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November 25, 2013

5 Kidney-Friendly Diet Tips to a Healthy Thanksgiving

By guest blogger DaVita dietitian Susan Lupackino, MHS, RD, LDN

DaVitaTurkeyRoast-6021I love this time of year. Falling leaves are turning beautiful shades of red, orange, brown, gold and yellow. Farmers’ markets are selling seasonal pumpkins and winter squash, coffee shops are serving spiced coffee and tea, and there’s a cool, brisk, and invigorating nip in the air. Apple Pie and Cornbread Muffins are baking in the oven and the swirl of colors and smells come together to make Fall a magical season. Read more…

November 22, 2013

Preparing for a Kidney-friendly Thanksgiving

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This weekend many of us are pulling out favorite recipes, making our grocery list and planning for Thanksgiving Day celebration. For kidney patients, having foods that limit sodium, phosphorus and potassium (if restricted) is vital to staying on track and feeling good throughout the holiday season.

Take advantage of the kidney-friendly holiday recipes on DaVita.com. Start by downloading the DaVita Kidney Diet Delights holiday cookbook, a fabulous collection of holiday recipes.

Revisit our past Thanksgiving Kidney Diet Tips and look for new holiday tips coming early next week.

Happy Thanksgiving shopping!

DaVita Dietitian Sara

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November 19, 2013

Why are phosphorus binders important?

iStock_000011386435XSmall-pillsPhosphorus is a mineral necessary to maintain good health; however, people with chronic kidney disease who are on dialysis are not able to eliminate excess phosphorus efficiently. High phosphorus levels can lead to heart disease, brittle bones, itchy skin and other complications so a low phosphorus diet as well as phosphorus binders are prescribed to help block some of the phosphorus consumed in foods. Read more…

October 30, 2013

Favorite Kidney-friendly Halloween Recipes

Happy Halloween!



Time to stir up a pot of chili and make a special treat or two to enjoy as you enjoy the string of funny and scary trick-or-treaters visiting your neighborhood. My new favorite Halloween recipe is Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars by DaVita dietitian Maryann from Virginia. Check the ingredient list and below and get ready to fix this kidney-friendly treat. Read more…

September 19, 2013

Kidney Diet Tips: Pumpkin and Kidney Diets

PumpkinsYesterday a  farmer friend delivered a fresh pumpkin to my mom’s front porch. Yes, it’s that time of the year— the beginning of fall harvest, cooler evenings, and soon-to-be leaves turning vibrant colors in celebration of another year passing.

As we were discussing what to do with the pumpkin, the question came up “How does pumpkin fit into a diet for stage 3 CKD?”  To answer, I’ve gathered  some kidney diet tips facts and figures on pumpkin  to share with you. Read more…

August 21, 2013

Summer cookout recipes for a kidney diet

iStock_000016880339XSmallLabor DayThe end of summer is approaching, and August  and September weekends are best times to stay out of the kitchen and plan a few last summer cookouts. One great way to stick to your kidney diet and still enjoy a backyard cookout is to host it at your house. Read more…

August 8, 2013

CMS Dialysis Cuts: What It Means for Patients

Advocacy highlighted in yellowIf you are a patient receiving dialysis treatments, a family member or caregiver of a dialysis patient, or an active member of the kidney care community, this post has an important message and request for your help. Read more…

July 24, 2013

How to deal with thirst when it’s hot

July and August are two of the most challenging months for people following a limited fluid allowance. When the weather heats up, you may find yourself getting thirsty. In addition, a diet high in sodium will increase thirst.

Here are some suggestions for dealing with thirst while adhering to your fluid restriction on the dialysis diet. Read more…

July 22, 2013

CMS-Proposed Cuts to Dialysis Payment: The Impact on Nutrition Care for Dialysis Patients

If you are a renal dietitian, you have most likely heard about the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposal to cut payment for dialysis treatment by nearly 10 percent. I encourage you to join the other members of the kidney care community who are responding in protest and even outrage that such a cut is being considered. Medicare payments already fail to cover treatment costs adequately, and it’s well known that dialysis centers with mostly Medicare patients operate at a loss and would not be able to operate if further cuts are implemented.

I’ve worked in the kidney community for more than 20 years and have witnessed many changes that have helped improve care and quality of life for dialysis patients. Read more…

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