Tips for a Kidney Friendly Thanksgiving Dinner

Preparing For Thanksgiving When Living With CKD

When living with chronic kidney disease, there are certain foods that you should avoid—but that doesn't mean that you have to miss out on your favorite holiday treats. Our experts at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital break down the important dietary restrictions you should keep in mind as you prepare for Thanksgiving dinner.

Foods to Avoid

For most people living with chronic kidney disease, there are certain dietary restrictions that should be followed. Typically, a kidney-friendly or renal diet involves limiting your intake of sodium, potassium, and phosphorus.

 

Foods you should avoid eating during the holidays include:

  • Ham
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Pickled foods
  • Canned foods
  • Dark-colored sodas
  • Beans
  • Nuts
  • Dairy products
  • Brown or wild rice
  • Potatoes and sweet potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Whole-wheat breads and pastas
 

Because different CKD stages may require different dietary restrictions, be sure to speak with your doctor to determine if there are any additional foods you should be left off your plate.

Foods You Can Enjoy

Now that your dietary restrictions are out of the way, you can focus on what festive foods you can enjoy! Some examples of kidney-friendly treats you can have include:

  • Apples
  • Corn
  • Cranberries and cranberry sauce
  • Green beans
  • Stuffing
  • Light-colored sodas
  • Home-made iced teas
  • Dinner rolls
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Fruit juices
  • Fruit pies
  • Applesauce
  • Sparkling ciders
 

When it comes to certain holiday favorites, you can enjoy them in moderation, but it is important to limit your intake of the following:

  • Pumpkin pie
  • Caffeinated beverages like coffee and strong tea
  • alcoholic beverages

Urology Clinic in Ridgecrest, California

At Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, we have teamed up with USC Urology, a part of Keck Medicine of USC, one of the nation’s leading urology programs to bring you comprehensive urologic treatment, conveniently close to home.


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