Surprise! CKD Patients Can Eat A Completely "Normal" Thanksgiving Meal

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Thanksgiving is a day when people across America gather together with family and friends in a joyous reunion of celebration and gratitude. People with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) may often feel uptight and uncomfortable because they are unsure of which foods they should eat, and others to avoid entirely to maintain their renal diet. This can inhibit the enjoyment of the holidays for many CKD patients. However, you do not have to feel left out of the Thanksgiving celebration or confused about what you should eat. has compiled a list of foods that CKD patients should make sure they have on their plate during their Thanksgiving meal.

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Stuffing and potatoes can all be full of sodium, so unless you are sure that the cook avoided salt in the recipe it would be best to take smaller portions

of these foods. You should fill your plate enough to enjoy the taste and flavor but skip a second serving. 

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Apple Cider is a great drink to substitute for alcoholic beverages at mixers and large dinners as well as an excellent source of vitamin C and protects against heart disease. CKD patients should feel free to enjoy cider while managing their fluid intake. 

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Cranberry desserts like cranberry sauce is a good substitute for sweets such as pumpkin pie which has a lot of milk and is high in phosphorus and potassium. Cranberries provide antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties for CKD patients. 

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During the holidays yams are often served. You may lower their potassium content by leaching the potato. However if you are eating at a restaurant or at a relative's/friend's house limit all vegetables to a small amount because they are often higher in potassium. Some lower potassium vegetables include alfalfa sprouts, green beans, cabbage, cauliflower and eggplant. Still, any fruits and vegetables you choose to eat should be in moderation and check with you Dietician for further guidance.

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An ideal plate includes a hearty serving of turkey and rolls, some vegetables and very little stuffing, along with  a solid helping of cranberry sauce and a modest side of yam or potato. recommends that CKD patients take their binders, stay away from salt, and avoid second helpings. By following these helpful suggestions, you should have a great Thanksgiving holiday. 

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Lutz-Mizar, Joy, MS, RD. "Don't Let Turkey Time Gobble You Up!" The Kidney Korner. FMCNA - West Division.

"THANKSGIVING MEAL FROM THE KIDNEY KITCHEN." Http:// National Kidney Foundation: E-Kidney.