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  • To Keto or Not to Keto?

    December 11, 2018

    The ketogenic diet, or “keto diet", is one of a series of trendy low carbohydrate (“low carb”) diets that include the Atkins diet, the South Beach diet and the Zone diet. It was developed at the Mayo Clinic in 1924 as a treatment for epilepsy in children. In recent years the ketogenic diet has made a comeback and today, medical teams are once again using it as a therapy for epileptic kids whose seizures do not respond to medications.

  • The Bust on Booze

    December 04, 2018

    When it comes to alcohol, moderation is the key. You've probably heard in the media that “moderate” alcohol consumption may provide certain health benefits, such as reducing your risk of heart disease -- but is this really true? Well, the evidence isn’t crystal clear and alcohol may not benefit everyone who drinks.

  • Eating Right With Chronic Kidney Disease

    November 27, 2018

    If you have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), you may prevent or delay some health problems by eating the right foods. As CKD progresses, nutritional needs will change. Your health care provider may recommend a specific diet to help prevent decline in your kidney function, and to minimize CKD-related complications.

  • Nephrotic Syndrome Diet

    November 20, 2018

    If you have nephrotic syndrome, you may wonder what kind of diet you need. Nephrotic syndrome is a kidney disorder where the body discards too much protein into the urine. This can occur with any kidney disease that damages the nephrons (filtering units). Because you lose so much protein, low levels of protein in your blood can cause edema (fluid retention) or swelling, usually in the ankles or feet, hypertension, and higher than normal fat and cholesterol levels in the blood.

  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Diabetes Prevention Program

    November 13, 2018

    Eighty-four million U.S. adults (1 in 3) have prediabetes. In Hawai’i, 442,000 people (1 in 2.5) have prediabetes and the numbers are climbing every year. Surprisingly, the majority of prediabetics don’t even know they have it! Without intervention, 15% - 30% of those people will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.

  • A Kidney-Friendly Thanksgiving

    November 06, 2018

    Thanksgiving is a time to come together with family and friends to be grateful for everything we have. It’s also a time to share a meal with delicious foods. Those who are living with kidney disease can still enjoy their holiday meal, even with certain dietary restrictions.   

  • What You Need To Know About Probiotics

    October 30, 2018

    You’ve probably heard about probiotics recently. What are they? Probiotics are live microorganisms (aka bacteria) that may have health benefits. We need these microorganisms help our bodies function properly. 

  • Is Coconut Water Good For My Kidneys?

    October 23, 2018

    Coconuts are native to Asia and the Pacific Islands. Coconut water (or coconut juice), is the clear liquid found in young green coconuts. Lately, it has been popping up everywhere! It is naturally fat free and sweet and you can get it fresh or canned.

  • Halloween Tricks or Treats for Kidney Disease

    October 16, 2018

    If you have kidney disease you can still enjoy many Halloween treats and candies, but moderation is key. Here are some general tips if you need to limit the amount of dietary potassium and phosphorus.

  • Fresh, Frozen or Canned Vegetables?

    October 02, 2018

    Getting a lot of fresh vegetables in your diet is important.  But do you ever wonder which is better - fresh, frozen, or canned?

  • Decoding the Food Label: Percent Daily Value (% DV)

    September 18, 2018

    Have you ever looked at a food label and wondered "What is Percent Daily Value (% DV)"? The % DV on a Nutrition Facts label is simply a guide of what nutrients is contained in one serving of that specific food. For example, if the label lists 20% DV for calcium, it means that one serving provides 20% of the calcium you need each day.

  • The Gist on Gluten

    September 04, 2018

    Most of us know someone that is following a gluten-free diet and have seen the huge emergence of gluten-free food items in the grocery store. But what is gluten and is a gluten-free diet actually healthy?

  • Conquering the Grocery Store

    August 20, 2018

    Grocery stores can be a confusing and even intimidating place, especially when one is trying to eat healthy! Think about it, every time we walk in the store, we are faced with hundreds of choices.

  • Tips to Move More

    June 11, 2018

    Only 20% of American adults meet the national exercise goal of at least 150 minutes per week. Lack of exercise has been linked to risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and cancer. There are many benefits to moving more throughout the day, including improved energy, sleep, mood, weight and mental health. 

  • Sack the Sugary Drinks!

    May 21, 2018

    Current U.S dietary guidelines recommend that less than 10% of our daily calories come from added sugar. For the average person following a 2,000 calorie diet, this would equal about 200 calories or 13 teaspoons of sugar per day, but most Americans consume double or even triple this amount!

  • See Ya Salt!

    May 01, 2018

    You may need to limit the amount of sodium in your diet. This is because high blood pressure, kidney disease, and sodium are often related. Learning to read labels can help you make lower sodium choices. 

