As our inaugural episode, I want to welcome you to the first Renal Diet Headquarters podcast. As your host, Mathea Ford, Registered Dietitian and CEO of Renal Diet Headquarters, I take time in this episode and talk about what we are going to bring you in this format. I am looking forward to bringing this new format to you.
This episode is being released on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013, and here are the links and information talked about.
Our mission for Renal Diet Headquarters is to be the most valued resource on kidney disease on the internet for people to use to improve their health. Each week we provide new and important information about kidney disease and CKD.
Link to this episode on our blog is https://www.renaldiethq.com/001
Email me about comments or suggestions at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Author page on Amazon to learn more about Mathea's books is at: https://www.renaldiethq.com/go/author
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This episode reviews information about Mathea Ford, and talks about our plans for the year to come. Want to know what is planned for the year ahead? We are talking about that and more on this episode of the Renal Diet Headquarters Podcast.
All About Renal Diet HQ and What We Are About
Welcome to the Renal Diet Headquarters podcast. I’m your host, Mathea Ford, Registered Dietitian, and CEO for Renal Diet Headquarters. I would like to welcome you to our first podcast.
You'll find show notes and other information on our website at www.RenalDietHQ.com/001 for this specific podcast. Those are numbers at the end of the link, not o’s or anything, it’s just renaldietHQ.com/001. Thank you for joining me today. This episode is being released on Christmas Day, 2013 and is just an introduction to our radio show.
First of all, I want to tell you about RenalDietHQ. Our mission is to be the most valued resource on kidney disease, on the Internet, for people to use to improve their health. Our website provides extensive information about dealing with chronic kidney disease. Each week, we have new information based on topics requested by members of our audience. If you want to find out about our new posts every week, and when they come out, head on over to RenalDietHQ.com/001 and I'll have a link in the show notes, so you can sign up for the newsletter.
We have a weekly email newsletter that comes out, and you can learn more about everything that happened that week.
The next thing is I want to tell you a little about myself. I've been a Registered Dietitian for 15+ years. Seems like it's a long time, but it’s gone by very quickly. I have spent the majority of that time working with customers, patients, and their families doing things like planning menus for different health conditions. I've worked as a clinical dietitian, an inpatient dietitian, an outpatient dietitian, and I've worked as, it's called an administrative dietitian, where I manage the inpatient foodservice and menus for all kinds of special diets, which is what I do now.
As of now, I have also released 19 books on Amazon; most of them are about chronic kidney disease. If you want to find those, you can go to RenalDietHQ.com/go/author and that will take you to my author page. But some of those books are also about gestational diabetes. I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with both of my children and I feel a certain amount of empathy, sympathy, need to talk to those women and help them out. So, I have about five books about gestational diabetes, and then the rest of my books are about chronic kidney disease. In the future, I will have more books about specifically diabetes and heart disease. So I'm working on branching out, and trying to help people who have diabetes who may not have chronic kidney disease yet, to have a resource as well, and to help prevent developing kidney failure.
About Mathea Ford, MBA, RDN, LD
My past work history as a Registered Dietitian includes working in the United States Army. I am a veteran, and I have worked in hospitals for most of my career. I spent about five years designing kitchens and traveling around installing room service, but still in hospitals. I've mostly worked in hospitals in Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. I'm originally from Kansas, and I currently live in Oklahoma with my family. I work at Renal Diet Headquarters and Healthy Diet Menus For You as those are my two online businesses.
The businesses have been around for about four years, and so working on this for a while, and developing the programs that we have and I work with my husband, Keith, who serves as a marketing partner and our operating officer.
One of the things we do at Renal Diet Headquarters is meal planning, and we have a meal planning system, as well as books that are written for Renal Diet Headquarters. I want to talk a minute about Renal Dietitians or just Registered Dietitians in general. As a Registered Dietitian we are the nutrition experts, and the reason why we see ourselves that way, the reason why we most people feel we are nutrition experts, is because we spend four or more years in college, studying nutrition and food. Learning about food and food has always been my favorite part of nutrition. Learning to cook and cooking in creating meals and meal planning has always been fun for me. So you can make food that is both healthy and right for your diet so you enjoy what you eat and improve your health and your condition.
So as a dietitian you spend four years in college and then you complete an internship that is a specialized and focused program that helps you to learn more about your day-to-day roles as a Dietitian. So in an internship, you learn the practical applications of everything that you learn in college. Your biochemistry, and your food science and all that, all of a sudden you get to apply that and see how it works in day-to-day life. That’s something I also do my regular job is work with interns, and I get to see them have that wow moment, when they realize what they learned college, and how it fits into the real world. So once you're done you get to spend then a lifetime learning more about areas that you specialize in. so most dietitians choose to either become a clinical dietitian or administrative dietitian. Most of us choose to specialize kind of in an area of dietetics. You may have met a cancer dietitian or you may have met renal dietitian. We can get certifications in those different areas. There’s also certification for gerontological dietitians and for nutrition support dietitians. So there are lots of specialties the dietitians can have and so we are not a one-size-fits-all practice, but most of us have something that we learned quite a bit about so that we can become experts and we can do their best were more helping people with that condition.
As for what I do, my job at Renal Diet Headquarters is to write a lot of the information for the websites and the books and to do the planning. So I have that knowledge and I have that experience and I'm always doing research to read the latest discoveries and to share with you the information that I've gathered.
