CKD stage 5 RENAL DIET: Foods I ate to improve kidney function to stage 3 and avoid kidney failure

2019-05-31

Episode 34: CKD stage 5 RENAL DIET: What I ate that helped get me from being used to high-sodium fast food to stage 3. Not everyone is a great chef and for me cooking is something I have almost no experience doing. I work with a renal dietitian to set my nutritional goals and limits and then shop for items that allowed me to stay on target, yet could be easily made at home and while traveling (I travel a lot). I'm still learning to cook my own meals (starting with Stir Fry) and one day look forward to being a great at-home dad chef. In this video you'll see that a renal diet doesn't have to be difficult to follow as long as you know your nutritional goals and limits and track what you eat to stay within those goals. For me, limiting sodium has been the biggest challenge so far. It can be difficult to find foods lower in sodium without cooking your meals for yourself. To find out what your nutritional targets are, please work with a renal dietitian - even if you can't cook they can help you during your transition.

Some of my favorite foods that are helping me while I learn to cook are shown in this video. I wish I was able to go cold turkey and start cooking all my meals tomorrow, but it's taking me a lot of time to learn to cook things that actually taste good (you don't want to hear about the extra low sodium Chili I've tried to make - I don't even think the dogs would eat it). Tracking my meals has been extremely helpful and made it easy to find quick and easy meals to fit my busy life. My goal is to learn to cook and then prep for the entire week. I know it's possible and I'm excited to get to that point.

Figuring out what to eat when you are stage 5 or stage 4 Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) can be a real challenge and your Chronic Kidney Disease diet (also known as a Renal diet) is critical to improving kidney function and getting to stage 3 and beyond. When I was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 5 my Docs couldn’t really give me a list of safe foods to eat, they just gave me lots of random renal diet information on don’t eat this, don’t eat that, avoid these. Finding out the best Chronic Kidney Disease Diet / Renal Diet to help my kidney function improve and avoid kidney failure was difficult – but I did it and today I share what worked for me to improve my kidney function and get me to stage 3. I was left on my own to find the best kidney disease treatment that would help me improve my kidney function and avoid kidney failure (end stage renal failure) and dialysis.

I had all of the typical symptoms of Chronic Kidney disease – fatigue, limited appetite, nausea, and insomnia.

I’m going to share with you the most common things I ate in a typical week on my renal diet. It may not work for everyone – you may have allergies, you may have another condition that restricts your diet, we are each different when it comes to our Chronic Kidney Disease diet. Hopefully this will help you to see what I ate on my renal diet which helped me go from stage 5, to stage 4, to stage 3 in only 6 months.

How to improve Kidney Health, Beat CKD, and Avoid Dialysis Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e_ga9FGTY8&list=PLzny3C6CQW39TqgFoS_xajnN3t9fOOJJd


For more videos and kidney disease treatment strategy tips from a CKD patient, watch:
Kidney Failure Symptoms: CKD Tips to stop KIDNEY DISEASE and PREVENT RENAL FAILURE
https://youtu.be/LNma5qX539A

Kidney Function: Optimizing your RENAL DIET to beat CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE and avoid KIDNEY FAILURE
https://youtu.be/yn59EZuk6dw

Potassium And Kidney Disease Diet: What you NEED to know to avoid kidney failure
https://youtu.be/-REQeBje8jA

Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 5 and Stage 4 Renal Diet - What I ate to improve my kidney function
https://youtu.be/zH6fnXyPee8

Overcoming sleep issues with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), low kidney function, and kidney failure
https://youtu.be/7lGnEaeuMaE

Chronic Kidney Disease Treatment: How I increased my GFR & improved my kidney function Part 1
https://youtu.be/XRnUGL-zAFs

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IMPORTANT: I AM NOT A DOCTOR. Patients should always be under the care of a physician and defer to their physician for any and all treatment decisions. This video is not meant to replace a physician's advice, supervision, and counsel. No information in the video should be construed as medical advice. All medical decisions should be made by the patient and a qualified physician. This video is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE.

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