  • Simple Snacking

    November 02, 2017

    Most nutrition professionals recommend eating smaller meals throughout the day with healthy snacks in-between. When planning your snacks, aim to pair high protein with high fiber foods.

  • Stay Healthy This Summer

    July 31, 2017

    Summer is finally here!  For most of us that means BBQ's, pool parties, sports, and spending more time with family and friends.  With so many activities going on, it's easy to lose sight of our nutrition, so here are some simple tips to keep you happy and healthy this summer.

  • Fiber

    March 22, 2017

    The importance of fiber in our diets is often looked over when talking about nutrients. There are two types of fiber and they both help us in different ways.

  • Exercising and Your Health

    February 27, 2017

    Exercise is an important factor to manage or prevent diabetes. While this can be difficult to fit into your day, there are simply activities that you can perform for a little exercise.

  • Healthier Holidays for Those with CKD

    December 12, 2016

    The Holidays are here and they bring much of the ohh-so-ONO food we been waiting for all year! But in order to enjoy the food and holiday traditions with family for many more years to come we have to be mindful of our health today. So here are some helpful tips to keep in mind if you have chronic kidney disease.

  • Eating Healthy in the Summer

    August 16, 2016

    Eating healthy during the summer can be hard!  Think about it: beach barbeques, holiday parties, 4th of July and so many more events where foods high in fat, sodium and sugar are offered in endless amounts.  Here are some ways you can eat healthier this summer.

  • Weight Loss Management

    July 18, 2016

    Weight Loss and Weight Loss Management isn’t easy. It takes work and understanding. I read an article today that reminded me how important it is to make sure that you need to be ready to actually make the decision to make a change in your life.

  • Healthy Gut

    April 19, 2016

    Digestion starts in the mouth and ends with our bowl movement, but in order to keep us happy and healthy our gastrointestinal tracts have to work very hard!  A healthy gut will depend on having your intestinal bacteria well balanced which will also promote a healthy immune system.

  • Positive Thinking

    April 06, 2016

    Positive thinking is so important to practice in our everyday lives.  Negative thinking can make us feel bad and/or hurt our self-esteem.

  • Protein Powders and Kidney Disease

    March 21, 2016

    Protein is definitely important to consume while on dialysis.  Eating more protein can help with preventing infections, maintaining muscle mass and it can also help improve albumin levels while on dialysis.

  • Nutrition Works

    February 18, 2016

    We have found that many of you are interested in learning more about nutrition and how it plays a role in our health.  In order to provide you with excellent service, we have created several nutrition related presentations and we are excited to present our Nutrition Works presentation calendar.

  • Breakfast Ideas

    February 12, 2016

    Breakfast has been found to help individuals manage their weight and also help stay focused at school and work. Eating breakfast is so important because it allows us to break our overnight fast and keeps us from overeating at our next meal. 

  • Happy 2016--Goals

    January 25, 2016

    Happy 2016 everyone!  As we begin a new year, I am sure everyone has goals to accomplish.  Goals could include things such as losing weight, eating healthier, helping others, exercising more or maybe finishing school however, it's important to fin your own inner motivation so that you can succeed.

  • Cooking with Keiki Cookbook

    September 14, 2015

    Hope you were able to incorporate some of the tips we shared on our website! If you haven’t had a chance to check out some recipes online, in October the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii will be promoting our very first children’s cookbook with some fun recipes. 

  • August is Kids Eat Right Month

    August 17, 2015

    With childhood obesity increasing, it is important to make sure kids are eating healthy and getting plenty of exercise. Parents can help by setting good examples and involving keiki in daily physical activities and preparation of meals. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages families to take the following steps:

  • Dining Out

    July 30, 2015

    Eating out is something we have the ability to do daily--we have L& L, McDonalds, Ala Moana food court and other tasty fast food restaurants, however, studies have found that eating out frequently is associated with greater weight gain, obesity, greater body fat and higher LDL cholesterol.  So...What do we do?

  • Nutrient Content Claims: Are they Cheating on Us?

    June 29, 2015

    When walking through the grocery store it's as if we're being courted by promises of better choices and healthier options.  Many people know that consuming excess amounts of sugar, fat and salt on a daily basis can contribute to health problems later down the line.  So what have Americans been doing to combat this?  They've been seeking out healthier options, and we should all be proud of our efforts!  However, food companies have been using this health movement to their advantage, leaving many of us feeling cheated on!

  • MyPlate Tips

    May 21, 2015

    Childhood obesity has been such a hot topic recently.  Why?  Well childhood obesity has doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.  In 2012, more than 1/3 of children and adolescents were overweight and obese.  So you begin to wonder, what is the rate in Hawaii?

