GFR. Glomular Filtration Rate. Took me a while to get used to the terminology, too! LOL This is one that is going to be really important for you... it's basically the percentage of kidney function. Mine as of last report was up to 31 from 26...
Anemia is often a bit of a problem, but do be careful about the greens... they are all pretty high on the potassium content, so it's important to track that. If you can, cook in cast iron cookware, it's an easy way to add significant amounts of iron to your diet, especially if you make foods that are slightly acidic, like adding lemon juice to veggies, or making your own applesauce... or spaghetti sauce... but again, watch the potassium.
And be sure to read the labels on any seasoning mixes you purchase. I quit using commercially prepared lemon pepper when I realized that most of it has added SUGAR! I discovered that most commercially prepared seasoning mixes are the same, and...Who needs that??
Now I use real lemons and my pepper mill... and real garlic, and real onions, and the flavor is SO much better, too! LOL AND, there are a whole lot of seasonings out there that I didn't even KNOW about until I had to find a way to replace the salt! LOL Coriander. Dill. Nutmeg...
I found some wonderful new ways to use old favorites too--like cooking chicken with cinnamon and a bit of orange juice!... mmm...
I'm surprised at the yogurt, though. Dairy products are on a severe limit for most of us on renal diets. It's very high in sodium, potassium AND phosphorus--all no-nos! I'm "allowed" no more than 8 oz a day. Last I heard, Mary doesn't do THAT much! Of course, some days there's no dairy at all, and other days, I go over... but it balances out pretty well. This is one of the things you could use help with from a renal nutrition specialist. They are trained to look at your lab readings and determine the optimum intake on these things for you specifically, since it IS different for each of us, depending on which parts of the kidney function are most affected. Once they set the levels, we tweak things to fit our circumstances...
...and personally? I'd rather be a bit ahead of the game. In my book, it's better to err on the side of caution than risk further damage. I plan on being around a LONG time--! LOL
Most nephrologists have no problem offering a referral for this. Just call and ask...
I'm looking forward to seeing how successful you can be. When is the next "health radar" reading?
"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." Walter P. Chrysler said it, I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!
Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steadfast... and that works too! LOL
Life comes in specific increments, which we receive as a gift of one moment at a time. That's why it's called the PRESENT!
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