If it’s not broke, don’t fix it! Homemade Chicken and Dumplings may be a flash from the past, but it’s a time-tested recipe, filled with flavor. Donna, DaVita renal dietitian from Texas, brings back this savory classic with a kidney-friendly recipe that’s easy to follow. Mouthwatering comfort food such as Homemade Chicken and Dumplings is a delicious, classic way to bring smiling faces around your table.
Donna is dedicated to teaching her dialysis patients that there is an easy way to maintain good health with good food. “My approach is relentless, enthusiastic and positive,” she says. Many patients become overwhelmed adapting their diet and following their renal program. Donna teaches them to keep it simple. It’s like following a new recipe. It may seem confusing, but if you follow each step accurately, the results are rewarding.
Breaking down each patient’s personal dietary and medical plan into simple steps, helps them stay on a healthy path. Donna believes, “The most important thing a patient can do to improve his or her health is maintain phosphorus control through diet, taking phosphorus binders as prescribed and going to all scheduled treatments.”
While Donna faces challenges inspiring her patients to comply with their renal diets, she reaps many rewards. Donna says, “I enjoy interacting with my patients and helping them achieve their dietary goals. It’s fulfilling to see lab improvements based on my interventions. They thank me for helping them with hugs, cards and kind words.”
Helping people to prepare healthy foods has been Donna’s interest from the start. “I became a dietitian to provide nutrition education to enhance health and well-being. I make a difference in my patients’ lives by making them smile and letting them know I care about them,” shares Donna.
Introducing her patients to exciting foods is another one of Donna’s goals. “I prepare a new DaVita.com recipe each month for ‘Lobby Day’.” This gives everyone the opportunity to sample a yummy way to maintain health. Sometimes it’s hard for patients to break out of their old dietary habits. Letting them taste fresh recipes inspires them to make different food choices at home,” states Donna.
Working with the DaVita patients and staff has been inspiring for Donna. “The DaVita Core Values can be applied to my personal, as well as my professional, life. What makes my DaVita treatment center special are the caring teammates and great physicians. We encourage patients to do their very best to come to all dialysis treatments and follow their dialysis diet and phosphorus binder therapy.”
Donna’s Homemade Chicken and Dumplings is a delicious meal for you and your family. This Southern specialty is sure to be a family favorite that you may want to add to your weekly menus. Best of all, it’s flavorful and a healthy choice on the dialysis diet.