I appreciate you signing up for our list! Now, I want to tell you how to create your very own renal predialysis diet plan.
Think about what you need to eat. Are you a small meals eater? Do you eat breakfast? Do you eat a large meal at lunch? What are your favorite foods?
Start With Calories
I first want to start with how many calories you need to think about eating. If you are overweight (or want to lose weight), you should take your weight in kilograms (weight in pounds / 2.2) and multiply it by 25. So, if you weigh 150 pounds, you find your weight in kilograms – 150/2.2 = 68.18 kilograms. Then you multiply the weight in kilograms by 25 = 1704 calories per day. So, now I know I need 1704 calories a day. Well – round numbers – lets go with 1700. This means that if you like to eat 3 meals and a snack, you will now divide that up through the day.
If you are not overweight – look at eating 35-40 calories per kilogram. So if you are at a normal weight, you would calculate your calories as 68.18 (Kilos) * 40 = 2727 calories. (Wow, that’s a thousand calories more). Why so many calories? Your body is working hard at trying to control your functionality. Your body works hard to keep things in balance, and they are out of balance, so you need more calories to heal. But, I am going to use the 1700 calorie example –
Break It Into Meals
Save about 200 calories for your snack. That makes it 1500 calories for the day. Then you can eat 3 500 calorie meals, or two 250 calorie meals, and one 1000 calorie meal plus a snack. Or however that works for your day. If you like big breakfast and small lunches, work it that way. Now, that you kind of know how you want to spread out your meals – what goes in each meal.
I believe you should look at your hands. You have a palm that shows about 3 ounces of meat. If you are on a renal pre-dialysis diet and it’s early in your kidney disease – then 3 ounces is ok. Even as you move to stage 3 and 4, 3 ounces a couple of times a day may be ok. Remember, that protein is in a lot of foods. So you are not just eating protein in your main entrée made of chicken or meats.
You also should think about how much carbohydrate you can eat. I recommend trying for 3-4 servings of carbohydrate (or in the range of 45 – 60 grams) at a meal. Whole grains and whole wheat are the best types of carbohydrates to eat. These are more slowly absorbed. Allowing your body more time to recover and adjust – your body then can release insulin and use the glucose better. Remember that your body is dealing with trying to keep your blood levels balanced. The more you can make it easier for your body to handle what you are giving it, you are making it best for your health. This is about your health!
Think about the types of fruits and vegetables that you can eat. As a renal patient, you should really limit certain types of fruits and vegetables because of the amount of potassium in them. You should eat more of the whole fruits and vegetables (that have more fiber than processed ones) – apples, blackberries, grapes, mandarin oranges, peaches, pineapple, strawberries. Eat more asparagus, green or wax beans, cucumber, mushrooms, peppers, lettuce and zucchini.
Another carbohydrate that you need to review and eat a minimal amount of is potatoes. Potatoes have a high amount of potassium, and are probably more quickly absorbed so that you should eat smaller amounts of them and less often. Eat more often the types of whole grain carbohydrates that are noodles and rice. Brown rice is an excellent choice, and you can buy the “pre-cooked” version so that you do not have to cook it for 30 minutes. Eating whole grain pasta is also a very good choice. It’s going to be absorbed more slowly and raise your blood sugar more slowly.
What To Do Next?
I know that it’s hard to think through all the things that you have to consider for a renal predialysis diet. In addition to that, you have to consider how much protein you eat now too! You should also be concerned about the amount of potassium in foods that you want to consume. Remember to watch those as well. It’s a task to divide out the calories, and watch the amount of protein.
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