Thursday, January 13, 2011

Revamping your Diet for Kidney Stones

Due to my recently discovered Kidney Stones I am going to alternate my diet. :( I am torn between the pain of more stones (which I currently have either way) and my extreme dislike of not eating things I love.

Some of these things are caffeine. I was told specifically no pop, coffee or chocolate. The other that is really hard is red meat and salt, they told me to limit red meat to 3 or less times a week. They told me lots of other things but these are the major ones.

A little background on me, I have been drinking coffee since I was at least 5 (my dad is not a good babysitter). This last Saturday 5 people in my family drank THREE pots of a 12 cup coffee pot. We LOVE our coffee. I must admit that I went to the coffee isle at the grocery store last week just to smell the aromas. :( Second, growing up my dad raised cattle so we ate a lot of beef and still do. If it was up to him we would have had beef with every meal. Third, my dad/family has a high salt content in everything they cook, bland food never came out of my parents kitchen. And finally fourth I LOVE Coca Cola! Just that alone makes me sad.

So in order to prevent more stones from forming I am altering my diet. I bought some flounder, shrimp, and a pork roast this week at the grocery store. I am going to switch to ground turkey for tacos, burgers, etc. so that I can still enjoy meals I like. I cut out Coca Cola completely, and I have decided I can have ONE cup of coffee a week. And I am in full agreement with myself that if more stones form than I am discontinuing my diet that is unless I lose like 20lbs. I have one more stone in my kidneys at this moment but if I get any beyond that this plan is going out the door. Sadly that is mostly because of the coffee.

Now I just need to figure out what to do with the 100+ lbs of steaks/hamburger/roasts/other beef in our freezer that my husband can't eat alone.


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