• 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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  • Treating Yourself on the Weekend

    Treating Yourself on the Weekend

    Today, I want to talk about that tendency many of us have to eat well during the week and “treat ourselves” over the weekend.

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  • 13 Things To Do At Your First Kidney Stone  Appointment

    13 Things To Do At Your First Kidney Stone Appointment

    Hi! When I was going through my cancer journey, there were so many times I left my doctor’s office baffled. I was sick and scared, and even though I’m a nurse with 21 years of kidney stone prevention under my belt, I knew nothing about cancer. I often found myself…

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  • Oxalate Content of Plant-Based Milk

    Oxalate Content of Plant-Based Milk

    This is a quick but essential update on milk. Plant-based milk, that is.  A new study takes a look at the oxalate content in various brands of milk—you can see the results in the pretty little graph that we created below. 

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  • Is All Sugar Bad or Only Added Sugar?

    Is All Sugar Bad or Only Added Sugar?

    Despite the cold temps we’re experiencing in the midwest, summer will be here any minute. And that means different fruits and veggies will be in season. You may think I need to get a life, but I am very excited about this upcoming event! Many of us have a sweet…

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  • Your High-Fiber, Low-Oxalate Grocery List.

    Your High-Fiber, Low-Oxalate Grocery List.

    Here’s a fun little fact. The average American only gets around 15 grams of fiber per day though we’re supposed to get between 21-38 per day (21-25 grams for women and 30-38 grams per day for men).  You might be asking yourself, “What the heck does this have to do with…

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  • The Most Critical Question to Ask Your Doctor

    The Most Critical Question to Ask Your Doctor

    What are the most important discussion points to have with your doctor when you are newly diagnosed with a kidney stone? Let’s get right to it! Give your doctor a complete history of your kidney stone(s). Alert your doc if there is a family history of kidney stones or bone…

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  • What We Believe, We Become

    What We Believe, We Become

    I am a firm believer in “what you believe is what you become,” even if you don’t wholeheartedly believe what you’re telling yourself in the moment. Let me explain. On most days—even before the pandemic—I have been known to wear gym clothes. People ask me why? The answer is I…

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  • 8 Principal Reasons Why Patients Make New Stones

    8 Principal Reasons Why Patients Make New Stones

    After 24 years in the stone prevention sector, I feel blessed and grateful that I continue to have a gratifying career. As a nurse, it is one of my greatest passions to help patients understand that diet and lifestyle choices make a difference in maintaining a healthy body and mind.…

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  • 16 Non-Dairy Calcium Sources for Kidney Stone Formers

    16 Non-Dairy Calcium Sources for Kidney Stone Formers

    In all my years of talking with patients and students about kidney stone prevention, not one of them has said to me, “Oh Jill, don’t worry. I get plenty of calcium each day.” Most adults don’t get anywhere near the amount of calcium they need. The National Osteoporosis Foundation “recommends…

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  • Protein Sources for Vegan and Vegetarian Kidney Stone Formers

    Protein Sources for Vegan and Vegetarian Kidney Stone Formers

    This article is for you, my dear vegan and vegetarian stone formers. I know you’ve been using soy, tofu, beans, and nuts to meet your daily protein goals. In the meantime, however, you unknowingly overate some of the highest oxalate foods, which in turn led to your kidney stone(s). I…

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  • Doing What You Can To Stay in Control of Your Health

    Doing What You Can To Stay in Control of Your Health

    Hi! I write this from the hospital while waiting to get my six-month CT scan done to see if my cancer has returned. Needless to say, these scans always put me on edge.  For those of you who don’t know, I was diagnosed with stage 4 rectal cancer in 2016.…

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  • Focus On Wellness, Not On Weight Loss

    Focus On Wellness, Not On Weight Loss

    Well, we all know what time it is, don’t we? It’s that time of year when the diet industry starts promoting all its weight loss programs. Diets that don’t work long-term because they simply aren’t sustainable—they’re not designed to be sustainable. After all, how could the marketers create a new…

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  • 5 Tips for Avoiding Stress Eating

    5 Tips for Avoiding Stress Eating

    The year is nearly over, and I think, for the most part, we can all agree that we are ready for 2021. I am. I’m pretty busy these days with private clients, more than usual. It’s no surprise that many of them are calling me for weight loss help as…

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  • What to Eat When Out With Friends

    What to Eat When Out With Friends

    In these posts, I like to address the topics I hear about most frequently from patients and Facebook Group Members. The common topic in the group this week has been eating while away from home (or ordering take-out food). This is a common dilemma for so many of my patients.…

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  • Fixing the Binge-Purge Cycle

    Fixing the Binge-Purge Cycle

    Over the years, I’ve had many patients confide in me about their daily diet habits. I always feel so honored that people trust me and feel safe enough to discuss their routines – this can be difficult. One typical unhealthy pattern I find people stuck in is the binge-purge cycle.…

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  • 24-Hour Urine Collections: Why They Matter and How to Approach Them

    24-Hour Urine Collections: Why They Matter and How to Approach Them

    The first thing I want to tell you about 24-hour urine collections is that they are vital in determining what is causing your stones. Your results will show diet issues and/or other medical conditions that could be the culprit. Many doctors don’t order them initially and will say, “let’s just…

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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