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  • About the DaVita Diet Helper

    Welcome to the DaVita Diet Helper Discussion Forum.

    My name is Sara, DaVita Dietitian and Nutrition Project Specialist. The DaVita Diet Helper is a meal planning tool for people with late-stage kidney disease. Because it is a unique new tool, we expect questions and discussion about:

    •how people are using the tool
    •how people like the recipes
    •if there are ‘bugs’ in the system that need to be worked out
    •if people are finding it easier to stick to the kidney diet
    •if people are getting better lab results from using the tool
    •ideas on how to refine the tool

    Please share your input in this Discussion Forum.

    Explanation about some DaVita Diet Helper features:

    When you view the meals, you will notice the recipe includes additional items to be served with a meal, such as beverage, dessert, etc. Due to the program design, we are unable to separate the recipe ingredients from the meal ingredients. We hope the Preparation Notes clarify how all the ingredients are used.

    The recipe ingredients are pulled from a food database. In some instances the ingredient name may be listed differently than the way it would appear in a recipe book. Unfortunately we cannot change this, but please let us know if you do not understand an ingredient.

    All meals are for a single serving — this is necessary for the nutrient analysis feature to work. If you prepare a recipe and increase the portions for more than one serving, we invite you to share your ‘scaled’ recipe with other users. Keep in mind, seasonings require adjustment when doubling or tripling a recipe. Cooking time may also be affected.

    We have included concentrated sweets in the diabetic meal plans to provide additional calories. We tried to keep the carbohydrate distribution for each meal and snack in the 40%-60% range as recommended by the American Diabetes Association. We acknowledge the current day guidelines that total carbohydrate intake is more important than the carbohydrate source. Modifications for an individual meal plan, or using carbohydrate counting, can be incorporated by the user. We encourage patients to work with their dietitian to make individual modifications.

    We're looking forward to your input on this new kidney diet tool!

  • #2
    Wow, I just love it - I have to use the CKD/Diabetic, and it's just great - I understood everything about it very easily. Also - I was working on it last night and I love the Shopping List as well - at first I did it the opposite - I checked off the things I DIDN'T have, then saw where I was to check off what I HAD, and click, and that left my shopping list for the week.

    I do agree at first the desert and drink were confusing, but I (already being a diabetic) knew how to adjust it to my own need/want.

    I can not wait to tell my Diabetic Counselor about it on Monday (see sent me the link to sign up for it), as she will also inform my Renal/diabetic dietician. and I will also tell my Kidney Doctor on Monday - I know it will meet with favorable response from all of them.

    This is a great thing you have done here, and I for one thank you, as I am just starting to have to count Potaassium, Sodium, and Protein, and this helps so much. Also, seeing what is posted lets me know that I can indeed still eat. You would not believe some of the meals I was trying to eat.

    Again, thanks so much -

    Just my opinion, but it was worth the wait.

    Blessings,
    Sue

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    • #3
      At last, a plan with recipes and nutrition values for this diet that is terribly overwhelming for many. When I first got sick, I had to fight to get to see a renal dietitian. With her help and some other information I got from various places on the internet and from books, I was able to cobble together something. However, I am a food professional and used to dealing with recipes, nutritional values, etc. The way the diet is presented to many patients, there are a bunch of lists which appear to contradict each other. This resolves the difficulty. I am sure, also, that after a few weeks of eating your meal plans patients will feel more confident in planning meals on their own.
      To the stars through difficulty!

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      • #4
        Diet Helper

        I am a stage 4 CKD patient. Trying to find renal diet information for non-dialysis patients has been difficult to say the least. DaVita's Diet Helper is a gift. I can't say thank you enough. I also like the grocery list. I can check off what I already have on hand and only pick up the items that I truly need. As with anything new, it will take me a little time to get adjusted to it, but well worth the wait. Thank you.

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        • #5
          Adding DaVita Recipes?

          Hello Sara,

          From what I have seen so far, the Diet Helper will be a great help.

          Is DaVita planning to move the recipes from its site over to the Diet Helper database? I have found a number of good recipes on DaVita's site and it would be really nice to be able to have them as options for the daily meals through Diet Helper. I assume someone would have to redo the ingredients and directions for the recipes because they are formulated for more than one serving, but it would be really helpful to have them avaiable on Diet Helper.
          Thank yoiu for the great tool!

          book_guinea

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          • #6
            The diet helper is a great idea and I am so glad it is finally online. The only problem that I have is that the menus are too time consuming (and exotic) to make a paticular dish for one person. Also, it has not allowed for waste which will happen if, say, someone buys a full bundle of asparagus and is just allowed three for a meal that week. What about the rest of that expensive vegetable? The only way I can see it working is to repeat the menu for the next week as well and use up all of those ingredients. Then maybe start another menu week after that. Does anyone know how to allow for this?

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            • #7
              Most vegetables, and aspargus is one of them, freeze successfully. Just clean (rinse and take off woody ends) as you would for cooking. Blanch in boiling water for about one minute (up to 3 min. for longer cooking veggies), remove, drain and cool. When cool, package in serving sizes and place in freezer.
              To the stars through difficulty!