  • Soda Alternative

    May 04, 2015

    Beverages have been a major contributor of calories in the modern diet.  We have seen studies that have shown an association between sugar sweet beverages and increased risk of obesity, tooth decay and type 2 diabetes.

  • Helpful Grocery Store Tips

    April 17, 2015

    Eating food, talking about food, and making food is always fun but when you have just been diagnosed with CKD/ESRD it can be overwhelming and confusing.  Food is a part of our everyday lives--celebrations, meetings, traditions, and food is also with us during mourning, so what do we do?

  • What's Cooking--USDA Mixing Bowl

    March 30, 2015

    Are you looking for a new recipe or trying to find ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your meals?  Check out: What's Cooking--USDA Mixing Bowl.  This is an interactive recipe tool to promote nutrition-focused recipe sharing.

  • Let's Learn About Fiber

    March 20, 2015

    Fiber is a substance that is in foods that our bodies cannot digest.  Therefore, fiber is eliminated from our body as waste.  There are two types of fiber in the diet--soluble and insoluble.  They are found in different types of foods and have different functions in the body. 

  • Food Label Reading

    February 27, 2015

    Using a food label can help you make healthier decisions.

    Step One-look at the serving size.  Keep in mind that if you eat more than the serving size listed, you will have to multiply it by the number of servings you consume to get the accurate nutrient information.

  • Keiki Cookbook Recipe Submission

    February 12, 2015

    The National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii is creating a custom keiki cookbook featuring recipes from our community.  We are requesting healthier keiki recipes that might be lower in fat, sodium and/or sugar.

  • Food Safety

    January 29, 2015

    Did you know that the federal government estimates that there are 48 million cases of food-borne illness annually- the equivalent of sickening 1 in 6 Americans each year? (FDA-June 2011). Food-borne illness can affect anyone however those at higher risk include those with cancer, diabetes or kidney failure, pregnant women, older adults and children. It is very important to practice safe food handling- the FDA has provided 4 great steps for food safety.

  • Let's Get Cooking

    January 05, 2015

    Cooking can be so much fun.  It allows you to work on new recipes, try old recipes with modifications and can also be a stress reliever for some.  You can cook with a friend, family, kids or even on your own.

  • Healthier Children

    December 22, 2014

    Our Youth Programs Coordinator has the opportunity to visit schools about kidney health and nutrition.  It is important that our children are eating healthy daily and getting enough physical activity.  Here are some general tips:

  • Healthier Holidays for those with CKD

    November 17, 2014

    When I think about the holidays, the first couple of thoughts that come to my head are: family, friends, fun and FOOD!  But..we all have to be mindful when it comes to the holidays so....here are a few tips in which you can make your holidays healthier.

  • Zippy's

    November 10, 2014

    Zippy's is a local favorite, and as you may know, they recently created a diabetes-friendly menu.  Isn't that fantastic?  This new menu not only helps those with diabetes but it also helps those who may be wanting to choose a healthier option while dining out with friends and family.

  • Halloween is Just Around the Corner

    October 31, 2014

    Candy is available all year round but BEWARE....Halloween is just around the corner.  For those who have kidney disease, there are a few candies that may need to be restricted.  Candies need to be monitored for potassium, phosphorus and sodium.

  • Eating Out During the Week: Burgers

    October 27, 2014

    Last week, I tried a new burger place called Honolulu Burger--GREAT PLACE!  It's important to know that even when you are on dialysis, you can still enjoy eating out on occasion with your family.

  • Recipe Modification

    October 01, 2014

    Do you have a favorite recipe? Do you want to make it healthier? Most recipes can be adapted to decrease the amount of sugar, salt, and fat and increase some healthier options such as fruits and vegetables. If you want to modify a recipe- it may take some time. Try modifying one thing at a time. Here are a few tips you can try at home.

  • Rice

    September 18, 2014

    Here in Hawaii, rice is at the core of our local culture and we have access to all types: steamed, fried, white, short-grain, long-grain rice, etc. Rice is a carbohydrate - a natural source of energy for your body. You can eat rice with vegetables, protein, add it into casseroles, and it also serves as a great side dish to any meal. It’s also a top choice for those on the kidney diet, which is great news!

  • Watercress

    August 28, 2014

    In June, the CDC published a study by Jennifer Di Noia- PhD, called Defining Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables: A Nutrient Density Approach. In this study, they took a look at different fruits and vegetables and classified them as “powerhouse fruits/vegetables” as foods providing, on average, 10% or more daily value per 100kcal of 17 qualifying nutrients (potassium, protein, fiber, calcium, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, zinc and vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and K).

    Source: Di Noia J. Defining Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables: A Nutrient Density
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