About Kidney Stone Nutrition School

The ONLY course for kidney stone prevention created by a Registered Dietitian

Are you confused about what to eat for kidney stone prevention?

Are you tired of sorting through endless lists of foods you "should" and "shouldn't" eat?

You are in the right place. It doesn't need to be that complicated.

There is NO SINGLE "kidney stone diet" that works for everyone. Kidney stone nutrition MUST be individualized to the type of kidney stone you have, and your 24-hour urine test results.

Kidney Stone Nutrition School will help you do just that! Know WHAT is actually causing your stones, and use personalized nutrition to prevent more stones!

FINALLY feel confident in your food choices.

No more food fear. No more Googling every single food you want to eat!

Why Kidney Stone Nutrition School?

True nutrition experts. Kidney Stone Nutrition School is the ONLY kidney stone prevention course by a Registered Dietitian.

Kidney stone dietitians are hard to find! Melanie Betz MS, RD, CSR, CSG is one of only a handful of Registered Dietitians who specialize in kidney stones nationwide. She works at the University of Chicago, with top experts in kidney stone prevention and has published & presented her research in kidney stone nutrition in multiple peer-reviewed journals and at state & national conferences.

Personalized approach. There is no “one-size-fits-all” diet for kidney stones. Kidney Stone Nutrition School teaches you what will ACTUALLY prevent kidney stones for YOU, based on your lab results.

Accurate kidney stone information. The internet is fraught with incorrect and harmful information about kidney stones. Unfortunately, even information provided by reputable hospitals or your healthcare team may be inaccurate or inappropriate. Make sure you are focusing on the RIGHT things that will actually stop those stones!

Confidently enjoy your favorite foods! Yes, even chocolate! Kidney Stone Nutrition School is not about a list of “bad” foods. Instead, it focuses on helping you understand what you CAN eat, and how to enjoy your favorite foods. Feel confident that your food choices are HELPING kidney stones.

More About Melanie & The Kidney Dietitian

What Is Included?

  • 6 Weeks of Lessons

    Access to the 6 week course with recorded videos to walk you through everything from the science of nutrition and kidney stones, understanding your lab results, and how to plan and prepare a healthy meal!

  • Online Student Community

    Access our private online community with other students to connect with Melanie, meet other students and learn from their questions. Stay in touch via the community even after the course ends.

  • Meal Plans

    Example 6 meal plan to help you understand how to build a healthy menu for kidney stones!

  • Recipes

    Recipes are included with meal plans so you can start cooking right away!

  • Worksheets & Handouts

    Worksheets and handouts are included with each week to help you learn and implement your new knowledge.

  • Lifetime Access

    Course access for as long as the course and online community are in existence - including all future updates! Be the first to know about changes in kidney stone recommendations!

  • 24-Hour Urine Test Nutrition Feedback

    Submit one 24-hour urine test results for personalized written feedback & advice from a Registered Dietitian.

    VIP Students Only

  • Live Calls with Melanie

    Three monthly live video calls with Melanie. Ask questions and learn from other students. Calls are on the 1st Monday of the month at 7PM EST.

    VIP Students Only

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How Does It Work?

What to expect in Kidney Stone Nutrition School

  • Enroll ANY time!

  • Get immediate access to the course, including ALL video lessons, worksheets, recipes and meal plans. Watch the lessons at your own pace, at a time that works for you!

  • Ask questions in the Online Student Community for quick feedback from Melanie and other students

  • VIPs submit their 24-hour urine test results for feedback & join 3 monthly group calls with Melanie for even more support. Group calls are on the 1st Monday of the month at 7PM EST.

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Includes 3 monthly group calls & feedback on your 24-hour urine test

Course Outline

  • 1

    Week 1: The Science of Kidney Stones & Understanding Your Lab Results

    • Welcome!

    • All About Stones

    • Urine Chemistry Lesson

    • 24 Hour Urine Collections

    • Important Blood Tests to Know

    • Homework: My Urine Risk Factors Worksheet

    • Week 1 Meal Plan & Recipes

    • Week 1 Call Notes (ALL Launches)

  • 2

    Week 2: Nutrition & Kidney Stones

    • Translating Urine Risk Factors to Nutrition

    • Translating Urine Risk Factors to Nutrition Cheat Sheet

    • Homework: My Nutrition Goals Worksheet

    • Homework: "What Am I Eating Now?" Worksheet

    • Fluid

    • Sodium

    • Calcium

    • Protein

    • Added Sugar

    • Fruits & Veggies

    • Oxalate

    • Citrate

    • Other Nutrition Factors

    • Summary

    • Week 2 Meal Plan & Recipes

    • Week 2 Call Notes (All Launches)

