The "renal" diet most often taught to patients has traditionally limited or excluded plant-based foods such as whole grains, beans, nuts, legumes, and many types of fruits and vegetables. Patients often struggle to understand these restrictions on seemingly healthy foods, and have difficulty adhering to such a limited diet. There is an emerging body of literature that indicates these recommendations are not consistent with the evidence, and that excluding heart-healthy plant-based foods is detrimental to ESRD patient health.
In this webinar we'll review research showing that plant-based protein sources, fruits, and vegetables contain substances that benefit ESRD patients, and challenges how we define high quality protein choices for dialysis patients. Learn why we should absolutely be encouraging whole plant-based foods for our dialysis patients, and how we can support them in integrating these new recommendations.
Upon successful completion of this one-hour course, the participant should be able to:
Interpret and integrate evidence-based research and literature on increasing plant-based foods in the renal diet.
Apply evidence-based findings to improve the practice, service delivery, and health and nutrition of dialysis patients.
Assess the current knowledge and skills of your patient population to adopt plant-based eating.
Implement an individualized teaching plan that facilitates integration of plant-based eating.
Liza Orengo is a Registered Dietitian and board-certified specialist in Renal Nutrition. She received her BS in Human Biology from Cornell in 2007 and completed her Master in Public Health from the University of Washington in 2015. Liza has worked in renal nutrition with dialysis patients for eleven years, including spending three years as a dialysis facility manager.
Liza currently works part-time as a dialysis dietitian for Fresenius in Madison, WI. When she’s not in her clinic, she works on her own renal-specific private practice called ACORN Dietetics, which she launched in July of 2019. ACORN stands for Advancing Clinical Outcomes in Renal Nutrition, and speaks to her passion for helping this unique patient population achieve the best clinical outcomes while maintaining a high quality of life.