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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