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    I am so frustrated with my diet. I cannot eat enough calories without going over limits on one thing or the other. I can even get up to 1000 calories and though I need to lose weight which I have been doing I feel I am not nourishing my body enough. I should at least be eating 1200 calories. I only eat meat once a day so lunch is a big problem. Everything with protein has too much pot, sodium or carbs. my insurance does not cover a dietician. A lot of vegtables have pot. also as does fruit. I see people on here who eat only vegs. and fruit and wonder how they get protein and calories. I'm also confused about what to drink. The water in our area is not good. A lot of people here buy bottled water but again we can't have that. Any advice would be welcome!

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    Are you on dialysis? If so, there should be a dietitian at your center that you can ask. My dietitian got me started on a very low phosphorus protein supplement called Liqui-cel which I purchase on Amazon. It has 16g of protein per 2 tbsp serving. I usually just dump it over a glass of crushed ice and drink it as the ice melts.
    As for fruits and veggies- I stick to berries, apples, and salad. My diet may be a bit boring, but it allows me to stay in the guidelines that have been set for me.

    Good luck- and keep posting here!!

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    • #3
      Thanks for the advise. I am not on dialysis working hard to keep gfr stabilized. I am at stage4 gfr of 27. Does anyone know what Essence insurance covers in the way of nutritional advise? I know they cover medical nutritional therapy but it seems to be related to the kinds of meds you take. Thanks again!

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      • #4
        sorry typo meant advice.

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        • #5
          I can relate to the quandary over what to eat! I got to where I was having a high-protein bar for a meal, which gave me the protein, but nothing else. (I am on dialysis: home PD) I realized I wasn't eating right, not getting all the other nutrients. So I decided to actually fix 3 meals a day. ;-) It isn't easy but I stick with low potassium foods and limit portion size, which isn't hard since I don't have much of an appetite anyway. I still may have a protein bar instead of, or in addition to, the meat. But "real food" is much better I'm sure.
          Maureen, thanks for the tip on the Liqui-cel for protein. The whey stuff is high in both phosphorus and potassium, and eventually tastes yucky! I use it in a "smoothie" of high-protein non-dairy milk (10gm./cup) and berries. Sounds like Liqui-cel might taste a lot better.

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          • #6
            P.S. By my time it's only 10:29 a.m. (PDT) Where on earth is it 5:27 p.m.???

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            • #7
              Hi, i'm at 4 also. I stopped eating all processed foods, dairy, I do eat eggs for protein, whites. Only boars head turkey (organic), no skin for protein or fish. fruit, greens etc. I drink 1/2 my body weight in water...per oz...i got a brita water filter system, my water is horrible! I don't like plastic! No milk, i use coconut milk...i do allow myself 1/2 for my coffee good luck!

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              • #8
                How much coffee do you allow yourself. I drank coffee all my life and It is one of the hardest things I reduced in my diet.

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                • #9
                  Where are you getting your info on what to eat. So far I've only found a list of "15 best foods" for kidney problems. And how do you find out how much phosphates a food item has (reading labels doesn't show amount of phosphorus on foods) I'm overwhelmed.

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                  • #10
                    I'm just learning too but wanted to reply to the "how do I find out how much phosphorus?" The Davita Diet Helper will give you the amount of phosphorus on a lot of foods.

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                    • #11
                      Vegetables are good. Figure many different ways to cook them. Roasted, barbequed, boiled, souped. Salmon & Tuna are good. Make a sandwich. Mayo, onions, 2 oz salmon. Save leftover salmon for a salmon salad..

                      New Recipe: Similar to Tom Kai Soup.

                      Saute,
                      1/2 onion,
                      1/2 cup celery,
                      1/2 cup cabbage,
                      4 oz bamboo shoots canned & rinsed,
                      gai Lan or baby bok choy, around 1 C.
                      Add 2 cups of low sodium of low sodium vegetable broth or other broth if non vegetarian.
                      red pepper flakes to your taste, around 1 tsp.
                      Then add 2 Cups fresh bean sprouts and
                      one can of Coconut cream or milk. (not coconut water),
                      medium heat until soup is hot and vegetables are tender.
                      Add pepper to taste

                      You can eat the whole lot or 2 meals as it makes 2 large bowls.

