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Battle for Nutrition

June 12, 2019

One of the more complex aspects of Kidney disease is the diet. I'm not talking about your "eat a salad" kind of diet, unfortunately. If that were the kind of diet I needed, I would be ecstatic (hard to think of, I know).

(This is my weigh in 1 week before my P.D. surgey)

(My new current weight status)

 

(What skin & bones looks like on me)

 

For those who have kidney failure, especially end stage (like myself), have follow a different kind of diet. This particular diet is low in certain minerals that our body's can no longer flush out, due to loss of kidney function.

 

So what are these things we need to avoid? Glad you asked, Potassium, Phosphorus, and Sodium are the main key players. So foods such as banana, tomatoes, potatoes, lentils, peas, beans, melons, avocados, spinach, yogurt, protein-rich foods (beef, chicken, pork, milk), nuts, seeds, eggs, and tons of other foods that are generally accepted as healthy now need to be restricted/avoided.

 

As if dealing with a kidney diet wasn't enough, I also have to contend with Celiacs Disease (which has it's own unique guidelines) and, a new flavor to the mix, diabetes.

 

These factors together allow for one chaotic and frustrating meal planning scenario. And that's were my life currently leads me, I've lost ~10 lbs in about 3 months and technically I'm labeled malnourished. In this case it means I'm under my BMI range.

 

If only finding a kidney donor was as simple as doctors make it sound. Nevertheless, I continue to strive on and maybe, just maybe, this situation will get less stressful.

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