for Dialysis Diets
Whether you’re planning your meals for the week, looking forward to a special dinner out or preparing a holiday feast, you’ll need to plan ahead when you’re on dialysis. We’ve made it easy with practical tips that help you make healthy—and delicious—food choices.
Eat, Drink and Be Healthy
Holidays are a time to enjoy family, friends—and, yes, food. It’s important to indulge a bit—so long as it’s in a kidney-healthy way, of course.
Holidays can also be a particularly stressful time of year, so it’s a good idea not to stray from your healthy eating habits and routines—your dialysis meal plan being one of them. Family and friends will lovingly offer food (even after you refuse it sometimes), so stay strong knowing you’re taking care of yourself. Stick with what you know is best for your meal plan—and then you can feel comfortable eating, too.
Be moderate in drinking alcohol—wine is your safest bet. Beer is high in phosphorus and mixed drinks are generally high in sugar. For people with diabetes, never drink on an empty stomach. That can lead to dangerously low blood-sugar levels as your liver works to remove alcohol instead of regulating your blood sugar. It’s best to consult a dietitian on an ideal strategy to enjoy the holidays in the healthiest way possible.
Holiday tips for a healthy kidney meal plan
Choose foods that complement each other, like sweet, tart, and savory. Variety can help balance nutrients like protein, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and carbohydrates. Learn from your dietitian how to spice up your dialysis diet.crunchy lemon-herbed chicken
Avoid overfilling your plate by leaving some space between foods. Eating to excess not only makes you feel stuffed, but can lead to dangerous blood levels of potassium and phosphorus; too much sodium will make you more thirsty.pesto-crusted catfish