"My Dialysis Diet"
- What Works For Me

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October 2007 - Kidney Failure: Before I knew I was sick, I lost my appitite for protein. I stopped eating the main course and just ate the side dishes. I lost 30 pounds in 3 months. Then, a routine blood test at the doctor's office indicated that my kidneys were failing. The doctor told me to go home and to not go back to work until he told me I could.

November 2007 - Goodpasture Syndrome: A kidney biopsy indicated that I had the antibodies for Goodpasture Syndrome . This is a rare disease where your body creates antibodies that attack your own body, especially the kidneys, lungs, and sinuses. During this 2 month treatment period my kidney function went from about 50% to 10%, I still had no appitite, and I lost another 30 pounds. Ten percent kidney function is defined as End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) or kidney failure. The only cure is dialysis or a kidney transplant.

January 2008 - Unrestricted Diet: I was starving to death because there was almost nothing I could eat. The Dialysis Dietician put me on an unrestricted diet because I was not eating anything but orange juice.

June 2008 - Things I Can Eat: I could only eat a few high quality protein foods. Anything marginal or low quality made me gag. These are the few things that I could eat to get my health back. Maybe this will help you with your dialysis diet. This diet keeps my monthly dialysis center blood tests in the normal range (except that I am still low on protein).


I usually have 4 oz of orange juice, a fresh orange or 1/2 fresh grapefruit, 4 oz of grapefruit juice, and a biscuit sandwich in the morning.

Orange Juice, Grapefruit Juice, Lemonade, and Limeaid (not from concentrate). Liquids are limited to 32 oz a day. This is supposed to be the best thing you can do for yourself to reduce the workload on the kidneys that are left (10% for End Stage Renal Disease [ESRD]). I keep track of this by filling an empty juice bottle with 32 oz of water each day (to a line marked with ink), and pouring 2" into a glass and throwing it out, before I pour 2" of juice into the glass to drink.

Biscuit Sandwiches - Sausage, Egg & Cheese on a biscuit, Jimmy Dean brand.


Orange soda, grape soda, and water.

Red Diamond Sweet Tea.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
On dialysis days I have a donut, chips, a protein bar, and a soda while at dialysis (12-4 PM).

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday:
On non-dialysis days I eat whatever I can from the house (like leftovers from dinner).


This is where I try to get my protein for the day.

Friday & Saturday:

Baby Back Ribs With French Fries from Applebeys. I add catchup to the fries. My wife calls in the order and picks it up to bring home. I get a full rack and eat half of it on the 1st day and half of it on the next day. Rated 4 Stars: ****


Steak cooked in a Presto 6 quart stainless steel pressure cooker. Regular steak was too tough for me to eat and it had no flaver. The pressure cooker makes the steak tender enough for me to eat. I have to add ketsup for flavor though. The steak is good with potatoes and corn on the cob.

(Do not cook with aluminum cookware. Aluminum is bad for you.)

Monday & Tuesday:

Special Mexican Dinner from El Chicos. I eat most of this on the 1st day and save some for the next day. Rated 3 Stars: ***


Classic Fried Seafood Platter from Red Lobster. Rated 3 Stars: ***

Wednesday & Thursday:

Original 3 Piece Chicken Meal from Colonel's Fried Chicken: original recipie with potatoes and gravy and cole slaw. This is the only cole slaw I can stand to eat. I get a 3 piece meal and save one piece for the next day. Rated 3 Stars: ***


Betty Crocker Chicken Helper Chicken Fried Rice from grocery store. Rated 3 Stars: ***

Dialysis Links:

"End Stage Renal Disease" Query on Google
"Dialysis Diet" Query on Google

Preparing For Emergencies - A Guide for People on Dialysis

Dialysis & Transplant City - The only independent-not for profit site for news related to End Stage Renal Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease. ( A MSN group.)


http://ballew.org/dialysis/dialysisdiet.html - Updated January 3, 2009 by Ron Ballew