• Naturally Occurring Salt and the Kidney Stone Diet

    Naturally Occurring Salt and the Kidney Stone Diet

    A friend of mine in the Facebook group asked if she was supposed to count all the salt that occurs naturally in foods like fruits and veggies. She also mentioned that she was dealing with a lot of stress and that the thought of counting salt in produce was overwhelming.…

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  • Kidney Stone Diet-Approved Road Trip Snacks!

    Kidney Stone Diet-Approved Road Trip Snacks!

    “What should I pack for my road trip so that I stay compliant!?” It’s easy to overeat on long road trips, but there are things we can do to keep it healthy. Here are the foods I load up on when embarking on a long car journey. But remember, these…

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  • 10 Ways My Students Succeed in Stone Prevention

    10 Ways My Students Succeed in Stone Prevention

    I’m often asked what makes my kidney stone students so successful in their lifestyle change and stone prevention journey. There are many reasons, but here are 10 practices I know, for certain, lead to success. Jill,Your friend and advocate

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  • How to Stay Kidney Stone Diet-Compliant Through the Holidays

    How to Stay Kidney Stone Diet-Compliant Through the Holidays

    Let’s talk about how to stay compliant with your Kidney Stone Diet goals over the holiday season, because I don’t expect you to forgo your favorite treats. What would the holidays be without your customs and favorite family festivities? I want you to enjoy your favorite foods because the only…

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  • The Hard Truth About Lifestyle Change

    The Hard Truth About Lifestyle Change

    If you don’t know, I have a private Facebook group for kidney stone formers, and I want to share a recent post from there.  Oftentimes, I’ll write what has become known as a “Jill rant.” These “rants” typically come after having YET ANOTHER person tell me how they’ve wasted hundreds…

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  • The Kidney Stone Diet Philosophy

    The Kidney Stone Diet Philosophy

    When people ask me what the kidney stone diet is, I tell them the goals and share my thoughts about diet in general. There is much more to this lifestyle than just paying attention to the goals. Lifestyle change is more about the mind than it is the food. And changing the…

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  • How Meat Protein Fits Into the Kidney Stone Diet.

    How Meat Protein Fits Into the Kidney Stone Diet.

    Let’s talk about the meat protein part of the kidney stone diet—it has always confused people, so let’s see if I can clear this up.  The first thing patients usually say to me is, “I don’t eat red meat, Jill!” But, when we ask you to lower your meat protein, we’re also talking…

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  • Where Do I Start?

    Where Do I Start?

    Whether on social media or speaking with private patients and students, I hear these words everyday—“I am overwhelmed and have no idea where to start!” I’ve compiled this list of resources that will make you feel better and provide you with a foundation on which to start your path to prevention. …

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  • The Struggle of Having an Unsupportive Partner

    The Struggle of Having an Unsupportive Partner

    The struggle of having an unsupportive partner is a subject that has come up a lot throughout my career. Once diagnosed with kidney stones, lifestyle changes are necessary, and that’s not always easy for everyone.  The patient is overwhelmed with being sick having gone through a complex surgery and recovery…

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  • Sodium Goals

    Sodium Goals

    I asked people on my FB Group what goal they find the hardest to meet from the Kidney Stone Diet. As of now, the most common response seems to be salt. Because of this, I decided to write a few tips and tricks to help you reach your daily goal. Use salt…

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  • The Value of Being Flexible

    The Value of Being Flexible

    This week, my Kidney Stone Prevention Course members and I talked a lot about flexibility. Let me explain. I am someone who craves a regimen. My schedule is packed, and having a regimen grounds me and helps me reach my weekly goals. But to be compliant with my health and wellness goals,…

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  • Change Takes Time

    Change Takes Time

    Today, I want to talk about the diet industry and how they have us believing that lifestyle changes are easy and should come quickly. I say the opposite. Lifestyle changes happen slowly and can be difficult. That being said, let me share this story with you.

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  • 10 Ways to Avoid Overeating at Night

    10 Ways to Avoid Overeating at Night

    This week I have had several patient calls related to overeating at night. Eating too many calories at night is something I repeatedly hear about. Nothing new here, but let me address it.  First, when people tell me they overeat at night, I can always tell they feel ashamed. Although…

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  • A Kidney Stone Diet-Friendly Shopping List for Trader Joe’s

    A Kidney Stone Diet-Friendly Shopping List for Trader Joe’s

    A common question in my Facebook group is, “What do you guys buy at Trader Joe’s?” I thought I’d put together some standard goodies to look for next time you find yourself at the nearest TJ’s. I recognize not all of you have a Trader Joe’s, but you might still find some of…

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  • The #1 Thing that Derails Your Diet.

    The #1 Thing that Derails Your Diet.

    January is the month when many of us choose to “start our plan.” We will “eat perfectly” and “work out every day.”  While I love the enthusiasm, I want you to proceed with caution. When we use an all-or-nothing approach to diet and lifestyle, changes generally fail. 

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  • Using Lemons to Prevent Kidney Stones

    Using Lemons to Prevent Kidney Stones

    I wrote this post because I get some form of this question every single day.  “Jill, I have been drinking lemon water, but I’m still making stones. Why is this happening?” First off, those of you who have been with me a while will know what my first question will…

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  • A new shortlist of grab-and-go snacks

    A new shortlist of grab-and-go snacks

    Today I want to make snacking easier with some new “grab-and-go” snacks and recipes that any kidney stone patient can safely throw in their backpack or purse on the way out the door?

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  • The 8 Most Common Errors to Avoid as a Kidney Stone Former

    The 8 Most Common Errors to Avoid as a Kidney Stone Former

    Hi! It’s a beautiful fall day here in Chicago—sunny with a high of 70°. We have two days a year like this, so I site here in good spirits as I write this.  In this article, I want to talk about some of the most common errors I see kidney stone patients…

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“The Kidney Stone Diet is far more than just a diet; this plan is life-altering!”

“The group calls will transform you physically and emotionally. Once you start this journey, your health naturally improves. I have lost a total of 40 pounds and have consistently kept it off. The group calls are such support; this is more like family than a zoom meeting to stay accountable. Jill is far more than a nurse; she is a life coach. Her platform is invaluable.”

Kim J. | Kidney Stone Prevention Course

“The best decision I’ve made has been to join this group.”

“I have been working on weight loss for many years. This group has kept me on track and has helped my continued success with my weight loss.”

Kate L. | Group Calls with Jill

“I have been following the Meal Plan for about 6 weeks and I feel amazing.”

“Eating healthy has also encouraged me to go to bed earlier, so I am also getting more sleep. Because of that, I have been able to get up before work and exercise! So yes, the positive effects are spilling over into all areas of a healthy lifestyle.”

Jerry T. | Meal Plan Subscriber

“I have been a part of the group calls with Jill for the last 14 months, and they are essential to being so successful with the Kidney Stone Diet Prevention Plan.”

Sarah B. | Group Calls with Jill

“These calls are the gold of this program!!”

“I can’t say enough about how Jill knows just the right questions to ask us or how she prods us to think about what is going on in our lives.”

Monica K. | Group Calls with Jill

“I took the course with Jill, and my second 24 hour urine was MUCH better than the first.”

“She gives very practical information, and it WORKS. I was totally overwhelmed at first. I got very poor diet information from my doctors. Jill made it easy for me to understand, and I took it one day at a time. I still watch her videos when I need a tune-up. Jill is the best, and she really cares about all of us. Take the course—it will help you!!!”

Mark J. | Kidney Stone Prevention Course