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Hey there, Kidney Warrior!

Does this sound like you?

  • You’re reading so much online (and people are telling you) about what you “need” to avoid, but you can’t tell what’s right and what’s wrong.


  • Your doctor doesn’t have the time to go through your dietary needs from A to Z, but just says “be careful...everything in moderation...” or worse- "just avoid it."


  • You’re tired of dealing with conflicting diet information from website to website, doctor to doctor - it’s time-consuming and confusing!


  • You are getting frustrated with figuring out what to eat that’s not only good for you, but tastes good, too!


  • You’ve heard going plant-based can be a good thing for your health and your kidneys, but you don’t know how (or where) to start. It’s overwhelming!


  • You’re scared you’re going to eat the wrong thing and make your kidneys even more damaged.


  • You want to keep your kidneys as healthy as possible with the best, most nutritious foods.


If you’ve been nodding your head, know that

you are not alone!

So many kidney warriors have experienced the same fears.

But imagine this…

You find yourself bursting with energy you never realized you had.


You feel comfortable in your body - never bloated, fatigued or drained!


Food tastes amazing, and even better in that you know you’re fueling yourself with the best foods for your kidneys!


You stop fearing your nephrologist appointments.


In fact, your doctor is amazed at your results and cuts your appointments back to every 6 months - or even annually!


You get even more time to spend on yourself and your loved ones doing what you love.


You get to eat foods that you have avoided for years, and still keep your kidneys safe (or even better)!

Student Reviews

Here are some real student reviews of the PPK course!

5 star rating

Premier course for kidney warriors

John Holman

I am a former college football player that was diagnosed with stage three chronic kidney disease at the age of 14, when I found out about CKD I knew nothing ...

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I am a former college football player that was diagnosed with stage three chronic kidney disease at the age of 14, when I found out about CKD I knew nothing about it. My doctor just wanted to put me on medication but the diet is what I needed. Thank you Jen for creating this platform.

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5 star rating

Potassium

Willie Collins

Great course and text. I am a retired Physician Assistant, and I was amazed at the amount and accuracy if the info provided on potassium. I also learned that...

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Great course and text. I am a retired Physician Assistant, and I was amazed at the amount and accuracy if the info provided on potassium. I also learned that I am not eating anywhere near the amount of fruits and veggies that I should be consuming. It's going to be a heavy lift to cut way back on animal protein, but since the health of my kidneys, and therefore my whole body, I see that I will have to. It looks like I've found a wonderful guide for handholding throughout the process. Thanks Jen.

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5 star rating

Great course!

Danette DeMann

I really enjoyed the course and have been trying the recipes. I had read so many conflicting opinions about what to eat that I was afraid to eat anything an...

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I really enjoyed the course and have been trying the recipes. I had read so many conflicting opinions about what to eat that I was afraid to eat anything and was in such a rut with food, which was causing gut health issues. I look forward to continuing to be a part of this group and receiving new information and recipes. Thank you for the information and I'll be anxious to see how making these changes affects my labs. I'm currently stage 3b and my hope is to keep it that way!

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5 star rating

PPK online course my thoughts/reasons why I joined

Dianne T

I am loving the course, I am so glad that I decided to join this course. When considering whether I should participate this was what I was thinking "It wi...

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I am loving the course, I am so glad that I decided to join this course. When considering whether I should participate this was what I was thinking "It will be great to have all the information in one place" "so much confusing and misleading info out there, I want accurate and up to date information", "what have I got to lose?" "I want to learn more" " I don't want to feel alone" "I don't want to regret not doing anything to educate myself" "Will the course be relevant to me? , I don't live in the USA" "It has made me connect with a renal dietitian in my city" "The ongoing membership is what totally sold me to join" "I owe this to myself as I am worth spending the money" You can see that Jen has put a lot of time and effort into this course. I will miss the Q & A video till the next time the course opens up again. Dianne .T.

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5 star rating

Excellent Course

Rosalind Seitz

This course was well worth the money to help get the kidneys functioning in the right direction. Jen is an excellent educator who has a passion teach. She ...

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This course was well worth the money to help get the kidneys functioning in the right direction. Jen is an excellent educator who has a passion teach. She explains everything in detail. It was so interesting. I always looked forward to the next class. The meal plans and recipes were great! Thank you Jen.

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What's included in the course?

Here's the full outline of our 6-week program.