                      You can add a small amount of stir fried chicken if you are not vegetarian.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mograndmother View Post
                        I am so frustrated with my diet. I cannot eat enough calories without going over limits on one thing or the other. I can even get up to 1000 calories and though I need to lose weight which I have been doing I feel I am not nourishing my body enough. I should at least be eating 1200 calories. I only eat meat once a day so lunch is a big problem. Everything with protein has too much pot, sodium or carbs. my insurance does not cover a dietician. A lot of vegtables have pot. also as does fruit. I see people on here who eat only vegs. and fruit and wonder how they get protein and calories. I'm also confused about what to drink. The water in our area is not good. A lot of people here buy bottled water but again we can't have that. Any advice would be welcome!

                        Stressing over your diet can actually cause more health problems than what you're actually eating. Please, please, try focusing more on relaxing, enjoying the food you're eating and not worry so much about counting calories, weighing your food, etc.

                        Check out this post here for starters: https://www.experiencepaleo.com/how-you-eat/

                        Next, as I've read the thread below, your GFR is 27 and you're not currently on Dialysis. Therefore, there is no need to be so restrictive with your diet at this point in time. HOWEVER, I do recommend a "Clean Eating" Lifestyle or a "Paleo" Lifestyle, which will reduce the stress on your kidneys and help keep your GFR elevated.

                        Your kidney's main function is to filter toxins. Toxins enter your body via food and your environment. As you cannot completely control your environment, let's focus on diet from a kidney prospective.

                        From there, you can focus on eating clean, organic sources of meat (yes, meat), fish, vegetables and nuts.

                        Combine meals (typicall 3 meals per day) using the Magic Plate (https://www.experiencepaleo.com/how-you-eat/) by having a protein, non-green vegetable, and a green vegetable.

                        Next, lets tackle your second concern, weight loss. This is a tough question tackle without knowing more about you, but it seems you are not eating enough, which you do already know. By adding meat, fish, chicken, etc. back into your diet, you will increase your daily calorie limit. But your body will also let you know if you need more food (aka energy) to make it through the day. Are you tired towards the end of the day? Do you get enough sleep (8 hours) at night?

                        I think that if you focus on HOW you eat and improve WHAT you eat by following a clean eating lifestyle, your body will let you know if the amount of food is adequate.

                        Hope this helps!

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                        • #13
                          Thanks so much. I recently chabged my diet. My nephrologist wants me to eat protein and says he thinks metformin and lisinopril caused my gfr to drop. I am now at gfr of 29 waiting for result of my kidney sonogram which is taking a long time. It's been over a week so I am worried about that as I had some blood in my urine. You are right about the calories. I had a typo in my original post and said I was could get up to 1000 cal. but what I meant to say was I can't even get up to 1000. On my latest labs I am anemic. I am trying to eat clean and have managed to raise my calorie limit somewhat. As far as weight I still need to lose about 40lbs. I have already lost 68lbs. I am also diabetic and have to watch that too as I am now not on meds for it as my sugar was on the low side on labs. Well will keep everyone updated. Thanks for all the help!

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                          • #14
                            I was also overwhelmed on what to eat when I was first diagnosed
                            . Between the Davita cookbooks & a search for "Kidney friendly recipes" I have completely changed my diet. I stirfry a lot of my veggies & meats & add flavor with Mrs Dash salt-free seasoning blends & fresh herbs, lemon juice, flavored oils,& salt-free butter.
                            There are other kidney websites with recipes. When I try a recipe and I like the taste, I print it out and am in the process of compiling my own personalized cookbook.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Mograndmother View Post
                              Thanks so much. I recently chabged my diet. My nephrologist wants me to eat protein and says he thinks metformin and lisinopril caused my gfr to drop. I am now at gfr of 29 waiting for result of my kidney sonogram which is taking a long time. It's been over a week so I am worried about that as I had some blood in my urine. You are right about the calories. I had a typo in my original post and said I was could get up to 1000 cal. but what I meant to say was I can't even get up to 1000. On my latest labs I am anemic. I am trying to eat clean and have managed to raise my calorie limit somewhat. As far as weight I still need to lose about 40lbs. I have already lost 68lbs. I am also diabetic and have to watch that too as I am now not on meds for it as my sugar was on the low side on labs. Well will keep everyone updated. Thanks for all the help!

                              I will soon be a Certified Health Coach (December 2018) and could help you with the last few pounds and help you follow through on what the doctor recommended.

                              Health Coaching is a system that provides the right steps, in the right order, while also being held accountable for following through on your actions to finally reach your goals. These healthy choices will then become habits that last forever.

                              Message me if you're interested and check out my personal story here: https://www.experiencepaleo.com/my-struggle/

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