Thanksgiving Renal Style
By Kenneth Green
Today I want to talk about Thanksgiving as it’s around the corner. I love thanksgiving I don’t know about you. Being able to get together with family and friends and pigging out to your heart’s content. And as a chef, i worry if what I’m making is going to be healthy or not.
The African American Household is notorious for our love of pork and unhealthy thanksgiving habits. And as a Kidney Failure patient, i find that it can be a struggle. But I believe that even we can enjoy some things that make Thanksgiving what it is. I also designate that day as one of my cheat days of the year. But we must be careful and watch ourselves and what we eat.
Foods to Avoid!
Here are some things that we need to avoid whenever possible during the holiday season.
2. Potatoes – Its hard to do this, I usually just limit how much potatoes I intake rather than avoiding them all together. Mashed Cauliflower can be a good substitute.
3. Tomatoes and Tomato products.
4. Shrimp and shellfish. – I love Shrimp cocktail during Thanksgiving, limit these as well.
5. High Sodium Foods – These are not good for the kidneys as well. Remember to read the labels on EVERYTHING that goes into a dish!
6. Whole Grain baked products. Watch these as they are high in potassium.
What can you expect this Thanksgiving from the Renal Chef?
I will be doing a special Thanksgiving video to be released the day before Thanksgiving showing some of my preparations for the holiday on our Youtube channel. More holiday cooking tips will be released after the holiday so folks can get ready for Christmas as well since the foods we fix for both holidays are very similar. What do you want to see from the Renal Chef this season? Please let me know by posting a comment on this article and I will respond to you within a few days!
Eating During Winter Tips!
Winters often causes us to gain weight. Every winter we add a few pounds. Most persons really add those pounds that are hard to lose afterward. It’s known that during the winter we are more likely to gain weight, and then in the spring and summer, we will pass time trying to lose those pounds we weight more than we should.
What causes this phenomenon?
There is no logical explanation to properly demonstrate the theory of gaining weight in the winter, but there are some potential causes that can inflict this.
Genetic predisposition – it is possible that our genes to be programmed to consume more aliments high in fats and more alcohol during periods with low temperatures. A plausible explanation would be that our ancestors needed a significant quantity of fats in their organism jus to survive through these periods and that quantity acted as “fuel” for fighting the cold. Scientists say that we inherited these genes, and along with them the need to consume aliments that are high in fats during winters.
Hormones and their effects!
The level of some hormones – the interaction of different chemicals and hormones inside the human brain can cause variations in appetite and aliment consumption. Some neuron-transmitters, substances that have the role to transmit information from a nervous cell to the other, can influence the way we eat. When the level of these neuron-transmitters is low (a phenomenon that is highly encountered with over-weighed persons) can create a permanent appetite and can have a great influence over our psychic stages (it will increase depression, cause sleep disorders). Some persons often at winter feel depressed, as a reaction of fewer day hours because of the shorter days. Our body reacts to depression, producing a bigger quantity of neuron-transmitters – another way to combat depression is to eat aliments rich in carbohydrates.
Unfortunately, aliments with carbohydrates (chips, cookies and pies, chocolate) also have fats in them, so an excessive use on a long period of time will surely lead to weight problems. The solution is to make sure we are eating the ailments that have in them carbohydrates and fibers to combat depression and without having to deal with extra pounds.
The Role of Excercise
The lack of exercise – it is obvious that physical activity is not very enjoyable in the winter, compared to the freedom of movement summer offers us. In the winter, however, you must not abandon sports because of cold and rains or snow. this appears to be the main reason that causes weight problems during the winter – we have many calories within our body, but we never transform them to energy because we make no physical effort, so naturally, they will add up to our weight.
Chef Kenny Green grew up in Denver, Colorado to two developmentally disabled parents. He always had a love of cooking sitting in his great aunt’s kitchen watching her make the best soul food. After high school, he enrolled at the Clearfield Job Corps Center in Utah and studied the Culinary Arts program graduating as a certified chef with the American Association of Hotels and Restaurants. He is also a certified baker. Having kidney disease as of last year he is changing his diet to live a more fulfilled life! Welcome to the journey!