Yesterday I had a visit from the dietician. The 15 minute conversation was very much geared on ways to combat the potassium excess through my diet.
Whilst the drip has been working and drinking plenty of water is flushing my kidneys through it will be important to deal with the short to meduim term concentration of potassium as chemotherapy kicks in and destroys the Myeloma and its paraproteins which clog up my kidney.
The dietician gave a long list of haves and avoids recognising one of the first hurdles is how to navigate the hospital menu – what to have and what to avoid.
All my menus need to be marked Renal Patient with the added instruction that all vegetables are boiled as opposed to steamed or microwaved. Furthermore the boiling water must be discarded.
The table below is by no means complete and removes my own personal dietary dislikes (no fish or sea food for example) which are personal preferences not dietary needs.
There are some goodies on there but also a number that are sadly not.
A craving for chocolate should be satisfied by Jaffa Cakes because the chocolate coating is so thin. This could be a marketing strategy for McVities. 😉
Do not add salt to meals – especially Lo-Salt which has a higher potassium chloride content!
Avoid salty savoury snacks.
Thankfully, I do not have a phosphate restriction at the moment – this is high but acceptable apparently so foods are not restricted but starred (which means they would be if I was)
|Breakfast|| Cereals e.g. Weetabix, Cornflakes, Rice Krispies
Toast with butter and or preserves
|Bran Flakes, All Bran, Muesli|
|Light Meals|| Sandwiches with
| Sandwiches with
|Cold Meats|| Ham
|Salads & Sides|| Salad bowl minus tomatoes
Grated Cheddar Cheese*
|Main Meals|| Baked Gammon & Pineapple
Braised Sausages and Onions
Roast Pork and Apple Sauce
Savoury Mince / Yorkshire Pudding
| Beef Casserole
Broccoli and Cheese Bake
Chilli Con Carne
Lancashire Hot Pot
Savoury Mince Cobler
|Main Meal Sides|| Boiled Potatoes
Creamed (boiled) potatoes
Sage & Onion Stuffing
Vegetables (marked as Boiled)
| Croquette Potatoes
|Extras|| Cornish Pasty
Grilled Lincolnshire Sausage
Minced Beef / Chicken / Lamb
|Dessert|| Cheese* and Biscuits
Fruit Cocktail in juice or jelly
Pears, Peaches, Pineapple, Mandarin in juice
Sponge (Ginger , Apricot, Syrup, Jam, Victoria)
Mousse (Fruit – Lemon / Strawberry)
Bread and Butter Pudding
Choc Chip Cake
Scone and Jam
Coffee (1 cup per day)
| Fruit Juice
Visiting Guests could Bring In
|Fruit||Oranges, Mandarins, Grapes, Kiwi, Peaches, Pear, Pineapple, Plum, Raspberries,Strawberries, Tangerines, Tinned Fruit (drained)||Avocado, Apricots, Bananas, Blackcurrants, Mango, Melon, Rhubarb|
|Savoury Snacks|| Corn, Wheat, Maize Snacks, Bacon Snacks, Cheese Curls / Puffs, Tortilla Chips
Breadsticks, Crackers, Ritz, Popcorn, Rice Cakes
| Potato Crisps, French Fries, Hula Hoops
Nuts and Dried Fruits
|Sweets / Desserts|| Biscuits plain or cream
Scone (Plain) with butter or jam
| Biscuits containing Chocolate, nuts or dried fruit
Doughnuts with Chocolate Coating
Chocolate or Coffee Mouse / Sundae
|Beverages||Coffee (1 cup / day)||High Juice Drinks|
|Fruit Cordial||Fruit Juice (ALL)|
|Fizzy Drinks||Horlicks / Hot Chocolate|
|Tea including Herbal / Green Teas||Isotonic sports Drinks|