Chronic Kidney Disease Diet Plan for Stage 1 Patients

The basic nutritional rules for people with Chronic Kidney Disease CKD (Stage 1) are to follow a healthy diet plan (like the DASH diet) and to limit the amount of protein and sodium. In some cases,  patients will need to limit the potassium or phosphorus in  their diet as well.

The Chronic Kidney Disease diet plan caters to  the 1800 calories level, which is typically adequate for women who have a sedentary lifestyle.  This particular menu has 1751 calories and 1083 mg of sodium. It provides 3 servings of grains, 4 servings of vegetables, 5 servings of fruit, 3 servings of dairy, 3.5 servings of protein and 1 serving of oils.  The number of servings from each food category is  as per the DASH diet recommendations.  

If you have Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 1, you need to maintain a healthy weight and take steps to prevent infections. So boost your immune system by eating the right amount of vitamins and minerals. Usually, in  Stage 1 of CKD, you do not need to limit your liquid intake. Your doctor should give you  information about the amount of proteins, sodium, potassium or phosphorus allowed in your diet. Then the nutritionist can plan a custom diet  plan for you.

Breakfast: Bread with peanut butter jelly, and a glass of milk

Breakfast  provides 1 serving of grains, 1 serving of protein and 1 serving from the dairy food group. It has 415 calories and  347 mg of sodium. This meal is a  good way to start your day, especially because every morning, your blood sugar is very low. Adding desserts is a good way to keep right amount of calories while following all the dietary restrictions.

Mid Morning Snack:  Fruit smoothie  

Treat yourself  to a healthy smoothie made from one  cup freshly- squeezed apple juice,1 ripe banana, 1 kiwi fruit, 5 frozen strawberries and 1½ tsp of honey. This fruit drink is loaded with antioxidants and vitamins. It has 412 calories and18 mg sodium, and provides 5 servings of fruit.

Lunch: Pasta with tomato and spinach. 

Note: Choose wheat pasta. If you like, skip the Parmesan cheese.

This lunch is a great sample diet for people suffering with Chronic Kidney Disease. Pasta with tomato is main dish that is tasty and packed with healthy ingredients and is low in sodium and proteins.  It  provides 1 serving from the oils group, 2 servings  from the vegetable group and 2 servings of grains. It has 377.5 calories and  257.7 mg of sodium.  Spinach, one of the ingredients, is a great source of vitamins A and K, folate, magnesium and iron and  has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.


Mid afternoon snack:  20 grams of raw almonds

Almonds are good sources of biotin, vitamin E, manganese, copper and vitamin B2 and provide 116 calories and 1 serving of protein. Dr. Blumberg, Ph.D., the senior scientist at the Antioxidants Research Laboratory at Tufts University, says,  "The synergy we see in almonds between the flavonoids and vitamin E  demonstrates how the nutrients in whole foods can impact our health." 

Dinner : Potato and zucchini frittata.

Note: because your diet has to be a low sodium diet, skip the queso fresco (cheese) and the crumbled turkey bacon. As with your other meals, add taste  by experimenting with different herbs while cutting down on the amount of salt.

This dish  has 430.5 calories and  460 mg of sodium. It  provides 1.5 serving of protein, 2 servings of dairy and 2 servings of vegetables.

This dinner is a great sample of another dish that is tasty, packed with healthy ingredients and low in sodium and source of proteins. Even though you need to limit the amount of proteins in your diet for Chronic Kidney Disease, you can't skip them completely; you need to consume protein in sufficient quantity to avoid muscle-mass loss. 


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