Here's something you might agree on: it's not easy following a renal diet.
Lifestyle changes need to be made, even when you're still reeling from the shock of finding out that your kidneys are failing. Having kidney disease also forces you to let go and avoid some, if not all, of your favorite foods before. Patients we meet often say something along these lines...
"...But I don't know what to do. It's not that easy to choose which foods to eat and avoid for someone with my condition. This is really confusing..."
The truth, however, is this: choosing healthier foods is easier than you think. All you need is more information, and a little bit of assistance.
Taking the First Step
Studies show that nutritional treatment in early stages of CKD may prolong life and lower the risk of death by 53%. Healthy dietary patterns, coupled with dietitian care, can reduce mortality rate by 19%.
Other studies confirm that moderate salt restriction significantly reduces blood pressure for CKD Stages 1-4, while protein restriction can help delay the onset of dialysis.
This means that choosing the proper foods to eat is the easiest, most basic step you could take to start your way into slowing down your kidneys' decline.
This also means that you will have to revisit one of the most important sections of your house: your pantry.
Make Your Pantry Kidney-Friendly
Your pantry can be your best friend. Or it can be your worst enemy.
Basically, your first step should be to raid your pantry and get rid of the items there that worsen your kidney disease.
Processed foods like these...
...should be removed and replaced with kidney-friendly food items, like...
This is why the RenalTracker Team is launching a new approach to renal dieting, one that will help you access the expertise of our dietitian and apply it directly to your food choices. We call it the RenalTracker Pantry Check.
The RenalTracker Pantry Check
Doing a RenalTracker Pantry Check is a super easy way to get started on your campaign against CKD! It requires only 2 easy steps:
STEP 1: Take a general picture of your pantry (or any area in your house where you store your dry goods) and send the photo(s) to us through Facebook Messenger.
STEP 2: Within 24 hours, our registered dietitians identify your 3 biggest kidney enemies and 3 best kidney friends and start helping you & your kidneys!
Here's how it will look like:
Pretty easy, right?
What's even better? You can start with this as early as now! You can either send us an email, or just leave a "YES!" in the comments down below to tell us if you're interested in getting a Pantry Check from RenalTracker. We will then contact you through Facebook Messenger to begin.
So, what are you waiting for? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or reply “YES!” in the comments section below to start CKD-proofing your pantry now!