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Chronic Kidney Disease and Potassium — Beyond the Basics

Chronic Kidney Disease and Potassium — Beyond the Basics

Kidney Disease, Potassium, Renal Diet
by  Stephanie Legin RD, LDN This article helps to add to the knowledge acquired from the article, Chronic Kidney Disease and Potassium — A Guide for the CKD Patient.   For the most accurate measure of potassium amounts in food or to identify if potassium has been added to a food product, it requires knowledge of how to read and understand the nutrition facts label and ingredient list. The Newly Revised Nutrition Facts Label for the U.S. and Canada The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires a Nutrition Facts Label on most packaged foods and beverages.  The label has recently been revised and updated. Some food manufacturers have already started using them on their products; however, they are not required by the U.S. FDA to use them on packaging until January 2020.…
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Spritz Cherry Limeade

Spritz Cherry Limeade

Kidney Disease, recipes, Renal Diet
Spritz Cherry Limeade Let’s celebrate National Nutrition Month & National Kidney Month — make a toast to your kidneys with this refreshing Spritz Cherry Limeade!   Cherries are a great source of antioxidants!  They are known to have anti-inflammatory properties that may promote health as well as help control blood sugars, blood pressure, arthritis and other health issues. Learn about some other superfoods you can incorporate in your daily life. Ingredients ½ cup sugar 1 cup water 5 limes (juiced) 1 1/2 cups frozen (or fresh pitted) dark cherries 3 cups ice 2 cups unflavored seltzer Preparation: In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water to make a simple syrup.  Heat mixture until it comes to a boil, turn off heat and allow to cool.  Puree frozen cherries in a…
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Top Ten List for Thriving with Chronic Kidney Disease and / or End Stage Renal Disease Including Dialysis

Top Ten List for Thriving with Chronic Kidney Disease and / or End Stage Renal Disease Including Dialysis

Kidney Disease
Marika Wamback, BSc. R.D. Registered Dietitian Managing chronic kidney disease is no easy task.  There’s a lot of time required for it, a lot of things to learn, and a lot of information to absorb. Appointments, team members, medications, diet, dialysis regime; it can be overwhelming. Simple management tips can help you feel in control of your health.  That is the key to thriving. Often, patients will say ‘just tell me what to do!’ To help increase your confidence, and to help you regain control of your health, the following tips may help: 1. Consider vaccination.  Vaccines are meant to prevent serious illnesses that can cause long term effects and/or increase mortality.  When you have chronic kidney disease, your ability to fight infection is compromised. If you are on dialysis,…
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Happy Heart Month to Your Heart and Kidneys

Kidney Disease
by Stephanie Legin RD, LDN B Our Body Systems Work Together — for Us Or Against Us Did you know that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States? Were you aware that in Canada, heart disease is the number two leading cause of death? There are many factors that increase your risk of developing heart disease — having Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is one of them. Conversely, your risk for developing kidney disease increases if you have heart disease. Unfortunately, both diseases adversely affect each other and share many of the same risk factors, like diabetes and high blood pressure. Diabetes One of the major risk factors for developing kidney and heart disease is diabetes. Over time, uncontrolled diabetes can have a detrimental effect…
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Emotional Eating: Coping Through Food

Emotional Eating: Coping Through Food

Kidney Disease, Renal Diet
Marika Wamback, BSc. R.D., Registered Dietitian Have you ever wondered why you can’t stop eating the foods that you love that you’re supposed to avoid? Why is it so hard to eat an apple instead of apple pie? Why does the guilt afterwards fuel this cycle? Why doesn’t it stop the wrong choices instead of encouraging them? Food For Survival Food is something we all must have to survive.  We can’t go without eating! We can go without alcohol, we can go without caffeine (although some would argue this point — me included!) but we need basic fluids and food. There’s no avoiding it. Unfortunately, we often don’t eat for survival. Why We Eat the Way We Do We eat for a variety of reasons other than physical nourishment, which can…
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Chronic Kidney Disease and Potassium — A Guide for the CKD Patient

