A Guilt-Free Holiday Guide to Eating
Maintaining a healthy weight should be something we practice year-round — however, the holidays can make it a challenge. Many holiday foods can increase blood pressure, lead to weight gain, and be hard on your kidneys. Here are a few do’s and don’ts for a happy and healthy holiday eating season.
Do Bring a Kidney-healthy Dish for the Holiday Table
Bringing a dish can ensure you’re not left with limited options. Not only will the host appreciate the help, but it allows you to have a healthy meal that you and your loved ones can enjoy guilt-free.
Don’t Assume Sweet Means Low in Salt
Baking soda and baking powder are high in sodium and can be found in favorite sweet treats. Often, the sweetness cuts the salty taste, making it easy to be unaware of the sodium content. Consider choosing a kidney-friendly dessert, such as fresh fruit or hard candy, or create low sodium or modified version of your favorite sweet dish.
Do Choose Water-Based Drinks and Remember to Sip
Pass on the cider and eggnog. Instead, choose sugar-free seltzer or flavored water to keep calories down. Try a twist of lemon or lime for added flavor. Be sure to add ice, slowly sip that drink, and factor in how much you drink into your daily liquid target.
Don’t Arrive With an Empty Stomach
An empty stomach often leads to bigger portions of unhealthy foods. Eat small, sensible meals throughout the day to help keep your sugar level and hunger in control.
Do Host (If Possible)
With full control of the menu and food options, you can relax knowing that most things on your table are healthy. It’s better for you and better for your guests. Interested in making it a potluck? Include a list of ideas for your guests and explain why they are better choices for your healthy kidney lifestyle.