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Discover a world of flavour in our simple but delicious kidney-friendly recipes, which are low in sodium, potassium and phosphorus and can be enjoyed by everyone! The cookbook series Spice it up! was originally created for dialysis patients. All recipes have been analyzed by our team of licensed renal dietitians. We’d love you to

* bring more colour and flavour into your daily cooking
* try out new renal-friendly recipes
* get info about kidney diet and dialysis nutrition
* follow our practical renal diet tips
* become a renal diet gourmet chef!

We help you with the challenges of preparing foods for loved ones with kidney failure.



Tips for the Renal Gourmet
 
  Fast and Easy: Good ideas for quick and easy meals
When it's hot and you're tired, or you just don't feel like cooking, here are some good ideas for easy, satisfying snacksand meals that take very little effort to prepare...
 
  Ready In Minutes: Try Rubs!
Have you tried our flank steak recipe? Try out rubs as a simple and quick way to add flavour to your summer grilling.A spice rub may consist of ground spices, seasonings and herbs and is being rubbed on uncooked food...
 
  How To Use Your Leftovers Safely
You made our delicious meat loaf, half is leftover to be eatensometime later, and now you need to know how to use your leftovers safely...
 
 
Think Green with Herbs
Whether you plant your own herb garden or pick them up at the grocery or farmers’ market, fresh herbs have the power to transform ORDINARY meals into GREAT meals...
 
 
Spice Up Your Cooking
With Wine

Think of wine as a great ingredient you can use for cooking ! Unlike salt, wine is a flavour enhancer that you don’t have to avoid...
 
 
Fail-Proof Pastry
Cut shortening into flour and baking powder mix until it resembles coarse meal, then add water and egg mixture all at once...
 

From the Desk of our Renal Dietitians
 
Shake That Salt Habit!
Salt or sodium reduction is important for all Canadians, but it is especially critical for those who have or are at risk for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). The kidneys play an important role in the balance between sodium and fluids, and when the kidneys arenít working, this balance is disrupted...
 
 
Beat The Heat: Surviving the summer on a restricted fluid intake
Hot summer days are wonderful but can be very hard forpeople who must restrict their fluid intake. This article is especially for people who have to try to manage both their fluid intake and beat the heat at the same time...
 
Malnutrition: Are you getting enough protein and calories ?
Protein and the right number of calories are critical to good nutrition. Calories provide energy to keep you going, and the right proteins help you fight infections, build muscles, produce hormones and repair tissues...
 
Watch out for Phosphate Additives!
Sometimes it seems as if kidney patients need to be detectives when it comes to reading labels. A quick glance at a Nutrition Facts table gives you an idea of sodium content but won’t give you enough information when it comes to phosphorus (or phosphate). Food manufacturers are not required to list the amount of phosphorus in foods on food labels...
 
Diabetes and Kidney Disease a Challenging Combination!
Diabetes is a serious chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin (Type 1 diabetes) or the insulin that is produced cannot be used properly (Type 2 diabetes).Type 2 diabetes is much more common, accounting for 90% of all cases of diabetes.The World Health Organization considers diabetes to be a global epidemic that stems from less physical activity and a rise in obesity....
 

Tips for Coping
 
When You Need to Take Multiple Medications
It is not uncommon for people with kidney disease to need to take several medications every day, and in fact, on average, they may require 8 to 12 different medications. Often, this is because in addition to kidney disease, they have other medical conditions, and may be treated by more than one physician...
 

News & Research
 
Lessons from The Hemodialysis Marathon Man
As Ed Strudwick's nephrologist for every day of his remarkable 39 years and nine months on dialysis (Renal & Urology News, "The Hemodialysis Marathon Man," October 2007) until his recent death from septicemia at age 71, I would like to revisit some of the valuable lessons that this experience has reinforced for me. Remind your dialysis patients that compliance is key. Ed's longevity was due to his full compliance with diet, medicine, scheduling, and follow-up...
Legal spat over Campbell Soup still simmering
A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit to go ahead against Campbell Soup Co, the world's largest soup-maker, over whether its purported "low-sodium" tomato soup really has less sodium. Four New Jersey women had sued the company last year, contending they were misled into paying more for the "low sodium" brand. They say it had almost as much sodium as Campbell's regular tomato soup...
Researchers Release Model of Implantable Artificial Kidney
University of California, San Francisco, researchers have unveiled a prototype model of the first implantable artificial kidney, which they say could one day eliminate the need for dialysis. The device includes thousands of microscopic filters as well as a bioreactor to mimic the metabolic and water-balancing roles of a real kidney. It is being developed in a collaborative effort by engineers...
Together you can
When kidney patients begin to look at treatment options they have a lot of choices. While not all treatment options are right for everyone, choices include transplantation, hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. If patients choose dialysis as their form of treatment, they next need to consider if they want to receive these treatments in a dialysis facility or at home. Although home dialysis regimens are considered "self-care" procedures that can be preformed fairly independently, patients often need the help and support of family members or friends...

Stories
 
Choice Ambassador
François-René Dussaultmay look like a regular middle-aged male, but there’s a lot that’s extraordinary about him. It’s not just that he’s a thriving lawyer who succeeded in having Ottawa City Hall agree on a tax credit when his home hemodialysis treatment made his water and sewer bills skyrocket. And it’s not just that he’s living well with an hereditary form of kidney disease, Alport Syndrome, that caused both his kidneys to fail a decade ago. It’s that his kidneys may have failed – but his stamina and vision haven’t...
 
Food Choices Make a Difference
Kidneys are the master chemists of the body. They produce vital hormones that help regulate blood pressure and control mineral levels that keep bones healthy.They also clear your system of toxins such as the excess of medications or the waste product of muscle activity known as creatinine. Proactive management of kidney disease can make all the difference to one's health and quality of life. Making the right food choices is part of that critical difference....
 

From our Readers
 
“Spice it up! truly takes the boredom out of kidney disease recipes.   I have been trying every dialysis diet cookbook on the English speaking planet and have not found anything as fun, inspiring and tasty!”
Marie-Jo, Ottawa, Ontario
 
“When my renal team told me that I have to follow a “renal dialysis diet”, I said to myself “good-bye to great food and welcome to boredom”. Now I know that it is really possible to make my diet both tasty and renal healthy. Spice it up! opened my eyes to cooking both, renal-friendly and tasty!”
Gregory, Victoria, British-Columbia
 

Holiday Special
 
 
Comfort and Joy Without Regrets!
The Holiday season should be an enjoyable time for most people. But for those of us with kidney disease, it can be very difficult, considering all of the food and drink temptations available at that time of the year!
 
 
Pass on the potatoes: Surviving the holidays on a low-potassium diet!
Many kidney patients must follow a low-potassium diet, and this is especially difficult over the holidays. If you've been told you need to limit your potassium, you might find the holiday season a difficult time....
 
 
Time to take a break from home cooking?
Dining away from home should be fun, but restaurant menus rarely list the ingredients contained in their food items, making it a challenge for people who have to follow special diets...
 
 

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