Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients have been told by countless Medical Professionals that eating at home is not only easier on their wallet, but better for their health. For instance, most restaurants serve very large portions, which often contain extra sodium, fat, and calories. However, while KidneyBuzz.com encourages you to eat at home as often as possible so that you can prepare meals that best match your diet restrictions, we do understand that you are not a robot, and there are times when eating at home is just not worth it. The questions then become, "When should Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients consider eating out without feeling guilty," and "how can they do it safely?"
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One great "rule-of-thumb" is to eat out when it is less healthy to eat at home. Allow me to paint a picture: A Chronic Kidney Disease or Diabetic patient just walked in from a long day of errands, Dialysis Treatment, or suffering low Blood Sugar. S/he is terribly tired, nauseous, and hungry. Chances are the person will not go home and cook a full course meal, right? Instead s/he will choose a frozen T.V. Dinner which is often loaded with sodium, or worse the patient will just grab a few chips and head to bed.
While it is usually less healthy to eat at a restaurant, as seen in the situation outlined above, that isn’t true in every case. What you order is often the key so when eating out make healthy food choices that are low in sodium, potassium and phosphorus and avoid refills to stay within your fluid allowance. Also remember to carry your phosphorus binders if you conduct Dialysis.
Another time those with Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes should eat out is when they are very busy, stressed or hurried. They have a bunch of things on their "To-Do List" and no time to prepare a balanced meal. What is the common alternative? Fast-food. It's easy to eat an entire day's worth of fat, salt, and calories in just one fast-food meal. But it's also possible to make wise choices and eat a fairly healthy meal. According to Fresenius Medical Care, a few examples of fast-food dishes which contain less than 600mg of salt include Burger King's Hamburger with no cheese (490mg), McDonalds' bacon ranch salad with no chicken (300mg), Wendy's 5 piece chicken nuggets with no sauce (460mg), and Taco Bell's crunchy taco (290mg).
How about when you are having a celebration? Most Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics will pay for a nice meal at one of their favorite restaurants during a special occasion. In this case, nicer sit-down restaurants typically do not mind making substitutions, limiting or eliminating ingredients in specific meals to better match diets such as the Renal and Diabetic. Moreover, avoid dishes and ingredients which may contain "hidden" high amounts of sodium like soups, soy sauce and ketchup, deep fried foods, heavily marinated items, and cream sauces and gravies.
As a Chronic Kidney Disease or Diabetic patient you should try and eat at home as much as possible to better control your diet and save money. However, it is also possible to occasionally treat yourself to a day or night of dining-out while remaining faithful to your Renal or Diabetic diet. For more Breaking News & Information about how Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients can better manage their lives, visit your #1 trusted resource - KidneyBuzz.com. Also, for insights from a successful 15+ year Dialysis patient about how YOU can improve your diet as well as overall quality of life click here.
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