Stage 3 Kidney Disease and Diet: What can I eat?

Posted by carnes @carnes, Jun 11, 2018

It seems there is very little you can eat that is healthy for the Kidneys. The web site Davida has plenty of food on it but contradicts what other sources say. Anyone know anything for breakfast, lunch and dinner that does not have any sugar or flour bodies the obvious boring or bland foods good for Kidneys and I’m allergic to sugar of any kind of sweetener and flour. Thank you.

@gingerw

@jeanice Welcome to Mayo Connect. We're glad you found us, and you will find out that we are a pretty diverse group of people. It's pretty scary to have a new condition to worry about, isn't it? Thank you for looking into our community here, and asking for help! I hope the experiences we share with you will help ease your mind.

I was diagnosed over 10 years ago with kidney disease, but didn't really do anything in my diet to help it out. It wasn't until 2015 when a new and unusual condition was discovered, that I paid attention to it. Since then, my GFR runs in the low 30s, thanks to diet and lifestyle changes.

These two site may be of use to you to look at, and help you https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chronic-kidney-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20354521 and http://www.rsnhope.org Both have a lot of information.

As @kamama94 mentioned, there can be a range of lab results. One thing that was pointed out to me early, was the fact there can be a variety of lab results based on the laboratory that processes the tests, the different machines used, the time of day and even your hydration levels. Doctors will look for trends over time.

I hope this helps you out, and that you will continue to ask questions as they come to you!
Ginger

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Thank you so much. I appreciate any info I can get. I have alo t to learn. Karama94 has also already been very helpful. I will continue
to read everyone's posts and want to learn all I can. And when I see the Kidney Dr. And find out where I am, I will let you know. I do have
a question. Why when this is such a serious disease, don't Kidney Drs. have Renal Dieticians helping people with diets?

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@kamama94

@jeanice I just turned 74. We're about the same age. :0)

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Yes we are. Can't wait to see your desserts. That was hard to give up!

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@jeanice

Yes we are. Can't wait to see your desserts. That was hard to give up!

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Please tell me what EEVOO, vegan dressing, vegan mayo is. Do you make them yourself?

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@jeanice

Please tell me what EEVOO, vegan dressing, vegan mayo is. Do you make them yourself?

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@jeanice, Daiya company and Follow Your Heart make dairy-free, egg-free salad dressings and Follow Your Heart makes a delicious egg-free, dairy-free mayonnaise. You can google their websites to learn where they're available and I think Amazon can ship some of them. The comopanies named in my recipe collection all offer vegetarian and/or vegan versions of foods we're used to. Just watch their sodium content as some items contain quite a bit. I'm not usually up this late, I go to bed with the (free-rande) chickens but I was hopoing to hear from you again. Have a good evening. I'll be "back" tomorrow and you can email me in private messages any time also.

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make that free range chickens, oops.

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EVOO=extra virgin olive oil. Very healthy.

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I hope I can get the ingredients I need. We only have a Vons up here. I don't have anything, so will try and pick up some things to make tomorrow. I like your cookbook…. Hope to see you tomorrow.

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@jeanice

Thank you so much. I appreciate any info I can get. I have alo t to learn. Karama94 has also already been very helpful. I will continue
to read everyone's posts and want to learn all I can. And when I see the Kidney Dr. And find out where I am, I will let you know. I do have
a question. Why when this is such a serious disease, don't Kidney Drs. have Renal Dieticians helping people with diets?

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@jeanice Your question is a good one, and honestly I don't have a good answer. I have seen renal dieticians associated with dialysis centers, or some large medical groups, but even when I was first diagnosed, there was no dietician to turn to. I had to become my own detective, and even passed on my new-found education to the dietician at my medical group. Because kidney disease patients have specific things to watch for, it can certainly make daily meal fixing a challenge, which @kamama94 is helping us all with, with her cookbooks!
https://www.davita.com/diet-nutrition/recipe-collections?p=1 has a collection of recipes [davita is one of the main dialysis companies in the US]
https://www.kidneyfund.org/kidney-disease/chronic-kidney-disease-ckd/kidney-friendly-diet-for-ckd.html [this is from American Kidney Fund, a non-profit organization]
In the end, we have to be in charge of our disease, and for me, knowing that I have the sayso based on my own tests, and personalising my diet, makes me feel stronger!
Ginger

