What to eat when you have diabetes, heart and kidney issues?
I am a caregiver trying to balance my husband’s diet. The diabetes and low sodium are under control but potassium levels keep spiking. I want to provide tasty meals but every renal recipe I have tried takes extensive preparation. They are good but not practical. I am looking for a website/source that offers recipes, lists the amounts of sodium and potassium in each meal. Supposedly a something was passed in 2016 that would require food nutrition labels to include potassium but I am not seeing it very often.
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@tcokeefe, P=phosphorus, K=potassium and Hy-Vee is my local grocery store. I'll download a couple of recipe collections for you in pdf format. If you can't open them let me know and we;ll figure out a way for you to open them. They're FREE! And you can copy and share them FREE! Please correct any errors, tweak the recipes to suit yourself, let me know what you liked or disliked – feedback, even negative, is very important to me.
draft without sample meals DIABETIC AND RENAL FRIENDLY VEGETARIAN (draft-without-sample-meals-DIABETIC-AND-RENAL-FRIENDLY-VEGETARIAN-2.pdf)
DIABETIC AND RENAL FRIENDLY VEGAN AND NATIVE AMERICAN RECIPES - Copy - Copy (DIABETIC-AND-RENAL-FRIENDLY-VEGAN-AND-NATIVE-AMERICAN-RECIPES-Copy-Copy-1.pdf)
Phosphorus Content of Foods (Phosphorus-Content-of-Foods-1.pdf)
Protein, Potassium, Phosphorus Values - 10OCT2018 (1) (Protein-Potassium-Phosphorus-Values-10OCT2018-1-1.pdf)
Safe Vegan Snacks - Copy (Safe-Vegan-Snacks-Copy-1.pdf)
@kamama94 Flavor is key for me, too. I don't do tomatoes, even before this CKD, because I just don't like them! I use a lot of pepper and spices, my favorite mixed seasoning is Mrs. Dash salt free line, especially garlic and herbs.
Hi @jacquee, Reading food labels is almost a full time job. Kudos to you for being so diligent about your husband's diet and health. I think you might find this webpage from the National Kidney Foundation helpful:
– Your Guide to the New Food Label https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/foodlabel
– High Potassium https://www.healthline.com/health/high-potassium-hyperkalemia
Did you know that many sodium/salt substitutes can be high in potassium? What a conundrum if you are also trying to lower sodium.
@gingerw and @kamama94, I agree, flavor is king! I created my own version of much used Mrs. Dash and was amazed that I had nearly all of the individual spices patiently aging in my cupboard!! No idea "how much of each" but just added more of the first in descending order. Also no clue of current potency, if any, vbg of some of the longer neglected, but it was fun to "mix" and about ready to "create" another batch.
@colleenyoung, Thanks for these links, Colleen. I'll check them out. Have been growing more lax about my diabetes/kidney diet and need to boost diet higher up on my priority list. Nothing like mounting apprehension about an upcoming and earlier postponed CKD lab and doc appt. to also inspire me!!! Smiles