#Dialysis and #Kidney-friendly Snacks

bbq nutrition_1f1824e0-6eaf-11e5-9a62-afae4f70ace8Hey everyone!  Sorry for the lack of new material for a while but it’s been a tough year and I just can’t seem to get to my desktop as often.  Sorry for that.  I’ve been working very hard to get this old body in shape, reducing my weight, and earning a few extra bucks with Uber driving.  More about all that later (and I have much to say).  Now it’s about snacking.

If you snack then make it a kidney-friendly snack.  Frankly, I rarely eat any snack foods as they all contain the two dreaded ingredients, Phosphorus and Potassium!  Yuck!  However, here are a couple items that may fill the need and be kidney friendly.

KidneyBuzz.com “How Can CKD & Dialysis Patients Enjoy Late-Night Snacks Without Guilt & Negative Consequences?

Kidneybuzz has a good article about snacking, especially late-night snacks.  I like most of their ideas.  However, the banana suggestion is one I’m skeptical about.  Yes, there are some few dialysis patients who actually have low potassium and could benefit from the high potassium content in bananas.  But, for most of us, we must avoid high potassium foods but as my dietitian put it, “No Bananas!” and I’ve followed that ever since.  My potassium remains as 5.5 usually and, sometimes it exceeds that.  I carefully avoid both tomatoes and bananas.

The cottage cheese and apple slices with crackers are very good ideas.  Also, the yogurt. These can be purchased in small containers but if you buy them in larger containers, be sure to put what you’re going to eat into a smaller container.  The larger the container, the more you eat and that’s no longer a snack.  It’s a meal!  (As I’m on a weight reduction program, I’m much more sensitive to these things!).

It’s very easy to gain weight in the first few years of dialysis and CKD.  Because you don’t have much energy, you tend to eat and sleep a lot.  It’s not unusual for people with kidney failure to gain 30-40 pounds.  Of course, there will be some who lose and some who remain the same weight.  But, I’ve spoken with many who have gained weight and it should be monitored carefully.  “A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.”  is true.  It is so easy to put on weight and so very difficult to get it off.

Vida-Fuel Snacks

I met the Vida-Fuel founder on an AAKP teleconference call.  I was extremely impressed with her knowledge of the dietary needs of dialysis patients.  She has her finger on the pulse when it comes to our search for things to eat that are low in calories, potassium and phosphorus.  She asked me to taste a sampling of the Vida-Fuel snacks and I gladly obliged but I was also skeptical.  My experience with other products has not been very good.  They often taste bland, too salty, bitter aftertaste from chemicals used to create artificial flavors, etc.  You know.  You’ve probably been there, ate that.  Boy was I surprised… and PLEASED! They have a great texture that’s light and crunchy.  Frankly, I liked every flavor.

They have Spicy BBQ flavored snacks that are just what they say; BBQ with a little kick but not too much to make them undesirable for those with sensitive tastebuds.  At least, that’s my call on them.  You can comment below if your experience is the same or different. Needless to say, these are my favorite.

They have Chocolate Caramel and as they say, it’s a “sweet chocolaty puff”.  It is.  Again, I enjoyed it.  Also, they offer White Drizzle Crisps that are fantastic.  They literally are crisps and have a coating of white chocolate.  I found nothing that didn’t please me.  Finally, they have Kettle Corn Crisps that made me recall the State Fair with the sweet, wonderful smell of kettle Corn in the midway.  The taste was just as described.

For Vida-Fuel, what you see is what you get; lots of healthy ingredients with great taste.  “VidaFuel has controlled the sodium, potassium, and phosphorus levels to ensure safe consumption. Our meals are a good source of high biological value protein as well.”  Treats with low potassium, sodium and phosphorus!  That’s hard to beat.  Your dietitian will be pleased.

And the ingredients are spelled out on their website.  When I first heard about them, I expected bland tasting snacks but these are VERY flavorful and THEN they are healthy.  How they managed to balance taste and healthy, I don’t know but I’m darned glad they did.  As dialysis patients, we need healthy snacks that taste good and these do.

As they write on their website: “VidaFuel has created a proprietary line of snacks and frozen meals that meet the nutritional needs of those with CKD and on dialysis, while tasting delicious.  And by goodness, they accomplished it.   Thank you, Vida-Fuel!

Now, here’s the difficult part… KEEP them away from non-dialysis people.  They will like them too and you’ll have a hard time keeping them for yourself.  Don’t let them into them.  Tell them they are just for dialysis patients and they are protein and vitamin snacks. Tell them they taste terrible but the dietitian told you to eat them.  HeeHee.  Unfortunately, my boys got into them and Boom! they were gone almost before I could taste them all.  Lesson learned.

(Let me know in the comments below if you purchase them and what you thought about them.)

© DevonTexas 2015



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Dialysis and Apology

Hey all!

Update 11/8/15:  Shew!  I wrote this apology last July!  I’m terribly sorry for the delay.  I have no good excuse.  However, my very dear brother came to my rescue and bought me a nifty laptop so now I can get access to my blog more easily.  My desktop computer is so old, it still runs Windows XP!  Needless to say it’s no speed demon.  So, now I’m back on line and will get back to writing on my blog.  Hope you are getting what you need from this blog.  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask in a comment.  If you want it kept confidential, I’m happy to do that.


I am really, really am sorry for not being more productive and writing more posts on my blog.  August is coming so I will make an effort to change my patterns and write more.

Be assured that I really appreciate your support by reading the posts and making comments.  It inspires and encourages me.  So, please continue to come here and I will continue to write posts.


