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November 20, 2015

Preparing for Thanksgiving

08964-COMM-WP-Google+Hangout_Facebook_InstagramHalloween kicked off the fall holiday season with sweet treats and fun. Fast forward a month and here we are at Thanksgiving—the savory food, family and friend-focused holiday. In addition to reflecting on what we are thankful for, Thanksgiving brings more food choices with bigger than usual meals, yummy tempting desserts and leftovers.

For anyone following a special diet—for kidney, diabetes, or heart health—this food-focused holiday can be stressful and even cause health issues related to dietary indulgences. That’s why it’s important to prepare ahead and arm yourself with a plan for this 4-day holiday weekend.

Join me and DaVita Dietitian Matt Rymond at the upcoming Google+ Hangout DaVita Kidney Diet Tips–Holiday Edition to hear about our best tips and tricks for healthy holiday eating. The live event is on Tuesday, November 24th at 1:30 PT/4:30 ET. Register and send in your questions now to join the conversation. If you can’t make it, register anyway and you will receive a playback link after the hangout.

A Google+ Hangout is an interactive video chat that’s free to join and open to anyone. All you need to participate is Internet access and to RSVP before the event here.

Check out delicious kidney-diet Thanksgiving recipes from DaVita.


October 1, 2015

Kidney Diet Tips: Pumpkin and Kidney Diets

PumpkinsRevisiting this post from 2013 and wanted to share with you again.

Yesterday 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…

September 17, 2015

Cucumber Recall: Caution for Kidney Patients

cucumbers-6802Beware cucumber lovers. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports over 400 people have become ill and two deaths  were caused by  salmonella infection linked to cucumbers. The contaminated cucumbers were traced to imports from Mexico, and were distributed in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah, and possibly other states. If you have purchased cucumbers recently check with your grocer to confirm they are not from the contaminated source. Avoid cucumbers when eating out as a precaution. Read more…

April 28, 2015

New Phosphorus Pyramid: Today’s Focus on Phosphorus for Kidney Patients

The Phosphorus Pyramid, a new tool for learning about phosphorus control, was created by researchers Claudia D’Alessandro, Giorgina B Piccoli, and Adamasco Cupisti from Italy. This pyramid does not focus on phosphorus content of foods alone. It incorporates the newer focus on phosphorus load–how much phosphorus is retained due to digestion, absorption and removal (by the kidneys, dialysis and/or phosphate binders). Read more…

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…

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…

September 16, 2014

How can I make my kidney diet foods tasty?

Herbs and spicesWhenever a diet limits sodium, people tend to think that means their food will be bland. However, think of a low-salt diet as an invitation to introduce your taste buds to new sensations.

Here are some ideas to give your renal diet foods extra flavor: Read more…

April 10, 2014

DaVita Diet Helper “How to” Part 2: Meal Planner Pre-planned Meals

The Meal Planner feature in DaVita Diet Helper provides pre-planned meals, or allows you to create your own meals. The pre-planned meals, or DaVita suggested meals, provide kidney-friendly menus and recipes for 3 meals and 2 snacks each day. These meals are designed to meet daily nutrition targets for protein, sodium, potassium and phosphorus selected in the meal plan settings.  The meals are on a 2 week rotation, plus additional meals are available in the “Substitute” list. Read more…

April 3, 2014

DaVita Diet Helper “How to” Part 1: Account Creation and Daily Nutrition Targets

DaVita Diet Helper is an online meal planning and tracking tool created specifically for kidney diets. You will benefit from using this tool if you are concerned with:

  • eating healthy for kidneys and tracking nutrients
  • limiting sodium for blood pressure control
  • balancing carbohydrates for diabetes control
  • reducing intake of phosphorus
  • getting the right amount of potassium

This “How to” blog series aims to  help you get started, and teach you to use the new features in DaVita Diet Helper.

Part 1:  Account Creation and Daily Nutrition Targets

The first step is to go to the DaVita Diet Helper promotion page at www.DaVita.com/DietHelper . On this page you can watch a short video to see an overview of the features. Next, click on the “Get Started Now” button to go to the account registration page. After completing the form click “Create My Account”. Be sure to record your email address and password for later reference. If you forget your password, use the “Forget your password?” feature to create a new one. If you already have a myDaVita.com account, click on “Sign in Now” to access your account and activate DaVita Diet Helper. Read more…

March 26, 2014

Updated: Online tools for the kidney diet

Today I am re-posting an earlier  post on online tools and resources. I plan to follow this post with a series  to help you learn about the new features and get started using DaVita Diet Helper to easily plan meals and track nutrients for your kidney diet.

Online tools for the kidney diet

Knowing what to eat on a kidney diet can be complicated, so it’s good to know you can go online for helpful tools and education. DaVita.com offers education about kidney diseasedialysis treatments as well as an entire section on the chronic kidney diet, including hundreds of kidney-friendly recipes. Whether you’re pre-dialysis, on hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis (PD), you’ll find articles to help explain the kidney diet for where you are and healthy recipes that you can enjoy.

Welcome to DaVita Diet Helper

Besides educational articles, DaVita.com offers the DaVita Diet Helper to help you plan your meals and keep track of your kidney diet. This invaluable tool was recently  updated with new features and functions. If you haven’t used DaVita Diet Helper recently, sign in on your computer, tablet or smart phone and check out the new look. Use it to plan meals, download DaVita suggested menus, create your own recipes and meals, create your own database of favorite foods, and track your daily food intake to see how close you are to your goals for potassium, phosphorus, sodium and protein.  Now you can access all the DaVita.com recipes directly in DaVita Diet Helper to easily build meals around your favorite recipes. Over the next several months I’ll show you these new features and how to use DaVita Diet Helper on the Kidney Diet Tips blog.

In addition to DaVita Diet Helper, checkout the Food Analyzer that helps you manage your kidney diet by finding values for 13 nutrients including potassium and phosphorus. You can also try the Phosphorus Challenge to learn about the important role phosphorus plays in the kidney diet. The Phosphorus Challenge includes games, quizzes, polls, articles, videos, recipes and more.

Whether or not you have a renal dietitian to help you with your renal diet, you can rely on DaVita.com for online tools to help you navigate the kidney diet.

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