Small Bites, Big Sodium

By Jessica Goldman Foung, aka Sodium Girl

Apps from sodium girlIt’s holiday time and that means it’s time to celebrate! It also means it’s to time brush up on low-sodium party etiquette. Specifically, how to properly handle the small bites (aka appetizers) meant to keep you fueled and full throughout those long festive evenings.

Although these tiny treats seem rather innocent, many of them contain high-sodium ingredients—some more obvious than others. But before you pass on the tray pass, simply use the information below to know which popular appetizers fit within your dietary limits and which do not. You’ll also find tips on how to make low-sodium swaps when playing host or hostess. That way you can nibble wisely.

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Beyond the Bird: Hosting Tips to Keep Sodium and Stress Low This Holiday Season

By Jessica Goldman Foung, aka Sodium Girl

bird's the wordA few days left until my favorite meal of the year: Thanksgiving! Flavorful food, family bonding, and hours spent feasting — it is the ultimate edible celebration. But if you’re hosting, it can also get pretty stressful. And that’s before you take a low-sodium diet and recipe adjustments into account. With the following game plan, though, you can make this year’s meal one of the best ever. With all the tradition and without all the sodium. All while having fun.

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The Trick of Treats: Secret Sodium in Holiday Sweets

By Jessica Goldman Foung, aka Sodium Girl

Jess halloweenIt’s officially the start of the holidays. Or what I like to call, “the season of eating.” And from Halloween to the New Year, we enjoy a flurry of traditions, many of which involve food. But while most people know to avoid the savory dishes high in sodium–like gravies, ham, and that big bowl of cheesy mashed potatoes (which we’ll chat more about next month)–what might come as a big surprise, is that you have to watch out for the sweets, too. Even when something tastes of sugar and spice, it may also contain a large amount of sodium–enough to tip your daily intake over that recommended limit with everything else you eat that day.

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Love in the Time of Transplant

Jewel EdwardsBy Jewel Edwards-Ashman

I got the news that my kidneys were failing in November 2012, just before Thanksgiving.  Up until that point, life had been going pretty well.  In fact, it had been pretty awesome.  My boyfriend of about seven years at the time had proposed in the spring. I traveled to Kazakhstan just months prior to see my best friend from college get married.  Guest lists were written up and wedding dress Pinterest boards were started.  I was looking forward to June 15, 2013, the day we’d set to be married.  My family and friends were all abuzz with pre-wedding excitement.  With all that was happening, it’s safe to say that I didn’t expect my kidney function to drop below 20 percent in the midst of all the good times and celebration.  But that’s just what it did.

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Food Shock—My Tips for Tackling the Dialysis Diet

By Lisa Baxter

Lisa BaxterI’ve been around kidney disease and kidney failure my entire life. My father had polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and three of my sisters and three brothers ended up on dialysis.

It wasn’t until I received a sonogram that showed cysts around my kidneys that it really hit home that I had PKD too.

I knew I would have to go on dialysis someday, but I never knew how much dialysis would impact my diet. I love food! I used to be the one with all the snacks in the pantry. All that had to change if I was going to follow the rules of the dialysis diet.

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Celebrating Freedom from Kidney Disease

By Gina Ormand

L to R: Gina, her father, and her sister Jill

L to R: Gina, her father, and her sister Jill

July 4th is the highlight of the summer, when families across America celebrate together by cooking out, relaxing and sharing stories, all in celebration of freedom.  Though I’ve always loved this holiday, Independence Day has taken on a new meaning for my family in the last few years; freedom from kidney disease.

If you have ever had a phone call that made your heart skip a beat, then you know how I was feeling in July 2007.

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FDA Approves First Non-invasive Test to Help Identify Cause of Certain Kidney Disease

By Beth Piraino, MD

Membranous glomerulonephritis

Membranous glomerulonephritis

A new blood test has been approved by the FDA to test people who may possibly have a type of kidney disease called membranous glomerulonephritis.  This is a type of kidney disease that can be treated once diagnosed.   Continue reading

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