Kidney Disease

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Education Center

NephU is an engaged community of health care professionals and advocates collaborating to improve kidney health. The experts at NephU have partnered with OPEN to develop scientifically validated resources that explore topics about living or caring for someone with kidney disease.

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Kidney Health Resources Developed by NephU

Select a category below to find topics related to kidney health and tips for living or caring for someone with kidney disease.

EPISODE 1: Intro to Celebrity Chef JJ & Stocking The Pantry With Kidney Healthy Ingredients

In this series Chef JJ will introduce himself and share his personal connection to kidney disease. He will advise viewers how to shop for kidney healthy ingredients and recommend essentials to have in the pantry.  Registered Dietician and nutritionist Misty Nason will bring her expertise in renal nutrition to discuss important features of the kidney healthy diet. She will provide practical tips to successfully implement and maintain a kidney healthy diet.  Join us as you will be able to cook alongside Chef JJ’s demonstrations as he brings his culinary flare to three delicious kidney healthy recipes!

EPISODE 2: Kidney Healthy Cooking Series Featuring Celebrity Chef JJ

In this episode you will cook alongside Chef JJ as he prepares a delicious kidney friendly meal (Sourdough Toast with Black-eyed Peas and Goat Cheese). Also learn from Misty Nason (registered dietitian) who will provide context and nutritional profiles of Chef JJ’s essential ingredients.

PKD Dietary Recommendations & Cooking Demonstration

Registered Dietitian Misty Nason will begin by breaking down the recommendations that Chef Duane follows in his recipes. Then learn from Chef Duane as he makes two low-oxalate dishes: curried chicken, rice, & pineapple salad and for dessert a fresh plum compote with rice milk sorbet.

Nutrition & Diet in Patients With CKD

Some people may not realize the vital role that proper nutrition and diet plays, not just for their overall health, but in helping to fight kidney disease. If you or someone you care about has chronic kidney disease, the information shown in this infographic may help with making better and healthier food choices. Learn more about making the best food choices for overall kidney health, the specific nutrients needed, as well as which foods to avoid. Download the infographic for more details.

The NephChef Presents Cauliflower Street Tacos

In this cooking demonstration, Chef Duane Sunwold shows you how to prepare the raw cauliflower and adds his special salt-free Southwest taco-flavored dressing consisting of taco-flavored spice, paprika, and cumin to make the dressing. With a special salt-free guacamole seasoning and some fresh squeezed lime, you’ll enjoy this healthy, tasty meal and you won’t miss the salt.

NephU YouTube The NephChef Presents Chef Sunwold's Story January 2022

The NephChef features a video with Chef Duane who describes his personal story about his CKD journey, how adopting a plant-based diet led to improved outcomes, and how his experience with plant-based nutrition has truly exemplified that ‘Food is Medicine.’ Chef Duane believes that patients with kidney disease deserve healthy, favorable and “flavorable” foods! Watch this video to get to know Duane, his story as a CKD patient, and how a network of providers helped to influence him to become a better chef, empowered kidney patient, and an incredible example of “you are what you eat!”