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RDHQ Podcast 108: The Mistake I Made When I First Started Working With CKD
I'm talking about my new program the Love Your Kidneys: Healthy Meal Planning and the early bird price ends on February 26th. I wanted to give you a chance. I just wanted to keep talking about it make sure that I am answering questions. I'm going to pop that in renaldiethq.com/lyk for Love Your Kidneys. Will get you to the sales page, tell you all about the course.
Today I wanted to talk about the mistakes that I was making when I first started working with renal disease that my mother was diagnosed with CKD and that we kind of work with learning and changing and part of that is creating my website but is happening is that we went through a process and we made a few mistakes and so I want to mention those mistakes because you might be making it too.
The first mistake is when we were first starting with chronic kidney disease, we kind of treated it like a New Year's Resolution. You know you think about everything like "I can do all this, I can do everything" and you've changed everything and then just like a New Year's Resolution, you realized it's hard and you quit. And so we would try to change everything, try to do a bunch of different changes so you're motivated.
I know you're motivated when you first have kidney disease and I like that but I want you to understand that it's kind of like a long game so treating it like it's a push of a button is kind of the wrong one. I see it as more like a step-by-step process.
You might be thinking like and we were thinking this too like "what if I do this?" but we don't want to do anything to make it worse. So, up to this point we didn't know but know all of a sudden and we know all these things need to change and there's this huge gap, two things they need to go through differently and then you just want to change everything and then it's completely overwhelming because you have so many things that you're trying to juggle. You're trying to get this one done, you're trying to limit your protein, you're trying cut potassium, phosphorus and you're wondering what the heck's left to eat.
We often think like if some is good a lot might be better but the truth is that it is better to do some portions. Where I come from is your food changes at a time, over time and otherwise what's going to happen is the food's going to be bland and it's hard to follow. Now, all of a sudden you have alarm of things that you can't eat and those long things that you can. And my mom was just talking about it. But when you chose to keep a plan and you don't have like a step by step then you are asking for problems.
I always think when you fail because you don't have a plan. So, truly you could accomplish so much in a month, in two months, in three months but all that in a week, it's going to be overwhelming and you're not going to get it done.
Thinking about it like making a plan and kind of knowing what are the things that you need to do so you don't know what to do next. When you have a plan like what I'm talking about is when you go through this plan, you know the things that needs to be changed.
Today, this on we change, next week. I want you to make a plan and it easy to change. So, making a plan to making it possible is as simple as writing down what you're gonna eat everyday and kind of stick to that. Now, you may not have a pattern, you may not know what's going to be on that list but you at least then you can go back over the week and you can look at that and say "okay. This is what worked. This is where I kind of fell short. This is where I kept going back."
In the course, I prepare renal meal plans and patterns that you can use to start with that I just did last night but I wasn't planning on doing but I because I'm so excited with the ...
RDHQ Podcast 107: Frequently Asked Questions About My New Love Your Kidneys: Delicious CKD Meal Planning Program
I want to talk program Love Your Kidneys Meal Planning. I have some frequently asked questions that I kind of wanted to go through.
I launched my new program and I'm so excited because it's Meal Planning. When you have kids, how do like work to commit and making it healthy yet delicious and time and it's going to be a 4-hour program.
Let me tell you a little bit of the course-specific notes right here. This week through Friday, we have something which is $297 one time charge and from February 26 through March 23rd, every week on Wednesdays at 7:00 AM Central. So, the 26th of February, the 4th of March, the 11th of March, 18th of March we're gonna have calls and those are each week, we have different topics.
The first week is like Meal Planning. Like understanding what those are and then the second week is some things like Meal Patterns. I'm going to give you some meal pattern samples. I'm going to teach you how to cut some foods in your list. I'm going to teach you how to use some lists to kind of how to input some foods just in there and then going to talk about recipes, how to adjust recipes, how to use some standard recipes to adjust their own recipes and then the last week is going to be about how to do Go Forward Meals.
You're going to be excited, you're going to get through it to keep it going, how do you bulk food prep, how do you do your grocery shopping to some ideas. Those will be live classes so it'll be interactive. We're limited to 20 each course, because I don't want to overdo it. I don't have too many... it's hard to answer questions.
The other thing that is about this is that I'm going to have three days where I do a Question and Answer. Monday the 9th of March, the second week and the third week of March, I'm going to do a question and answer with the group and just go through what questions. What things you know came up for you in the last week, answering those so it's like getting me live, getting me to answer questions about your kidney disease, questions about your diet.
