Ten Tips For a Kidney Friendly Holiday: Navigating the Holidays with Renal Disease

Ten Tips For a Kidney Friendly Holiday: Navigating the Holidays with Renal Disease

Kidney Disease, Renal Diet
Marika Wamback, BSc. R.D. Renal Dietitian -- Ten Tips For a Kidney Friendly Holiday: Navigating the Holidays with Renal Disease Lights, decorations, songs, parties, food, family, and friends are all part of the holiday traditions.  Instead of fun and joy, kidney disease can bring a sense of dread and deprivation.  It seems like there’s food everywhere, and it can feel overwhelming to try and manage it.  The hardest part can be at family gatherings, where well-meaning loved ones may encourage that extra ‘bite or two’. Here are ten tips to keep the joy in the holiday season: Treats 1. Choose your treat items wisely.  The 80/20 rule can be very helpful.  Pick the treats you know you REALLY love, be selective on the amount, and enjoy them.  Don’t waste your…
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Sugar

Sugar

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Stephanie Legin, RD, LDN Renal Dietitian -- Sugarcane was introduced to the Caribbean by Christopher Columbus in 1493.  Since then, the sugar industry flourished and sugar has become a major factor in the growth of the food industry. This has resulted in  the overconsumption of added sugars in the American diet. Carbohydrates (CHO's) are an essential nutrient to human life.  There are two categories of CHO’s; complex and simple.  Complex CHO’s actually contain carbohydrate plus  fiber.  Most of our CHO consumption should be from complex CHO’s. Simple ­CHO’s  contain no fiber and are responsible for the sweet taste in many foods.  Sugar is a simple CHO and has 4 "empty" calories per teaspoon, which means it contains no nutritional value.  Due to its negligible nutritional content, simple sugar should be limited…
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Sweeten Your Day the Kidney Friendly Way

Sweeten Your Day the Kidney Friendly Way

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Stephanie Legin, RD, LDN Renal Dietitian -- Who doesn’t love to indulge in some sweet treats now and again?  For people with chronic kidney disease (CKD), choosing a renal friendly treat is important. There are many sweet options out there, but some can be too high in phosphorus and potassium, which are limited and/or restricted on the kidney diet. Many popular candies contain chocolate and nuts, both of which contain phosphorus and potassium. Since people with kidney disease may have trouble removing excess phosphorus and potassium from their blood, it can be dangerous. Too much phosphorus can cause a person with kidney disease (especially later stages) bone and heart problems, low blood calcium, and the hardening of tissues. That is why it is important to look for candies that have <160 mg phosphorus per serving. Potassium…
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10 Nutrient-Rich “Superfoods” for the Kidney Diet

10 Nutrient-Rich “Superfoods” for the Kidney Diet

Kidney Disease, Renal Diet
Stephanie Legin, RD, LDN Renal Dietitian What Are “Superfoods”? “Superfoods” are unprocessed whole foods that contain plentiful amounts of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals that have been shown to have protective health benefits.   For people with kidney disease and everyone else, incorporating foods high in antioxidants on a daily basis may help prevent or slow the progression of other chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s that are caused by oxidative stress. Antioxidants to combat inflammation Individuals at any stage of renal disease have a greater risk of oxidative stress and inflammation than individuals with healthy kidneys.   Research shows a strong correlation of increased oxidative stress with the degree of renal failure.  Antioxidants help to neutralize harmful molecules called free radicals that contribute to oxidative stress.  Free radicals…
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Calcium And Kidneys: Finding a Balance For CKD Patients

Calcium And Kidneys: Finding a Balance For CKD Patients

Kidney Disease, Renal Diet
  Stephanie Legin, RD, LDN Renal Dietitian -- Calcium And Kidneys The kidneys provide many functions essential to human life, such as maintaining healthy bones by balancing calcium and phosphorus levels in the blood (and ensuring that vitamin D is activated to help absorb that calcium). Individuals with kidney disease have a reduced ability to regulate that delicate balance. If blood calcium levels drop too low, calcium is taken from bones to restore levels.  This can lead to renal osteodystrophy, a bone disease. Alternatively, if blood calcium levels go too high, calcium deposits can develop, leading to heart disease. In a study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, people with moderate to advanced kidney disease (not yet on dialysis) with abnormally high or low blood calcium…
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The Value of a Personalized Kidney Diet

