My husband and son were both diagnosed with ESRD
at the same time almost two years ago and they started dialysis the
same week. My husband is a diabetic and my son has
IgA Nephropathy. My husband has always struggled with eating the right
foods and my son is very careful about what he eats.
After starting dialysis my husband struggled with
thirst while my son just couldn’t seem to keep his phosphorus levels
low. Threatened with having his parathyroid removed my son was at his
wits end trying to get his phosphorus levels low enough to avoid the
surgery. My husband on the other hand became frantic about the type of
food we were eating because his dialysis ‘report card’ was not
I had tried in the past to cook food that was
healthy for them to eat but to no avail. My husband said the food had
no taste and as a result was always putting things into his mouth that
were not good for him as a diabetic, hypertensive on dialysis. My son
kept doggedly trying to eat the things he should but was really
unhappy about the results in getting his phosphorus levels lower.
I prayed for an answer to both of their problems
and concerns and was led to Culinary Kidney Cooks. I am not sure just
how I found the site but I believe I did a search in Google and found
it. I read through the entire site and ordered the cookbook and
pyramid sheets. I told my son what I had done but not my husband as I
wanted to have him taste them before knowing that they had come from a
I received the cookbook last Friday,
decided to cook for the whole family from the cookbook and made our
first meal out of it that night for dinner. My 15 and 20 year old sons
(not dialysis patients) loved the oven fried chicken, carrots with
lemon and herbs and lemon rice that I had prepared and so did my
husband and my son. I love the short easy to follow recipes, the size
of the book and the stand that came with it is wonderful!
My husband and son have eaten only food prepared
from the cookbook for one week and the results have been astounding!
My husband is no longer as thirsty, eats much less than he did and his
dry weight has dropped. But the most wonderful results were for my
son. His phosphorus levels dropped from 11 to 6!
We are all very happy not only with the results
we have seen in only one week but also with the flavor and the variety
of the food. I cannot thank you enough for this wonderful cookbook and
wish that you would make one for hypertensive and diabetic patients to
help them to stay off of dialysis.
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