I'll be online. It'll be through a program called Zoom and then all the sudden, you may have questions so you're expected to attend the classes. One of the things is you're going to go to the class and you're going to provide suggestions, provide comments. Let me know what those are and then once you are onboarded, it'll be available in a members' area. We'll have transcripts, closed captioning on it. You'll be able to submit your questions before the Question and Answer call or on the call for the questions and all individual appointments.
This is going to be a small group work. We're excited to do it because I want to do this little small group of 20 people. This is a program that I've done with other people that I really am excited to see how it can work in kind of the group setting. You're getting a lot of information. It's going to be the orders of education and questioning and answer. It's picking my brain.
Let's talk about some frequently asked questions. A lot of questions you know "if this is for me?" and my answer is if you have if you're taking care of someone with kidney disease, this is for you. Whether you were at the patient level or at a family or friend level this is not going to be written at the medical level. I'm going to do my best to answer all the questions you have. I'll make sure that it's clear and understandable.
We'll need to commit to attending the calls. It's going to be a great opportunity to learn more and get a great meal plan whether you have kidney disease or not.
RDHQ Podcast 105: What If You Could Get Your Meals Planned Faster?
Good Morning! Hey! It's Mathea Ford, Registered Dietitian and creator of the Love Your Kidneys Delicious Meal Planning for CKD course.
Happy Saturday! It is Saturday morning before Superbowl Sunday I hope you've got some delicious food planned for that and you're going to have an enjoyable time. If you don't enjoy football, at least I hope you enjoy the commercials right? That's my favorite. I love watching all the commercials and stuff.
This morning I want to talk about some what ifs in your future. Your future, my future, all of our future is not necessarily set in stone. It's something that we can change and I know some of the things that people talk to me about and tell me that they struggle with when it comes to being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease and trying to plan meals.
I know that there's a lot of issues that come up for people so I wanted to talk through those a little bit. If you're struggling with these things that I talked about, you're not alone. You are experiencing things that people feel. It's really overwhelming to think about the diet, to do something about it be very overwhelming because it is a complex diet that's made a lot of times more difficult by all the restrictions that may or may not need to have and all the information that's out there.
There maybe plenty of information that's out there on the internet about it but you don't necessarily know which information is the right thing to worry about or concern about. Most people are aware that it's a pretty major life event when you get diagnosed with chronic kidney disease and yet it seems like you get very little help. You get an informational sheet or you get help from Dr. Google but what do you do?
Like I talked about a couple days ago, unfortunately, initially, people start out with some pretty complicated restrictions that may be outdated information. All of a sudden, you feel like [tell me if this is you] you feel like you have to cook all your meals and you don't have all the time anymore. Like you didn't have two hours to prep and plan meals before you got diagnosed and now all of a sudden, you don't have those hours either.
You may have to cook meals for yourself or other people I know a lot of people my audience are women and one of the things a lot of times we as women do have to be responsible for cooking family's meals, planning family meals so that can make it even more difficult. You could eat healthier, can't we all? But you're not sure which changes you need to make. So, you have a list of Nos, things that you can't eat because will cause further damage and yet knowing what to eat is like evades you. It just doesn't seem like you know what to do. I hate it when somebody tells me I can't do something because that's the only thing I think about.
Where do you start with? Many times often when people get chronic kidney disease they will have other health-related conditions. You may have had PKD, you may have a low oxalate diet because you may have kidney stones, you may need gluten-free. All those things added into these restrictions are just making it even more complicated and you think to yourself I need to be a dietitian to figure this out. How do you eat anything at all now that you have all these restrictions? Putting together a meal is kind of a one at a time thing you can even think I had to think "oh! I need a whole plan."
Let's go-to recipes. Like do you love finding recipes on the internet? I love finding recipes. I love using Pinterest for recipes. But when you have chronic kidney disease, all of a sudden, you need a little more information than maybe it is in that recipe. A lot of times recipes don't even provide nutrient values but all of a s...
RDHQ Podcast 103: Chat with Nataliia about RenalMate and Kidney Disease
Mathea Ford: Hi there! It's Mathea Ford with Renal Diet HQ and today I'm here with Nataliia Karpenko. We're going talk today a little bit about RenalMate as you may remember I am an advisory board member with RenalMate and Natalia is the CEO and creator and she's like the inspiration behind a lot of things. She's always coming up with great ideas and why don't you tell us how you got how you came up with RenalMate? And what it is?
