Eating Well on Dialysis
To feel your best and do your best on dialysis, a carefully thought-out meal plan will play a big role. Your dietitian can help you figure out how to incorporate foods you enjoy—and still stay within your dialysis diet guidelines.
While some of the key basics for an end stage renal disease (ESRD) diet are similar to when you were at the earlier stages of kidney disease—lower salt, potassium and phosphorus—there are two key differences: proteins and fluids.
Power up on protein with dialysis
Now that you’re on dialysis, your protein needs are typically much higher. That’s because you lose protein during treatments.
Include a protein with every meal and snack
Choosing all-natural, fresh meat is best. Low-sodium, frozen or canned meats (rinsed) are also acceptable. Just limit cured and deli meats to help with reducing your sodium intake.
A typical serving size for protein is a ½ cup or 3-5 oz, which is equivalent to the palm of your hand.
High-protein snacks for a dialysis dietMini meals and snacks can be a great way to fit more protein into your day.
Here are some tasty tips: