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Hi there!

I'm Kate! It's so nice to meet you

I’m a Registered Dietitian, and the owner of Your Kidney Dietitian LLC: a virtual nutrition practice based out of the windy city, Chicago, IL.

I am passionate about teaching people with kidney disease how good nutrition has the power to preserve kidney function and delay dialysis.

Learn more! ⬇️

My "why"

Why I Do What I Do

When I first began working with people with kidney disease 6+ years ago, it was in a dialysis clinic. Many patients came to me afraid to eat anything at all for fear of eating the wrong thing. In that role I helped hundreds of patients understand how to feel their best on dialysis with the power of food.

But I started thinking – what about the 37 million people living in the United States who have pre-dialysis (CKD stages 1-5) kidney disease? Could I help people avoid dialysis altogether?

Well I had to do *something* about this crazy notion! And thus, Your Kidney Dietitian was born.

Today I help not only patients with CKD, but also folks with a variety of kidney nutrition concerns, ranging from transplant to kidney stones to kidney cancer. It is truly my honor to help you with a nutrition plan that has the power to utterly transform your life.

My Approach

Knowledge = Power

Understanding the link between the kidneys & the foods you eat will foster confidence and a sense of control over your health. Expect many “a-ha” moments ahead in our work together!

Make Peace With Food

If kidney disease has you feeling afraid to enjoy the foods you once loved, we’re going to tackle that head on. Helping you develop and maintain a healthy relationship with food is fundamental to my approach.

Rooted in Reality

As your dietitian, I’ll guide you in making diet and lifestyle changes that are actually sustainable to help your kidneys function more efficiently and slow further kidney damage. No overnight overhauls or crash diets around here.

Does that resonate with you at all? 😃

If so – and if you’re ready to finally feel confident in eating the best foods to help your kidneys – let’s chat.

More About Kate

Kate Zalewski, RDN, CSR, LDN has 10+ years of experience in the field of nutrition, working with all types of patients, but eventually finding her passion of working with people with kidney disease.

She graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Medical Dietetics, and went on to work as a WIC dietitian, an inpatient and outpatient dietitian in a 200-bed community hospital, a retail dietitian for a large grocery store chain, and finally, as a renal dietitian with one of the nation’s largest dialysis providers. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition.

In her free time she enjoys running on the Chicago lakefront, tending to her sizable houseplant collection, working towards her Goodreads goal of finishing 100+ books per year, and spending time with her husband and their two feline companions.

10+ years experience

Professional Credentials

  • Bachelors Degree in Medical Dietetics from The Ohio State University
  • Completion of 1200-hour Dietetic Internship through Medical Dietetics Coordinated Program at The Ohio State University
  • Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • Licensed Dietitian in the States of Florida, Illinois, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, and Tennessee
  • Board Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition
  • Member, National Kidney Foundation

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