Nataliia Karpenko: Yeah. Hi to everyone! Today, we are at ISN, a Medical Society of Nephrology event in Washington DC. It's Kidney Week 2019. It's the opening day so it's really important to be here with Ms. Mathea Ford and thank you Mathea for this occasion. I just really think that it is so important to know why people have that passion for renal space and for nephrology.
I'm a former kidney patient. And beside this, I worked in a Technology Innovations Corporate Values. From the professional side, many people in the United States are dealing with chronic illness and they are overstressed, knew so little about diet and then you go to renal disease and you go to nephrology and you then realized that it is exponentially higher in terms of the amount of adherence and amount of comprehensive compliance patients have to have but sometimes Education is not there with education that is fully understood by patients as well as necessary simple work that will allow patients to feel empowered to start moving, to feel empowered to know that they can change, that they can improve their quality of life.
Since, I was very passionate about my personal craft, looking at that and say, "When I was a child and given is my kidney condition, what would become better?" And I certainly knew that it could be done in better ways that my family would recede back to education. How we can work on effective ways of improving the quality of the diet, improving the quality of life management, and luckily, it is the technology. Yeah. These days, there are so many ways how we can improve the quality of vitals management. Where some medical team would be on board knowing what's happening to patients with remote monitoring well designed in one side, patients will be able to manage their rate and blood pressure and the medical team could be informed if there are any abnormalities happening to patients.
There is a lot of value in it in passion, science-based approach, expertise, and technology together to really create something innovative but valuable for patients.
Mathea Ford: Yeah. I think it's what you mentioned is the kidney disease is really a hard diet to follow but it's got so many other layers that we don't even realize. You know, there's the family dynamic, there's the diet, there's the medications. Everything changes with kidney disease and putting that all together can be hard. So, we're here at ASN this week because we have a program called LEP. It was Life Enhancement Program. It's like a coaching program for kidney patients and we've done it a couple of times and we're presenting to the Nephrology Conference about the outcomes and stuff but what this is is RenalMate is an app and we're working on building it to make it so it's helpful to people who have kidney disease regardless of the stage and try to focus on the different areas of kidney disease.
If you're CKD 3 or CKD 4, before you get on dialysis, then it helps you to understand what is important at that phase because as your phase goes along, as you go along different things become important. You may have different medications, you may change, you're looking at your labs, you're you know you may have to have surgical prevention, surgical procedures done.
All those things so you had the passion because you're a kidney patient and you love technology and so Nataliia is out in San Francisco and she's around all the technolo...
RDHQ Podcast 102: How To Stay Kidney Friendly While Dining Out
Hi there! It's Mathea Ford with Renal Diet HQ and today I wanted to go live and talk about the fun topic of how to stay kidney-friendly when you're dining out. If you join me please make a comment. Let me know your comments or questions and I'll be glad to answer them as I'm going along.
I wanted to talk about dining out because we're getting ready to get into the season where we have a lot of activities, we may have parties to go to, you may have dinners with people, you may be invited to and I want you to think a little bit ahead and plan ahead for those types of events. I know this time of the year I start going out to dinners more with people and I seem to need to be reminded of ways to do a little better. It can be a challenge, especially with kidney disease because you have the added need to follow some restrictions depending on your diet, depending on whether you need potassium phosphorus. All those types of restrictions.
I don't want it to be as much of a challenge. I know it's still going to be an individual basis to challenge, but I wanted to talk through some ideas that I have for ways to make it a little easier.
Number one: Foods tend to be saltier at restaurants. They add more salt or people when they bring dishes they use more salty products. They might use regular soy sauce they might use salted butter. They might add salt to foods just without thinking about it and you're probably a little sensitive to salt so you can taste it and know that "hey, this is a higher sodium food" but if you're in a restaurant you can ask them how the food is prepared so you might say "how is this food prepared? Is it pre-prepared or is it prepared locally in the restaurant?"
If it's made locally in the restaurant, they can use a little less sauce. They can not add salt to your meal while they're cooking and a lot of times they'll just do salt over the burgers or whatever just ask them not to add salt. You can ask them not to add salt to fries or side dishes.
