Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Another new developement is that I've been given a list of foods I should avoid, and ones that are good for me to eat, under the kidney failure/dialysis program.

Since dialysis removes a lot of protein from the body, I'm suuposed to eat as much protein as possible. Animal protein is recommended, because it stays with the body better than vegetable protein (additionally, nuts, beans and some other sources of vegetable protein are high in phospherous and/or sodium, two things I'm supposed to really avoid).

I also am supposed to avoid potassium, which means bananas, and, worst of all, potatoes. I am a potato freak. I could happily eat nothing but potatoes for a year and never miss the taste of anything else. Happily, this is all just temporary until the transplant and recovery.

Oh, and for those who have been telling me for months that I can never drink soda again, they tell me that, for now, I should avoid Coke, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper, which I haredly ever drank anyway, but that other soda is fine in moderation . Most importantly, the said that Root Beer, the elixir of life, is fine (again, these restrictions will be even less after the transplant).

If anybody has any good recipes or anything that are high in protein and low in phospherous, sodium and potassium, I'd love to hear them.


Leisl said...

So ... meat recipes? Any preferences? Fish? Chicken? Pork? Beef? I think they'd all be ok, depending on what you cook them WITH. Introduce them carefully. I can look through stuff and see what I have for you. In the mean time, how are you with frittatas (Italian omelette-ish, quiche-y dishes)? Eggs are a great source of protein, but I'm not sure how the stack up to your No-No list.

Anonymous said...

Eggs are good (I've never been a big egg eater, but they have been reccomended now). Anything put "pink meats" like ham, bologna, etc, are good.

Leisl said...

I'll start combing the food porn ... er, cookbooks ... and see what I can come up with for you.

BTW - Ham is gross. Bologna is grosser. The end.