Changing Your Habits And Making Progress With Kidney Disease


Hi there! It’s Mathea Ford with Renal
Diet HQ and I’m going live today to talk about changing your habits and how to do
better with that. I think it’s a huge change that you have to make when you
find out you have kidney disease and you want to take the steps to improve your
diet and improve your labs and improve your health and among the million other
things that you need to do, you add this on to that and I think it’s important to
realize that changing habits is kind of like a slow step-by-step process and
it’s not going to happen overnight. It’s not going to happen you know just like that but I wanted to talk about kind of what I think of when I think of the process of
changing your habits. So, I think you have to start with needing to know what to do.
So, what do I change? Do I change my diet? Do I change my exercise? Do I change my
sleep patterns? Do I change what I read? Or you know how I go about my day?
And some of those things. What to do obviously a lot of times it is changing
your diet it’s decreasing the amount of protein you’re eating, it’s decreasing
the amount of salt, it’s watching how much you’re eating of those things. When I talk to people they usually you know they’re ready and willing to start
and they want to just like get rid of everything and I think it’s important to
know what to do and kind of have in your mind a plan. So, thinking about you know
where do I start? What do I do next? What do I do next? So, you need to start with what you need to do. And then number two is you need to know how you’re going to do it. So, you need to know if you’re going to improve
your protein intake for example. First of all, you need to know how much you’re
going to eat. How you’re calculating your protein, you know, how much you’re
going to eat and then you need to understand like what you’re
currently doing. So, I think that’s something we often don’t take stock of
is where we currently are what we’re currently doing maybe you’re not eating
too much protein right now and maybe it’s other things that need to be
changed like medication or fluid or sleep. But kind of taking stock of where
you are right now so that’s where I like to start to say “okay, you eat how much
protein do you eat in a day? Start tracking your food. You don’t have to
track exact portions but you need to have a pretty good idea and it’s really
something that you should be aware of and do you know kind of for a week or
two, I might start the first week and just track exactly what I’m doing.
Sometimes even just the act of tracking makes you adjust but even that without
consciously being like I need to you know decrease this know what you’re
doing so you know how much protein you should take in and you know where you’re
at. And then the next week you start with a plan. So, you start with a plan of how
much protein you’re going to eat. You also have a plan for how you’re going to fill
in what you used to eat as proteins so say you used to have like a you know 10
ounce steak at dinner now all the sudden you’re going to eat more like a 4 ounce
steak. What are you going to eat in addition to that? Are you going to eat more rice? So, you’re going to have more vegetables? Are you going to eat a salad with a meal?
What kind of dressing? So, thinking ahead to some of the stumbling blocks because all of a sudden when you get rid of that you need something else to put in its place.
Well, I’d love to think that you just cut out those calories, I know that in your
mind you’re going to think “I’m missing something” and really you need to start
thinking I’m taking better care of myself, I’m taking care of who I want to
be. So, think about where you want to be and how you’re going to get there and how to do it. So, a lot of the reasons why I talk through like meal planning and how
you’re going to do this and taking these step-by-step is, first of all, most the
time people don’t want to throw out everything they have in their groceries,
in their kitchen. They want to start kind of cutting back maybe you know buying
better foods but then also still using up what they have because they don’t
want to be wasteful. So, you want to go through and figure out how you’re going to do it. Are you going to make a meal plan you need to have some ideas for how you’re
going to adjust when things are not right or when you feel like you’re
already getting too much. How are you going to fill in that space? Are you going to sit there and be uncomfortable with having less food? Knowing that it’s for
the greater good it’s for your health so think through some of those situations
and how you’re going to do it. What that means? What’s going to be like? And
then what I do and what I encourage you to do is once you have a
plan you know what you’re going to do, do it. So, that seems simple but a lot of times
we start to question it. We start to read more articles, we start to find more
information then we question like “should I take this supplement? Or should I do
more protein restriction? Or should I do less? Or this one this article says
potassium is bad for everybody with kidney disease.” Once you have the plan,
say for example you bought the Kidney Diet Starter Kit and you’re
following the grocery list and you’re going to do the snacks and the meals and I would encourage you to once you’ve made that decision to stop looking for other
evidence. So, you know that that information for example, Kidney Diet Starter Kits from
a Registered Dietitian, I’m a specialist in kidney disease, I understand it very
well. You could trust that I’ve given you good information and you just do it. It
would be like I have someone working on my website and it would be like me
saying well that’s all fine and good but I read that Google does this. That person
if I paying them if I know them if I trust them which I would know and trust
them before I would pay them and I would understand I shouldn’t go around trying to figure out if they know what they’re doing. So,
my advice to you is that yes you need to do it but you also just need to trust
and give it time. So, do those tasks. Do that seven days so you do the seven days
where you figure out what you were eating and then you do the seven days
where you adjust and then feel into that, how does that work? Are you doing better? You’re not going to know right away because you’re not going to have lab tests and
stuff. What I find a lot of times is I’ll make changes and then I’ll
think “oh! Nothing much happened” and then I’ll go back to doing something like the
way I did it before and I’ll be like “oh! This is what was different!” Because all
of a sudden, I’ll get that pain and ache so I take turmeric and I’m not
recommending that you take turmeric but tumeric is good for like some
inflammation and just overall feeling better and so I take turmeric and I ran
out and for like a week I was like “oh! That wouldn’t do anything. You spend that money.” And then I start to notice that I had little aches and pains that I didn’t
have the week before. So, a lot of times it’s the contrast. So, what you might do
is if you’re starting to question you know look at what weighs before and what was after. So, maybe you had a lot of fluid retention before when you’re
eating a lot of salt and now yes you’re eating less salt and maybe food doesn’t
have much flavor although I do have spices and encourage you to use more
spices just not salt. But you go through and you think through what is improved.
So, what was the status quo before and what is it now? And looking at what you
can see as improvement and just making those small improvements. So, really you
just need to do it and you need to trust that that’s the right thing and give it
enough time to work instead of constantly coming back and trying to
find other things. You need to own it and say “I’m going to do this” and it’s funny
because a lot of times, we’ve done things in our life that we’re ready to give up
but then at the moment when we’re giving them up, we suddenly
think “oh! This is not the right idea” but yet we haven’t seen what the benefit and
value is of that change so I know it’s kind of a lot for a Friday and I just
really wanted to think about that and think about like you trust that it’s the
right information and quit questioning it and just go for it and do it. It’s
like if your doctor told you to take a medication. In that moment, when you’re
talking to your doctor you should say “what is this for? What is it going to change? What am I going to feel different? But once you’ve agreed to taking it, you should
take it. You should do follow-through with it and give it a chance to see
whether it’s an improvement or not and notate what’s changed. So, that’s it for
today I wanted to thank you guys for being part of the group and I’ll talk to
you again next week. Thanks!

One thought on “Changing Your Habits And Making Progress With Kidney Disease”

  1. ‘Changing habits’ means you have say goodby to most of your favorite foods. It’s all about what you feed the engine. I’m a year into this diet change. I’ve found many delicious kidney friendly recipes at Northwest Kidney Centers and The Kidney Disease Solution. ( I paid $69 for this valuable program). YouTube also has many great videos for Kidney disease information and how to change, what you eat. I GAVE away all the boxed and packaged food that contained sodium. My cupboard was almost empty. Most of my goodness is in the fridge. Veggies and fruits along with some Vegan products too. I’ve tried veggies I’ve never tasted and I’m so impressed how food tastes without sodium but adding my own herbs. It’s a new world out there!! By changing your diet NOW, you will slow down the progression of this disease. Great video. Thank you so much.

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