Diet after kidney transplant

Posted by hello1234 @hello1234, Jan 20 6:11am

Hi all 😊
After your kidney transplant, are you following a special diet? Have you increased the protein in your diet or are you concerned that only one kidney is doing the job? When I had CKD, for years I followed a low protein diet including giving up milk and yogurt for rice milk, etc. Do you still follow a CKD diet after your kidney transplant?
Thanks everyone!

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Hi,
Yes, just got my new kidney and new lease on life October 27. Sat in on a good training with a nutritionist at Mayo where they talked about eating a balanced diet, still less protein, sodium and fatty sugar filled foods and follow a Mediterranean eating plan. My wife and I actually started a Mediterranean eating plan five months before my transplant and I lost 34lbs and still at that weight. So it’s going good. Do miss eating a big juicy rare steak so often though but it’s worth the trade. Owe to my amazing donor to be the best transplant recipient I can be.

Dan

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I find that I have pain several places including from an enlarged liver with cysts, so I slowly lose my appetite and lose weight still. I am told by docs to eat every 3 hours to gain weight, so am looking for meals I can buy to help. Any ideas on good healthy meals to buy online? Thank you, BB

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@dlovdahl

Hi,
Yes, just got my new kidney and new lease on life October 27. Sat in on a good training with a nutritionist at Mayo where they talked about eating a balanced diet, still less protein, sodium and fatty sugar filled foods and follow a Mediterranean eating plan. My wife and I actually started a Mediterranean eating plan five months before my transplant and I lost 34lbs and still at that weight. So it’s going good. Do miss eating a big juicy rare steak so often though but it’s worth the trade. Owe to my amazing donor to be the best transplant recipient I can be.

Dan

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Hi @dlovdahl 😊
It's nice to meet you and Congratulations on your new kidney! I agree that the Mediterranean diet is the best diet for health and longevity. I am super impressed with the amount of weight loss you achieved…that's awesome! Please continue to stay in contact on Connect and share your kidney transplant journey too. This Transplant Group is a wonderfully supportive family of terrific people like yourself! Thank you for sharing your post-transplant diet. Your story is inspirational!

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@hello1234

Hi @dlovdahl 😊
It's nice to meet you and Congratulations on your new kidney! I agree that the Mediterranean diet is the best diet for health and longevity. I am super impressed with the amount of weight loss you achieved…that's awesome! Please continue to stay in contact on Connect and share your kidney transplant journey too. This Transplant Group is a wonderfully supportive family of terrific people like yourself! Thank you for sharing your post-transplant diet. Your story is inspirational!

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Here’s some more of my story, I feel very blessed!!

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@blbird33

I find that I have pain several places including from an enlarged liver with cysts, so I slowly lose my appetite and lose weight still. I am told by docs to eat every 3 hours to gain weight, so am looking for meals I can buy to help. Any ideas on good healthy meals to buy online? Thank you, BB

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Hi BB,

Sorry don’t know any online food items. We pressure can a lot of food and meals in a jar so we can control the amount of sodium and such. It gives us a great way to have good ready made meals on hand.

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@dlovdahl

Here’s some more of my story, I feel very blessed!!

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@dlovdahl 😊
Your story is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing it. We are all so blessed to receive our life-saving transplants. You are absolutely correct that we should enjoy life and be happy. We are living, breathing miracles! ❤ Thank you again for sharing your story!

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Salmon + Lentil / Broccoli soups + stir fried vegetables + Fruits (Bananas+Naval Oranges + Peach + Cantaloupe + Kiwi), Low GI brown rice. + No Sugar Period+ Decaf Coffee + Light Plain Yogurt. + Gluten free Pasta w home made tomato Sauce + Eggplant Parmigiana with Cottage Cheese…. that's pretty much what our diet is ! Pretty much the same diet prior to the transplant.

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Hi @l0lag0lag0b3 😊
It is wonderful hearing from you! …..Your diet sounds DELICIOUS! Which veggies do you put in your stir fry and do you add any sauce or seasonings?
Thanks so much for jumping in with your yummy food ideas…I love eggplant parm!

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That's an easy answer: Celery+Red Onions+ Baby bella Mushroooms+Cabbage+Zuchini + Red and Green bell pepper & Cherry tomatoes , in a dash of extra virgin olive oil in which a tea spoon of cumin seeds initially heated in the oil, I do sprinkle key lime (at times those mushrooms are a bit hard to get..but its ok) ( salt added on top by individual )

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@l0lag0lag0b3

That's an easy answer: Celery+Red Onions+ Baby bella Mushroooms+Cabbage+Zuchini + Red and Green bell pepper & Cherry tomatoes , in a dash of extra virgin olive oil in which a tea spoon of cumin seeds initially heated in the oil, I do sprinkle key lime (at times those mushrooms are a bit hard to get..but its ok) ( salt added on top by individual )

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Most important we use Tofu too – a source of protein quite frequency in our dishes

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