I am buying oranges and bananas fresh fruit.

Thursday:  Ground turkey and brown rice casserole.

Friday:  Hot dogs, mac n cheese, and a side salad. This is not an optimal meal for CKD, however, in a pinch, it will work. Be sure and follow proper portion sizes and buy the healthiest option of hot dog available.

Saturday:  Crockpot BBQ pork roast, mashed potatoes, a vegetable, and fresh fruit.

If you need to learn how to cook, meal plan, meal prep, etc, ask me about my paid subscription Meals With Melissa. I am a Health Coach with a background in nursing. I also have CKD. Use the contact form at the end of the post to send me an email.


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Foodie Friday: Are You Eating For Chronic Disease?

Hi, everyone!  I am so happy to be back to my regular scheduled posting schedule.  I am still debating how I want to move forward with my Foodie Friday topics.  Recipes are great, but there are so many other topics that can come under that heading.  So, I will be mixing it up a little bit each Friday.  I am now up to 88 followers.  My goal was to meet the 100 follower threshold by the end of 2019.  As I continue with my Integrative Therapies classes, I am learning so much about ways to improve Health that have nothing to do with dieting, pills, or extreme exercise.  It seems so much of the Health Coaching world focuses on diets and exercise.  I have said before I hate the word diet.  We all follow a pattern of eating, a diet is so negative.  I am currently studying Guided Imagery, and I can not wait to finish so I can start making some audio Guided Imagery files, for people.  Pain, Stress, Weight Loss, Anxiety, and Sleep  are just some of the things that can be helped with Guided Imagery.  Don’t forget about my Better Sleep live group sessions, starting in just a few weeks.  You still have time to get in!  It will be fun, I promise.  Read about it here.  I am optimistic someone will want to join me in that adventure.

Back to this week’s topic.  Are you eating for a Chronic Disease?  What does that mean?  Basically, are you eating in a way that will increase your chance of getting a Chronic Disease, or already have one and still not eating in a way to help your Chronic Disease.  Maybe you need to learn how to meal prep, especially for busy work or school days.  I know those are my hardest days to stick to my healthy choices.  I am tired, and just want something easy.  So, you might turn to fast food, eating out, frozen meals, canned foods, or other highly processed foods, that are convenient but not very healthy.  Maybe you think you can’t afford healthier food options.  That of course is not true, and I can attest to that as well.  It does take a little more planning, and thought, but it is completely possible.  Maybe you have no clue how to cook.  Cooking can actually be therapeutic in itself, and a complete joy.  I actually very much enjoy cooking, it is the clean up I hate.  I can also attest to the fact in FL, in Summer it is sweaty and stinky, making the thought of cooking daunting.  There are ways around that too.  If any of those things describe you, and you want to work with a Health Coach to help you meet your Chronic Disease goals, use the contact form below to message me.  Your initial meeting is free, and there is no obligation to work with me after the initial meeting.  To see all of my available plans, click here.