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Planning a Renal Friendly Dinner for the Chinese New Year

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 Submitted by: Catherine Cai 蔡依憬 BSN, RD 做好計劃腎病春節也能吃得開心有健康 春節是華人社區中最重大的節日之一。 對於中華文化來說,春節是一個亲朋好友齊聚慶祝新的一年並共享美食的時光。 腎透析患者在這個時期卻常因飲食限制以及不知道吃什麼好而無法很好的享受與親朋好友一起的時光。 Chinese New Year is one of the most important festivals for the Chinese community. It is time for the family to gather around the table and to share a meal together. Dialysis patients face many restrictions and are often confused about what to eat during this celebration. 註冊營養師8個小貼士讓你在節日期間也能更好的享受相伴的時光: 知道你自己的飲食限制: 不管是液體, 鈉, 鉀, 磷, 或者碳水化合物 過年期間也要維持腎病需要的均衡飲食 計劃性的外出就餐並在其他時間嚴格執行醫護人員的腎病管理建議 注意自己的飢餓感和飽腹感, 慎過度進食 在外就餐, 小心鈉超標 按醫囑服用磷結合劑 若外出就餐, 提前了解餐廳中適合腎病的菜餚選項 若不確定, 外出就餐之前吃點東西 You could prepare for … (Read more)

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Mindful Eating Tips for the Holidays

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Mindful eating tips for your holiday season from Marisa Tamasi RD, CDE. Food is a big part of the holidays. Whether we are going to a holiday gathering or going to the grocery store, we are surrounded by lots of delicious, tempting holiday foods and treats at this time of year. No wonder it is a challenge to stay on track over the holiday season and even more so for those living with kidney disease who need to follow a special … (Read more)

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Eating a Kidney-Friendly Diet for Hanukkah

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As the end of each year approaches, many people around the world celebrate the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah, also known as The Festival of Lights. Food is a significant part of this celebration, and traditionally, meals are prepared using higher amounts of fat, salt, and sugar. In fact, fried foods are an important part of the Hanukkah tradition to celebrate the small amount of oil that miraculously burned for 8 days when the Jewish Temple was rededicated. This can be a … (Read more)

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Top 5 Favourite Lazy Weeknight Meals

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After a long, tiring day, the last thing you want is to be stuck in front of the stove to make a meal. So what are some quick, delicious and kidney friendly meals to make when energy and motivation to cook is low? Here are some favourites: Breakfast for Dinner: Who says breakfast can’t be dinner? Toast with eggs, berries and some Greek yogurt can be a great balanced meal with barely any cooking. You can also try this omelette … (Read more)

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Summer Fun for Kids

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As children are still growing and developing, it is important to ensure they are receiving proper nutrition. For children with kidney disease, the added pressure of restricting certain foods in their diet may overwhelm families and place strain on the eating relationship. By working with a dietitian, families can discover creative and positive ways of eating together and staying healthy. Here are some tips to navigate healthy eating for children with kidney disease: Include sources of protein. Protein is important … (Read more)

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Gardening and farmer’s markets on a low potassium diet

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With summer approaching it’s still possible to start the garden that you’ve always wanted.  Planting and growing fruits and vegetables is an excellent way to save money, relieve stress, and ensure you have the freshest produce. Moreover, gardening allows you to choose fruits and vegetables that work best for your low potassium diet. Instead of purchasing seeds, which can be sowed in early spring, opt for vegetable and herb plants at your local nursery or hardware store. By doing this, … (Read more)

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Reminders for Ramadan

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The holy month of Ramadan holds religious significance to Muslims worldwide as they observe a month of Sawm (fasting) that begins at dawn and ends at sunset. While it is not compulsory for adults to fast if they are sick, many still wish to partake in Sawm. Individuals with kidney disease are encouraged to discuss whether they can fast, or not, with their physician and/or renal dietitian, taking into consideration the severity of their condition, the season Ramadan falls in, … (Read more)

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Steps to a more kidney friendly diet: Animal versus Vegetarian Proteins

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By Kelvin Au, Student and Dani Renouf, RD, MSc, CDE Persons living with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are often asked to lower protein in their diet to improve kidney health. But how much protein is too much or too little? How do animal-based proteins compare to plant-based? A dietitian can answer these important questions. Most North Americans consume more protein than recommended for their individual needs. However, healthy kidneys can process the extra protein waste efficiently. In chronic kidney disease, … (Read more)

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Warm up with A Low-Potassium Soup!

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  Alisha Buttar, Student and Dani Renouf, RD, MSc As the cold weather has touched down, there is no better time to cozy up beside the fireplace with a hot bowl of soup! We all know how it feels to walk into a kitchen filled with irresistible aromas, and upon reading this, you can rest assured that many ingredients that you enjoy can be added to a kidney-friendly bowl of soup. Below, we have tips on how to also incorporate … (Read more)

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Phosphorus and Potassium Additives in Canadian Meat, Poultry and Fish – What you need to know!

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Arti Sharma Parpia, MSc, RD Since the phosphorus and potassium content of foods are not required to be listed on the Nutrition Facts table, it can present a real challenge to patients with chronic kidney disease. Because phosphorus and potassium additives are being used more often, foods that were never considered “high in phosphorus” or “high in potassium” are now high in these nutrients. Studies done in the United States and Europe showed that these additives greatly added to the … (Read more)

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