Kids lunch boxes

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I was making my kids lunch like I do each morning. Usually this is a tedious task, but one I do each morning so I know my kids are getting the best quality food they can. My daughter came home yesterday telling me the schools new cafeteria will have a salad bar. I looked up the cost, and I was shocked by how much the school lunches cost- $2.25 each! I have 3 kids in school so that would be $6.75 day, $33.75 week, or $135 month! Yikes!

Today I got creative and had bit of fun! I made sure to show them the faces since I didn’t think they would stay in place after bouncing around in their back packs. They laughed and asked why one was sad. I said well wouldn’t you be if you knew you were going to be eaten. They cracked up 🙂

Today one had PB&J and the other two Dairy Free Diaya Cheese and mustard on Udi’s GF bread, they were supposed to have Boars-head turkey but I think my hubby snagged the rest for his lunch. Orange, pickles, carrots, orange tomatoes and mini cucumbers rounded put their meal.

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Lipedema: What is it?

Last week I spoke about how I was going to start blogging about Lipedema, the medical condition I have. I am speaking out in hopes to bring more awareness to the general public, to medical doctors and insurance companies so those suffering with this painful condition can get the treatments they need. See post here

So let’s dive into what Lipedema is!
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(Photo Credit: Catherine Seo, www.lipedema-simplified.org/)

Lipedema is highly UNDER diagnosed in the US. Estimates of the incidence of Lipedema vary widely, and range as high as 11% of the post-pubertal female population, with conservative estimates of 17 million women in the US, and 370 million women worldwide affected.

Lipedema is a disorder of adipose tissue distinguished by five characteristics:
1) It can be inherited;
2) It occurs almost exclusively in women;
3) It can occur in women of all sizes, from the seriously underweight to the morbidly obese;
4) It involves the excess deposit and expansion of fat cells in an unusual and particular pattern – bilateral, symmetrical and usually from the waist to a distinct line just above the ankles; and
5) Unlike the “normal” fat of obesity, Lipedemic fat cannot be lost through diet and exercise.

(source: www.lipedema-simplified.org/)

When do you get Lipedema?

Lipedema can occur at anytime. It’s most likely tied to hormonal changes in the body so many women find they develop symptoms or have major progression changes in Puberty, Pregnancy or Menopause. Progression of Lipedema is an increase in tenderness, pain and swelling in tissue. This can lead to many complication including accumulation of normal body fat and reduced mobility from pain and decreased movement.

Clinical Features:

*Symmetrical distribution of fat between the hips and ankles, the feet are not involved
*Ring of fatty tissue overlapping the tops of the feet
*Tissue has a soft rubber-like feel in early stages
* Initially, the skin color is normal
*Typical bulges of fatty tissue on the medial thigh (above the knee and close to the groin) are seen in later stages
* Small fatty lumps (nodules) within the tissues start to form in later stages
* In the early stages of Lipedema the upper part of the body may be slender
* Weight loss does not have an effect on the areas affected by Lipedema
* Swelling (edema) is common in the second half of the day and includes the feet, but decreases in the early stage with elevation and night-time rest
* Pain, tenderness, sensitivity to pressure
* Easy bruising

(source: www.lymphedemablog.com)

There are 4 stages in Lipedema:

Stage I
1. Skin is smooth
2. Swelling increases during the day and may resolve with rest and elevation
3. Responds well to treatment

Stage II
1. Skin has indentations
2. Lipomas may develop
3. Eczema and erysipelas may be present
4. Swelling increases during the day, with less resolution after rest and elevation
5. May respond well to treatment

Stage III
1. Hardened connective tissue/fibrosclerosis
2. Swelling consistently present
3. Large masses of skin and fat that overhang
4. Less responsive to some treatment modalities

Stage IV
1. Fibrosclerosis, possibly elephantiasis
2. Swelling consistently present
3. Larger masses of skin and fat that overhang
4. Also known as Lipo-Lymphedema
5. Less responsive to some treatment modalities

(source:www.fatdisorders.org)

Stay tuned for the next post, Lipedema: Care & Treatment Options