Five Thanksgiving Mistakes That Chronic Kidney Disease Patients Can And Should Avoid

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Thanksgiving provides many Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients with challenges as pitfalls such as overeating can cause weight gain and drinking too much can lead to many debilitating issues.  With temptations all around it is difficult for those who have CKD to make the "right" health decisions for themselves. In fact, the average Thanksgiving meal is estimated to have a whopping range of 2,500 calories to 4,500 calories. Hence, CKD patients should have a strategy to stay on track and healthy during this holiday season to avoid common challenges while enjoying their favorite foods and drinks. Here are five common mistakes to avoid.

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Those with CKD should maintain a balanced diet. Do not skip breakfast or lunch before your meal or plan to overeat and compensate for it the next day by missing meals. Instead eat a balanced breakfast and lunch that includes a serving of protein, fruit, and healthy starch. A great choice are berries  or hard boiled eggs.

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When you wear loose clothes, it is a common excuse to overindulge without it registering. So you should wear form-fitting clothes that are comfortable but not loose. Wearing a belt is also a good idea because if you feel the need to unbuckle your belt, you are probably over doing it. Note, that if you are on Peritoneal Dialysis, you may not want to wear a belt.

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 Limit appetizers such as franks in a blanket, cheese and crackers, and potato skins which can easily be upwards of a thousand calories if you do not pay attention. Choose renal friendly vegetables such as red peppers, green beans and celery, which are high in fiber, but low in calories and potassium. 

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Going back for seconds and thirds or overfilling your plate is a likely culprit for why you gain weight over Thanksgiving. Nutritionist, Dr. Lisa Young, suggests that those eating large meals practice portion control. Specifically try limiting portions to a deck of cards worth of turkey (around 3 oz.), a golf ball size of gravy (1/4 cup), a golf ball size of cranberry sauce (¼ cup), and a shot glass worth of salad dressing (2 tablespoons). Be modest with any other dishes or sides.

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Even during the holidays those with CKD must manage their fluid restrictions. So having several beverages and sugar sweetened drinks including soda along with your meal can easily cause fluid overload. You should consider drinking with your meal and limit drinks in between eating to avoid serious health issues which can lead to hospitalization.

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It can be difficult to manage your diet restrictions during the holidays. However, by following these simple strategies KidneyBuzz.com is confident that you will be successful in maintaining your renal diet even during your holiday celebration. Still, if recommended strategies in this article conflict with advice from your Nephrologists then you are encouraged to follow your doctor's recommendations.

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Reference:

Young, Dr. Lisa. "5 Thanksgiving Mistakes Not to Make This Year." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com