  • 2

    Before We Dive In: Kidneys 101

    • What do our kidneys do?

    • How Our Kidneys Work

    • The Role of the Kidney and How They Work

    • Kidneys 101 Quiz

  • 3

    Week 1: Potassium

    • Introduction to Potassium

    • What is Potassium?

    • Why is Potassium Important in Kidney Disease?

    • Where is Potassium Found in the Diet?

    • How do Medications Impact Potassium?

    • How Much Potassium Should I Have?

    • Finding Potassium Additives: Example 1

    • Finding Potassium Additives: Example 2

    • Potassium Quiz

    • Potassium Homework

  • 4

    Week 2: Sodium and Fluid

    • Introduction

    • What is Sodium?

    • Sodium and the Kidney

    • Medications and Sodium

    • Diet, Health, and Food Recommendations of Sodium

    • Where Can We Find Sodium in Foods?

    • Let's Compare Our Salts!

    • Tips to Cut the Salt

    • Homework Time!

    • Sodium Quiz

  • 5

    Week 3: Gut Health

    • Gut Health Intro

    • Our Gut and Microfriends

    • Gut Health + Kidney Health

    • Nutrient Needs for Good Gut Health

    • Supplements and CKD

    • Additional Resources

    • How You Can Get Your Own Supplements

    • Homework time!

    • Gut Health Quiz

  • 6

    Week 4: Protein

    • Introduction to Protein

    • What is Protein?

    • Where is Protein?

    • Protein and Kidney Health

    • Animal vs. Plant Proteins

    • Protein Supplements

    • Homework time!

    • Protein Quiz

  • 7

    Week 5: Carbohydrates

    • Intro to Carbs

    • What is a Carbohydrate?

    • What do Carbs do for Us?

    • Diet, Health, and Food Recommendations for Carbohydrates

    • Where Can We Find Carbohydrates in Foods?

    • Homework Time!

    • Carbohydrate Quiz

  • 8

    Week 6: Phosphorus

    • Intro to Phosphorus

    • What is Phosphorus?

    • Phosphorus and the Kidney

    • Medications and Phosphorus

    • Diet, Health, and Food Recommendations for Phosphorus

    • Where Can We Find Phosphorus in Foods?

    • Understanding Food Labels for Phos

    • How to Find Added Phosphates Online

    • Phos Homework!

    • Phosphorus Quiz

  • 9

    Weekly Recipe Bundles and Sample Meal Plans

    • Start Here: How to Get the Most from the Recipes and Meal Plans

    • Week 1 Recipes and Sample Meal Plan

    • Week 2 Recipes and Sample Meal Plan

    • Week 3 Recipes and Sample Meal Plan

    • Week 4 Recipes and Sample Meal Plan

    • Week 5 Recipes and Sample Meal Plan

    • Week 6 Recipes and Sample Meal Plan

  • 10

    Live Q&As

  • 11

    Recorded Q&As

  • 12

    Post Course: Next Steps and Wrap-up!

    • Congrats!

    • Next Steps: Building Your Healthcare Team

    • Testimonial Opportunity (optional)

    • Anonymous Course Survey (optional)

  • 13

    Resources and Downloads

    • Kidney Health Grocery Shopping Guide

    • Lab Tracker

    • Nutrition Facts Label for CKD

    • Making Better Fast Food Choices: A Fast Food Workbook

    • Potassium Guide

    • Regulation of Potassium Homeostasis in CKD

    • Effect of Dietary Potassium Restriction on Serum Potassium, Disease Progression, and Mortality in CKD

    • Changes in Potassium Content of Different Potato Varieties After Cooking (study)

    • Cooking Legumes- A Way for Their Inclusion in the Renal Patient Diet

    • Potassium Additives and Bioavailability- Are We Missing Something in Hyperkalemia Management?

    • Sodium & Dietary Guidelines

    • Salt Comparison

    • Managing Fluid Intake

    • Daily Fluid Tracker

    • Gut Health

    • CKD and Digestion Problems

    • CKD & Supplements

    • Tofu vs. Tempeh comparison

    • Carbohydrate Guide

    • Simple & Complex Carbs

    • Kidney Disease and Diabetes

    • Preventing or Delaying CKD Progression (Diabetes)

    • Protein Guide

    • Hand Portion Guide

    • PRAL List (USDA Food Database)

    • Phosphorus Guide

    • Resources for Eating Well with CKD

    • Veggie Burger Comparison Chart

  • 14

    Bonus! Your FREE eCookbook!

