Create Your Own Kidney Diet Plan – Build A Meal Pattern For Stage 3 or 4 Kidney Disease is authored by Mathea Ford RD/LD.
This book allows you the ability to download an excel worksheet from Mathea’s website and use it to calculate your own predialysis meal plan based on the foods you like and the limitations you have been given by your doctor. The book has extensive information on predialysis diets and foods but does not include recipes but it does not claim to have recipes. Mathea did author a recipe book but we will get to that in a later review.
A short review of kidney disease is included along with information on high blood pressure and how is affects kidney functions. Also included is education on reading nutrition labels, reducing sodium in your diet and also ways to reduce protein intake. I also found that the sections of the book on potassium and phosphorus were very helpful to me in planning my grocery list each week and also in educating me on the ways these items affect kidney function. The potassium section does have a discussion on leaching of veggies, which I liked as well.
At the end of the book there is a bit of information on heart disease and reducing fat intakes in your diet. We all sure could use that! I found that eating out with renal failure was a challenge and found that the chapter on eating out with renal disease was a great starter for me and my family.
Create Your Own Kidney Diet Plan:
You can tell, is a top seller and is a great resource for any pre-dialysis renal disease sufferer. The price tag is in the $20 range and I have found this is comparable for all the books in the kidney disease category whether it be general information, cures or diet and nutrition.
What we all need to remember is that kidney disease is a serious complication and that taking advice from someone on the internet in another country can be dangerous. This author is in the United States and is a Registered Dietitian. In addition, from all I can find she is very well qualified and has complete meal planning services on her website, which is mentioned in the book.
Shown here are both the Kindle Version and the Print Version both available on the Amazon website.
My recommendation would be to try this book out and give the spreadsheet and the calculations a shot, follow it for a few months and see how your numbers improve and see if you feel better. If you do then you know this book and plan are for you. Tell your doctor all that you are doing and tell him or her if this book has lead you in the right direction.