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Am I the only one that finds it difficult to eat more?

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  • scaryann1scaryann1 Posts: 250Member Member Posts: 250Member Member
    Thank you.

    Protein and the CKD patient

    When protein is ingested, protein waste products are created. Healthy kidneys have millions of nephrons that filter this waste. It’s then removed from the body in the urine.

    Unhealthy kidneys lose the ability to remove protein waste and it starts to build up in the blood. Dietary protein intake for patients with CKD is based on the stage of kidney disease, nutrition status and body size. Counseling sessions with a registered dietitian are recommended for planning and monitoring a low- or high-protein diet.


    https://www.davita.com/kidney-disease/diet-and-nutrition/diet-basics/dietary-protein-and-chronic-kidney-disease/e/5302

    My dietitian told me that limiting my protein now will give my kidneys a chance to heal and recover. So far they have started to. My kidney function has already increased a lot. I'm hoping by staying low they can recover even more. Before the improvement I was at stage 3b. I'm not positive what stage I'm at now.

    Right now, I don't have a lot of activity level. I have a genetic disorder that effects my connective tissue. I dislocated my shoulder last week when I picked up my pocketbook. My pocketbook wasn't even heavy that day. Then, instead of giving it a week or two to recover, I decided to try some shoulder shrugs with a whopping 2.2 pound weight. It hurt so bad I couldn't breath. I'm still in agony from it. I guess I will probably have to give in and make a doctor's appointment for it, but I keep hoping it will miraculously heal over night. I also tore my meniscus last November when the car door shut on my knee. I'm still trying to get that to heal without having surgery.
  • sbl1881sbl1881 Posts: 213Member, Premium Member Posts: 213Member, Premium Member
    I'm so glad I saw this! I'm 5'2, 143 and just re-calculated my tdee because my activity level wasn't correct (set to sedentry when it should be moderate). I'm going from 1350 to 1400 to 1475, then 1550 and so on. I'll adjust every 2 weeks so my body doesn't go into shock. Lol.

    For me, its either been 800-1200 or a full on binge. Lol. Not much in between. Needless to say this is pretty scary for me, but I'm going to trust the process and eat that food!
  • scaryann1scaryann1 Posts: 250Member Member Posts: 250Member Member
    sbl1881, it hasn't been easy that's for sure! I agree, I used to have like one day every two weeks where I "binged" for me a binge day was about 2200 calories! Now I look back and realize that I can eat that much, because I have, but then again my next two or three days would be at 800 or less. I've learned to balance it out and have consistently eaten near 1700 for two whole weeks! I haven't had a binge day in a LONG time now. The last year has been a real struggle at times.

    I really hope that by sharing my story it will help you to create your own success story!
  • heybalesheybales Posts: 16,883Member Member Posts: 16,883Member Member
    Glad you got a plan that is working, keep it up.

    Sorry to hear about the other stress in life though, not good at all, hope it can settle down with pain.
  • m303psssm303psss Posts: 6Member Member Posts: 6Member Member
    Explain... binge day was about 2200 calories!
    2200 calories is just eating to survive ???
  • scaryann1scaryann1 Posts: 250Member Member Posts: 250Member Member
    m303psss, for me 2200 calories was bingeing, it still is. Most days, when I first started eating more, I would have problems eating 1200 calories. It took me three years to get myself from 800 calories up to 1200 calories a day consistently. Then another six months to get up to 1500 calories a day. Now a year after reaching 1200, I'm up to 1700 and slowly getting higher! Although, days like today are rough. I'm so full that I feel sick to my stomach, and I've eaten a whopping 1992 calories!
  • m303psssm303psss Posts: 6Member Member Posts: 6Member Member
    scaryann1 i wish you the best in your struggles.
  • scaryann1scaryann1 Posts: 250Member Member Posts: 250Member Member
    Thank you m303psss. That means a lot to me.

    I did lose the fight with my stomach last night, I was only able to keep supper down for about two hours before it came back up. :cry:
  • retirehappyretirehappy Posts: 4,795Member Member Posts: 4,795Member Member
    scaryann1 wrote: »
    Thank you m303psss. That means a lot to me.