Topics We Talk About Related To Kidney Disease
I plan the monthly schedule that we have, and try to let you know, through this podcast what we have planned for that month. For example, January is coming because this is being released at the end of December, and it's about starting up your New Year Healthy and we are going to talk a lot about healthy starts to your day, and healthy starts your year. I’m going to do radio shows about how to get healthier foods, and how to eat healthily, and how to do all that with kidney disease. So what you'll find me talking about in January is goal planning and goal setting. Our next episode is going be about goal setting for the new year and how you can do the job of planning.
You'll find that in the month of January most of our topics are related to that. I may tell you towards the end of January that coming up next month we are going to talk about this certain topic and let you know what's coming that month, just so you can be ready for it. If you have any specific feedback about that, I’m going to give you an email at the end that you can send me an email about the topic if you want to hear something specific.
So if I say right now January's about healthy eating healthy starts to your day, healthy goals, and you have a comment about that, please feel free to send me an email.
The next thing I want to talk about is what to expect from this podcast, or this radio show, as I call it. You should expect to hear from me weekly and I'm going to release the episodes on Wednesdays.
I'm going to do my best to release the episodes every week, but don't worry, you don’t have to remember that. If you go ahead and subscribe in iTunes or stitcher you will get the download when it appears that automatically comes through on your device you are using. You will also be able to listen on the website. You may be listening to this on the website now if you don't have iTunes or an MP3 player. So if you want to subscribe, that would be great, you just go into iTunes and click the subscribe button, or if you want to listen on the website that's also great. Those always are there for you. And you won’t always have to listen to just me talking, I’m going to do interviews with other dietitians, with nurses, with patients, and doctors.
So if I tell you that I have a topic coming up on heart-healthy or something like that, and you feel really strongly about that or you have an episode with that experience, send me an email and let me know, “Hey, I would like to be in your podcast and talk about that” or “I have a specific question about that topic”. I would love to hear it. I am going to my best to get a variety of perspectives both from the patient side and from the healthcare provider side. So show one is just me talking and will be about 30 minutes and shows with guests should be 30 to 45 minutes. I probably have a little bit of talking at the beginning and then you hear the guest, and I'll do a little bit wrap up, but I'm not going to go back and remove my ums and ahs, when I'm just talking, I’m going to do my best to minimize that and get better each time. I'm going to get better. I’m not going to repeat myself, as much, so I hope to let you know that, so if you have problems or if your suggestions on how to get better, let me know. The email I want you to send any information, any notes you have about the podcast, would be to the podcast, and that's mailto:email@example.com that's mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m going to try to incorporate whatever notes you send me.
Renal Diet HQ Mission
In wrapping up this initial podcast/ radio show, I want to remind you about our mission at Renal Diet Headquarters. Our mission is to be the most valued resource on kidney disease on the Internet for people to use to improve their health. You hear me say that a lot because I really feel strongly that we can be the resource that people need to go to for free to get that information about kidney disease and how to stop the progression.
I hear so many times from people who have just learned that they have kidney failure and are looking around and they need a place to gather everything in and I want to be that source of knowledge. I want to be the place that people can find that they can learn and find out the questions that they need to talk to the doctor about or find out answers to things that they've not had enough answers to. It’s not a small mission, but we know that lots of people in the world need it and we want to be there for you. I want to let you know about our latest products and I'll do this at the end of the show always.
You can go to https://www.renaldiethq.com/go/author and you'll see our books on Amazon, that we have available. I recently released the books number 1 through 9, called RDHQ IQ series, Renal Diet Headquarters information series and the books 10 through 12 are coming soon. If you're listening to this in the future and you go to that link and see books 10 through 12, it's because I finally got them released.
Books About Kidney Disease
The books are about all aspects of kidney failure before you start dialysis, so pre-dialysis type things. Now that doesn't mean that somebody on dialysis can't find them valuable because they can. My favorite is book number three, which is about eating out with kidney disease, and I took a lot of extra time and really dug deep into that information about kidney disease. Learning about how to eat out, what you can choose, what are the best things for breakfast, and what are the best things for dinner. So if you go to RenalDietHQ.com/go/author you will find the books there. Number three, which is about eating out with kidney disease, is one of my favorites.
That's a real struggle many people have every day and I hope that that can help you. I also want to let you know that I will have a new cookbook out at the end of January. This is where I tell you what's coming, and if you have some feedback, and that's all about breakfast meals if you're on dialysis.
So the books 1 through 9 that I just told you that were for pre-dialysis, and this one is about breakfast meals when you're on dialysis. So in January will have more features on the blog about breakfast recipes and to help you kick off your morning right, and get started right, have a healthy start. Towards the end of January, I will be letting you know about the book being released and the date. Finally, before I go, I want to ask you to head over to the blog at RenalDietHQ.com/go/email and sign up for email community. You'll get updates on all our doings and goings-on and what's new. I send an email most Fridays to people on the email list and just let them know what's going on, and highlights of the week and so those are things that only talk about an email.
So sign up and you get a free 7 day meal plan when you sign up for those. That said I want to thank you for listening were right about 16 or 17 minutes and I hope to bring you excellent information and news to this radio show. You can find all the links I talked about over at RenalDietHQ.com/001 and hope you have a great week and I will talk to you next week, bye.