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The Basics of a Renal Disease Diet

The Basics of a Renal Disease Diet

renal disease dietWhen you have chronic kidney disease, you need to have a renal disease diet plan because what you eat affects your health. The type of foods in your renal disease diet that you will be able to eat will become limited, since you need to control the minerals that you take in order to avoid the complications associated with renal disease. In addition, you need to limit the sodium and fluid that you take so as not to cause fluid buildup in the body. If you want to know the foods that you can and cannot eat in a renal disease diet, check out this basic guide.

Protein-renal disease diet

One of the nutrients that will be affected by a renal disease diet would be proteins. Proteins are essential in building and repairing body tissues so that your body will easily heal and stay healthy. However, too much protein in a renal disease diet would be tiresome to your kidneys, since the metabolism of protein creates urea as a side product, which is a body waste that is usually excreted by the kidneys. But with the kidneys no longer functioning as it used to be, there might be problems with urea buildup. Therefore, a renal disease diet should have foods that are low in protein, such as fresh beans, grains, fruits, and vegetables. You should avoid high protein foods such as meat, poultry, eggs, and milk products in your renal disease diet.

Phosphorus-renal disease diet

Phosphorus is important for building and maintaining your teeth and bones, as well as maintaining nerve and muscle function. But when you have a renal disease, you might also have problems in maintaining the balance of phosphorus and calcium in your body. To make sure that there is a balance between these two minerals, you need to lower your phosphorus intake in your renal disease diet. Avoid high phosphorus foods like cola, ice cream, beer, chicken, nuts, cheese, and sardines. Instead, substitute them with low phosphorus foods in your renal disease diet, such as non-cola soda, sherbet, zucchini squash, and hard candy.

Potassium-renal disease diet

Potassium is an essential mineral for the heart, since it keeps your heart working properly. If you have too much potassium in your body, it can lead to irregular heartbeats or even stop your heartbeats without warning. Limit your potassium intake by removing the following foods from your renal disease diet: bananas, broccoli, oranges, mushroom, potatoes, mustard, apricots, coffee, and chocolate. You can substitute them with beans, apples, watermelon, grapes, cucumber, cherries, carrots, bread, and rice in your renal disease diet.

Sodium-renal disease diet

When you have a renal disease, your kidneys will have difficulty removing excess sodium in your body. This will lead to sodium and fluid retention in your body, thus manifesting as swelling in different parts of the body. High sodium foods that should be eliminated from a renal disease diet include table salt, potato chips, cold cuts, bacon, canned goods and vegetables, processed diner mixes, nuts, and cheese. Look for foods that are labeled as salt free, sodium free, reduced sodium, unsalted, and lightly salted.

A renal disease diet can be very restrictive and hard to follow. However, planning it and trying to religiously follow it is a great start towards maintaining your health despite your renal disease.

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Eating Out On a Kidney Diet

Eating Out On a Kidney Diet: Pre-dialysis and Diabetes: Ways To Enjoy Your Favorite Foods (Renal Diet HQ IQ Pre Dialysis Living) (Volume 3)

This will be my third some odd review of a book by Mathea Ford.  As I made my way through this title I noticed Mathea’s writing style continuing to improve as she becomes more comfortable with her new platform as a published author.  Her expertise shines through in this new title “Eating Out On a Kidney Diet“.  If I was searching for restaurant information as a kidney disease and diabetes patiet I would certainly turn to this author for reliable information.

Eating Out On a Kidney Diet

The most important section in this book to me is the concentration on eating out at resaurants and the great information Mathea provides for renal diet patients on ordering and menu reading.  Since restaurants are not required to give out potassium and phosphorus information on exact recipes, Mathea takes like recipes and items and gives you the approximate information that you would need to know to eat at several popular restaurants.

As diabetes patients struggle with kidney disease too, Mathea helps you navigate the waters of eating out with both of these conditions by providing the essentials to sodium, potassium, phosphorus and diabetic exchanges.

If you are searching for great eating out information on kidney disease, this is probably the read for you.

Eating Out On a Kidney Diet

 

 

 

Predialysis Diet Meal Planner

predialysis dietKidney Dieters Need to Follow a Meal Planner That Consists of The Appropriate Diet for Their Condition-Predialysis Diet

Not all renal diets are the same! The diets are pre-dialysis, renal diabetic and dialysis.  Each of these conditions has its own set of limitations and expectations.  I often find that people just search for renal diet thinking that they are getting the right thing for them and they have no idea it does not match what they really need.  I find that most patients at this stage of the search are in pre-dialysis and have not been educated by their doctor or physician on what to do about the condition and nutrition.  Most dialysis patients have received education over the years and have a sense of what is going on with their condition.  A predialysis diet is needed along with education on what will make the patient feel better.

Predialysis Diet

Currently a diet meal plan for predialysis does exist written by Mathea Ford.  Her Renal Diet HQ site also offers an IQ series for predialysis that is formatted into modules that number 1-12!  The meal plans have patterns and recipes along with grocery lists.  Each predialysis diet has low and high potassium an phosphorus lists.  Each IQ series module is formatted for reading in terms that can be understood by just about any patient.  The topics are many and include eating out and lab terminology just to name a few.  A predialysis diet is a good starting point for any patient.

If you think a predialysis diet meal plan would be a good fit for you then please give Mathea’s plan a shot!

It will make you feel better and possibly avoid dialysis!  That is what we want, right?

The Kidney Friendly Diet Cookbook: Recipes For A PreDialysis Kidney Disease Lifestyle

The Kidney Friendly Diet Cookbook: Recipes For A Pre-Dialysis Kidney Disease Lifestyle

Welcome, to my first review of a cookbook for renal diets.   This particular cookbook is specifically targeted at predialysis kidney disease patients and should be followed accordingly.  The book is easy to read and is color coded by type of food.  The large print format is very readable for eyes that are not so good. The author does provide some color photos of the foods but not every recipes has a photo, I do not find that to be a very big deal, at least for me.

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 Qualified For Renal Diets

The one thing that I can say after all my research is the the author appears to be very qualified and has a website on renal diets.  As a registered dietitian, she seems to have experience with renal disease patients and also diabetes patients and many times these two conditions run together.

Now, let’s get to the recipes.  As I have prepared several of the recipes they are very easy to understand and prepare. I do like that all the nutritionals are available for every recipe and that this allows each particular user the option to pick and choose the recipes that are right for them.  Potassium and phosphorus are clearly stated as well as all the other essential nutritionals as per the normal guidelines for renal diets.

I find that cookbooks in this category a bit higher priced than certain other categories but the information is much more detailed and well worth the price.  Many predialysis patients would spend many tireless hours searching for this many recipes so, I say it is well worth the money.

Please find the cookbook for renal diets here if you wish to give it a try, I think you will like it.