Eating food, talking about food, and making food is always fun but when you have just been diagnosed with CKD/ESRD it can be overwhelming and confusing. Food is part of our everyday lives--celebrations, meetings, traditions, and food is also with us during mourning; so what do we do? It is very important to begin to learn and understand what foods are healthy and how it can help our health.
Did you know that we visit a grocery store 83 times a year? That's amazing! Make sure to shop smart! Here are a few helpful tips for you.
- Plan out your meals for the week and develop a grocery list
- Develop your grocery budget and stick to your list
- Shop the perimeter of the store--these items are normally your fresh produce, meats, dairy and breads. They are usually lower in sodium!
- Look at the grocery store ads and use coupons--this can help save some money!
- Eat before going to the grocery store: when you are hungry, you end up buying things that are not on your list.
- Buy in bulk if possible--freeze items or cook extra for leftovers.
If you would like to learn more about Shopping Smart, please contact Evelyn Hua--Patient Services Coordinator, 808-589-5904 or Tabitha Zamarripa--Registered Dietitian, 808-638-1357 for our "Shop Smart for YOU" Class.