Learning How to Eat~


Having Sickle Cell mean learning how to do a lot of things different than the average person. Most people can go to McDonald’s, Burger King and have no worries. For years I would eat at fast foods and not give it a second thought until four summers ago my feet started to swell like miniature watermelons. After visiting the doctors I found out my kidneys was not working at 100%. Most people with sickle cell will have organ issues. Liver, Kidney, Lungs, and Heart. Well this new information of my Kidneys not working good was not something I got use to right away. Over the past four years I realized when I ate fast food and took many pain pills my intestines just would not work….for days!!!! I would walk around looking like I was 5 months pregnant.

I started to only get fish and chicken at McDonald’s and other fast food spots and began to prepare more meals at home just for me. Being a mother of seven eating healthy is expensive. I now have basic food items I get myself every month and every two weeks. All natural and fresh. I get Yams, Garlic, Spinach, Tomatoes, and Talapia fish (its inexpensive and I can stock-up on it and put it in the freezer). I also tradeoff with squash and zucchini. I only use Mrs.Dash, Olive oil and Cayenne Pepper on all my food…..nothing else!!

I put two pieces of fish in a cast-iron skillet with olive oil and my seasonings and cook them on 350 degrees. Then I have my pre-cut yams (small so they don’t take forever to cook). Once the yams start to get soft I add everything else and the spinach right before I take the fish out the oven.

This is my daily meal which is good for all my organs and blood and its as natural and healthy as I can afford~

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