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March 24, 2015

Healthy Springtime Eating

Happy Spring!

Birds are singing, snow is melting (or will be soon!), plants are flowering , and trees showing their new green leaves. Springtime is a time of renewal, a great time to focus on your kidney diet. Think about updating your meal routine with some of the newest guidelines for eating healthy on a kidney diet.

Checkout the newest DaVita cookbook, Today’s Kidney Diet: Healthy Kidney-Friendly Meals in 30 Minutes or Less for some great recipes to renew your kidney diet. You’ll also find tips for stocking a kidney-friendly kitchen and a quick reference guide for what to eat based on your stage of kidney disease. Read more…

March 20, 2015

Spring into Action to Help Senior Citizens

MA Blog ImageMedicare Advantage (MA) is a federal program that helps provide coordinated health care to seniors. Currently there are proposed changes by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to the MA program. These changes mean higher costs and fewer healthcare choices.

There are seniors who already face difficulties paying for medications, sometimes choosing between food, medicine, or keeping the lights on.  Think about what additional costs will mean to them–or to many others facing challenges. People with early kidney disease and/or diabetes are at risk for losing important preventative and coordinated care services.

You can help! Spring into action to send a message to Congress by clicking on the above graphic. It only takes a minute. You can make a difference–each message counts.

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February 23, 2015

Staying on Track with Your Kidney Diet

So far February has been packed full of holidays and events. Super bowl XLIX, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, Chinese New Year and even the Oscars. Everyone has something to celebrate!  We’ve been tempted by chocolate candies, jambalaya, King cake, Dim Sum dumplings and chicken wings. These temptations can have an impact on how you feel and your lab results. As February winds down this week, it’s a good time to refocus on healthy eating for your kidney diet.

Here are 3 ways to get back on track, plus a 1-day menu to get you started. Read more…

February 5, 2015

Kidney Diet Tip: Choosing the best milk substitute

MilkSubs-273Cow’s milk is naturally high in protein and minerals. An 8-ounce cup of 1% low fat milk contains 8 grams protein, 366 mg potassium, 232 mg phosphorus, 305 mg calcium, 107 mg sodium and 27 mg magnesium.

Because of the high levels of potassium and phosphorus in milk, people with severe or total loss of kidney function (stages 4 and 5 chronic kidney disease) are generally advised to limit milk to 4 to 8 ounces a day. Non-dairy milk substitutes such as almond, rice or soy milk are recommended instead. Read more…

January 5, 2015

Kidney Diet Tools and Resources for a Healthy 2015

iStock_000049493440SmallNew Year 2015Post by guest blogger DaVita dietitian Geri Hipple, RDN, LDN from Illinois.

Does your New Year’s resolution have anything to do with getting healthier in 2015? All too often resolutions are made only to be broken weeks, days or even hours later. Although there are many reasons resolutions fail, not having the tools and resources to succeed can be one of them.  When dealing with kidney disease and diet and nutrition issues, these resources can be a big support.

The following are just a few examples of the resources available at your fingertips on DaVita.com to help you achieve your health goals in 2015. Read more…

December 17, 2014

Tips for Making Your Holiday Recipes Kidney-friendly

iStock_000030628724SmallChristmas2014Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

By this time in December most of you are bound to have a few favorite holiday recipes in mind. The challenge is to stick to the kidney diet and still prepare favorite dishes to serve and share during holiday events.  Some substitutions and ingredient reductions, such as using rice milk instead of cow’s milk, reducing nuts to ¼ cup instead of 1 cup, can make a big difference in potassium and phosphorus content of a recipe.

The DaVita Dietitian Team created a handout of tips to help you modify recipes to make them more kidney-friendly. For even more ideas check out the DaVita.com holiday recipes. Read more…

November 26, 2014

Kidney-friendly Thanksgiving Meal Suggestions

iStock_000020733713Small_TG2014Happy Thanksgiving 2014!

Each year we follow some of the same traditions for Thanksgiving, but when times are more hectic  shortcuts to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with family and friends are welcomed. Here are some kidney-friendly tips with quick, easy recipes for a Thanksgiving menu that can be enjoyed by all.


Turkey Tips

If you haven’t bought and thawed your bird, consider buying turkey parts to cook separately. You can purchase turkey breasts, thighs and legs to roast. Read more…

November 19, 2014

Diabetes and Dietary Patterns

November is American Diabetes Month in recognition of almost 30 million Americans with diabetes and 86 million with prediabetes.  Over the years many diet combinations have been prescribed to help manage blood glucose and fats. The current focus, instead specific nutrients like carbohydrate or fat, is on dietary patterns. This is a more holistic and practical approach that people with diabetes and prediabetes can better understand and embrace.

Dietary patterns consider whole foods and whole meals, not single nutrients. Read more…

October 31, 2014

Halloween Candy Tips for Kidney Diets

SONY DSCHappy Halloween! Today and throughout the weekend you are likely to be tempted by Halloween candy treats. Limit temptations and stay in control of your kidney diet with these ghostly Halloween candy tips. Don’t be tricked into letting your potassium, phosphorus, blood sugar or waistline float out of control! Read more…

October 8, 2014

Sandwich-High Blood Pressure Connection: Try These Lower Sodium Sandwich Tips

MyPlatePork-425Is your daily lunchtime sandwich contributing to higher blood pressure and weight gain? Medical News Today has a must read story “Your daily sandwich may be chewing up nearly 50% of your sodium allowance”.   The article describes a recent study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that reveals a typical sandwich can contribute one fifth of daily sodium intake. In addition, people who consumed sandwiches averaged an extra 300 calories a day. Read more…

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