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Dialysis CKD Kidney Disease and Hidden Grapefruit Sources

grapefruitThe KidneyBuzz (www.kidneybuzz.com) website posted a great piece on the issue of hidden sources of Grapefruit.  Grapefruit, as you might or might not know, can be detrimental for dialysis patients.

Here’s the article for your reading pleasure.  However, in each case we should refer to our dietitian to assure we’re doing this right.


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Dialysis and Infection Control

Controlling infection is one thing we patients can control… well, as much as possible anyway.  It means washing your hands and your fistula or graft site with anti-bacterial soap and warm water.  It means keeping your access covered when you are out and about (see also “Dialysis Armbands and Clothing“)

However, I came across this report and it really frightens me.  The American Journal of Infection Control reports of how the wipes at some dialysis centers may contain infectious organisms the may spread infection more than they clean.  They said…

…found that Wet Detergent or Disinfectant Wipes were inconsistent and, “In ‘every instance’ the wipes actually spread common and potentially deadly infections from one surface to another,”…

My advice is that you observe what cleaning methods your center uses and bring this report to their attention.  I’m sure they want to control infections as much as we do.  This report seems to focus the blame on disinfectant wipes:

In more detail, Lead Researcher Professor Jean-Yves Maillard disclosed that the Detergent/Disinfectant Wipes initially succeeded in their goal of removing superbugs. When used on multiple surfaces, however, the Detergent Cloth then transferred “significant amounts of bacteria” between surfaces.

Here’s a report from KidneyBuzz titled, “Disinfection Wipes At Dialysis & Hospitals Found To Harm CKD Patients Through Bacteria Infections” and it also contains some links to related issues of infection control.  Well worth reading!

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Dialysis and kidney Diet Updated 6/2015


6-20-15: Revised to delete the link to a site no longer available. Don’t worry.  I’ll find more!  LOL

Okay, I’ve written about “Dialysis and Phosphorus” and, eventually, “Dialysis and Potassium”  (Sorry, I haven’t written it yet.  I didn’t realize that until just now! Oops)

From RenalDietHQ comes an article that just about covers every base from CKD diet plans to ESRD diet plans.  It’s a payment-based diet system, but for some people, that may be a good way to manage their diet.  CLICK HERE to read it.  But, for free, there is the Davita Diet Helper; you’ll have to put some effort into managing your own diet, however.

Let them eat during dialysis!  Here’s a study published in the Journal of Renal Nurtition that looks at the benefits of eating or feeding patients during dialysis.  It’s very technical because it’s an academic study but it shows that feeding dialysis patients improves their lot.  Let Them Eat During Dialysis: An Overlooked Opportunity to Improve Outcomes in Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients

And, some tips from the ESRD Network 8 (AL, MS, TN) about a dialysis diet and the notorious “FAST FOOD”!

SuperfoodsHere’s a post from the National Kidney Foundation titled, “7 Kidney-friendly Superfoods”  Here are some foods you CAN eat!  Yay!

Here’s a sign-up page for the Davita Diet Helper.  Davita has a committed group of dietitians  that come up with great kidney-friendly ideas all the time


That’s it for the moment but I’m sure I’ll come across much more to add to this.  In the meantime, if you have a good recipe or place where you find inspiration for cooking for dialysis, please feel free to comment below.  It will really help others.


© 2014 DevonTexas

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Dialysis and Bone Disease

bonesFrom the DPC Education Center comes a conference call on Bone and Mineral Disease.

Why is this important or relevant to dialysis patients?  Well, that pesky phosphorus (See Dialysis and Phosphorus Control) leaches calcium from your bones and replaces it with phosphorus.  Your bones go from being white with calcium to black with phosphorus!  Then, the bones become brittle and break easily.  I have several friends who have experienced severe broken bones and some are now wheelchair-bound because of this.  This is a very serious issue and it’s why the doctors and staff are so concerned with you phosphorus, calcium and parathyroid levels.

If you are available to dial-in to the conference June 16th, do so.  Otherwise, the session will be recorded and available later on the DPC Education Center website.

To participate in the cal on June 16th, see the link below:

Bone and Mineral Disease Patient Education Call on June 16

The DPC Education Center will hold an educational call on bone and mineral disease metabolism (BMM) disease on Tuesday, June 16 at 3pm Eastern Standard Time (EST). Chronic kidney disease patients sometimes experience BMM problems, and many dialysis patients also have some form of BMM disorder.

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Dialysis and Treatment Options

Recently a fellow patient asked me what treatment options were available to dialysis patients.  I stuttered a bit and named the ones that came to mind: In-center dialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis, Home Hemodialysis, and NxStage.  These may be correct but that’s about as far as I went.  Honestly, I couldn’t give her much more information than that although I should be well versed in various options (also referred to as Modalities).  Then, this recording of a conference call came up about “Treatment Options” from the DPC Education Center.

Education Manager & Nephrology Nurse Joanne Smith Provides Education on Treatment Options for Kidney Patients

On April 9, Education Manager Joanne Smith hosted an educational conference call and webinar on treatment options for kidney patients. Smith has been a nephrology nurse for 32 years, and provides in-home training to patients on peritoneal and hemodialysis.

CLICK HERE to listen  and view the slides on YouTube.

If you have some more time, the DPC Education Center is very valuable.

I also came across this link to training manuals for nephrologists in training.  It might offer some insight into how physicians are trained in nephrology and renal issues. CLICK HERE to see it.

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