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.

@ausie

Hi panc, Thanks for the helpful info! In my current doctor's portal, I just found some graphs, including individual graphs for egfr and creatinine among others! I printed the ones that plot the numbers. The only thing for trend is the slope of the lab results. It is very helpful to keep copies of these and other important papers. Thank you for thinking of me!

Unfortunately, I don't live in a Mayo Clinic area. And I'm in a city that has just 31 nephrologists on Healthgrades but where I moved from, at just one of the major hospitals, there are 110. Can't imagine all not affiliated with that hospital. I'm so thinking about going back to the big city to get care that has a reputation on the level of Mayo but it's hours from here.

Also, I want to share in today's email from Davita is a Today's Kidney Diet – Quick Reference Guide, which has an awesome chart of what to eat in the different stages plus an awesome cookbook, Today's Kidney Diet – Cooking for One or Two. (I'm sorry I'm somewhat tech illiterate and I don't know how to insert into here a link for this because I got to it by the button in Davita's email. It might be at the Kidney Diet Tips blog from Davita).

If anyone here can tell how to, that would be so great and I can try to do put in the a link! I'm just still trying to figure out how to post at connect.mayoclinic. I only know enough to view & reply to Mayo connect emails.

Take care and be safe to all!

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Hi, Ausie, I'm also diag. with CKD so have used the Davita site for recipes. Will see if I can find the Quick Ref. Guide and post a link. Thank you for the information!

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@ausie

Hi panc, Thanks for the helpful info! In my current doctor's portal, I just found some graphs, including individual graphs for egfr and creatinine among others! I printed the ones that plot the numbers. The only thing for trend is the slope of the lab results. It is very helpful to keep copies of these and other important papers. Thank you for thinking of me!

Unfortunately, I don't live in a Mayo Clinic area. And I'm in a city that has just 31 nephrologists on Healthgrades but where I moved from, at just one of the major hospitals, there are 110. Can't imagine all not affiliated with that hospital. I'm so thinking about going back to the big city to get care that has a reputation on the level of Mayo but it's hours from here.

Also, I want to share in today's email from Davita is a Today's Kidney Diet – Quick Reference Guide, which has an awesome chart of what to eat in the different stages plus an awesome cookbook, Today's Kidney Diet – Cooking for One or Two. (I'm sorry I'm somewhat tech illiterate and I don't know how to insert into here a link for this because I got to it by the button in Davita's email. It might be at the Kidney Diet Tips blog from Davita).

If anyone here can tell how to, that would be so great and I can try to do put in the a link! I'm just still trying to figure out how to post at connect.mayoclinic. I only know enough to view & reply to Mayo connect emails.

Take care and be safe to all!

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@ausie Here is the general link from DaVita for their diet and recipe portion of the website. Many things to read, think over, and get you involved in making diet decisions and preparing recipes. Each person may have additional limitations for best nutrition, if there are additional health issues.
https://www.davita.com/diet-nutrition
Ginger

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@ausie

Hi panc, Thanks for the helpful info! In my current doctor's portal, I just found some graphs, including individual graphs for egfr and creatinine among others! I printed the ones that plot the numbers. The only thing for trend is the slope of the lab results. It is very helpful to keep copies of these and other important papers. Thank you for thinking of me!

Unfortunately, I don't live in a Mayo Clinic area. And I'm in a city that has just 31 nephrologists on Healthgrades but where I moved from, at just one of the major hospitals, there are 110. Can't imagine all not affiliated with that hospital. I'm so thinking about going back to the big city to get care that has a reputation on the level of Mayo but it's hours from here.

Also, I want to share in today's email from Davita is a Today's Kidney Diet – Quick Reference Guide, which has an awesome chart of what to eat in the different stages plus an awesome cookbook, Today's Kidney Diet – Cooking for One or Two. (I'm sorry I'm somewhat tech illiterate and I don't know how to insert into here a link for this because I got to it by the button in Davita's email. It might be at the Kidney Diet Tips blog from Davita).

If anyone here can tell how to, that would be so great and I can try to do put in the a link! I'm just still trying to figure out how to post at connect.mayoclinic. I only know enough to view & reply to Mayo connect emails.