    • PPK eCookbook (1st ed)

  • 15

    Bonus! Mindful Eating with Kidney Disease

    • Your Guest Speaker: Jen Draper MA, RD, LD

    • Mindful Eating with CKD

  • 16

    Bonus! Recipes using Pantry Items!

    • Why Pantry Items?

    • 16 Healthy Meals from Non-Perishable Foods

    • 16 Healthy Meals from Non-Perishable Foods (printer-friendly)

  • 17

    Support and Questions

Let's stop the confusion.

You've spent hours and hours, pouring over the internet trying to figure out what it means to be on a renal diet. That ends now.

Don't just listen to us...

Here is what PPK graduates have said about the course!

BUN in range!

anonymous

"Thanks to this course, I've gone from 45 to 60 GFR, normalized my BUN, and just feel so much healthier."

International Students Welcome!

Cheryl F.

"Living in Malaysia it's been really hard to get good, reliable info on CKD diet/food/lifestyle - from a Western perspective. I look forward to introducing some of our local foods back into my diet now that I understand more about carbs, proteins and portion controls in relation to CKD. My new understanding of kidney friendly foods (I had eliminated so many good foods from my diet) has helped me in my CKD journey of losing weight, getting healthier and enjoying food again. Thanks Jen, I look forward to joining in with your next group. Cheers! (Aussie in Malaysia) "

More Confidence in Our Food Choices!

Alison R.

"This course has given me much more confidence to feel I am cooking what is BEST for my husband to help him maintain his kidney function. At first I found it a bit challenging to cook in a different way to the meat and veggie meals of the past. Worry about IF I was cooking the right meals was a BIG burden for me prior to being able to do the course. Now I am find it easier and the more I make the different recipes, the easier it is."

I'm not restricting foods!

anonymous

I am not restricting foods, but rather understanding how various nutrients affect me and my labs, and how to adjust my diet accordingly. Jen is a fountain of knowledge and an easy person to get to know, and I've enjoyed meeting and learning from others walking the same path as me.

Lifetime access - what a gift!

anonymous

Since we get lifetime access, I anticipate this course as being an ongoing touchstone for me throughout my health journey, and can say my life and health wouldn't be the same without it!

For those looking to get a start on the right renal nutrition plan.

Join this program to gain access to an exclusive group of people all with the same focus - to make huge changes in their diet by going plant-based. Everyone in this class will have the same goal in mind - to keep their kidneys healthy and safe from decline.

This program has been designed after working with kidney warriors for the past year and compiling all of the tools, resources, and education they needed to feel supported and comfortable in not only managing but owning your kidney disease.

Student Review

More energy and up to stage 3b!

Teresa P.

When I was first diagnosed with CKD in 2009, it was very hard to find resources I needed to help me choose a diet. I have an autoimmune disease which causes my body to attack my kidneys. There was always conflicting evidence about certain amounts, numbers, and things we could or could not eat. I did the best I could with the info I had. I was able to get my protein loss down, and with meatless diet and certain drugs achieved a remission for a number of years. Then in 2019 I was hospitalized for 2 weeks with an unknown virus. It put me out of remission, and again I struggled to find the balance my kidneys needed. I found the Plant Powered Kidney facebook group in late 2020 and found many things I was looking for, including the class. I am thankful I found them. I continue to work on getting the protein loss under control but I can honestly say I feel better, have increased energy, and my skin is less itchy. I am currently at stage 3b CKD.

In completing this course, you’ll see results like…

  • More energy to keep up with your family and active lifestyle
  • Less bloating to weigh you down

  • More food freedom - even with kidney disease!

  • Confidence in creating delicious, healthy, kidney-friendly meals in your own kitchen


Is this what you would expect having kidney disease?

Feeling motivated!

Pat S.

"My labs improved greatly after following the whole foods plant based diet. I feel better and am very encouraged to continue!"

Weekly Recipes and Sample Meal Plans Included!

Start off with tasty plant-based recipes each week during the course.

Each week you will get a new meal plan that includes delicious recipes intended for kidney health. Along with the meal plans come grocery lists and nutrition analysis of each recipe and each day in the sample meal plans. Learn what to track and what to let go of. Learn what to take advantage of when it comes to your best kidney nutrition!
Example of what meal plans and recipes with nutrition info look like in the Plant-Powered Kidneys course.

