February 29, 2012 at 08:02 AM in Kidney diet

How can I manage a diet for ESRD patients and people who don't have ESRD without preparing so many separate meals?

I am having difficulty resolving the diet issue for myself and my husband. The kidney diet seems counter-intuitive to all the things I learned about nutrition. I would like to eat more whole grains and beans and veggies. My husband needs to eat white rice and string beans. Help. I wind up eating his diet and that is no good for me.

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Amy T., RD replied:

This is a very difficult question to answer without more information. Depending on the stage of kidney disease that he's in and what your husband's lab values say will influence how flexible you can be regarding food choices. The advice that I can give, with the information provided, is to go over your husband's lab values with his physician and dietitian. Ask that the dietitian sit down with you to help you map out a meal plan so it can accomodate your own nutrition requirements as well as help him adhere to a kidney-friendly diet.

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