Take care and be safe to all!

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I have been on a strict kidney diet for over a year and I never cheat. My nephrologist just had me have extensive blood work and I have improved from a Stage 3 to a Stage 2 CKF. I have been so careful that my potassium is now too low, so he has instructed me to eat more potassium rich foods. A proper diet can help and it is easy after you have adjusted to it.

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@darlingtondoll

I am paralyzed with a spinal cord stroke from my waist on down to my toes. I have no control over my body.

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@ausie I have never heard of a spinal cord stroke. I am sorry you have to deal with this, it must have been quite a shock. Now I have something new to read up on.

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@2011panc

@ausie I have never heard of a spinal cord stroke. I am sorry you have to deal with this, it must have been quite a shock. Now I have something new to read up on.

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It’s very rare. Even the doctors at the medical school here had only read about it but had never seen one. The prognosis was very grim, but I am still here eight years later. I can totally take care of myself and I drive a big SUV with my hands. The only thing that I can’t do is sweep the floor or vacuum.😁 If I break a glass, I can’t pick up the pieces. Oh, I can cook just about everything, but I can’t bring the food to the table and I can’t take the dirty dishes into the kitchen. Awww…

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Jane, your indomitable "can do" spirit that always comes "through" in your posts is as motivating as anything I read or see! Makes me get up off my lazy bottom and get going at something more worthwhile than too much escaping into tv, books or games. Your wonderful sense of humor always brings a smile. Thank you!

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@rosemarya

@ausie, Welcome to Mayo Connect. You are among friends / patients from many backgrounds and experiences. We are all patients, and many of us have had similar experiences as you are having. We are here to support you and learn with you. You are not alone!
You have not made any mistakes, and your entry is a good one.

If you want more information about Connect –
Pages>About Connect: Who, What & Why>Tips for Participating in an Online Community
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/3rd-stage-kidney-disease/
Again, Welcome.

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Hi, Rosemary, Since I joined recently, I have read a number of items from you, and I was sure I had replied to your 4/2 message but I'm not able to find my reply. As you can see, I am pretty lost here. Participating in a chat is brand new to me, and I'm working on learning the ropes! But just in case, I would feel bad if I had not replied. I want to say thank you for your kind words. I can feel your deep sincerity and caring heart in your postings and hope I can return the kindness sometime. Blessings to all this holiday! Take care and be safe!

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@fiesty76

Hi, Ausie, I'm also diag. with CKD so have used the Davita site for recipes. Will see if I can find the Quick Ref. Guide and post a link. Thank you for the information!

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Hi fiesty, I hope you're able to find it. I think my son can help me with it if I can get a few minutes with him! I will post it as soon as I can. Take care and stay safe!

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@darlingtondoll

It’s very rare. Even the doctors at the medical school here had only read about it but had never seen one. The prognosis was very grim, but I am still here eight years later. I can totally take care of myself and I drive a big SUV with my hands. The only thing that I can’t do is sweep the floor or vacuum.😁 If I break a glass, I can’t pick up the pieces. Oh, I can cook just about everything, but I can’t bring the food to the table and I can’t take the dirty dishes into the kitchen. Awww…

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@darlingtondoll You are doing very well. I am spending more and more time on my wheels. I wonder if you could "sweep" you floors using a Swifer because it is lighter weight and maneuvers so easily. I doubt you can pick up the sweepings, but you might be able to push it into a corner. I am thinking more and more about transporting trays and I think I might have a plexiglass tray made that will clip onto my chair. My son had one when he was little and it worked well. As far as I know there is nothing like this on the market, but maybe I just have not looked in the right places. But then, it might be best for your "helper" to be your carrier. haha

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@gingerw

@ausie Here is the general link from DaVita for their diet and recipe portion of the website. Many things to read, think over, and get you involved in making diet decisions and preparing recipes. Each person may have additional limitations for best nutrition, if there are additional health issues.
https://www.davita.com/diet-nutrition
Ginger

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I have good news! I found it after more than an hour of searching. (I apologize it took me this long to locate this helpful reference that you can carry with you when shopping or eating out. Davita.com to me is often very hard to navigate to find what you're looking for).

