According to Janelle Gonyea, RD, LD, “becoming overweight after kidney transplant is a real possibility as it affects two thirds of kidney recipients”.
An increase in weight may be caused by eating a more liberal diet after your transplant, an increase in appetite because you are feeling better in general, an increase in appetite due to medications you may be taking or lack of physical activity as you recover. Do not be discouraged! Speak to your dietitian about creating a customized meal plan to ensure you are making the best food choices and consuming the appropriate number of calories per day. Avoid foods high in fat and sugar. Also, speak with your doctor about your exercise plan. Good luck and congratulations on your transplant.
Juicing should be fine as long as you are regulating your total fluid intake and do not go over your daily recommended amount. You should limit or avoid high potassium fruits and vegetables. People with diabetes should also consider using fruits that are lower in sugar or using more vegetables.
A high protein diet is not recommended for people with severe kidney disease. In fact, studies have shown that limiting protein may slow the decrease in kidney function and progression of disease.
According to www.thepaleodiet.com, this diet “promotes low blood pressure in the human body by reducing cortisol, the stress hormone, and keeping sodium intake to a minimum by replacing processed, salt-laden foods with real, whole foods”. The diet encourages a high potassium and protein intake which is not appropriate for a person with severe kidney disease.
The DASH diet, which has been shown in studies to lower blood pressure, has been recommended by the National Kidney Foundation and approved by The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, The American Heart Association, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and also is the basis for the USDA MyPyramid. In addition to lower your blood pressure, it may also lower your risk for heart disease, stroke and cancer. Please click on the link below to learn more about the DASH diet. You should talk to your doctor before starting any diet plan.
If you are on dialysis, nuts and seeds should be avoided because they are high in both potassium and phosphorus.