Stayin’ alive

A kidney dialysis/transplant diary

Diet day 1

Who’d think that a kidney dialysis/transplant blog would turn into a dieting blog? Well, me, I guess, because I was certain the surgeons would recommend my losing weight before any transplant takes place.

Yesterday was the start of the “strict” eating plan (going to try not to call it a diet). It’s going to prove somewhat sticky wicket to apply weight loss, diabetic and renal restrictions to my eating and still retain good nutrition, but it can be done. 

My challenge is to do it so I don’t get totally bored or ravenous and to change my eating habits as I do. Saying these things is much easier than doing them. Like I said yesterday: Losing and keeping weight off is the hardest thing I’ve NEVER done.

I started yesterday with a Spartan breakfast followed by a Healthy Choice low cal lunch, a sandwich before dialysis and another Healthy Choice frozen entree for a late supper/snack.  I also plodded (1.5 mph) on the treadmill for seven minutes and grocery shopped for 35.

The important numbers:

Calories: 1363

Calories expended in exercise: 203

Weight lost: ?

I did find a couple of helpful sites for logging food and between the two I think I’ll be able to watch my phosphorous, potassium, sodium and carbs. In case you’re in a similar predicament, let me refer you to: 

A way to log your daily food intake and see calorie counts quickly.  There’s lots of brand items in their database. I haven’t poked around in other areas much yet, though.

This is a food log designed for kidney patients in stage 4 or 5 of renal disease.  It gives you all the goodies on nutrition info for potassium, phosphorus, sodium, etc. but doesn’t seem to have as extensive a database.

I’m certain I’ll be leaning on frozen entrees for lunch fairly heavily since working full time and dialysis take up a great deal of my week, but the meal planning — thimking ahead —  has got to become a priority for me again. 

I find I’m extremely hungry after dialysis so I have to start planning how to take care of that on D days.  I need to leave enough calories free for a generous snack after dialysis.

You’ll see me mentioning Healthy Choice frozen foods often because that particular brand seems the most conscientious about keeping sodium levels low. Even though the obesity specialist recommended Weight Watchers, you have to be careful when you select Weight Watcher (or other diet programs for that matter) frozen foods if you’re trying to limit your sodium.

I foresee a Friday morning juggling menu plans and shopping to make sure the necessitites are in the house. Sheesh, it takes a lot of work to work toward being healthy.

I think I’m going to have to work on some mental/spiritual counseling, too, to see if for once I can change my life attitudes.


November 29, 2007 - Posted by | diabetes, dialysis, health, kidney, renal diet, renal recipes

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