Here is how to access the "Guidelines for what to eat for chronic kidney disease (CKD) stages" —

Go to — https://www.davita.com/diet-nutrition/kidney-friendly-cookbooks
Scroll down to the first box just below "Download Our Free Kidney-Friendly Cookbooks and Diet Guide"
Click on the first box — "Cooking for One of Two" cookbook (which has some awesome and quick recipes).
Scroll down to the end of the cookbook till you see Quick Reference Guide!
Quick Reference Guide is 2 pages, the second of which is the handy chart with "Guidelines for what to eat for choronic kidney disease (CKD) stages"

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@gingerw

@ausie Here is the general link from DaVita for their diet and recipe portion of the website. Many things to read, think over, and get you involved in making diet decisions and preparing recipes. Each person may have additional limitations for best nutrition, if there are additional health issues.
https://www.davita.com/diet-nutrition
Ginger

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I have just posted the directions to get to the reference guide. Please let me know if I can be of any more help!

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@fiesty76

Hi, Ausie, I'm also diag. with CKD so have used the Davita site for recipes. Will see if I can find the Quick Ref. Guide and post a link. Thank you for the information!

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Hi fiesty,
I have just posted the directions to get the the Reference Guide. Unfortunately, it's very exactly very direct but I wrote very specific instructions. Please let me know if I can be of any more help!

PS While getting to the reference guide, you have to scroll past a terrific new cookbook for cooking for one or two with some very friendly recipes.

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@ausie

Hi fiesty,
I have just posted the directions to get the the Reference Guide. Unfortunately, it's very exactly very direct but I wrote very specific instructions. Please let me know if I can be of any more help!

PS While getting to the reference guide, you have to scroll past a terrific new cookbook for cooking for one or two with some very friendly recipes.

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Go to — https://www.davita.com/diet-nutrition/kidney-friendly-cookbooks
Scroll down to the first box just below "Download Our Free Kidney-Friendly Cookbooks and Diet Guide"
Click on the first box — "Cooking for One of Two" cookbook (which has some awesome and quick recipes).
Scroll down to the end of the cookbook till you see Quick Reference Guide!
Quick Reference Guide is 2 pages, the second of which is the handy chart with "Guidelines for what to eat for choronic kidney disease (CKD) stages"

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@2011panc

@ausie I learned the cause of my kidney damage from the Renal Department tests once I was referred for a kidney transplant. It was among the tests they ran. Whether you were tested for this or what the cause of your kidney disease is would be a question for your medical group. Letting them know that you are talking to other people with Kidney disease may encourage them to be more open with you and more diligent with finding your cause. In my opinion it is difficult to treat a problem without knowing the cause of the problem. Sometimes doctors will not go into details unless they are made aware that you want details and can handle the knowledge. Blessings.

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Thank you for some really good pointers. I really have a lot to learn along the way and every little bit of advice is helpful in the long run. I'm making notes of the important things I want to bring out at my next visit, including that I'm talking to people who have been down the same road as I am now. I live in a very young and relaxed town where people are much more relaxed about just everything, including health care, which is why I'm seriously thinking about going to a major medical center in a town a bit of a distrance from here but it would worth the peace of mind for my health but of course, this can't be happening till things start to get back to some sort of normal. Take care and be safe!

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@gingerw

@2011panc I was told that generally, an eGFR trending downwards along with other values changing, means a further decline in kidney function. Curious how our two sources came to those different conclusions!
Ginger

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I'm reading in different sources the same as what you say, that a downward egfr indicates a decline in kidney function. This is why I was in a panic, seeing that I lost 8 points within a few months from December. I'm really uneasy about this but knowing that is the case I can't rest easy and really need some answers from a doctor as to why it's happening. But just thinking back to the day of the last draw, it was an unusual day when everyone was just starting to get on board with new COVID precautions. Maybe the stress caused my decline but also I had a pretty serious fall the previous day and maybe that has something to do with the drop. In any case, it means staying knowledgeable is the good medicine Thanks for your help! Take care and be safe!

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