A visit to the renal department this morning has provided me with a new challenge, my phosphorus and PTH levels have risen somewhat alarmingly recently so I need to alter my diet and change, or rather add some new, pills. For many years I have not eaten meat as a vegetarian diet slows down the degenerative renal disease I have. I obtain most of my protein from dairy products- milk, cheese, yoghurt etc. Today’s news was that I need to cut down on dairy products quite drastically which doesn’t leave a lot of choice. I do have a diet book but the idea of eating tofu and seitan does not appeal so I’m going to have to be creative with fruit, vegetables and pulses. My son treated me to a very tasty vegetarian curry yesterday for Mother’s Day and there was enough left for tonight’s meal too. An evening spent looking at recipe books and researching on the internet has given me a few ideas and I will get an appointment with a renal dietician to help me plan ….the good news is that I can eat cake providing it is low in dairy products and it is almost berry season so I have a good excuse to eat bowls of strawberries!