What to expect when meeting with a Registered Dietitian

This is a question I get a lot when talking with individuals in the public. Many people don’t know what is involved in meeting with a Registered Dietitian…or worse, they think dietitians will just tell them what to eat and not eat. While some dietitians may do that, the good ones don’t. Here I outline …

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PRAL and Kidney Disease: Renal Acid Load Impacts the Kidneys

What is PRAL? PRAL stands for “Protein Renal Acid Load” or “Potential Renal Acid Load”, both mean the same thing. Each food we eat has a PRAL score that determines how the food will impact the acid balance in the body; each food is either acidic or basic (aka “alkali”). The higher the PRAL value …

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Going Nuts over Nuts with CKD

Nuts have gotten some bad press when it comes to Chronic Kidney Disease or CKD, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Nuts are a great source of unsaturated and heart-healthy fats. The National Institute of Health even recognizes they can be part of a healthy kidney diet. Yes, some are high in potassium, …

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All Things Grains

Whole Grains, Enriched Grains, Sprouted Grains! What grains are safe for kidney disease? Grains are an important part of the diet. They provide fiber, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates. But it can be confusing to know which grains to choose, especially if you have CKD, diabetes or both! Today we are going to demystify all things …

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How To Find A Dietitian

Need Nutrition Advice? Have you recently had a medical diagnosis that requires a special diet? Has your doctor given you a diet that seems impossible to follow? Just wanting to sort through all the muck about healthy eating? You need a Dietitian! Why not a Nutritionist? All Dietitians are Nutritionists but not all Nutritionists are …

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A-Z Nutrition: Caffeine

What is the buzz about caffeine? Caffeine is a stimulant naturally present in certain foods including, coffee, tea, and chocolate. Stimulants impact the nervous system by exciting it, giving some people the feeling of alertness while others may have the jitters (1). Cautions about caffeine! Due to the stimulant nature of caffeine, large doses (more …

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A-Z Nutrition: Beta Carotene

What is beta-carotene?  Beta-carotene is a carotenoid, or color containing (red, orange or yellow), fat-soluble compound. Beta-carotene is cleaved to form two molecules of retinal, a form of Vitamin A (1). Vitamin A is important for cell function including DNA transcription which is essential for healthy growth and development especially in children and pregnant women. Vitamin A is also …

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A-Z Nutrition: Anthocyanins

This is the first in a series of posts on various nutrients, compounds and nutrition related terminology from A-Z. Each post contains references for the supporting science. Please keep in mind that these posts are purely informational and do not contain specific nutrition related recommendations. Anthocyanins: What are Anthocyanins? Anthocyanins are a group of compounds …

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Calorie Comparison

As a dietetics student, I used to hear a lot about the number of calories individuals should consume throughout the day. However, it is still sometimes difficult to picture the calorie densities of certain foods. Previously I was sent this link. It has 75 pictures of different foods and each is 200 calories. It is …

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