Food Fight

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. 😉

General advice

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)

Hospital Menu

Meal Suitable Choice  Avoid
 Breakfast  Cereals e.g. Weetabix, Cornflakes, Rice Krispies

Toast with butter and or preserves

Bran Flakes, All Bran, Muesli
 Light Meals  Sandwiches with

  • Cheese *
  • Ham
  • Turkey


Cheese Omelette*

 Sandwiches with

  • Cheese and Tomato
  • Cheese, Carrot & Onion
  • Tomato

All Soups

 Cold Meats  Ham

Roast Beef

Roast Chicken


 Salads & Sides  Salad bowl minus tomatoes

Grated Cheddar Cheese*

Edam Cheese*

Cottage Cheese

Pork Pie


 Main Meals  Baked Gammon & Pineapple

Braised Sausages and Onions

Roast Beef

Roast Pork and Apple Sauce

Roast Turkey

Savoury Mince / Yorkshire Pudding

Beef Pasta

Beef Lasagne

 Beef Casserole

Broccoli and Cheese Bake

Chicken Casserole

Chicken Korma

Chilli Con Carne

Cottage Pie

Cauliflower Cheese

Lancashire Hot Pot

Savoury Mince Cobler

Shepherd’s Pie

 Main Meal Sides  Boiled Potatoes

Creamed (boiled) potatoes

Boiled Rice

Sage & Onion Stuffing

Vegetables (marked as Boiled)

  • Brocoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Swede

Yorkshire Pudding


  • Cranberry
  • Gravy
  • Parsley
 Croquette Potatoes

Potato Wedges

Roast Potatoes

Sauté Potatoes


  • Baked Beans
  • Broad Beans
  • Brussells
  • Cauliflower in Cheesy* Sauce
  • Sweetcorn
 Extras  Cornish Pasty

Grilled Lincolnshire Sausage

Macaroni Cheese*

Minced Beef / Chicken / Lamb

 Dessert  Cheese* and Biscuits

Cherry Cake


  • Apple
  • Apple and Blackberry
  • Plum

Egg Custard


Fresh Apple

Fruit Cocktail in juice or jelly

Pears, Peaches, Pineapple, Mandarin in juice


Sponge (Ginger , Apricot, Syrup, Jam, Victoria)

Jam Doughnut

Lemon Slice

Mousse (Fruit – Lemon / Strawberry)


Rice Pudding



Ice Cream

Fresh Banana

Bakewell Tart

Banana Cake

Bread and Butter Pudding

Choc Chip Cake

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Sponge

Scone and Jam

Carrot Cake

Fruit Cake

Rhubarb Crumble

Chocolate Sauce

 Beverages  Tea

Coffee (1 cup per day)

Fizzy Drinks
Cordial / Squash

 Fruit Juice

Hot Chocolate

Visiting Guests could Bring In

 Food Type  Choose Avoid
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



Angel Cake


Fruit Trifle



Scone (Plain) with butter or jam

Boiled Sweets




 Biscuits containing Chocolate, nuts or dried fruit

Chocolate Bars

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

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