Lights, Camera, Renal-Friendly Food!
Submitted by Michaela Davies, Communications Officer St. Paul's Foundation
St. Paul’s dietitians to create video series to help dialysis patients prepare renal-friendly meals at home
Being on hemodialysis can turn your day-to-day schedule upside down, with patients needing to visit St. Paul’s for treatment three or more times a week, with each sessions taking fours hours or more.
But even when back in the comfort of their home, patients face the challenge of following a way of eating that often involves limiting sodium, fluid and adjusting the amount of phosphorus and potassium eaten. With little or no kidney function, constant care must be taken to follow their individualized diet to prevent fluid and waste build up between dialysis treatments and to feel their best.
Dietary restrictions can make the basic act of feeding yourself overwhelming, in addition to struggles with practical meal ideas and limited time and energy to prepare meals.
In 2014, St. Paul’s Renal Patient Advocacy Group came up with the idea to develop special hands-on cooking classes for dialysis patients, to help showcase kidney-friendly recipes in a fun an interactive environment.
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