For most of us, holidays are occasions for bountiful food and celebration. Yet holiday meals can be difficult for the nearly 400,000 Americans with kidney failure who are on dialysis – a life-sustaining process that cleans waste products and removes extra fluids from the blood, and which also requires them to limit their intake of salt, potassium, phosphorus and saturated fats. That means they must restrict their consumption of many sweets, salty snacks and favorite holiday dishes.
To help dialysis patients enjoy healthy eating during the holidays, FMCNA offers the following tips:Holiday Eating Tips for Dialysis Patients Before the party:
- Ask your host what’s on the menu. Offer to bring something you can eat.
- Make family and friends aware of your diet restrictions.
- Snack before the party so that you aren’t too hungry when you arrive.
- Avoid temptation – keep away from the buffet table.
- Know your diet so that you can make wise food choices.
- Put sauces and gravies, which are often salty and fat-laden, “on the side.”