  • 3

    Week 3: How To Meal Plan & Eat At Restaurants

    • MyPlate

    • Meal Planning 101

    • Nutrition Labels & Tracking

    • Snacking

    • Favorite Meal Ideas

    • Restaurants & On-the-Go Meals

    • Kidney Stone Grocery List

    • Homework: Meal Planning Worksheet

    • Week 3 Meal Plan & Recipes

    • Week 3 Call Notes (ALL Launches)

  • 4

    Week 4: Kidney Stone Culinary School

    • Recipe Modifications & Substitutions

    • How to Add Flavor without Salt

    • Add Calcium

    • Sneak in Produce

    • Try New Cooking Methods

    • Sweets & Desserts

    • Cooking For More Than One

    • Goat Cheese Cauliflower Cakes Demo

    • Spicy Shrimp Spaghetti Demo

    • Chicken Kabobs & Tzatziki Demo

    • Homework: Modify Some Recipes!

    • Week 4 Meal Plan & Recipes

    • Week 4 Call Notes (All Launches)

  • 5

    Week 5: Healthy Eating for Other Health Conditions with Kidney Stones

    • Diabetes

    • Heart Health & High Cholesterol

    • Chronic Kidney Disease

    • Healthy Weight for YOU

    • Bariatric & Bowel Surgery

    • Vegetarian & Vegan Eating

    • Week 5 Meal Plan & Recipes

    • Week 5 Call Notes (All Launches)

  • 6

    Week 6: How to Get Started - Motivation & Goal Setting

    • Where Do I Start!?

    • Goal Setting

    • Your Motivation

    • Healthy Relationship with Food

    • Thank You!

    • Homework: Goal Setting Worksheet

    • Week 6 Meal Plan & Recipes

    • Week 6 Call Notes (All Launches)

    • Change Log (entire course)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What type of kidney stones are covered?

    If you have calcium or uric acid kidney stones, this course will help you identify what YOUR urine risk factors are and how to target them with nutrition. There is no "one-size-fits-all" approach to kidney stone nutrition. If you have any other kind of stone, this course may not be the best for you, as nutrition usually has little to do with struvite or cystine stones.

  • I don't know what kind of kidney stones I have. Can I still take the course?

    Even if you didn't get your actual kidney stones analyzed, a 24-hour urine test will give you a pretty good guess as to what kidney of stone you had. And (even better!), this test will tell you what you can do to prevent stones them from happening again. In order to get the most out of the course, it is ideal to have results from at least one 24 hour urine test within the past year.

  • Is individual support included?

    The online community is an opportunity to ask Melanie questions directly, find support and get crystal clear on what kidney stone nutrition looks like for you. VIP students have the benefit of small group calls with Melanie. We are unable to offer direct 1:1 support due across-state licensing issues.

  • Do I need to have a 24 hour urine test?

    To get the most out of this course, it is ideal to have the results from at least one 24-hour urine test within the last year. However, students have told me they get a ton out of the course without a test as well! Because you have lifetime access to the course, you can always get a urine test later and go back and re-listen to videos to understand how to individualize your diet based on those results.

  • How much time does the course take?

    The course is not a huge time commitment! In total, the course includes about 7 hours of video lessons meant to be listened to over the course of 6 weeks. The beauty of recorded lessons is the ability to listen to them whenever it works for YOU. VIP students also have access to 3 monthly hour-long calls with Melanie.

  • How long can I access the course?

    All students will have access to the course and online community for as long as they are in existence! You'll also be able to access all future updates to keep up to date with research and any changes in recommendations!

  • What if I don't like the foods you recommend?

    As a dietitian, I NEVER tell people what you should eat. Instead, I am all about giving you the tools you need to build healthy meals using the foods you love! I focus MOST on what you SHOULD eat for stone prevention, rather than a list of "no's". I think focusing on what you should eat is a whole lot more helpful than what you shouldn't! Students are pleasantly surprised that they can actually eat WAY more foods than they thought they could!

  • I have diabetes (or high cholesterol, bariatric surgery, etc.) AND kidney stones. Will this work for me?

    It can be SO confusing to combine diets for multiple health conditions. During week 5 of the course, I highlight the similarities and differences between kidney stone nutrition and common other health conditions to help you combine those recommendations.

  • I have kidney disease. Is this right for me?

    Maybe. Healthy eating for kidney disease can be different than healthy eating for kidney stones. If you have kidney stones, you do not necessarily also have kidney disease - and vice versa. If you do NOT have a history of kidney stones, this course is probably not the best for you. I recommend checking out Jen Hernandez's Plant Powered Kidneys Course. If you have both kidney disease AND kidney stones, both courses would help you understand healthy eating for you!

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Kidney Stone Nutrition School is for educational purposes only. Students will not be provided Medical Nutrition Therapy, or individualized nutrition recommendations. Kidney Stone Nutrition School should not be used in place of, or to delay, consulting a medical professional.

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