Perspective

Renal dietitians can help patients make the right choices at Thanksgiving

As patients with kidney disease prepare for Thanksgiving, DaVita Kidney Care announced the release of the Today’s Kidney Diet: Holiday Gatherings cookbook, which is filled with kidney-friendly holiday recipes to help patients manage their kidney disease.

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The cookbook features 14 recipes with high-quality protein and lower levels of sodium, potassium and phosphorus.
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The cookbook features 14 recipes with high-quality protein and lower levels of sodium, potassium and phosphorus. The cookbook also provides ideas on holiday food swaps, tips to communicate kidney needs at parties and ideas for table decorating. It includes a reference guide with information to help patients choose foods appropriate for their stage of chronic kidney disease.

“We specifically curated this cookbook to help patients with kidney disease savor and enjoy the holidays, while following their treatment plans and self-managing their diets,” Sara Colman, RDN, CDE and manager for DaVita.com nutrition, said in a company press release. “Maintaining proper nutrition is a key component in our patients’ overall health-related quality of life.”

The Today's Kidney Diet: Holiday Gatherings cookbook can be downloaded for free at DaVita.com/FreeCookbook.

 

Reference:

davita.com

 

 

As patients with kidney disease prepare for Thanksgiving, DaVita Kidney Care announced the release of the Today’s Kidney Diet: Holiday Gatherings cookbook, which is filled with kidney-friendly holiday recipes to help patients manage their kidney disease.

table of fruits and juice 
The cookbook features 14 recipes with high-quality protein and lower levels of sodium, potassium and phosphorus.
Adobe Stock

The cookbook features 14 recipes with high-quality protein and lower levels of sodium, potassium and phosphorus. The cookbook also provides ideas on holiday food swaps, tips to communicate kidney needs at parties and ideas for table decorating. It includes a reference guide with information to help patients choose foods appropriate for their stage of chronic kidney disease.

“We specifically curated this cookbook to help patients with kidney disease savor and enjoy the holidays, while following their treatment plans and self-managing their diets,” Sara Colman, RDN, CDE and manager for DaVita.com nutrition, said in a company press release. “Maintaining proper nutrition is a key component in our patients’ overall health-related quality of life.”

The Today's Kidney Diet: Holiday Gatherings cookbook can be downloaded for free at DaVita.com/FreeCookbook.

 

Reference:

davita.com

 

 

    Perspective

    The holiday season brings special times with family and friends and involves gatherings with lots of food and fun. As dietitians providing counsel for individuals with kidney disease, we love the opportunity to share with them the ways they can enjoy some of their favorite foods, especially their traditional Thanksgiving favorites.

    Sharing some simple recipe modifications and practical party ideas, like using smaller plates and cups or how to double boil potatoes and sweet potatoes, are ways that can contribute to the ease of following the renal diet. We want them to feel empowered to make good choices, but one of challenges is helping them remember key tips.

    With your expertise as dietitians, your food education and the “be grateful” acronym below, your patients will have more success enjoying themselves and staying healthy: 

    • binders with every meal, as prescribed;
    • eat in moderation, small portions;
    • gravy, homemade;
    • recipes for stuffing/dressing, modified for lower salt;
    • attend your treatments as scheduled;
    • turkey, roasted, have an extra serving;
    • easy pumpkin cheesecake recipe on DaVita.com or enjoy time with family and friends;
    • fruits and vegetables should be low in potassium;
    • use herbs in place of salt; and
    • limit fluids to 32 oz.

     

    Consider sharing with your patients that the “be grateful” acronym may be used year-round to continue to spread the joy and happiness created from eating kidney friendly foods that are tasty and enjoyable.

    • Becky Brosch, RD, CSR, LD
    • National senior director of nutrition services
      DaVita Kidney Care
      Denver

    Disclosures: Brosch reports no relevant financial disclosures.

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