The Emergency Diet

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The emergency diet

During this weather emergency, you may miss your regular treatment. Until you are able to get dialysis, please follow the emergency diet. The emergency diet does not take the place of dialysis, but you can reduce the waste that builds up in your blood if you change what you eat. This may save your life.

Information on Potassium

Emergency Kidney Friendly Diet Plan (English and Spanish)

Emergency Diet Plan and Pattern

VIDEO: Be Prepared at Home with an Extra Supply of Food

The emergency diet includes:

  • Limit your food and fluid intake as much as you can.
  • Avoid high-potassium foods. Limit the type and amount of fruit and vegetables you eat.
  • Limit fluid intake to about half of your current allowance.
  • Avoid salt and foods that are high in sodium. Salty foods create thirst.
  • Suggested foods to choose:
  • Rice, pasta, or noodles with butter or olive oil
  • Dry cereal, oatmeal, or cream of wheat
  • Bread, bagel, or English muffin with butter and jam/jelly/honey
  • Unsalted crackers, graham crackers, vanilla wafers
  • Jelly beans, gum drops, marshmallows, hard candies
  • Small portions of canned fruits or applesauce

These foods are NOT recommended for your Emergency Diet:

  • Sport drinks, powdered drink mixes, and juices
  • Bran, granola, or cereal with dried fruits or nuts
  • Dried beans such as pinto, navy, black, ranch style or kidney beans
  • Potatoes/potato products
  • Tomatoes/tomato products
  • Avocado, oranges, greens
  • Salt and condiments