I have CKD and am adopting a low protein( no meat/fish/dairy/eggs) and low potassium/phosphates/sodium (reduce potatoes/pasta) diet, and have found I can reach my protein level easily enough, but am constantly short of calories. Can you help at all?
Healthy, natural fats. Make sure your protein comes with fats that belong, full fat milk etc, oil fish like salmon and mackerel. Dress salads in oil and vinegar,cook veggies in butter etc etc.
Thanks for this, but the problem is I can't have fish/dairy....hence the problem in finding extra calories.
Have a look here to see if it helps. Trying to get enough calories on a renal diet is an issue. I would say more fats and simple sugars but you really should consult with a nutritionist. The risk is getting enough calories but not enough other nutrients.
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I highly encourage you reach out to your team and ask for a referral to a renal dietitian. The kidneys are so tricky and we often set targets based on a person's level of kidney failure.
There are also some useful medications that can be used to help with absorption of potassium/phosphorus. And in some cases, we can be a bit more liberal with protein.
Susan Macfarlane, MScA, RD
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
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Thank you for the advice, Susan. I will ask for access to a dietician at my next check in.