More reviews from PPK Graduates

5 star rating

Great course For Anyone Having Chronic Kidney Disease.

Stephen Cook

Many Nephrologists, mine included, have just one goal as they follow the progress of CKD. That goal is to determine when the patient is ready for dialysis. J...

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Many Nephrologists, mine included, have just one goal as they follow the progress of CKD. That goal is to determine when the patient is ready for dialysis. Jen Hernandez is a Renal Dietitian, dispensing knowledge that can delay or actually reverse the progress of CKD. Highly recommended!

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5 star rating

Awesome, Awesome Program!

Donna Whisman

Jen's program is truly life-changing and I am so very thankful for her passion and dedication to PPK patients. She is truly a God-send and I am so appreciat...

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Jen's program is truly life-changing and I am so very thankful for her passion and dedication to PPK patients. She is truly a God-send and I am so appreciative. Her program is an investment in my future and worth every penny!

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5 star rating

Excellent Course

Rosalind Seitz

This course was well worth the money to help get the kidneys functioning in the right direction. Jen is an excellent educator who has a passion teach. She ...

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This course was well worth the money to help get the kidneys functioning in the right direction. Jen is an excellent educator who has a passion teach. She explains everything in detail. It was so interesting. I always looked forward to the next class. The meal plans and recipes were great! Thank you Jen.

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5 star rating

PPK online course my thoughts/reasons why I joined

Dianne T

I am loving the course, I am so glad that I decided to join this course. When considering whether I should participate this was what I was thinking "It wi...

Read More

I am loving the course, I am so glad that I decided to join this course. When considering whether I should participate this was what I was thinking "It will be great to have all the information in one place" "so much confusing and misleading info out there, I want accurate and up to date information", "what have I got to lose?" "I want to learn more" " I don't want to feel alone" "I don't want to regret not doing anything to educate myself" "Will the course be relevant to me? , I don't live in the USA" "It has made me connect with a renal dietitian in my city" "The ongoing membership is what totally sold me to join" "I owe this to myself as I am worth spending the money" You can see that Jen has put a lot of time and effort into this course. I will miss the Q & A video till the next time the course opens up again. Dianne .T.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • I've only just learned about my kidney issues. Is this right for me?

    f you're in the early stages and not talking with your doctor about dialysis yet, then YES! This will save you tons of hours that I guarantee you want to spend researching online all the aspects of kidney disease and the renal diet. By starting with this course, we are going to help you focus on what is truly important and what is not.

  • How much is the course?

    While valued at over $4000, the course is only $547. We're able to do this because we can share our knowledge and education in a class setting! And we always offer a limited-time sale, so always keep an eye out for our emails and social media notifications of when doors open!

  • What if I have kidney stones?

    Kidney stones are a painful and rough situation, but many can be resolved with diet! While this course does not review kidney stones, we highly recommend you look at Melanie's Kidney Stone Nutrition School.

  • I'd like to go over labs with you in the course. Is this possible?

    While we are not allowed to personally review your labs inside the course, we will talk about lab ranges, what to ask your doctor about, and more. You will be provided with a Lab Tracker so you can monitor your progress and note when things are good/bad/funky. If you really want to review your labs with us so we can provide you with customized feedback and plans, we would need to work together privately.

  • Can I take this course instead of seeing a dietitian?

    We will always advocate for private work with a dietitian. But if that doesn't feel right for you yet, you have to wait a while before seeing your dietitian, or you want to learn some basics first, this is the way to do it. And if/when you meet with a dietitian (or even at your next doctor appointment), we promise they will be floored with all of your knowledge from this course!

  • I'm at stage 5 and my doctor is talking to me about dialysis. Will this program help me?

    This program is intended for those not yet in conversation with their doctor about dialysis. While you could still take the course to learn more about different areas of a renal diet, you may be left with more questions than answers. We help people privately in these cases to give the most specific nutrition guidelines.

  • Do your recipes include nutrition information?

    Yes! Each weekly meal plan includes a full nutrition panel including calories, protein, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, and iron content. The meal plan is intended to show you how the recipes can tally up in a day, and we don't expect you to follow a meal plan. This is why each recipe also includes its own nutrition information per serving! Not only will you see the daily summary of nutrition, but also per serving of each recipe so you can mix and match recipes to best fit your nutritional needs!

