"What is your favorite places to eat out, and favorite choices at those restaurants that are good for Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics," a viewer asked. What person on the Renal or Diabetic diet has not been curious about this question? Although it is recommended to cook for yourself to ensure that all ingredients match your Renal or Diabetic diet restrictions, eating out is a nice treat from time-to-time. Wouldn't you agree? You do not have to fuss with cleaning up after you cook, or the dirty dishes after you eat. What's not to like about that?
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Those with Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes don't have to miss eating at restaurants as long as they make smart meal choices that are low in Sodium, Sugar, Potassium, Carbohydrates, and Phosphorus! Often this can be challenging because restaurant portions can be large. One easy way to limit these nutrients is to share a meal or eat half of your meal at the restaurant, and take the other half home for later.
In general, you should plan ahead and know what the restaurant offers and what choices are best for your diet. The following are more specific actions you can take while eating out to improve the quality and healthiness of your meal:
- Cut down on sodium, potassium and phosphorus, avoid fillings such as cheese, avocado and salted or cured meats including ham or sausage in omelets.
- Make sure to ask specifically that your meal be prepared without salt, salted butter, soy sauce or anything else salty (such as capers, pickles, onion salt, garlic salt or salty sauce).
- If your food tastes salty, stop eating and ask the chef to confirm that it was prepared without anything salty.
- Request condiments and salad dressings “on the side” to limit sodium.
- Eat bacon only occasionally and in very small quantities (based upon your Physicians recommendations) to limit sodium.
- For a beverage, a small, non-cola soda or noncarbonated options such as lemonade, brewed tea, coffee or water is acceptable. Breakfast beverages that are low in potassium include apple juice and cranberry juice.
- Be sure to cut back on the fluids, carbs, and high-potassium foods during the day if you plan to go out for dinner. At the restaurant, request a small glass of your desired beverage and do not ask for refills.
- Desserts you may want to avoid include pudding, cheesecake and anything chocolate.
Dialysis patients are typically prescribed Phosphorus Binders to help control the amount of Phosphorus that is absorbed into their blood from the foods they eat. If you have been prescribed Phosphorus Binders, make sure that you take them with your meals as you can never be certain how much Phosphorus is in your prepared food. In fact, you should keep a pillbox or the pill bottle in your car so that you always have them on hand to take as prescribed. Once you stop reading this, grab an extra pillbox, pill bottle or Zip-Lock bag with Binders and place them in the glove compartment of your car or purse so you do not forget them at home next time you are eating out.
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