Chronic Kidney Disease and Potassium — A Guide for the CKD Patient

Kidney Disease, Potassium, Renal Diet
by  Stephanie Legin RD, LDN Potassium as an element is a soft, silver metal that can be cut through easily with a butter knife! Potassium functions as an electrolyte in your body.  It is an abundant mineral in the body. Approximately 98% of the potassium in the body is in your cells.  Your muscle cells contain about 80%, while the other 20% can be found in your bones, liver and red blood cells.     Potassium has a strong “electric” relationship with another electrolyte, sodium.  Potassium is the main electrolyte in the fluid within your cells. It determines the amount of water inside the cells.  Sodium is the main electrolyte in fluid outside your cells. It determines the amount of water outside the cells. The kidneys are responsible for regulating this cellular…
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Turkey and Pepper Fajitas — Christmas leftovers

Turkey and Pepper Fajitas — Christmas leftovers

low-salt, recipes, Renal Diet
Turkey and Pepper Fajitas Try a new take on turkey. With no-salt-added, onions and peppers (low in potassium) bring flavor to this dish. This recipe no longer resembles the turkey dinner you ate yesterday, so there is no danger of your family becoming tired of leftovers with this jazzed up Tex-Mex fare. Ingredients: 1 tbsp vegetable oil ½ red onion chopped 1 c green pepper cut in strips 1c red pepper cut in strips 1 clove garlic, minced 16oz turkey cut in strips 1 tsp. chili powder Flour tortillas Salsa Sour cream Preparation: 1. Heat oil in a frying pan. 2. Add red onion, green and red bell pepper,  minced garlic and sauté until very soft. 3. Add turkey strips and cook until heated through. 4. Stir in chili powder to taste. 5. Roll…
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Leftover Turkey Pot Pie — Ten Steps to a Delicious Meal

Leftover Turkey Pot Pie — Ten Steps to a Delicious Meal

Kidney Disease, low potassium, low-salt, recipes, Renal Diet
Looking for a renal-friendly way to use up that turkey from the holidays?  Try this recipe for Leftover Turkey Pot Pie — it's low in potassium, sodium, and phosphorus. Leftover Turkey Pot Pie Ingredients: 5 TBSP margarine 5 TBSP all-purpose flour ¼ cup chopped onion ¼ tsp pepper 1 ¾c low salt chicken broth 2/3 c milk 3c cooked diced turkey 1 ½ cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed 2-9inch pie crust, ready to bake Preparation: 1. Heat margarine in 2-quart saucepan over low heat until melted. 2. Stir in flour, onion, and pepper. 3. Cook, stirring constantly until mixture is bubbly; remove from heat then stir in broth and milk. 4. Place back on the heat, until boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. 5. Stir in turkey and…
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Complete Christmas Dinner Menu 

Kidney Disease, recipes, Renal Diet
Adhering to the Renal diet doesn't mean boring or bland food! These recipes have the kidney patient in mind and have been modified to contain reduced salt, potassium, and phosphorus to help you enjoy the holidays without sacrificing flavour.   Christmas Dinner  Menu Beverage Spiced Eggnog Appetizer Holiday Cheese Ball Mains Sweet Dijon-Glazed Turkey Old Fashioned Stuffing or Festive Cranberry Stuffing Garlic Mashed Potatoes Candied Carrots Gourmet Green Beans Dessert Cherry Pie - no added sugar Recipes used with permission from  
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Sweet Dijon-Glazed Turkey

Sweet Dijon-Glazed Turkey

low-salt, recipes, Renal Diet
Want to season up your holiday turkey without using salt?  Try this sweet and tangy glaze recipe to give your turkey some kidney-friendly flavor! Serve with Old-fashioned Bread Stuffing or Festive Cranberry Stuffing. Sweet Dijon-Glazed Turkey Ingredients One 15 pound turkey 9 cup crushed pineapple 6 teaspoons Dijon mustard 4 cloves garlic, chopped 3 teaspoon lemon juice 2 Tbsp. olive oil Preparation 1. Place turkey in a roasting pan, breast side up; cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350° for 3 hours 45 minutes (approximately 15 minutes per pound--170° internal temperature using a meat thermometer) 2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients and stir to blend 3. Remove turkey from oven and brush glaze over the top 4. Return turkey to oven and cook uncovered for 30 minutes 5. Remove…
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