Hi! Egg whites contribute to acidity in the body. Acidity is a significant problem for kidney patients (I'm taking 8 bicarb tabs a day to keep my CO2 up).
Additionally it's extremely important to keep your protein grams down in early kidney disease. And to make that protein vegetarian. I have had a transplant for 37 years (two transplants, one my mother, one my sister). The first transplant lasted for nearly 14 years, no change in diet, no immunosuppresives. With my second transplanted kidney, I did not eat meat, very limited dairy, and it lasted a whole 24 years, which is indeed excellent!. I like to think that my healthful diet gave me so many years with my sister's kidney, but much of it relates to good antigen match. It was indeed an impressive match. Even as I approached the 20th year with her kidney, and without meat and immunosuppresives, it just kept tugging along 4 more years. I kept my protein grams to no more than about 30. My kidney disease moved very slowly down the stage chart to Stage 5. They discovered de novo glomerulonephritis five years in, and I kept the organ alive for 20 years longer.
Generally renal nutritionists now-a-days will tell you to keep your protein down with early stage KD, but still continue to insist you eat meat, diary, and eggs. My nutritionist is cool with my vegy status, but I think she is a rare one. Years before the current age, my dietitions insisted on my eating butter and egg yokes, imagine! You may not totally avoid dialysis, depending on the cause of your kidney disease, but you may get to the end point later. Even as a dialysis patient I am eating vegan with hopes of delaying serious bone disease, and living a quality life for the longest time. I can tell you it is a HORIBLE life as a dialysis patient. You should do EVERYTHING that you can to avoid that eventual fate.
I tried an experiment quite a number of years ago. For one week I went on a no meat no diary diet. My 24 hour urine test showed no protein loss. My doctor couldn't explain this as I always had lots of protein loss. I was so impressed with this result, I went to one of Dr. Mcdougall's conferences in Santa Rosa. I mentioned the results of this test to him at the conference, and he was delighted.
I was utterly convinced Dr. McDougall was right and had found the best method to slow and stop kidney disease.
An after note, don't always do what a renal dietition tells you to do.
You should research heavily about kidney disease, although it could cause you a case of the blues. Don't become ignorant concerning the choices which ultimately are best decided by you.
These are vegan proteins: tofu, beans of any type, lima beans, soy protein powder, edamame, soy milk, silken tofu, whole wheat, not white. And many others. Many foods contain at least a little bit of protein. Add them together and even the consumption of a number of vegys and grains a day will increase your protein grams, all while eating vegan.
dawna in AZ
PS. Anyone with a tranplanted organ should always take immunosuppresive medications. I am one of the few exceptions. It was a personal experiment and fortunately for me, it succeeded. Don't you try it, because it is extremely dangerous.
Now years later, after avoiding those meds, I don't have cancer, believe it or not!