So I got some unfortunate news on Tuesday. My kidneys (which I always knew were bad) have gotten REALLY bad. There are 5 stages of kidney failure and I am in stage 5, the worst one. I'm meeting with my nephrologist August 4th to discuss what we are going to do - transplant list, dialysis, etc.
UNTIL THEN - I have been sent back into the world having to change my diet around. Everything that I thought was healthy, isn't healthy for me. For example - I have to switch from whole grains to white bread and white rice. I have to eliminate tomatoes!! I can have cauliflower but not broccoli... I am so confused. I've put in a call to talk to a renal nutritionist but who knows when that will happen. Everything I'm learning, I'm learning from good online sources but it's really hard!!
My new nutritional goals are:
1) Limit protein to 60 grams per day
2) LOW sodium (but no # was given yet)
3) LOW potassium (again, no #)
4) LOW phosphorus (....)
The protein I can deal with. The sodium I can watch. The other two - SO HARD! I'm geting a smart phone this weekend (thanks to my wonderful parents) because I think it will make it easier to track things and look up food while I'm out.
I think the worst part of this is that it makes no sense to me. It's easy to eat "healthy" - fruits, veggies, low salt, good quality protein, and good carbs. Easy peasy. But this??? I never would have thought that mangos, papayas, and raspberries would be bad for me!! I just need to get a handle on it...
This is my lunch today. It's my first real meal that meets all the goals.
Salad: lettuce, red pepper, carrots, cucumbers, and low sodium turkey. Dressing is balsamic vinegar and oil and some Mrs. Dash because I couldn't find a low sodium dressing.
Fruit salad: strawberry, blueberries, and a fresh pineapple! Only $2 a pineapple so I bought 2.
Side: 2 pieces of italian bread, no sesame seeds with a little butter on it. (I still need to buy unsalted butter but I forgot).
And a ginger ale. Non-diet!! haha Only good part of this...
If anyone has an suggestions, I'm all ears!!