You need to have a “kidney-friendly” meal plan when are suffering from chronic kidney disease. Watch what you eat and drink. It will help you stay healthier. This section is for people who have kidney disease but are not on the dialysis.
The basics of a healthy meal plan:
How is a kidney-friendly meal plan different ?
This is only general information. Nutrition needs varies from person to person depending on the body size, activity, the stage of kidney disease and other health concerns. Consult a renal dietitian, who specializes in the kidney-friendly diet, to find a meal plan that meets your consumption requirements.
Why is an eating meal plan important?
What you eat affects health. Maintain a healthy weight and follow a balanced meal plan that is low in salt can help you control your blood pressure. If you are diabetic, your meal plan is also important in controlling your blood sugar. Controlling both, high blood pressure and diabetes may also help slow down kidney disease.
A kidney-friendly meal plan may also help. It checks certain minerals in the foods you eat. This meal plan helps keep waste from building up in your blood and may help prevent other health problems.
We’ll start by reviewing the basics of a healthy meal plan. Then, we will look at the kidney-friendly meal plan and some helpful kidney-friendly resources.
Healthy meal plan basics
All meal plan, including the kidney-friendly diet, need to take into account some of the same things, like:Calories, Protein, Carbohydrates, Fat.
Nutrition Facts Portion
In this section, we’ll review each of these and how they relate to kidneys. We’ll also take a look at the nutrition facts label and explain how one can use this tool to help in have a healthy diet by a proper meal plan.
Including Calories in the Meal Plan
Your body gets energy from the calories you drink and eat. The calories come from the protein, the carbohydrates and the fat in your diet. How many calories you require depends on your age, sex, size of body and the activity level.
You may also need to adjust how many calories you eat based on your weight target. Some people need to limit the calories they eat. Others might need to have more calories. The doctor or dietitian can help you regarding the calories you should have per day. Consult and work with your dietitian to make a meal plan that helps you get the right amount of calories, and keep in close contact for follow-up.
Including Protein in the Meal Plan
Protein is one of the building blocks of the body. The body needs protein to grow, heal and keep healthy.The amount of protein you should take depends on the body size, activity level and the health concerns. Some of the doctors recommend that people with kidney disease limit protein or change their source of protein, as a diet very high in protein can make the kidneys work harder and may cause more damage.Consult your doctor or dietitian how much protein you should have and what the best sources of protein are for you.
One of the best things that you can do to stay healthy is to limit how much sodium you eat in your meal plan. Do not add salt in the food when cooking or eating.Rather try cooking with herbs, lemon juice or other salt-free spices.
Eat in Limits
Choosing healthy foods in your meal plan is a great start, but eating large amount of even healthy foods can be a problem. The other part of a healthy diet of a meal plan is portion control (watching how much one eats).
A good portion control is an important part of any meal plan, even more important in a kidney-friendly meal plan, because one may need to limit how much of certain things he/she eat and drink.