Low Protein Diet

What is it?

Low Protein Diet Care Guide

  • Low Protein Diet

A low protein diet means limiting the amount of high protein foods you eat. Protein is usually found in animal foods. But protein can also be found in some plant foods. You may need this diet if you have liver or kidney problems or gout. Your body may not handle extra protein if you have these health problems.

Care: Eat ____grams (gms) of protein every day.
  • The foods you should eat and the amount of protein in these foods are listed below. Use this information to decide how much food from each group you should eat every day. The amounts next to each food are the serving sizes. Use the lists below to add up the grams of protein in the foods you eat. Do not eat more protein than caregivers have told you to eat.

  • Ask your caregivers if it is OK to take vitamins, minerals, or other supplements.

  • A dietitian will work with you to help keep you at your best weight.

  • Your treatment plan may need to be changed if your symptoms get worse.

  • Use the serving size list below to measure your foods and liquids.

Serving Sizes:

  • 1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) of liquid is the size of a soda-pop can.

  • 1 cup (8 ounces) of food is the size of a large handful.

  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) of food is about half of a large handful.

  • 2 tablespoons (Tbsp) is about the size of a large walnut.

  • 1 tablespoon is about the size of the tip of your thumb (from the last crease).

  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) is about the size of the tip of your little finger (from the last crease).

  • A serving means the size of food after it is cooked. Three ounces of cooked meat, fish, or poultry is about the size of a deck of cards.
MEAT / MEAT SUBSTITUTES: Eat ____servings a day from this list.
  • 1 ounce cooked meat, fish, or poultry (7 gms)

  • 3 ounces cooked meat, fish, or poultry (21 gms)

  • 1/4 cup tuna, salmon, or canned fish (7 gms)

  • 1 cup soy milk (7 gms)

  • 1 inch square semi-soft or hard cheese, like Colby (7 gms)

  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese or ricotta cheese (7 gms)

  • 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese (7 gms)

  • 1 large egg (7 gms)

  • 1/2 cup soy tofu or tempeh (7 gms)

  • 1/2 cup cooked dried beans, like pinto, or kidney (7 gms)

  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter (7 gms)
DAIRY: Eat ____servings a day from this list.
  • 1 cup milk or yogurt (8 gms)

  • 1/2 cup custard or pudding (3 gms)

  • 1/2 cup frozen yogurt (4 gms)
BREADS / STARCHES: Eat ____servings a day from this list.
  • 1 slice bread or 1 medium dinner roll (3 gms)

  • 1/2 cup cooked pasta, macaroni, hot cereal, or corn (3 gms)

  • 1/3 cup cooked rice (3 gms)

  • 1/2 cup mashed potato or 3 inch baked potato (3 gms)

  • 1/2 of a 2 ounce bagel (3 gms)

  • 6 saltines or 3 (2-1/2 inch) squares graham crackers (3 gms)

  • 1 small dinner roll (3 gms)

  • 1/2 hamburger or hot dog bun or English muffin (3 gms)

  • 2 rice cakes (3 gms)
VEGETABLES: Eat ____servings a day from this list.
  • 1/2 cup cooked or 1 cup raw vegetables (2 gms)

  • 1 cup vegetable or tomato juice (2 gms)

  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce (2 gms)

CALL YOUR CARE GIVER IF:

  • You have questions about the serving sizes on this diet.

  • You have questions about how to prepare or cook foods on this diet.

  • You have questions about how or where to buy foods on this diet.

  • You have questions or concerns about your illness, medicine, or this diet.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. To help with this plan, you must learn about your diet. You can then discuss treatment options with your caregivers. Work with them to decide what care may be used to treat you. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

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