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.

@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,

It took a bit of digging to find because Davita's website is not the easiest to search. I'm including it here in case you haven't seen it–

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"

There are some great recipes too!

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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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Hi ginger,
I've been finding out that meal planning is very important and very specific. I had my first dietician visit but just learned a bit of the basics about potassium, phosphorus, protein. And received some helpful food lists. But it may be a bit more involved that just a list. So hopefully my next visit, in May, with the dietician yields some more specific info, and I'll need to ask for more detailed info.

In case you have not seen the way to the Davita Quick Reference Guide, I was finally able to find the way and here it is–

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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@darlingtondoll

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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Hi Jane,
I'm so glad to hear such great news that you went from Stage 3 to Stage 2! I haven't heard about eating more potassium but that is something I'll try to learn more about. Blessings to you!

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Hi, Ausie, Many factors Can affect a GFR value. Good to remember that the lab number is what is showing for that day…not a cumulative number of days so there may be some fluctuation from one lab test to another. Creatine numbers are another helpful value to track and charting those along with others over a period of labs can help determine whether we are gaining, maintaining or decreasing kidney function. Learning more about CKD has helped keep me proactive and careful with my diet. Best to you!

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Dandelion root is good for lung and kidney health, bananas and pineapple blueberries Apple's raspberries in smoothes with Spirulina as energy boost or essential oils frankincense and lavender oil add to coconut fractionated oil and Aloe Vera gel straight from your plant to your knees and face wash and or hand gels as good if Not more effective than hand gel s they sold for higher prices , butternut squash soups with red onions and vegetables of your choice and add ginger root and or chillies garlic yummy fills you up and boost your precious immune system in turn healthy heart happy heart . Beetroot and garlic good for health blood cleansing and strengthen your body , add tumeric or curcumin with black pepper and fat either avocado or coconut you will walk better and you will be sharper with your precious mind . Eucalyptus oil and lavender add coconut fractionated oil efforts last longer . Dates just three a day will keep you boosting your immune system too add few nuts and almond that will keep you strong . Spinach and TWO bananas pineapple Pears black raspberries if you can get them better, add carrot juice or coconut water so refreshing. Keep smiling stay safe. Read the bible Rev 21:3,4,5 wonderful hope . Psalms 55:22 if you found a poisonous snake on your lap you would throw that as far as possible away from you as you can possibly throw ?!
right so throw your concerns on God Jehovah he cares, for you .
iam learning a lot from : jw org official website , there's plenty of comfort, there especially if you feel stressed,
See for yourself you know you want to
Kind regards swift .:-) * HUG from England

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@2011panc

@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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I have a tray that was made for my wheelchair. I had a custom made chair according to my height, weight and hip size. I am a rather small person so I had a custom, ultralight chair built for me. I ordered a tray but I never use it.

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@ausie

Hi Jane,
I'm so glad to hear such great news that you went from Stage 3 to Stage 2! I haven't heard about eating more potassium but that is something I'll try to learn more about. Blessings to you!

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Oh no. The only reason that my doctor wants me to increase my potassium intake is because the last blood test showed that it is too low. I have been too careful about the potassium in my diet and I have not been ingesting enough

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@ausie

Sorry I don't know why my reply did not come after panc's message to me, even though I used the Reply right after it.

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Hi @ausie, I'm sure @2011panc got your message.
Here is an article that helps explain how replies and @mentions work on Mayo Clinic Connect.

– Replies and @mentions: How do I know who is replying to whom? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/about-connect/newsfeed-post/replies-and-mentions-how-do-i-know-who-is-replying-to-whom/

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@darlingtondoll

I have a tray that was made for my wheelchair. I had a custom made chair according to my height, weight and hip size. I am a rather small person so I had a custom, ultralight chair built for me. I ordered a tray but I never use it.

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Jane, so good to learn that custom built chairs and trays can be built! Hope you are taking good care.

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@fiesty76

Jane, so good to learn that custom built chairs and trays can be built! Hope you are taking good care.

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Here I am in my chair petting a donkey.

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@darlingdoll, Thanks for the photo of petite you in this perfectly sized chair. And the sweet pic of you petting the little donkey is a keeper. On Sat. mornings, one of the local channels has a program of unlikely animals becoming best pals: FurFriends Forever. One segment was about a miniature donkey and his best friend a duck. Watching them together was a hoot. If animals of different species can become best friends, why are humans so slow, in some cases, to follow suit?

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Hi fiesty,
Thanks for your reply with all the info! It is what other friends have also indicated, that lab results are indicative of the day on which blood was drawn, not the overall picture. I can't help but think my doctor had not informed me when I was obviously disturbed. (Nor have so many doctors over the many years that I've been a patient of numerous issues that called for bloodwork). So I thank each and everyone for taking the time to offer valuable informaton that enables me to go to my next visit as a much more informed patient, the benefit of speaking with friends, and I now know to look at the whole picture (doctor's advice) but I will also dig for more knowledge and not work with only what's available. (Hard to believe, don't dig is advice from my last visit). Knowledge is gold, and you have given me the gift of knowledge! Blessings!

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@colleenyoung

Hi @ausie, I'm sure @2011panc got your message.
Here is an article that helps explain how replies and @mentions work on Mayo Clinic Connect.

– Replies and @mentions: How do I know who is replying to whom? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/about-connect/newsfeed-post/replies-and-mentions-how-do-i-know-who-is-replying-to-whom/

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Thank you so much! It is very helpful and I've bookmarked it! Thanks!

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@darlingtondoll

Oh no. The only reason that my doctor wants me to increase my potassium intake is because the last blood test showed that it is too low. I have been too careful about the potassium in my diet and I have not been ingesting enough

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Thanks for writing! I hope you are doing well now. Take care!

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@ausie

Hi fiesty,
Thanks for your reply with all the info! It is what other friends have also indicated, that lab results are indicative of the day on which blood was drawn, not the overall picture. I can't help but think my doctor had not informed me when I was obviously disturbed. (Nor have so many doctors over the many years that I've been a patient of numerous issues that called for bloodwork). So I thank each and everyone for taking the time to offer valuable informaton that enables me to go to my next visit as a much more informed patient, the benefit of speaking with friends, and I now know to look at the whole picture (doctor's advice) but I will also dig for more knowledge and not work with only what's available. (Hard to believe, don't dig is advice from my last visit). Knowledge is gold, and you have given me the gift of knowledge! Blessings!

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Hi, @ausie, Perhaps the single most alarming and disturbing fact I discovered over the past year was how important is was for me to become a very proactive and insistent patient advocate for my health issues. Always blessed with excellent health, I never questioned a doctor; never paid attention to annual lab reports, always relied on what docs said or didn't say regarding labs or diagnoses. Never again.

U.S. docs are well trained in prescribing tests and making diagnoses. They are not trained in the importance of diet and its effect on many chronic health conditions. It took numerous pleas from me to get various docs to prescribe an appetitie enhancer, order additional tests and sign off for an insurance covered dietitian consult. I learned that I was at stage 3 CKD at my 1st visit with the requested nephrologist; my pcp's lab report had not mentioned it and at that time I didn't know what an eGFR was.

While members in MayoConnect do not pretend to be docs, we are the frontline with help, encouragement and experience because we are the ones living with our various conditions. You said it best: "Knowledge is gold". With it, we can learn to better manage our conditions; without it, we are at the mercy of too often overworked healthproviders who in some cases have neither the time nor training to help us take preventive measures early on. Time spent on learning how to better manage our health issues is some of the most important time we can spend if we want to continue to be the "stars" of our own lives. Best to you and all as we learn together.

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