Cutting meat from diet
I would love to know, how many people cut out meat from there diet & had their GFR go back up?
I cut out all red meat almost two years ago after consultation with my RD. I'm limited to 8oz. of protein each day. I don't do eggs, but get my protein from poultry and seafood. My GFR was 35 at the time but has since moved up to a high of 65 but that was just a snapshot of the blood labs at the time. My average has been 48 and I've held that steady over the two years since I knew I had CKD. Keep in mind that protein is not the only way to maintain your GFR at a steady level. Staying hydrated, watching your medications, upping your exercise regimen and being proactive will all help you get the most out of the remaining function your kidneys have.
great news & will hope for the same for myself!
Hey Mr. Kidney,
Just curious as to what the would be in grams. My renal dietician gave me a figure to stay at for protein of under 60 grams. How much would that be in ounces or can you transpose it like that? When I use a converter it comes up with 2 ounces... can that be right?
According to my RD there are 7 grams of protein in an ounce of cooked meat (poultry/fish). I hope that helps.
Oh that makes more sense
1 ounce equals 28.3495 grams. So 30 grams seems about correct.
I have been on a renal diet, since diagnosed at level 3b, with limit of 6 oz of meat or meat substitute for the day. I eat very little red meat and mostly fish or poultry. My eGFR average has improved.
how long did it take to improve after cutting the meat back?
It started within the first year to improve the eGFR. Had a couple of drops in it.
I had stopped eating red meat a long time ago. But now I do not eat much chicken or fish either. I do eat eggs, mostly egg whites. And I eat cheese in moderation.
My GFR has remained stable going up actually a little. But all my lab worked showed improvement.
Using what Bassetmommer said and compare it to my situation hopefully provides some folks with an example of why a kidney-friendly meal plan must be individualized. I cannot do eggs and the only cheese that works for me is a small amount of Brie. I get my protein mainly from poultry and seafood.
It's so important to meet with a Renal Dietitian and modify any recipe you come across to fit your personal needs and tastes.
Again, this is why I refuse to follow any specific author or group touting one way, and only one way to control CKD.
I agree Mr Kidney! What works for one may not work for another. I know a lot of people promote a vegan diet for kidneys, but I suffer from iron and B12 deficiencies so that wouldn’t be good for me. I still eat red meat occasionally, but have cut out dairy and gluten as I’ve found I’m intolerant to them. Eating a dairy and gluten free diet with reduced salt and no processed foods/fizzy drinks with plenty of water and fresh veg, and no OTC drugs, etc has raised my GFR.
I agree with those who have written here. Diagnosed 1 1/2 years ago. Cut down on sodium (though I never used much), potassium, phosphorous and protein. Numbers improved within 3 months. I also drink more water, exercise more and stopped meds that were harmful. I still do eat a little red meat.
I have been eating red meat (beef & lamb only and no pork) occasionally (once every 10 days) and having poultry or fish on a daily basis. But I have cut out all forms of dairy products, chocolate, coffee & sugar (substituted by honey). But the best result I got was when I reduced (not eliminate) salt (sodium) and started loosing water weight. I also drink 3 to 4 liters of filtered water daily.
I did my last labs and GFR went up 1 point!
I’ve been vegetarian for decades but developed CKD two years ago due to overuse of anti-inflammatory meds (separate issue). My nephrologist thought my diet likely protected me for a great while prior to diagnosis. My protein sources are primarily beans, lentils, seitan, and tofu. My GFR has been stable at Stage 3a.
gained 15 points...it is similiar to vegan but you cut out sugar...oil...salt...potatoes...tomatoes...no processed...
believe that small meals are the order of the day? How long should I wait between meals?
Guessing that years of ingesting diet soda (2 cans/day) and Splenda in my coffee has contributed greatly...
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