The Value of a Personalized Kidney Diet

Kidney Disease, Renal Diet
Kelly Welsh, RD Renal Dietitian -- One of the largest frustrations of kidney patients, no matter their stage of kidney disease, is the lack of choices, or “green-light” foods that are available to them. One can certainly 'Google' the internet for a kidney-friendly diet and find plenty of limit-, avoid-, and “stay away from-” food items. The Truth In reality, most kidney patients do not require the severe restrictions that the textbook kidney diet dictates.  These blanket dietary recommendations do not take into consideration many things about you: height, weight, other disease states, current lab results, and other dietary goals - including weight loss or gain, etc.  Each one of these things, alone, is extremely important. Start adding them up, and your dietary needs get more complicated. No two people…
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High Blood Pressure and Diet: The Connection

High Blood Pressure and Diet: The Connection

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Ann Haibeck, RD, LDN Renal Dietitian High blood pressure and diet: What’s the connection? Kidney patients often experience elevated blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Your doctor may prescribe medication to treat your blood pressure, but your food choices can be just as important as taking your medication. Salty and highly processed foods often provide more salt (sodium) than we need in our diets, which can increase blood pressure readings. High blood pressure can put excess stress on blood vessels, including those that lead to the kidneys and other vital organs. Sodium Guidelines The American Heart Association recommends eating no more than 2,300mg of sodium per day, with 1,500mg per day or less being ideal. The National Kidney Foundation recommends 2,500mg to 3,800 mg of sodium daily for patients on…
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Vitamin C and Kidney Disease

Vitamin C and Kidney Disease

Kidney Disease, Renal Diet, vitamins
Vitamin C and Kidney Disease Ann Haibeck, RD, LDN Renal Dietitian Vitamin C and Your Kidneys Loading up on vitamin C is a common strategy to boost the immune system and ward off illnesses such as the common cold. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can be beneficial in safe quantities, but may be harmful in large doses. For kidney patients, it’s especially important to remember that foods that are high in vitamin C can also be high in potassium. What is Vitamin C? Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that is critical to tissue growth and repair in our bodies. Vitamin C helps to heal wounds, form scar tissue, maintain structure of bones and teeth, and absorb iron. Signs of vitamin C deficiency,…
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Asian 5-Spice Blend and Ginger-Roasted Chicken

Asian 5-Spice Blend and Ginger-Roasted Chicken

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Asian 5-Spice Blend Ingredients  1 teaspoon ground cloves 2 teaspoons anise powder (also “star-anise”)      1 teaspoon ground black pepper  1 teaspoon ground fennel   1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Analysis for 1 teaspoon: Calories 7.4, total fat 0.3 g, saturated fat 0.03 g, monounsaturated fat 0.1 g, polyunsaturated fat 0.07 g, cholesterol 0.0 mg, calcium 19 mg, sodium 1.7 mg, phosphorus 6.7 mg, potassium 29 mg, total carbohydrates 1.4 g, dietary fiber 0.7 g, sugar 0.02 g, protein 0.3 g Ginger-Roasted Chicken 6 servings Ingredients 1/8 teaspoon Asian 5-Spice blend 1/2 teaspoon Thai/Oriental salt-free seasoning (optional, adds flavor) 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper salt-free seasoning (optional, adds flavor) 3 tablespoon minced fresh ginger 3/4 teaspoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon rice vinegar 4 egg whites ¼ teaspoon sesame oil Three 8 oz.…
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Salt-free Southwest Seasoning Blend

Salt-free Southwest Seasoning Blend

Kidney Disease, recipes, Renal Diet
If you are affected by Chronic Kidney Disease, part of your renal diet may include reduced salt intake. Don't despair, you don't have to resign yourself to eating bland tasting foods.  Try this salt-free seasoning on chicken, steak, pork or fish. Then cook on the BBQ, in the oven or slow cooker without sacrificing flavour. Salt-free Southwest Seasoning Blend Ingredients ¼ cup chili powder 2 tablespoons ground cumin 2 tablespoons garlic powder 2 tablespoons onion powder 2 tablespoons paprika Instructions Mix together all ingredients and store in an airtight container. Nutritional Value Nutrients Per (1) Teaspoon: Calories 6.2, total fat 0.2 g, saturated fat 0.03 g, monounsaturated fat 0.03 g, polyunsaturated fat 0.07 g, cholesterol  0.0 mg, calcium 6 mg, sodium 7.5 mg, phosphorus 5.2 mg, potassium 30.4 mg, total carbohydrates 1.1…
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