FOODS

Many of you will leave your doctor’s office with questions about foods and kidney stone prevention. You will go home. You will sit down at your desk and the Googling will begin. Here is a spot for you to ask me anything you like about this topic. We already have things on this site about salt, oxalate, and calcium but this space is for specific issues for anyone who comes.

81 Responses to “FOODS”

  1. Judy C

    Thank you Dr. Cole as this website has made a significant difference in my diet. You have provided much information and comfort in the past. have not had any stones in the last six months; I had four stones the first 4 months. I have increased my water intake this last year and take my meds (HCTZ and K Citrate) but it is my diet that has changed the most. So I am hopeful that the stone fragments (MD also mentioned dust/particles) will not grow into full size stones. Also, I hesitated to have another lithotripsy (this summer) and was surprised to hear my MD state in October that the KUB (using a new machine) shows the 5-7 mm stone to be an ovarian vein phlebolith! For the first time this year no procedures were recommended and for that I am very grateful. My question, do you have any special tips for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend regarding diet? I do plan on having the traditional meal of turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. I have avoided these foods including potatoes, beans, breads, oranges, raspberries, etc. for the last six months. I would like to enjoy the day. Is there a way to pair these foods with a diary product? Thank you so much. Judy C

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    • jharris

      Hi Judy,

      Many congrats to you doing an excellent job on your dietary changes. It is hard, but you did it. WOW! For Thanksgiving, eat whatever you want, just watch the portion sizes. Enjoy the day and when you get up on Friday go back to your regular routine. You will be just fine and also happy you enjoyed your holiday treats!

      Happy Thanksgiving!
      Jill

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      • Judy C

        Jill, are cranberries and pumpkin high in oxalate? My daughter wants to make cranberry bread, muffins (using oat flour), and cookies. Also, can ice cream or whip cream lower the affect of eating the pumpkin pie if is high in oxalate? We are actually eating three Thanksgiving meals…a lot to be thankful for but I want to reduce the effect of oxalate. I am trying to pair them as mentioned by this website. Thanks, Judy

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        • jharris

          Hi Judy,

          Eating ice cream with your pumpkin pie would help oxalates. There is a PubMed study regarding cranberry juice that says it increases risk of CaOx stones, so we can safely assume that cranberries themselves would pose a risk. I am not sure of pumpkin as there are contradictory pieces.

          I understand that you have three Thanksgivings. I would eat very gingerly, and be mindful of portions at each of them.

          Jill

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          • Judy C

            Thank you Jill. I will avoid cranberries and limit my pumpkin pie/ice cream consumption. Regarding fast foods on the list, Pizza with Cheese is considered very high. I was surprised as I thought the cheese (calcium) would offset the crust/tomato sauce (oxalate). Would Margarita pizza (thin crust) be acceptable if I had more cheese on it? I noticed that Dr. Cole said we could have a half of tomato. Also, I would remove the basil as I am not sure if it is high or not. How about Canadian bacon and pineapple? Is there any kind of pizza you can recommend? This is for the one day a week when I am off my low oxalate diet. Thank you. Judy

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            • jharris

              Having a piece of pizza is not going to send you to the ER. Have it and enjoy! Remember that you can eat some oxalate, just keep it under control.
              Jill

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  2. Miriam Alweis

    Thanks for all this info.

    I have had 2 kidney stones. One was tested, it was oxalate. My Dr has me taking TUMS twice a day as a prevention to stones forming. I haven’t read this anywhere. Any thoughts ?

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