No dietary restrictions

This page addresses the food needs for people without a chronic disease who want to eat healthy.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommend a balanced diet that includes vegetables, fruits, whole grainslean proteins, low fat dairy, reduced salt levels, and plenty of water.

The USDA daily recommendations are:

  • 3-5 servings of fresh or frozen vegetables
  • 1-2 servings of fresh or frozen (not in syrup) fruits
  • About 8 ounces (~56 grams) of lean protein for the average man* OR

    • 6 to 7 ounces (~46 grams) of lean protein for average woman*

  • 1 cup of low fat dairy (milk, yogurt, cheese)
  • Eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day (a total of 64 ounces)
  • 30 minutes of some sort of physical activity every day

This may seem like a lot to track but a good way to know if you are getting the right amount of these foods is by looking at your plate.

Eat right for your stage of kidney disease.

Your plate should consist of:

*Average male: 5'10" a healthy weight range is between 129 and 174 pounds. A weight of 155 pounds (BMI 22.2) was used for all protein recommendations.

*Average female: 5'4" a healthy weight range is between 108 and 145 pounds. A weight of 130 pounds (BMI 22.3) was used for all protein recommendations.

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