True Story!

Hello, and welcome to another Taste Test Tuesday! Wait, I thought this was a true story. Well, it is, sort of.

A few weeks ago, I think they came from Aldi’s, but I might have gotten them at Misfit’s Market, I bought these sweet Italian chicken sausages, from the brand True Story. Now, I have tried chicken sausages before, and no one in my family liked them, and honestly, they didn’t have a lot of flavors so there wasn’t much to love.

But, these sweet Italian chicken sausages from True Story were amazing! They look really skinny, and if you didn’t give them a chance you would be missing out. I was really impressed, and my husband even liked them and he is fussy about sausage. They are organic and with good ingredients. However, like any kind of sausage, they are still quite high in sodium and fat. But, they are still better than other sausages. We had them with spaghetti sauce, over pasta. I cooked them on the side just in case no one liked them. But, they were a hit. They are a little expensive too, but honestly worth it.

This is not a paid post, and if you follow here you know I try to do a Taste Test Tuesday every week. Since I have CKD I try to find organic, or preservative-free foods to try, as those are my preference. They have tons of other items too, so be sure and visit the True Story website where you can order them. I don’t think I have seen these in stores. I am almost positive I ordered them from Misfit’s Market and the price was reasonable. I would definitely buy these again.

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You can see the ingredient list, and nutritional info, by clicking here.

Let me know in the comments if you have tried these, or if you will try them. What did you think of them?

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Welcome back for another Food on Friday topic. The video below is not real exciting, but the topic and the point they make is super important to living a Healthy Lifestyle. I am not going to write a lot, I am just going to encourage you to watch it with an open mind and really listen to what they are saying. Please remember that Plant-Based does not mean Vegan.

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Day 4: How to put your kit together and trial of my zero points food challenge!

Hello, Friday! Today, is a dual post because I want to continue updating and targeting old coaching plans. What do you think of my new logo, and color palette? I have to work this weekend, so I am trying to get a lot done in one day. You may see affiliate links in this post. Be sure to read my other posts on Hurricane Preparedness.

Today, is day 4 of Hurricane Prep Week. I thought I would share a video on how to put your Hurricane Kit together. Having everything in one location, especially if you are new to hurricanes, just makes life easier. A couple of things about the video. As she states preparing for any disaster is important, not just hurricanes, and these kits can be for any disaster. She mentioned the hand crank radio with the solar charger. These chargers according to ones I have looked at take a long time to charge and may damage your cell phone. Be sure to read the specifics and pick one that is safer. Also, hand crank radios really take a lot of cranking to work. I do not find them efficient at all. We do have walkie talkies that we have not used in years, but we have them if we need them. Having a police scanner, imo, is way more effective than a crank radio. Also, the water purification tablets. I did not mention these, but if you are evacuating you probably will not need these, but they can come in handy for rain water collection, or if you absolutely had to drink from other water sources. You can always boil water for 10 minutes to sanitize it, which is not always convenient. She also mentions being trained in First Aide. I also have mentioned this in other posts, and I can not say how important it is for everyone to be trained in First Aide. The video is below.

Tomorrow I am starting a trial run of my Zero Points Food Challenge. I will share at least one meal, or snack tomorrow and Sunday. Come back on Tuesday to read all about the challenge and why and how I will be doing it. If you would like any information on any of my Wellness Plans, be sure and use the contact form at the end of the post to email me.

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Low Protein Vegetarian Mac n Cheese

Updated 5/8/2021 We are big Macaroni and Cheese lovers, at my house.  Because of my CKD, this is a hard meal to enjoy.  The cheese adds Protein, Sodium, and Phosphorus in pretty large amounts.  Plus the saturated fats.  So, I came up with my own version of Macaroni and Cheese, and I love it.  No one else does, but that is Ok.  The graphic below is for 1 serving.  This dish is also low in Phosphorus about 100 grams, but that may depend on different varieties of the items used.  I use Eat this Much to estimate Phosphorus levels in food.  If you use frozen, or fresh sweet potatoes, the Sodium levels are also low.  Canned sweet potatoes have a lot of sodium, rinsing them can help.  Potassium will be high due to the Sweet Potatoes, so be careful if you are watching Potassium levels.   You could half the Sweet Potatoes.  It is also low fat, and you could use a different kind of fat instead of butter to improve that even more.  It is, however, going to be higher in Carbs.  If you have a set Carb level due to Diabetes be sure and figure up the totals.  It is low in sugar, though.  Enjoy, and let me know if you tried it. The recipe is the image below. Remember all nutrition info is an estimate and you have to tailor your needs to your nutrition.

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Food on Friday: Easter Meal Choices

Updated 3/26/2021: As I continue to update old posts with my opt in mailing list and other items, some of the post is no longer relevant. Such as I am no longer eating 1,000 calories per day, and other items. You can read more recent posts to see what I am eating.

So, Sunday is Easter.  Holidays can be especially hard for anyone with restricted food options.  It will only be us this year, so that does make it a bit easier.  Tomorrow, Garth Brooks is coming to town, and I got tickets for Christmas, woot woot!  But, that means eating out before the concert.  So two zinger days in a row.  I will have to be extra conscientious of what I am eating, especially following a 1,000 calorie diet.  It has been hard to stick to it, especially if I am having a intense workout day.  So, to stick to it, I have lowered the intensity of my workouts a bit, so I am not feeling hungry all the time.

My daughter decided she wanted homemade Mac N Cheese, so I guess that means we will have Ham, and sweet potatoes.  I am sure I will make a nice big spinach salad too.  I probably will opt to just skip the ham for myself. That way I can have a little Mac N Cheese. Use part skim cheeses, or no fat cheese if you can tolerate that.    She also wants a cake and ice cream.  We are not fancy, lol.  I posted about desserts a couple of weeks ago, but I saw one that I think I will really like.  A pineapple slice, with a cherry, and 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Yum!  I am hoping I can make it through the weekend, and stay within my calories.  Since I am not looking for a diet, but rather lifestyle changes, it is imperative that I stick to it. Neither cheese or ham are optimal choices for someone with CKD. They are both high in sodium and phosphorus, so be sure and limit your portion sizes. Fat too is extremely high in these foods. Spinach, while a great, healthy food, eaten raw can cause oxalates which can increase your risk of kidney stones. So, again portions are super important if you are prone to kidney stones. Always try to opt for organic foods when possible. Turkey would be a much better option than ham. If you are Diabetic try a cauliflower mac n cheese instead of mac n cheese with pasta. Green beans, or broccoli instead of sweet potatoes is another great alternative. Frozen yogurt, or low fat ice cream are great options for replacing ice cream. There are low carb ice creams, but I have never tried one, so I can’t say how they taste. I have tried an almond ice cream and it was pretty good, but it was very very expensive, especially for a family. Try to drink only water, and not soda or other high calorie beverages. Remember that if you choose to have mashed potatoes you can soak your potatoes prior to cooking, and then rinse and add new water, to leach out some of the potassium. Avoid chocolate, if you can.

What will you be having for Easter dinner?  Do you have CKD, or Diabetes, or other restricted diet?  If you would like to learn more about cooking for your specific dietary needs, check out my new 1 month coaching plan. You can always contact me using the contact form at the end of every post to reach out to me with questions.

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