    I did lose the fight with my stomach last night, I was only able to keep supper down for about two hours before it came back up. :cry:

    Hang in there. This is not a straight path, it has many curves and hills to conquer. Wishing you good health and success in your Journey.
  • scaryann1scaryann1 Posts: 250Member Member Posts: 250Member Member
    retirehappy, Thank you for the words of encouragement! Some days are rough, that's for sure.
  • Raynn1Raynn1 Posts: 1,172Member Member Posts: 1,172Member Member
    Have you tried more calorie dense foods to help get the cals in without actually eating a ton more? Nuts and seeds are a great way to get in cals and good fats without eating a lot. an ounce of nuts is about 200 cals on average but might only be 15 nuts. I hope the bit of protein in them wont be a lot for your kidneys?
    Cook with oil if you can. another way to add a few more cals without adding volume of food.

    You are doing good. Keep at it.. slow and steady!
  • scaryann1scaryann1 Posts: 250Member Member Posts: 250Member Member
    I really don't care for nuts, but will eat almonds or peanuts once in a while. They are just so expensive, and Rick will eat them till they're gone if they're in the house. The poor guy is getting tired of steamed broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower. LOL
  • scaryann1scaryann1 Posts: 250Member Member Posts: 250Member Member
    My main goal this week was to go over the 1700 calories a day. I did it! An average of 1834 calories per day, and I didn't gain any weight even though it's that time of the month!

    March 28, 2016
    Weight = 279.8
    Down/Up – 0 pounds

    Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) = 1952
    Daily calories to maintain weight (TDEE) = 2343
    Daily calories based on goal in step 6 = 1874
    Average calories = 1834
  • heybalesheybales Posts: 16,883Member Member Posts: 16,883Member Member
    Great results. Is the fear gone of eating more, even if the difficulty isn't yet?
  • scaryann1scaryann1 Posts: 250Member Member Posts: 250Member Member
    I won't say it's completely gone, but it's lessened a lot. :smile: I'm getting there. LOL
  • scaryann1scaryann1 Posts: 250Member Member Posts: 250Member Member
    Love the look of disbelief on the cardiologist's face when I told her the 25 pounds I had lost in the last year were because I had eaten MORE! LOL I know she thought I was lying through my teeth.
  • retirehappyretirehappy Posts: 4,795Member Member Posts: 4,795Member Member
    scaryann1 wrote: »
    Love the look of disbelief on the cardiologist's face when I told her the 25 pounds I had lost in the last year were because I had eaten MORE! LOL I know she thought I was lying through my teeth.

    <3 <3 <3
  • heybalesheybales Posts: 16,883Member Member Posts: 16,883Member Member
    Non-diet specialists and general Dr's that don't keep up with studies/research, and whose own education was probably 1 unit of nutrition that probably wasn't even up-to-date when they took it - should indeed find it perplexing.

    It would be great if these few examples they see that are opposite of what they'd normally believe, would at least cause them to go investigate what is going on.
  • scaryann1scaryann1 Posts: 250Member Member Posts: 250Member Member
    You said it heybales. I've lost count of how many doctors have told me that it was simply calories in vs calories out and that was all there was to it, and if I "claimed" to be only eating 800 calories or less a day, I was lying to them and myself and they couldn't treat anyone who lies to them. Because it was impossible to weigh 305 pounds and eat under 1000 calories a day.

    I even had one doctor tell me to leave her office and never return. Best thing she ever did for me.
  • scaryann1scaryann1 Posts: 250Member Member Posts: 250Member Member
    Was down a little on calories this week, but not too awfully bad. I refuse to beat myself up over it. :smile: Big step for me! Sometimes I even enjoy eating now.

    Lifting 2 pounds 1-2xs/day 10 reps each arm 3-5 days a week. Added in isometric arm exercises trying to get this shoulder stabilized again. With the EDS repairs don't happen very fast, so I have to remember to take it very, very slow and not cause more damage than will heal.

    April 4, 2016
    Weight = 279.2
    Down – .6 pounds

    Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) = 1952
    Daily calories to maintain weight (TDEE) = 2343
    Average calories = 1778
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