Sometimes the information is on the website so sometimes you can look ahead. I know Panera is great for this. You can go to Panera. You can look at the nutrition and you can also go in and tell it to remove certain ingredients. And then that way when you go into the store you know the nutrition value for the food that you're taking in, for the food that you're asking for. You can tell them you know "No. I don't want bread on the side. I want an Apple. I don't want this" that type of thing and you've already prepared it. You already kinda know what's going to be on that and so you're ready. So, the foods on the website you can also look for some salt terms like sauces may say that it's soy sauce or fish sauce or you just need to ask like how much salt is added and if like I said if they can prepare it or fix it in the store, improve it a little bit.
Number two is kind of a combo. Drink water. If you drink soda or like clear sodas or clear diet sodas then you want to drink water in between. Start out with water maybe drink some water before you go to help you feel more full. To help you stay hydrated especially knowing you're going to have more salt and choose smaller plates.
I like to look at the appetizer dishes although they can be a little too salty. I mean it seems like they're mostly pre-prepared but appetizers, side dishes so you may want to start looking at like your meat as a side dish and sometimes even when you go out just eating side dishes instead of having the meat that may add to the protein that you don't need. Add those.
A lot of places also have lunch menus so they'll have like the lunch menu on the back and even if it's dinner time you can ask for those lunchtime portions,
RDHQ Podcast 95: 5 Foods to Remove from your Kitchen Following a Kidney Disease Diagnosis
Hi! This is Mathea Ford with Renal Diet HQ. I wanted today to talk about five things to remove from your kitchen following a kidney disease diagnosis.
Now, there's a lot to learn about a renal diet and I want to talk today about some major changes, major things you can do right after you find out that you have kidney disease to help you transition easier. If you've recently found that you have kidney disease and you need to do a renal diet then there's a lot to learn.
There's a lot of yes/no foods, can/can't and I'm not big on yes and no foods but I am big on kind of some major changes that you're going to need to make look going forward to improve your health. One of the easiest first things you can do is remove some of these big offenders from your diet starting out.
Let's start out talking about canned soups number one. Canned soups so canned soups are basically liquid salt and you should really try to make your own soups. I have a lot of recipes for soups on renaldiethq.com. On the right hand side you can see all the recipes and there are several different soups in there but really you can do your best to make your own broth and then try to make your own soups with that broth to improve your health and those are easy because even though they're inexpensive they're really just salt they're not a whole lot of nutritional value.
Number two would be processed meats. Things like canned meats like spam, hot dogs, cured meats like pepperoni or prosciutto. Now, fresh meats like chicken or fish sometimes deli meats you can get lower sodium. Deli meats so you might look into that and you can also do like some look at some of the cans like canned chicken it may have lower sodium you may be able to find the lower sodium version of that but if you really can just cook a chicken breast. Chop it up and make your own little chicken salad or something that'll be real easy but just watch out for the canned process meats and in general highly processed foods you're going to want to look at the amount of salt that's contained in them because you're trying really to reduce the amount of salt in your diet.
Number three tomato sauces. I'm not a never tomato person. I know there's a lot of people that say "you know oh! I can't eat tomatoes" but in the beginning trying to improve your diet things that are tomato sauces can be high in salt and they can be high in potassium so things like ketchup as well as pasta sauces. Things like marinara you may want to eat less of or use a little less of. I also like so if you're using marinara on a spaghetti, for example, you can do like a butter sauce or a lemon sauce maybe a little higher in fat than the tomato sauce which you can make it lower sodium.
I'm seeing a question about what about pickles? Can I find no sodium pickles?
No. Maybe I have never seen lower sodium pickles but I've honestly never looked for them but basically, the process of creating pickles is using a salt brine so it's definitely never going to be that you're going to find no salt pickles but cucumbers which is what pickles are made of are perfect. Raw cucumbers chop them up, salt you know put them in a little soak them in a little vinegar and they're really good but in general, you might have to look to see if they have any no salt pickles. I haven't heard low sodium pickles I've never looked for those.
Number four instant ramen. A lot of times it's inexpensive and easy to make things like instant ramen and noodles are generally kidney-friendly. You usually can eat those just fine but the flavor packet in any of those pre-prepared pasta dishes are going to be really high in sodium just like all the processed foods that I was talking about. So, you might try cooking your ramen noodles and maybe putting like a light vinaigrette on them you could make your own.
We talked about that a couple of weeks ago.