For kidney patients dealing with end stage renal disease and the impending probability of dialysis, it can be a daunting prospect. It can be hard to know what is coming next, or how to deal with the restrictions your doctors or nutritionist recommend. It can even be tough to know what questions to ask to get started.
One of the biggest questions a lot of renal patients have is what they are and are not supposed to eat. There are so many restrictions for dialysis patients, especially for those getting ready for or already undergoing dialysis. With such long lists on what not to eat, it can be hard to figure out what you can eat.
Learning to eat around so many restrictions also brings up another issue. How exactly do you build meal plans based on these new recommendations for eating? How do you get started learning all new recipes and a new way of cooking?
The Davita website, which is a website devoted to education and information about kidney disease and kidney failure, has free downloadable cookbooks on their websites. They also have over 800 kidney friendly recipes, many of which are deemed appropriate for pre-dialysis as well. Each recipe is clearly marked as to what state of renal disease the recipe is safe for.
This easy to follow and informative cookbook was written by a registered dietitian. People who have tried these recipes have remarked that the recipes were easy to follow and were enjoyable. Most recipes are “family friendly” and are geared towards cooking for multiple people, but easily broken down for one or two people.
This book is great for those people that loved cooking before being on a pre-dialysis diet, and would like to continue to love cooking. It focuses a lot on foods that you can eat instead of what you can't. This is because this book was inspired by someone that the author used to cook for. She felt awful that all of her recipes would come out so bland and boring after omitting all of the salt and other ingredients that weren't kidney safe. So she set to work testing hundreds of recipes, 160 of which made it into this book.
There are so many resources available for pre-dialysis patients everywhere to learn about meal planning and recipes. The internet is a great place to find resources and Amazon is an easy way to find books. You can find so many easy to follow and delicious recipes and meal plans, making meal planning the easiest part of dialysis. Remember to speak to your doctor if you have any questions about your diet, or if you plan on making changes to your diet. Your physician and/or nutritionist is always the best person to make recommendations or approve changes for you.
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