New Flavors Bring Joy, Relieve Stress for Meal Recipient

When Ken was diagnosed with kidney disease and told he’d need to start dialysis, he was given a list of foods he shouldn’t eat. “I looked at it and thought, ‘I can’t eat anything!’” Ken said.

An avid reader and lover of learning, Ken decided to learn all he could about what he should and shouldn’t eat to manage his kidney disease and other health conditions. His health care providers at Fresenius Kidney Care, where Ken receives dialysis, were happy to help.

“They take great pains to help you learn this stuff without it being overwhelming,” said Ken.

Today, he knows exactly how much sodium is in his meals and the maximum amount he should have each day. He knows that tomato sauce contains too much potassium for his kidneys to handle. He knows he needs to watch his fluid intake carefully.

But, as knowledgeable as Ken is about following a kidney-friendly diet, he still finds it challenging to eat the right foods, which is why having meals delivered by Project Angel Heart has been such a big help to him.

“Grocery shopping has become more problematic,” said Ken. With an oxygen tank and nasal cannula as constant companions, getting around can be tricky at times. So can lifting and carrying shopping bags.

Fewer trips to the grocery store is one benefit of Ken’s meal deliveries. Another? He’s getting a wider range of foods and flavors in his diet. While he does cook, it’s not something he’s especially comfortable doing. “I’ve never been one to throw things together easily,” said Ken, who generally makes the same simple foods—eggs, oatmeal, or chicken—when cooking on his own.

“I like the variety of meals I receive from Project Angel Heart,” said Ken. “I could not have this variety if I was doing this on my own.”

Knowing his meals fit his dietary guidelines is one thing Ken can take off of his list of worries, leaving him more time to laugh along with videos of his favorite comedian, John Pinette, or catch up with friends on Facebook.

He also appreciates the personal touches that come with his meal deliveries. During the week of his birthday, he was surprised to find a cake in his meal bag.

“It was wonderful that on my birthday they included a cake and a card,” said Ken. “That really was charming. A nice touch.”

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