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CHAPTER 10









                 HEALTHY EATING AFTER


                         TRANSPLANTATION






                fter your kidney transplant you will have a lot more freedom with your diet. However, it
               is very important to have a healthy well-balanced diet to help protect your new kidney.
        AWhen you go home, YOU become the most important member of your transplant team.

        The first few days after transplant                                What is a healthy diet?
        Depending on how well your new kidney is working        A healthy diet is what the whole family should
        you may need to continue to restrict certain foods      have. It means eating a wide variety of foods,
        for a short time. Your dietitian, or medical team, will  in the correct amounts, to ensure good health
        let you know if this is necessary.                      and a healthy weight.
           It is important that you try to eat well during this
        period to help your wound heal. If you are finding    Continue a low salt diet
        it difficult to finish your meals inform the ward staff  Almost all of us eat too much salt. About 80% of
        or the dietitian.                                     the salt we eat comes from processed foods, fast
                                                              food, and canteen and restaurant food. About 10-
        What to do when you go home                           15% is added at home and only 5% occurs naturally
           Once your kidney is working well you will no       in food.
        longer need to be on a special diet but it is            To reduce your salt
        important that you still watch what you eat and       intake, you need to use
        have a healthy balanced diet.                         less salt in cooking and at
           This is particularly important as your transplant  the table, eat more fresh
        medications can increase your blood pressure,         foods and less processed
        cholesterol and blood sugar levels. These             and ready-made foods.
        medications can also weaken your bones so you         Avoid using salt
        need to have a good intake of calcium and             substitutes, for example:
        vitamin D.                                            Lo-Salt and So Low.

                                      LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF FAT IN YOUR DIET
          ● Choose a low fat spread instead of butter, e.g.,  ● Avoid deep frying foods - bake, boil, steam,
             Flora Light, Golden Olive or Kerry Low-Low.         microwave or grill instead.

          ● Use low-fat instead of full fat milk.             ● Use a small amount of olive, rapeseed or
          ● Choose low fat or diet yoghurts.                     sunflower oil if frying food.
          ● Choose low fat cheese, e.g: Cottage cheese,       ● Trim fat off meat and remove skin from chicken
             half-fat cheddar or Edam. Limit portion size to     before cooking.
             2oz per week.                                    ● Limit high fat snacks such as chips, crisps,
                                                                 chocolate, cakes and biscuits.




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