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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