5 foods to remove from your kitchen following a kidney disease diagnosis

Hi! This is Mathea Ford with Renal Diet
HQ and I’m going to try this again. I wanted today to talk about five things
to remove from your kitchen following a kidney disease diagnosis. Now, there’s a
lot to learn about a renal diet and I want to talk today about some major
changes, major things you can do right after you find out that you have kidney
disease to help you transition easier. If you’ve recently found that you have
kidney disease and you need to do a renal diet then there’s a lot to learn.
There’s a lot of yes/no foods, can/can’t and I’m not big on yes and no foods but
I am big on kind of some major changes that you’re going to need to make look
going forward to improve your health. One of the easiest first things you can do
is remove some of these big offenders from your diet starting out. So, let’s
start out talking about canned soups number one. Canned soups so canned soups are basically liquid salt and you should really try to make your own soups. I have
a lot of recipes for soups on renaldiethq.com on the right hand side you can
see all the recipes and there are several different soups in there but
really you can do your best to make your own broth and then try to make your own
soups with that broth to improve your health and those are those are easy
because even though they’re inexpensive they’re really just salt they’re not a
whole lot of nutritional value. Number two would be processed meats. Things like canned meats like spam, hot dogs, cured meats like pepperoni or prosciutto. Now, fresh meats like chicken or fish sometimes deli meats you can get lower
sodium. Deli meats so you might look into that and you can also do like some look at some of the cans like canned chicken it may have
lower sodium you may be able to find the lower sodium version of that but if you
really can just cook a chicken breast. Chop it up and make your own little
chicken salad or something that’ll be real easy but just watch out for the
canned process meats and in general highly processed foods you’re going to want to look at the amount of salt that’s contained in them because you’re trying
really to reduce the amount of salt in your diet. Number three tomato sauces. So, I’m not a never tomato person. I know there’s a lot
of people that say “you know oh! I can’t eat tomatoes” but in the beginning trying
to improve your diet things that are tomato sauces can be high in salt and
they can be high in potassium so things like ketchup as well as pasta sauces. So,
things like marinara you may want to eat less of or use a little less of. I also
like so if you’re using marinara on a spaghetti for example you can do like a
butter sauce or a lemon sauce maybe a little higher in fat than the tomato sauce which you can make it lower sodium. So, I’m seeing a question
about what about pickles? Can I find no sodium pickles? No. Maybe I have never
seen lower sodium pickles but I’ve honestly never looked for them but
basically the process of creating pickles is using a salt brine so it’s
definitely never going to be that you’re going to find no salt pickles but cucumbers which is what pickles are made of are perfect. So, raw cucumbers chop them up, salt you know put them in a little soak them in a little vinegar and they’re
really good but in general you might have to look to see if they have any no
salt pickles. I haven’t heard low sodium pickles I’ve never looked for those. Okay,
number three instant ramen. So, a lot of times it’s inexpensive and easy to make
things like instant ramen and noodles are generally kidney friendly.
You usually can eat those just fine but the flavor packet in any of those
pre-prepared pasta dishes are going to be really high in sodium just like all
the processed foods that I was talking about. So, you might try cooking your
ramen noodles and maybe putting like a light vinaigrette on them you could make
your own. We talked about that a couple weeks ago. Making your own salad
dressings with oil and vinegar and a little bit of different spices. So, you
can do that or you can just pick like a balsamic vinaigrette or something like
that but to put on your ramen noodles they can be a little high in fat but
you’re just really trying to reduce the amount of sodium. You also may start with just regular noodles like some egg noodles or something like that. Okay,
potato chips. They’re high in salt and they’re kind of a double whammy because
they can be high in fat, high in salt and even a third thing they can be high in
potassium if you need a limit potassium. Again, not everybody needs to limit
potassium but they can be high in salt and everybody needs to limit salt so you
might try to see if you can find some low sodium or unsalted tortilla chips or
make some of your own pita chips at home or tortilla chips at your home and tortilla chips are going to be corn tortilla chips so those are usually going to be
okay when it comes to potassium. And I just want to remind you that a renal diet
doesn’t mean giving up everything that you love, it’s definitely not more about
moderation, more about limiting portions so if you want a little tomato sauce you
can have a little just don’t eat as much as you may be used to definitely
moderating the sodium. And you want to remove some of the biggest offenders
like I just talked about so try to work through that. Let me see I see some
comments here. Okay. Donor coordinator. So, are you on dialysis? You told you need to
lose a little weight because your BMI was a little high told to start this
diet. So, losing weight is a little different than just removing these items
but really losing weight is about deciding what you’re kind of going to
eat for the day so in some times we tell people to write down what you ate and
then to follow that and look at it and count your calories and stuff. I kind of
take the approach where you plan your day. So, you’re going to look at your day and you’re going to say “okay, today I am going to eat breakfast this item, these items.
Lunch these items. Dinner, these items. I don’t think you need to plan out a whole
week. I think you really need to do it one day at a time either first thing in
the morning or at night before you go to bed and look at “okay, tomorrow morning
for breakfast I’m going to have X. I’m going to have an egg and you know a piece of toast with a little bit of butter. And so you would start doing that and then
basically, you’re planning a good meal. It doesn’t have to be perfect because it
takes just baby steps to lose weight so start that and try to plan your day
ahead of time and then as you get better at that you start to see portion sizes
and then you start to see “okay, I need to get a little lower this or look
at a little lower fat” and so you can try to do some of those things. So, I would
encourage you to do that. If you’re thinking about losing weight is to plan
your day one day at a time a little bit ahead. Let’s see… Okay, okay.
So, you’re not on dialysis but you’re looking ahead thinking about a
transplant and you want to lose a little weight which is totally completely fine
and then with exercise just work it in there when you can and whatever your
doctor says is appropriate but you may be able to do a little bit of exercise
if you can’t go outside because it’s super hot right now especially here in
Oklahoma. Then you may want to do some chair
exercise or arm you know exercise where you can get that activity going. So, I
want to say thanks and I don’t want you to give up all the foods you love but I
do want you to pay attention to kind of lower sodium, lower potassium and help and really the sodium is going help you with a lot of things so
alright thanks for sticking with me today. Talk soon!

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