Hemodialysis & Meal Ideas
for when you eat out or order in
This is a informative YouTube video where a dialysis patient videotapes the process of dialysis:
- Take good care of your fistula! The fistula is how blood leaves and enters the body, so taking good care of it is important. (4) Here's a good website with tips: http://www.davita.com/kidney-disease/preparing-for-dialysis/planning-for-a-vascular-access/taking-care-of-your-av-fistula/e/5035
- And finally, stick to the diet! The diet is so important, and easier to manage than it sounds! AND you can still eat out! Here are some ideas of foods you CAN eat if you're going out or ordering in:
Burgers?! They're okay!
Order a 1/4 lb. hamburger! Better skip the cheese and tomato though, too much phosphorus. (1)
Substituting a chicken breast for the burger patty works too! :) (2)
wings?! they're just fine in moderation!
*Check with your doctor about how many you can order...fried foods aren't to be eaten in abundance!
Pizza! sure, but be careful...
TRY THIS: onion, green pepper, chicken, and garlic! :)
ice cream! ehh, better not.
TOPPINGS?! Yes! No whipped cream...but cherries and fresh fruit are great! Try to limit bananas, chocolate, and nuts! (3)
How about SODA?
1) How much liquid have I already consumed today?
2) How much phosphorus is in this soda?
It is important to not exceed your allotted daily amount of liquid and to not increase your blood phosphorus levels. (4)
Generally, light or clear colored sodas will have low levels of phosphorus. Sprite, Sierra Mist, Orange Soda, lemonade, or iced tea are good choices! (2)
Try to avoid: Dr. Pepper, Mr. Pibb, Pepsi, Coke, and Gatorade.
fruits and veggies?! YES!
AVOID THESE: oranges, watermelon, apricots, bananas, tomatoes, potatoes, beans, cooked spinach, and broccoli. (3)
*Smoothies are great ways to get your fruits and veggies! Substitute TEA or JUICE (apple/cranberry) for milk or yogurt in your smoothie [even add some protein powder to your smoothies!]
(1) Dietary Guidelines for Adults Starting on Hemodialysis. (2014, August 12). Retrieved November 26, 2015, from https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/dietary_hemodialysis
(2) Frequently Asked Questions about Kidney Diets. (2015). Retrieved November 25, 2015, from http://www.nephinc.com/nutrition-faq.html
(3) Nutrition for advanced chronic kidney disease in adults. (2011). National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse, 11(5572), 1-12. Retrieved November 24, 2015, from http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/kidney-disease/nutrition-for-advanced-chronic-kidney-disease-in-adults/Documents/Nutrition_Advanced_CKD_Adult_508.pdf
(4) Pellico, L.H. (2014). Focus on Adult Health Medical-Surgical Nursing. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.