Addressing Fast Food Problems
When You’re On A Dialysis Diet
All kidney failure patients must be concerned about diet and addressing fast food problems.
Getting diagnosed with kidney disease can mean a lot of adjustments. This, however, doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy your life. While you may have diet restrictions, you generally don’t have to skip dining out.
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Careful planning and good food choices are the two things you’ll need if you want to eat out. Here are a few insights you can use:
- Plan ahead of time.
Knowing which restaurant you’ll be dining in can give you a clear idea of what types of food you’ll be served with. Because of this knowledge, you’ll be able to pick out the best ones that will fit your diet plan.
- Inquire about the ingredients.
Not all restaurants would want to reveal their best kept secret recipes but asking for a food’s main list of ingredients can help you assess if a food item is good for you or not. A renal diet is critical to your survival. Aside from ingredients, you may also need to know how their food is prepared. If they used processed and preserved ingredients, it’s best to find another place.
- Ask for adjustments.
Say for example you’ll be eating out for breakfast. You can ask the restaurant to cut down on sodium and potassium when serving your eggs. If you want to have bacon, you can ask them to serve smaller portions. You can also ask for substitutes, such as replacing cheese and tomatoes with mustard.
If you can’t resist eating hamburgers, it’s best if you can have them prepared with no salt or pickles. You may also need to skip the cheese–for sure on this one! For flavor, you can ask the restaurant to include more lettuce, tomatoes, and mustard instead.
- Know what foods to avoid.
When eating out, it’s essential that you avoid foods that contain high amounts of sodium and potassium. The list includes:
- Creamy sauces
- Deep fried foods
- Salt-cured meat
- Heavy soup
- Soy sauce
- Salad dressings
- All types of salts
Instead of ordering these foods, you should have:
- Grilled foods
- Low-potassium vegetables, such as celery, cauliflower, and cabbage
- Low-potassium fruits, including berries, apples and watermelon
- Carry your phosphate binders with you.
Because there’s no definite way you can measure the amount of phosphate in foods served in restaurants and fast foods, make sure that you take your phosphate binders as prescribed by your doctor. They can help you limit the amount of phosphorous you get from the food you eat from entering your system. You can keep them in your purse, your wallet or in your car so you can easily access them before heading out to a restaurant.
Staying alive is all about a sound renal diet. Learn more about addressing fast food problems.