Top 5 Ways to Have a Happy, Healthy & Kidney-Friendly Holiday Season

Top 5
  1. Don’t Miss the Parties. Holiday parties with family and friends can be a highlight of the holiday season.  Rearrange dialysis schedules so you’re there to enjoy all the fun.  
  2. Do Mix Exercise and Festivities. Incorporate games that promote fitness into your holiday parties to offset the extra calories.  For example, Twister, hula hoop contests and dancing can all be fun for the whole crowd, especially when fast music sets the pace.
  3. Focus on Fancy Fruit Treats, not Cookies. For a healthy treat that everyone will enjoy, cut fresh fruit into fun shapes and serve the fruit on skewers.  Grapes, strawberries, pineapple and pears provide a range of fun colors for visual appeal. They are also all fruits that contain low to medium levels of potassium, making them kidney-friendly snacks.
  4. Contact Your Dietitian Before the Holidays. Before the holiday season is in full force, invest the time to ask your dietitian for suggestions of kidney-friendly holiday foods that you can enjoy. Your dietitian may be able to help you “make over” some favorite recipes in order to adapt them to your specific dietary needs so you don’t feel left out at the holiday dinner. 
  5. Incorporate outdoor activities into your holiday plans. In addition to attending holiday parties this winter, which will inevitably center on food, try to participate in winter sports and cold weather activities, such as ice-skating, skiing or building a snowman. These fun activities don’t require food to make your holidays special and as a bonus, you’ll get some exercise without even trying!