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Jan. 13, 2013 1:46 pm 
Updated: Jan. 15, 2013 6:16 pm
  I am a kidney cancer survivor.  September 2011 I had surgery to remove my left kidney that was riddled with cancer.  And not just one kind of cancer, but two.  I never do anything halfway.  But now, I have only one kidney...and that means being more careful about my eating and exercise habits.  Sodium and protein needs to be significantly reduced from what I used to  take in normally through the choices I was making.  I must commit to exercising consistently and regularly.

  To that end, most of my shopping and cooking habits have changed.  Reluctantly for this working wife, the "convenience factor" in the food that I prepare and serve had to go.  Have you ever REALLY read the sodium content of prepared, canned or packaged foods?  It is simply impossible to stay near 1500 mg of sodium eating any canned, processed or pre-packaged foods.  Well, I supposed you could, but it would be a very small portion and very little food.

  So, I returned to Allrecipes.com to begin my adventure in cooking.  I still need the "convenience" of quick to grab food on weeknights after work.  I bring work home most weeknights, and when I get home, I just want to zap something and sit down to eat.  I have read about those who do a week's work of cooking on the weekend so that cooking is kept to a minimum on the week days.  I have started doing that.  I also find that I cook recipes that sound really good and I look forward to eating.  That keeps me from wanting to go out to eat so much (which is also an astronomical source of sodium in most cases).  Finding special recipes that are tasty and in which I can control the sodium content helps me manage a healthier eating habit.

  I love all the tools that Allrecipes.com gives me to stay creative and it is so convenient to use between my electronic devices.  This website has made creativity and commitment easier than ever before.  Thank you Allrecipes.com!
Jan. 13, 2013 1:59 pm
I love to hear survivor stories.Best of luck with your new found health kid!
Jan. 13, 2013 2:30 pm
I'm with mauigirl.The very best of luck to you.
Jan. 13, 2013 3:52 pm
S?2C Great blog. Best of luck in your cooking venture.
Jan. 13, 2013 3:53 pm
Well, that ? was suppose to be an up arrow.
Jan. 13, 2013 4:50 pm
A slow cooker (and those recipes) might be useful given your work load . . . http://www.whealthysolutions.com/where-does-all-this-salt-come-from-youll-be-shocked/ *** http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6105a2.htm?s_cid=mm6105a2_w . . . good luck, just a detour in your journey through life.
Jan. 13, 2013 5:37 pm
I'm in your corner, Usmc77. Have you completed all of yoour treatments? If your cancer center offers a post-cancer class, take it! You'll find much information for the taking. Be sure to keep posting about your experiences. You'll find us interested in your well being and supportive.
Jan. 13, 2013 6:00 pm
My father had a kidney removed due to cancer in 1987. I am happy to tell you that he survived 20 years after the surgery even with several other serious health issues. Ten years earlier his cardiologist had told me to cut all salt from his diet, which I did, along with the whole family. It took about 3 months, but we all got used to it and all find most restaurant food too salty. I learned through trial and error how to use herbs and spices in place of salt. Best of luck on your journey toward continued good health!
Jan. 14, 2013 6:31 am
You're on track!! My right kidney was removed when I was two years old. I'm 67 now and in great shape. Moderation in all you do will be your best friend.
Jan. 15, 2013 6:16 pm
I rarely comment, usual just a lurker and enjoy reading other comments. I had my right kidney removed in Dec. 2010 as a result of renal cell carcinoma. I have always tried to limit sodium and eat as few preservatives in my food as possible. I have become so much more aware of pesticides on fruit. Still enjoy sugar way more than I should. Good luck to you!
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