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@gingerw

@jeanice Your question is a good one, and honestly I don't have a good answer. I have seen renal dieticians associated with dialysis centers, or some large medical groups, but even when I was first diagnosed, there was no dietician to turn to. I had to become my own detective, and even passed on my new-found education to the dietician at my medical group. Because kidney disease patients have specific things to watch for, it can certainly make daily meal fixing a challenge, which @kamama94 is helping us all with, with her cookbooks!
https://www.davita.com/diet-nutrition/recipe-collections?p=1 has a collection of recipes [davita is one of the main dialysis companies in the US]
https://www.kidneyfund.org/kidney-disease/chronic-kidney-disease-ckd/kidney-friendly-diet-for-ckd.html [this is from American Kidney Fund, a non-profit organization]
In the end, we have to be in charge of our disease, and for me, knowing that I have the sayso based on my own tests, and personalising my diet, makes me feel stronger!
Ginger

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I certainly appreciate your post. My biggest problem is the financial part. The Vegan Salad Dressing are so expensive. And alo t of the ingredients. Can you make your own salad dressing? I only have so much to spend on food. I'm concentrating on Salads with lots of veggies. Vegetation Omelets etc.

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@jeanice

I certainly appreciate your post. My biggest problem is the financial part. The Vegan Salad Dressing are so expensive. And alo t of the ingredients. Can you make your own salad dressing? I only have so much to spend on food. I'm concentrating on Salads with lots of veggies. Vegetation Omelets etc.

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@jeanice Many times I use a bit of oil and vinegar, or some lemon or lime juice squeezed over the salad, rather than an actual dressing. That way I can taste all those goodies!
Ginger

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@gingerw

@jeanice Many times I use a bit of oil and vinegar, or some lemon or lime juice squeezed over the salad, rather than an actual dressing. That way I can taste all those goodies!
Ginger

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Thank you. I certainly have those.

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@jeanice

I certainly appreciate your post. My biggest problem is the financial part. The Vegan Salad Dressing are so expensive. And alo t of the ingredients. Can you make your own salad dressing? I only have so much to spend on food. I'm concentrating on Salads with lots of veggies. Vegetation Omelets etc.

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@jeanice, You can combiine a spritz of vinegar or lemon juice with a few drops of oil, maybe even a sprinkle of sugar – makes a great salad dressing. Also, the vegan dressings are pricey but last quite awhile, they're thick and it doesn't take much to enhance your salad – a tablespoonful of less.

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@kamama94

@jeanice, You can combiine a spritz of vinegar or lemon juice with a few drops of oil, maybe even a sprinkle of sugar – makes a great salad dressing. Also, the vegan dressings are pricey but last quite awhile, they're thick and it doesn't take much to enhance your salad – a tablespoonful of less.

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Thank you! I'm going to the market to get things for Salads and Omelets and fruit. I have nothing left in my fridge! Still looking at New
things to make. I will be back on later. Have a good day.

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@jeanice, some with CKD are told to limit eggs due to the phosphorus, potassium and protein content. I am NOT saying you should not eat eggs, just sharing some info. A good way to get around this is to use one whole egg and one egg white and save the extra yolk for baking or cooking something else later. There are egg substitutes on the market and my first recipe collection even calls for them but even though I'm on a protein restriction I wanted to avoid them for personal ethical reasons. Then my favorite store started selling eggs from a local free range farmer so I'm no longer a strict vegan because I do buy them now and enjoy about one per week. The first recipe collection I wrote is primarily vegan based on my own personal choice, meaning no animal products, but many, many, many CKD patients do quite well eating low-phosphorus dairy and lean meats.

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@kamama94

@jeanice, some with CKD are told to limit eggs due to the phosphorus, potassium and protein content. I am NOT saying you should not eat eggs, just sharing some info. A good way to get around this is to use one whole egg and one egg white and save the extra yolk for baking or cooking something else later. There are egg substitutes on the market and my first recipe collection even calls for them but even though I'm on a protein restriction I wanted to avoid them for personal ethical reasons. Then my favorite store started selling eggs from a local free range farmer so I'm no longer a strict vegan because I do buy them now and enjoy about one per week. The first recipe collection I wrote is primarily vegan based on my own personal choice, meaning no animal products, but many, many, many CKD patients do quite well eating low-phosphorus dairy and lean meats.

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Hi. I've heard some people use only the egg whites for an omelet. Doesn't sound good to me only because I never liked the white of an egg. But I would eat it if it was beneficial. I'm not really sure what egg beaters are made from. I should look that up.
I did get alo t of fresh and frozen veggies to make a salad and found the Monzzerella chess to make your Mac and cheese.
What do you usually eat for breakfast?

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