April 3, 2014
DaVita Diet Helper is an online meal planning and tracking tool created specifically for kidney diets. You will benefit from using this tool if you are concerned with:
- eating healthy for kidneys and tracking nutrients
- limiting sodium for blood pressure control
- balancing carbohydrates for diabetes control
- reducing intake of phosphorus
- getting the right amount of potassium
This “How to” blog series aims to help you get started, and teach you to use the new features in DaVita Diet Helper.
Part 1: Account Creation and Daily Nutrition Targets
The first step is to go to the DaVita Diet Helper promotion page at www.DaVita.com/DietHelper . On this page you can watch a short video to see an overview of the features. Next, click on the “Get Started Now” button to go to the account registration page. After completing the form click “Create My Account”. Be sure to record your email address and password for later reference. If you forget your password, use the “Forget your password?” feature to create a new one. If you already have a myDaVita.com account, click on “Sign in Now” to access your account and activate DaVita Diet Helper.
Next is the “Meal Plan Settings” page where you select your daily targets for protein and potassium, and a diabetes plan if needed. Unsure about your targets? There is a Daily Nutrient Target form you can download and print to take to your doctor or dietitian to confirm your daily targets. All of the DaVita Diet Helper pre-planned meals are low in phosphorus and sodium. Studies show that limiting these two minerals may be beneficial in slowing chronic kidney disease progression, even in early stages.
After selecting protein and potassium settings, click “Create Meal Plan”. You will be directed to a dashboard to begin using DaVita Diet Helper. You are a click away from the Meal Planner, Nutrition Tracker and Shopping List, in addition to several accessory features that make planning and tracking easier than ever.
I invite you to post your comments here or use the Feedback button within DaVita Diet Helper to ask questions and let us know how you are using this tool for your renal diet.
Next post: Using the Meal Planner and DaVita suggested preplanned meals.
Resources from DaVita.com:
- Discussion Forums
- myDaVita.com Account and Newsletters
- DaVita Diet HelperTM
- Phosphorus ChallengeTM
- Food Analyzer
- DaVita Cookbooks