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Category Blog Posts For: Sodium




Less Salt, More Flavor: How to Pair Foods and Spices

By Dani Renouf, RD As a dietitian, the favorite part of my work is informing clients that they CAN have the foods they love, rather than focusing on what they need to restrict. This type of positive messaging is something I strive to do with each client visit I have. As the bulk of the nutrition education I offer involves strategies to lower sodium, I have started exploring ways in which to help clients enhance the …

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Planning for a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!

The holidays are right around the corner and whether you've already started planning, shopping and wrapping or you leave it all to the end, we wanted to give you some strategies to manage your kidney diet over the holidays. Somehow holidays and celebrations always seem to centre around food and holiday meals are an important time of sharing with family and friends. So when it comes to getting through the holidays without any medical problems, the key is …

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Read those labels!

Sometimes being a dietitian feels a bit like being a detective. Every once in a while I will come across someone whose blood work just doesn’t seem to make any sense. Diet recalls and food records don’t show any significant sources of potassium or phosphorus so both the patient and I are completely unable to figure out the source of the problem. That is because sometimes it’s not the person who has changed her diet …

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Buyer Beware

Somehow the fall always seems to be such a busy time of year both at work and at home. All of those projects that were put on hold over the summer come back with a vengeance when the cooler weather hits, and this year it’s all about salt! It seems that everything I read lately is warning me about the health risks of too much sodium in the diet. From high blood pressure to kidney …

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Salt – making the news

Lately the media has been reporting a lot on a recent Cochrane Review and suggesting that perhaps salt reduction isn’t all it’s cracked up to be - that it may not offer any cardiovascular benefit.  Since diet advice on salt restriction is the cornerstone of many guidelines for the management of hypertension, these reports made dietitians across Canada sit up and take a closer look at the study.  What if we can suddenly change all …

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Time Flies!!

It’s hard for me to believe that it’s been a year since I started doing a blog for the Kidney Foundation of Canada! This August I’m busy getting ready for “back to school” with my children and am excited about participating in the Kidney Foundation’s Walk for Life in September. A year later headlines and health news reports continue to be full of sodium news and reports about the food industry’s response (or lack of response) …

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Salt – cut back when you can’t cut it out!

There are few things that bring me back to my childhood more than the smell of warm, fresh baked bread.  I remember coming home after school to a heavenly snack of fresh , warm bread and butter.  I remember we used to polish off a whole loaf before dinner, usually leaving us too full to eat.   Recently, when I was home with my sick daughter I decided to try my hand at making my own …

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Label Reading for Sodium

I had an excellent question recently from someone who is struggling with label reading for a low sodium diet and I thought it very likely applies to everyone.  Here it is: “I have a sodium question for you.  If the sodium intake for a healthy adult is between 1500mg to 2300mg per day, why is the nutritional information labels on our food based on the intake of 2400mg of sodium per day?  It drives me crazy …

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Shake Up your BBQ without a Salt Shaker

It’s hard to believe that September is here and summer is almost over!  I thought I’d spend a bit more time talking about salt and sodium since it is such an important issue.  When we talk about eating “renal-friendly” limiting salt is the very first thing that comes to mind!  I recently had several questions about using different rock salts for their healing properties.  Some types of salts are being advertised as “cures” for various …

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Welcome to my blog!

I am very excited to be involved in the new Kidney Foundation of Canada Website!  What a wonderful resource for Canadian kidney patients and their families. I have been a renal dietitian for 10 years and I can honestly say that the “renal diet” is one of the most challenging diets there is.  There is no simple diet sheet that we can hand out to everyone with kidney problems – every diet must be individualized to …

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