When it comes to Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Diabetic patients, those above their recommended weight are at an increased risk of a Cardiovascular event or death. If you are overweight or obese and have CKD (including those on dialysis) or Diabetes , you may benefit from weight loss to better control your blood sugar, blood pressure, increase energy, decrease cholesterol and improve your chances of receiving a Kidney Transplant.
"While complete diet makeovers can be overwhelming, focusing on small simple changes makes healthy eating more manageable and sustainable over the long term," says Dr. Kelly Pritchett, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; as reported by ABC News. Simple food changes and swaps will help you reduce your calorie intake and increase your health outcomes.
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A half-cup cooked serving of Quaker Steel Cut Oats contains just 150 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, and 1 gram of sugar. On the other hand the Quaker brand of granola has 200 calories, 5 grams of fat, and a whopping 13 grams of sugar before you even add milk. So try oatmeal as a healthy Renal and Diabetic option over the more fattening granola. You may sprinkle a few fresh blueberries onto you oatmeal to add a natural sweetener.
While Tomato Basil soup is high in potassium it is still a top dish on the Diabetic Diet as well as for those with a more liberal Renal Diet. However try replacing the heavy cream, 500 calorie basil soup with much lighter (129 calories) broth-based soups with chunks of meat and vegetables. Broth soups can also be very helpful if you are experiencing low blood pressure.
Instead of high carbohydrate noodles, substitute them for the vitamin C, folate, and magnesium found in Spaghetti Squash. It goes well with most pasta sauces and the vegetable will increase your energy and is only 200 calories to boot.
If you cannot resist the temptation of fatty chips and dip, try red peppers and vegetable dip. By doing so you will trade in the enormous amounts of sodium which is found in chips, for an equally crunchy and much more flavorful red pepper slice. Packed with fiber as well as vitamins A, C, and K, red peppers only have about 135 calories.
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Mashed Potatoes are high in phosphorus as well as carbohydrates so you should try the Mocked Mashed Potatoes which use cauliflower instead of traditional potatoes. The "skinny starch" offers almost a day's worth of vitamin C and only 27 calories per cup compared to potatoes which have 116 calories per cup.
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