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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1.5 Mile Beginner Running video Plus gift idea #2

Welcome to Sunday! I don’t always do a post on Sunday, but I realized I hadn’t done a Sweating on Sunday post in a while. When I began the low carb lifestyle, two months ago, I went back to just walking for exercise. Too much exercise, or too intense, just made me more hungry. Now, that I have the food balance down I feel like I can increase the intensity of my workouts without sacrificing carb intake. I had posted a while back about my daughter wanting to be a police officer. She has since changed that to a CSI detective, but as part of her PE for school she still needs to do the running, situps and pushups. I was doing this with her, until I changed to low carb. She didn’t want to run outdoors initially, and we intend on getting a treadmill, but until then I found this video which is exactly the distance she needs. This is a great beginner video to build up to running without interval walking. I have done this video a few times now, and it is really not too hard. Be sure to stretch before and after to prevent injury. Do the best you can. Walk more if you need to, but keep moving if you can. Do not do this every day, trade it out with less intense exercise such as Yoga, or just walking. It is 15 minutes long, but only do 5 to start if you need to. If you have not exercised in a long time, or are new to exercise, this is not the video to start with. I offer a Health Buddy Walking program, message me if you are interested in learning more. The video is kind of bland, and I play music in the background to keep it interesting.

We had company yesterday, so we ended up eating a lot of the leftovers. So, I went ahead and made a meal plan menu for today through Friday. Friday is a new budget and grocery shopping week. We will probably have a treat and get Subway on Friday. I found some coupons in the Sunday paper for Subway. Remember I only meal plan for dinners. Breakfast and lunch is whatever is available.

Sunday: still leftovers. I will probably have the same thing I had for lunch yesterday as it was so delicious. Once I get the leftovers gone and have storage containers again, I will make some coleslaw using some of that cabbage I bought yesterday.

Monday: Grilled cheese and tomato soup. It is supposed to get quite cold so soup is perfect.

Tuesday: Ravioli with sauce, bread and butter, side salad. For me I will stick to one portion of Ravioli, one slice of bread and have a large salad.

Wednesday: Pork tenderloin baked or slow cooker, coleslaw or salad. I also have some sweet potatoes which I can make. I do them in the Instapot as it is easier.

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: Possible Subway dinner treat

Please remember I am low carb not Keto. I aim for 70-100 grams of net carbs per day. I also have days were I eat up to 150 carbs sort of like Carb Cycling. If you would like to learn about my Health Coaching services to help you meet your health goals, use the contact form after the images to message me.

My second gift idea for people with CKD, or any Chronic Disease is this heated blanket. This is not an affiliate link, but it is on sale for Cyber Monday. People with CKD are often anemic which makes them cold all the time.

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Everyone Can Walk, Even With A Chronic Illness!

Updated 1/24/2022: Walk With Me!

Sticking with the theme of being active, everyone can walk.  I have CKD, stage 3, and while it was very hard to get into an exercise regime, now I feel icky if I don’t do it.   That is a good thing. Update, I am not hovering right at stage 2!

Before I was diagnosed, in 2017, exercise was daunting.  I was tired, had weak achy muscles, was cranky, and just didn’t want to.  That doesn’t mean I didn’t do things, I did.  I have children, we homeschool, and they are very active.  So, I had to be somewhat active.  But, I would pick and choose, do as little as I could, and would take Ibuprofen just to get through it.  Ibuprofen is bad for CKD, but that is for another day.  After diagnosis, with diet change, and the help of some Sodium Bicarb, all the toxins that had been building up literally for years, went away, and I felt so much better.  I started out small, had to, that was all my body would tolerate. Doing Walking videos, for short amounts of time, until I slowly built endurance.  I had an injury last Summer that slowed me down for a long time but it didn’t stop me.  I now have moved up to fitness walking, and low impact aerobics.  I don’t want more injuries, I am almost 50 after all.  There are studies about doing no more than low-impact exercises with CKD, but again that is for another day. Update, I now walk an average of 10,000 steps every day and work out at least 3 times a week.

Yesterday, I wrote about ways you can add steps to your day, to increase your step count.  I love these walking videos by Leslie Sansone.  She works with the American Heart Association, and the videos are just walking.  She does have some others that add in some band training, for muscle work, but those have to come much later in your journey when first starting.  They are low impact, weight-bearing exercises, more on weight-bearing exercises in a later post.  Anyone can walk, including you.  If you need a walking buddy, or someone to help keep you motivated, and encouraged, click the contact button, or use the contact form at the end of this post, to send me an email to set up a free consult.

Start with the 5 min video below.  Do it until it is easy.  If you can’t do it all, don’t.  You can do it as many times in a day as you can, to work up to 30 min if you only have 5 min here and there to do.  Whatever works to get you moving.  If you need to use a chair, walker, or other devices to give you support while you walk, do it.  You will start to feel better within a few days, and you will be amazed at how quickly you will feel stronger.  When it is easy, move to the 15 min video.  These walking videos should be OK, for everyone.  We all walk to the bathroom, refrigerator, mailbox, etc.  But, if you have been advised to not do any exercise, for whatever reason, then don’t.  Get approval first, even for simple exercises.  I know most doctors say walk more, but be careful, and ask if you need to.  If some of the movements, like the knee lifts, are not something you should be doing, then just march in place, ie walk in place.  As long as you are moving, that is what counts.  Also, you should do some basic easy stretches before beginning, to prevent injury.  Her 5-minute video is part of another video, just shortened to 5 minutes.