Kidney Diet Tips

Happy Holiday Eating

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Part of enjoying the holidays is staying healthy. For kidney patients this is a challenge since holidays are centered on food and drinks. How you approach this challenge can make all the difference!

Instead of focusing on what you can’t have, take a different spin and focus on the positive things you have in your life—like family, friends and little things that you enjoy. Focus on diet as a tool to help keep you from being fluid overloaded, itchy from phosphorus or weak from potassium imbalance. Even though it’s a pain, following your diet can mean feeling good during and after social gatherings and special holiday events!

Here are some links to great holiday guidelines for people with kidney disease on a renal diet:
http://www.davita.com/diet-and-nutrition/c/special-occasions
http://www.kidneytimes.com/article_search_view.php?articlefilename=2007_02_22_1541.html
http://www.aakp.org/aakp-library/renal-smart-food-choices/

Sara Colman, RD, CDE

Sara Colman, RD, CDE

Sara is a renal dietitian with over 20 years experience working with people with diabetes and kidney disease. She is co-author of the popular kidney cookbook "Cooking for David: A Culinary Dialysis Cookbook". Sara is currently the Manager of Kidney Care Nutrition for DaVita. She analyzes recipes and creates content, resources and tools for the kidney community. In her spare time Sara loves to spend time with her young grandson, including fun times together in her kitchen.