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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My name is Melissa. I am a certified Health Coach, Holistic Coach, Kidney Coach, LPN, can coach in Herbalism, Aromatherapy, Guided Imagery, am level 2 Reiki certified, and I want to be your Health and Wellness Coach. I am continually learning and taking classes to expand my knowledge base.

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