How to use this website:
The recipes in this website are to be used on the recommendation of your dietitian, and in conjunction with regular medical monitoring. The recipes offer a variety of low-phosphorus, low-potassium, low-sodium options with varying amounts of protein - because pre-dialysis and hemodialysis patients have differing requirements. The recipes on renaldietchef.com do not by themselves constitute a diet plan - they are tools to help you fulfill the nutrional objectives set by your doctor and your dietitian. All recipes are nutritious (the desserts, a little less!), low in phosphorus, and reasonable in potassium. Most are low in salt as well.

Measurements:
You will find a scale very useful for measuring your ingredients. A mini-scale with a 0.01 degree accuracy and a 1 kg capacity is your best option. Don't forget to tare your containers before weighing. Renaldietchef.com supplements the standard kitchen measurements with their weight in grams because the nutritional information is calculated with these weights.

What is the Renal Diet?
Beyond normal healthy eating habits, there is yet no magic food combination that has been scientifically proven to slow the progression of kidney failure. However there may come a time where, under medical advice and based on test results, you may be asked to limit your intake of phosphorus and/or potassium in order to improve your well-being, reduce unpleasant symptoms or mitigate some of the side effects of low kidney function on your heart and bones, for example. You may also need to monitor your protein intake, upwards or downwards. Some people's hypertension responds favorably to a low-sodium diet.

Portion sizes: It often happens that only one family member has been advised to follow a renal diet, therefore will cook for one. For this reason, all recipes make a single portion where practical.

Pantry management:
Everyone has a mental list of ingredients they always have on hand and another for ingredients needed occasionally for some special recipes. The renal diet will change this. To facilitate this change, we are providing a shopping list and a visual guide to what your new fridge and pantry will look like. This information is in the Get Started rolldown menu above.

Use reason:
Watermelon is considered a good choice because of relatively low phosphorus content. Blue cheese on the other hand, gets a bad rap because it is high in phosphorus. However, if you love watermelon so much that you can eat a whole half on a hot summer day, maybe watermelon is a poor option for you. If you love blue cheese, but on account of its strong taste, you spread it thinner than butter, and tend to eat it in very smalll portions - then by all means, don't deprive yourself!

Phosphorus:
Low-phosphorus is one of the primary objectives of the recipes featured on renaldietchef.com.

Potassium:
Potassium amounts are given for each recipe, but bear in mind that this is for the benefit of a small number of renal patients that have documented potassium level problems.

Protein:
Low-protein doesn't mean no-protein. You NEED protein! Your goal is not to minimize your protein intake, but to get it just right. There are online protein requirement calculators, but many will give you different answers when entering the same values. Your dietitian will be invaluable in determining how much protein YOU need.

Salt:
Some kidney patients have high blood pressure despite sustained pharmacological intervention, and in some cases these patients will respond to low sodium diets. Many recipes on renaldietchef.com are NOT restricted in salt.

Water:
This information is made available for patients that must restrict fluids.

Don't forget to exercize:
Keeping active can keep you in good health and mood. Pick up a badminton racket and join a local club, walk your dog a little longer!

Add it up:
The amount of phosphorus, potassium, sodium, calories and protein have been calculated for each recipe. Add these up and make sure you stay within your numbers.