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Ten health tips to navigate Halloween

Halloween is just days away, and because it is a sweets-heavy holiday season, we’d like to recommend some helpful tips for the PKD community. Candy is already a major temptation, but whether you’re preparing to hand it out or planning to trick-or-treat for your own, remember:

1) Consulting your doctor or dietitian is the best way to determine how you can indulge this season.

Candy is a major temptation.

2) Being conscious of portion sizes and eating in moderation is usually best practice for treating yourself, but not over-indulging.

3) Waiting until the last minute to buy candy can help you reduce temptation to snack before Halloween.

4) Donating leftover sweets or taking them to work can help reduce temptation after Halloween.

A healthy alternative to candy.

5) Handing out healthier alternatives to candy can help reduce temptation altogether—consider decorating clementines like pumpkins with pieces of celery as the stems.

6) Buying treats low in potassium and phosphorous is the most kidney-friendly option if you do buy candy because people with kidney disease cannot remove excess potassium and phosphorous from their blood effectively. Here are some alternative, kidney-friendly sweets:

Hard and chewy candies are kidney-friendly options.

Hard Candy

  • Sweetarts
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • LifeSavers
  • Lemonheads
  • Charms sour balls
  • Lollipops (Dum Dum Pops or Charms lollipops)
  • Runts

Chewy Candy

  • Mike and Ike candy
  • Jelly beans
  • Starburst
  • Hot Tamales
  • Laffy Taffy
  • Sour Patch kids
  • Skittles

7) Chocolate and nuts are high in potassium and phosphorous and are best to avoid during the Halloween season.

8) If you are on dialysis, ask your doctor or renal dietitian if it’s OK to eat the following candy in limited amounts: toffee, caramel treats, candy apples, caramel-coated popcorn, chocolate wafer candy bars, chocolate-covered peppermint candies

Logging food and sweets can help you stay on track.

9) Write down the treats you indulge in to keep on track with your diet or nutrition plan.

10) Keep track of your weight and your lab results throughout the holiday season to keep tabs on how extra sweets affect you.


NOTE:  Information or materials posted on this blog are intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be construed as medical advice, medical opinion, diagnosis or treatment. Any information posted on this blog is not a substitute for patient-specific medical information or dietary advice. Please consult with your healthcare team or dietitian for a complete dietary plan and recommendations.


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