Validation That It Is The Most Important Meal Of The Day

I hope all the mothers out there had as good a Mother’s Day as I did. I was lucky enough to have two of our daughters here for an impromptu luncheon.  While Nima was in New York and Abby assisting at a Landmark Advanced Course, Lara and Kelly each managed to have the day off and be here. Flowers abounded as did love and lots of good feelings. Everyone enjoyed the meal, renal diet cooking or not (hey!  I was the cook).

I’m laughing out loud right now (remember LOL?).  No sooner did I include the book’s Amazon reviews in the last blog than I started getting requests for the Barnes and Noble reviews.  Amazing how people seem to root for one bookstore or the other, almost as if they were football teams.  So, to be fair, here they are:

 Well written and very informative! This book includes tons of definitions

Well written and very informative! This book includes tons of definitions and images and would be helpful for anyone looking to learn more about kidney disease. Gail’s perspective is real (even funny at points) and I think anyone dealing with CKD will definitely be able to relate with her stories. This book is beneficial for anyone going through CKD, caregivers, and medical professionals.

Highly Recommended! Very useful

This book is wonderful because it explains all you need to know for early stages of ckd and not in medical terms, but in terms that everyone can understand. The author was so passionate about getting the information to others who are going through what she went through as this information was not available to her. Her altruistic motive for this book is also what makes it wonderful. I would definitely buy a copy if I were you.

Must Read For Any CKD, or possible CKD patient, family member, friend

This book gives great insight and an in-depth look into CKD. What to expect, what to look for, not just as a patient but for those that are in the patient’s life as well. Diet, exercise, nutrition, supplements, etc. is all touched on in this book. If you are a newly diagnosed CKD patient, already a CKD patient, or a family/friend of a CKD patient…you will want this book to give you a better piece of mind of what you’re dealing with and how to make your life a little easier at the same time.

Her blog is also a great resource to use daily too. I wish I had known about this book when my mom was going through CKD before her transplant, it would have helped us better understand everything that was happening, was going to happen, and terminology that the doctors used. A must read!

This is an incredibly well-researched, well-written book written by a woman who herself developed kidney disease. Her book provides clear and comprehensive information for all about the care patients need to have, and responds to the fears and concerns of all involved with coping with kidney disease. It is an honest, very personal accounting of her experience, and I found it to be written clearly, providing tons of pertinent information about every facet of how to cope with this illness.

I think Ms. Rae wrote this book for the ordinary person who learns that they will be living with kidney disease from the moment of diagnosis, on. But after reading, I believe that it is also a book that every family member, every friend of someone who has developed kidney disease ought to read as well, in order to better understand what their loved ones are going through. I also believe that this book will benefit every professional in the medical community who deals with patients coping with Kidney Disease. It has helped me better understand my friend and her struggles with this disease, and will help everyone who is involved with a patient on any level to be better able to understand their concerns, anxieties, needs and limitations. For these reasons I think it is a great guide for the medical community as well as for the patient/family/friends, as it can help all understand the kind of information patients need to have in order to take good care of themselves. Don’t pass this book up!

 Highly Recommend For Recent CKD Diagnosis

IF you have recently been diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease this book should be your next purchase. Gail Rae shares her personal experiences with the disease, lists of foods which have become part of her diet, how to decipher your medical records, questions to ask your doctors, and what she has learned about living with CKD.

Naturally, reviews are  not the purpose of this blog. Let’s talk about breakfast, instead.  You know Mom always used to say (well, my mom didn’t but the ads on Saturday morning cartoons did), “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”  And you know diabetes is one of the two (the other is high blood pressure) most common causes of Chronic Kidney Disease.  Here’s some information that ties breakfast and Type 2 diabetes together. Since this may be new information to some of you, I’ve left in all the hyperlinks for a change.

Really? To Lower Your Risk of Diabetes, Eat Breakfast

By ANAHAD O’CONNOR April 30, 2012


The benefits of eating a solid breakfast are hard to dispute.

People who skip that all-important first meal of the day, studies show, suffer setbacks in mood, memory and energy levels. They are also more likely to gain weight, in part because of excess eating later in the day. Research on the habits of people taking part in the National Weight Control Registry, a long-running study of successful dieters, for example, shows that about 80 percent eat breakfast daily.

But emerging research suggests another advantage to consistently eating breakfast: a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes.

In a study published in the current issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers followed 29,000 men for 16 years, tracking their diets, exercise, disease rates and other markers of health. About 2,000 of the men developed Type 2 diabetes over the course of the study.

Those who regularly skipped breakfast had a 21 percent higher risk of developing diabetes than those who did not. The heightened risk remained even after the researchers accounted for body mass index and the quality of the subjects’ breakfasts.

Other studies have also found a link between skipping breakfast and greater risk of Type 2 diabetes. While it is not clear why the relationship exists, some scientists suspect that a morning meal helps stabilize blood sugar through the day.

Some studies show that consuming a larger proportion of your calories later in the day, especially carbohydrates, has a detrimental impact on blood sugar and insulin levels.


Regularly skipping breakfast may raise the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

If you’d like to see the original, it’s at:

Did I eat breakfast or didn’t I?  Hmmm, excuse me, I’ve got to go take Anahad’s sound advice.

Until next week,

Keep living your life!

p.s.  Unfortunately,  I STILL haven’t heard from the medical alert bracelet people yet about why they didn’t warn me the bracelet may fall apart if submerged repeatedly (it hasn’t yet) until the bracelet  arrived in the mail so I’ve got to rescind my recommendation for  They may have other medical alert bracelets that do not require you remove them before you shower, bathe, or swim but I would not be willing to order another one only to have it arrived with the same warning.

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