Creating a Kidney-Friendly Kitchen
Anytime the word diet is mentioned, many find themselves wondering what they’ll be allowed to eat. Often, diets are nothing more than a list of no’s, which can be discouraging and often lead to failure. For starters, ditch the word “diet” and start thinking of it as a lifestyle. For those with chronic kidney disease (CKD), here’s how to make more kidney-friendly choices:
Foods to Limit
For the healthiest possible life, it’s a good idea to limit certain foods. One of those being soda, which is loaded with sugars and has no nutritional value. And before you think about switching over to diet sodas, remember that they may contain harmful additives.
Deli meats, like bologna or ham, usually have higher amounts of sodium and nitrates. Choose leaner options such as turkey or chicken, and look for low-sodium on the label.
Other things to limit are most pre-packaged, canned or frozen foods.
Also, limit the amount of salty snacks, such as chips and baked goods that contain dried fruit, nuts, and coconut.
Grains to Choose
Whole grains have a higher fiber content, but they are also high in potassium. For those on a low-potassium diet, consider refined white grains instead. Sourdough, white rice, and white pasta are all good choices.
For those with CKD or in late-stage CKD, your doctors might suggest lowering your levels of phosphorous. Often, this can be done by choosing fruits and vegetables and cutting back on dairy.
CKD limits your body's ability to filter out excess potassium, which is found in a lot of popular fruits and vegetables. If you are on a low-potassium diet, limit bananas, potatoes, avocados, and melons. On the positive side, stock up on these low-potassium and delicious options:
- Berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and cranberries
- Green Peas
Cook at Home
Choose lean proteins, such as salmon, chicken, and eggs. To avoid high levels of sodium, cooking at home is best. Rinse canned foods; instead of salting your food, attempt a new spice and prevent garlic salt, soy sauce, and anything high in sodium. Stocking up on the above can reduce cheat days and help keep your healthier lifestyle on track.