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    Once you register, you get access to all the content, handouts, meal plan and recipes for life! Any future updates, new videos, or new meal plans and recipes will automatically be accessible to you! And the next time we open the program, you'll be automatically registered!

  • Is this course covered by insurance?

    While insurance will not cover the course, your health savings account (HSA) or flex savings account (FSA) may! Check with your company to be sure!

Special Bonus Content!

Not only will you get everything mentioned already, you'll also get...

  • Pantry Staples: A 16-Recipe Bundle (A $17 value!)

    Grab a bonus 16 recipes focused on using pantry staples. Set yourself up for those nights when there's "nothing to eat!"

  • Beyond the Diet: Mindful Eating with CKD (A $97 value!)

    Watch and learn from guest speaker Jen Draper, MA, RD, LD about reconnecting body and mind with eating for kidney health.

  • A free copy of the PPK eCookbook! (A $20 value!)

    You'll be swimming in all the meals and recipe ideas with our bonuses AND weekly meal plans.

More Stories from Students

Don't just take my word for it. See what alumni have reported!

Better Results with Plant-Based Meals

Francisco S.

"On my last blood test my GFR had gone from 30 prior to plant food to 36 after eating plant based food."

More Confidence with More Food Options!

Alison R.

"For others, this course has given me much more confidence to feel I am cooking what is BEST for. my husband to help him maintain his kidney function. At first I found it a bit challenging to cook in a different way to the meat and vege meals of the past, now I am find it easier and the more I make the different recipes, the easier it is. Worry about IF you are cooking the right meals was a BIG burden for me prior to being able to do the course."

How is this different than the other online kidney classes?

Some companies hold in-person and online classes about what to expect with dialysis. 

They will touch on nutrition for a segment, but it’s not the focus. 

And it's definitely not about preserving kidney function.

In this program, we deep-dive into renal nutrition for 6 weeks

We don’t get into dialysis because that’s not what this course is about.

This course was created from the questions and conversations we have had with CKD patients over and over again when it comes to the right way to address nutrition from the start with kidney issues. 

And we know that if they felt better after getting these questions answered, you can too.


This program is not for you if…

  • You feel totally fine with what you’re eating now.

  • You are on dialysis or getting ready to start dialysis.

  • You’re not ready to invest your time and energy into a better diet to keep your kidneys healthy.

Also included: over 16 helpful handouts and guides!

Download accompanying handouts to use whenever you need.

  • PPK Course Workbook

  • Kidney Health Grocery Shopping Guide

  • PPK Lab Tracker

  • A Guide to Understanding Potassium

  • Nutrition Facts Label for CKD

  • Get the Facts: Sodium and the Dietary Guidelines

  • CKD Problems with Digestion

  • Salt Comparison Chart

  • Be Wary: Supplements and CKD

  • And many more!

The Value of the PPK Course is Unreal!

Here's what you get within the course

6 weeks of on-demand video content 

(a $1000 value)

6 hours of live chat and Q&A time with the Plant-Powered Kidneys renal dietitians 

(valued at $900)

A different 7-day meal plan with complete nutrition information per serving and per day with the meal plan, and grocery list for easy and fast shopping

(a $600 value)

A private community to post questions year-round to be answered by the dietitians at Plant-Powered Kidneys

(a $1200 value)

Plus all of the bonuses that come in addition to the course itself!

In total, this course is valued at nearly $4000!

But we are definitely not expecting you to pay that. :)

Enrollment is currently closed

We offer international enrollment a couple times year. At this time, we are going through the program with all students. Enrollment will open again in 2022

Your Teacher

Renal Dietitian

Jen Hernandez RDN, CSR, LDN

Jen has been a registered dietitian since 2013. Very soon after becoming a dietitian, she was given an opportunity to work at a dialysis clinic to help people with end stage kidney failure. It was after working several years in dialysis, seeing people come into the clinic in shock and disbelief that their kidneys failed so soon, that Jen decided to help more people from coming to dialysis. In 2018, Jen opened her virtual private practice and began helping people with chronic kidney disease make nutrition and lifestyle changes to prevent kidney failure and dialysis. This was the creation of Plant-Powered Kidneys. Jen has hosted the Plant-Powered Kidneys course for hundreds of people with early-stage CKD and want to be sure they are doing whatever they can to prevent kidney failure and dialysis. With so many students raving about their own kidney success from learning more about kidney nutrition, she hopes to help many more to come!