NOTE: This article was first published in Spring 2020 in Issue 8 of our Kidney Matters magazine
When Sarah Green contacted us to say that she really wanted to experiment with the recipes on the Kidney Kitchen website but was not sure how to integrate them into her diabetes diet, we were only too pleased to ask our dietitians to carry out a bit more recipe analysis. Now, thanks to Sarah, all recipes on the Kidney Kitchen website will have a carbohydrate value to help you if you too have diabetes and ‘carb count’.
I have type 1 diabetes and stage 4 chronic kidney disease (CKD). Because of this I need to manage my potassium and phosphate intake. Most people with type 1 diabetes work out their insulin dose by calculating how much carbohydrate is in the food we eat. This can be really complicated and quite difficult sometimes as it is not always obvious. Pre-prepared foods and ready meals have this information on the packaging but these foods often aren’t suitable for kidney patients because of the amount of hidden salt, phosphate and potassium in them.
Cooking from scratch means that you know exactly what’s in your food and you are able to make changes to make it more kidney-friendly. The recipes in Kidney Kitchen are great for this but for people with type 1 diabetes who ‘carb count’, it can be really complicated. We have to work out the carbohydrate content of each ingredient, add them all up and then divide by the numbers of portions we consume throughout the day. That’s just too much Googling and maths at meal times.
I’ve tried a few recipes from the Kidney Kitchen website, but the maths involved stopped me using them regularly. So I approached Kidney Care UK and asked whether they would be able to add carbohydrate nutritional information to their recipes, and they said yes! Now all the recipes in the Kidney Kitchen will have carbohydrate nutritional information, which makes it so much easier for me to prepare my meals.
We all know how difficult the renal diet can be to maintain. I’ve often found myself eating the same thing over and over again just because I know it’s safe. I’ve always been a bit cautious about trying new recipes. However, having so many great recipes available on the Kidney Kitchen website that clearly state carbohydrate content as well as the potassium and phosphate guidance I need to manage my CKD, is brilliant.
Managing a renal diet can feel like guess work sometimes but now we finally have a solid, reliable and trustworthy food website to enable us to expand our diet safely.
Thank you Kidney Kitchen!
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