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              • #8
                I really like the Diet Helper - I go in and switch them around to what I want. I am really blessed also, because I cook for my husband too - so I just make sure he gets twice as much as I do, and then of course he gets his own "little extras." I do freelance writing, so I'm home and I've been using it since the day it started, and I have no extras. I do what ChefNancy suggested, and freeze my veggies, and I make up small bags of leached potatoes, in small squares, and I also make my own leached hashbrowns, and sweet potatoes, but only have them about once a week, but they are in the freezer if I need them.
                I sure hope you can find a way to use the helper. I see my Nephrologist on the 26th and can't wait to show him the printed out sheets. Good luck to you.

                Blessings,
                Sue

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by sara c View Post
                  Welcome to the DaVita Diet Helper Discussion Forum.

                  My name is Sara, DaVita Dietitian and Nutrition Project Specialist. The DaVita Diet Helper is a meal planning tool for people with late-stage kidney disease. Because it is a unique new tool, we expect questions and discussion about:

                  •how people are using the tool
                  •how people like the recipes
                  •if there are ‘bugs’ in the system that need to be worked out
                  •if people are finding it easier to stick to the kidney diet
                  •if people are getting better lab results from using the tool
                  •ideas on how to refine the tool

                  Please share your input in this Discussion Forum.

                  Explanation about some DaVita Diet Helper feature




                  When you view the meals, you will notice the recipe includes additional items to be served with a meal, such as beverage, dessert, etc. Due to the program design, we are unable to separate the recipe ingredients from the meal ingredients. We hope the Preparation Notes clarify how all the ingredients are used.

                  The recipe ingredients are pulled from a food database. In some instances the ingredient name may be listed differently than the way it would appear in a recipe book. Unfortunately we cannot change this, but please let us know if you do not understand an ingredient.

                  All meals are for a single serving — this is necessary for the nutrient analysis feature to work. If you prepare a recipe and increase the portions for more than one serving, we invite you to share your ‘scaled’ recipe with other users. Keep in mind, seasonings require adjustment when doubling or tripling a recipe. Cooking time may also be affected.

                  We have included concentrated sweets in the diabetic meal plans to provide additional calories. We tried to keep the carbohydrate distribution for each meal and snack in the 40%-60% range as recommended by the American Diabetes Association. We acknowledge the current day guidelines that total carbohydrate intake is more important than the carbohydrate source. Modifications for an individual meal plan, or using carbohydrate counting, can be incorporated by the user. We encourage patients to work with their dietitian to make individual modifications.

                  We're looking forward to your input on this new kidney diet tool!

                  Dear Sara,
                  how do I get the recipes you mentioned above? I am very interested to get more ideas of how to prepare a variety of dishes . I am stage 3 right now and do take care of myself and especially what I eat trying to stop the progression of my kidney disease
                  Thank you

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                  • #10
                    I am not Sara, but I will answer you. Go to the home page of DaVita. There is a link there to register for the Diet Helper. Register, then plug in your diet prescription. If you don't know your diet prescription, call your dr. because you need to know it. After you have done that, a personalized diet with recipes will come up for you. If you just want recipes, type recipes in the search line and you will be transferred to recipes.
                    To the stars through difficulty!

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                    • #11
                      BTW, iro, you cannot STOP the progression of the disease; you can only SLOW it down. Not to be negative; I just don't want you to get your hopes up and then watch your numbers still slowly get worse.
                      Shannon
                      KidneyFun // Kidney Korner // Organ donation awareness products!
                      If the world didn't suck...........We'd all fall off!

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                      • #12
                        renal diet

                        Sara,
                        I need to know about the renal diet. I am having no luck anywhere. I haven't had to start dialysis yet and I want to know about the renal diet. My doc just tells me little protein. Can you or anyone else please help me out?

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                        • #13
                          There is plenty of information on this website and the recipes are not bad. Also check www.kidneyschool.org
                          Whatever does not kill me makes me stronger...Neitzsche
                          Flip

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by momdeb View Post
                            Sara,
                            I need to know about the renal diet. I am having no luck anywhere. I haven't had to start dialysis yet and I want to know about the renal diet. My doc just tells me little protein. Can you or anyone else please help me out?
                            Sounds like protein is your only real problem. The only other thing I can think to add to this is to do low sodium too, meaning no premade, prepackaged foods, and no added salt. This will keep you from swelling as badly as your kidneys get worse.
                            Shannon
                            KidneyFun // Kidney Korner // Organ donation awareness products!
                            If the world didn't suck...........We'd all fall off!

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                            • #15
                              Re: About the DaVita Diet Helper

                              Before my kidney failure I was on the www.calorieking.com site. It is a little more advanced and you might just want to look it over. I liked the blog and chat room for advice. It also gives a nutrition list but did not include potassium or phosphates and it encourages you to drink a lot of water.

                              I am wondering what to do for Easter. My family wants the traditional spiral ham, ect. I would like to enter what I eat on my daily plan substitute like I used too on the other program. I find it on the nutrition search but it doesn't keep into my favorites yet...hmmm? From my favorite foods I should be able to go into my weekly or daily planning.

                              I have stage 5 and diabetes, but the diabetes wasn't the cause for kidney failure. So far I am following your plan pretty well for the last couple of weeks. Lost a little weight and keeping my water down. My tech is happy. I really need to lose 40lbs. for my husband to donate his kidney.

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