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Subject: Has anyone looked at The Dysphagia Cookbook?
Date Posted: 7/7/2007 2:24 PM ET
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I was thinking about getting it for my Cousin, but she hates cooking and won't use it if the recipes are too elaborate.    

My Uncle was just put on a pureed diet and six small meals a day. I am looking for a way to ensure that he is getting adequate nutrition without it being annoying for my cousin. We have dinners covered, so I am really wondering more about easy breakfast and lunch type foods. He is also diabetic , so sugar is an issue and he has acid reflux, so really acidic foods are out, too.


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Date Posted: 7/7/2007 9:54 PM ET
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I'm not sure which book this is, the one you've mentioned. I have had a Pureed Cookbook on a wish list. and I'm first in line for it T here has always been a second member who wants the book also. Since I can't afford to buy this book I've used a trial and error method in cooking and  pureeing for a family members meals who has Dysphagia..

I make a mean Egg and Brussels Sprout Strata for her and she likes that in the morning and sometimes even for a light supper. The nutrients are there and she loves her Brussel Sprouts! I use a homemade white sauce with a bit of pepper because she needs things moist or she will choke. Eggs alone tend to NOT go down her throat. with out a choking fit..we found that out really quick. 

She has to be careful about sugar since her hospital stay. While in the hospital she was even getting  insulin. That wasn't necessary months later but I am ALWAYS aware she is at risk so I do cook as if she is diabetic. The only sweet she gets {or looks for} is a pureed mix of canned pears and pineapple which I then will fold in sugar free whip cream. She enjoys it and I serve it to her every few days.  We did a banana one and she really liked that. The bananas are not always in the house  though so we do canned fruits more. Bananas aren't acidic so maybe that might work.

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Date Posted: 7/8/2007 7:30 PM ET
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I haven't looked at that cookbook but I've been busy here cooking for my motherinlaw who has just had all her top teeth pulled.   She is going to have the bottom ones done next.    She's diabetic and it has been very challenging.   She doesn't like certain foods like scrambled eggs and there are so many considerations.  I am having to cook quite a lot because there are 4 of us and she needs a special diet so only part of the time can she eat what we are eating when I blend it or modify it. 

Her sugar has taken a dive twice now and those were scary incidents.   I keep encouraging her to take a snack in the mid/late afternoon but she's not wanting to.  

I will be on the lookout for both the books mentioned here.   I am not much for recipes myself as I keep only certain ingredients on hand I tend to cook by trial and error.   LOL


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Date Posted: 7/16/2007 3:18 PM ET
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There might be some Campbell's Chunky and Chunky Select/Healthy Request soups that your folks could eat.  I don't know the restrictions for dysphagia, but it might be worth a check.  There is a variety of styles and the vegetables included.  Other brands of soups might work also, to be pureed.   I add oat bran after heating, for additional fiber.  On sale, I often find them at about $1.25 each.

That gives me an idea, for sale prices again.  Would some of the Healthy Choice frozen lunches work for pureeing?

P.S. Amazon has at least 1 used copy of the cookbook for $6.

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Date Posted: 7/18/2007 12:12 PM ET
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Would some of the Healthy Choice frozen lunches work for pureeing?

With a good food processor, anything can be pureed. The problem with those frozen dinners is that they are very high in sodium, as are canned foods and soups. It has been challenging to vary his diet and use some convience foods without his daily sodium intake being too high.

Luckily my Uncle was happy and easy going before his illnesses and has stayed that way. He has dementia now and just opens his mouth to be fed and eats whatever you give him. I try to give him things that taste as good as possible pureed, but he doesn't complain or refuse it no matter what it is.

When I did my clinicals for my CNA class, I didn't know it, but I was feeding people pureed grilled cheese sandwhiches.  I though it was some kind of potatoes and cheese and I was talking it up to the nursing home patients to make it seem yummier. Some of them made the icky face when I fed it to them and I felt kind of bad after I found out what it was. LOL.

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Date Posted: 7/19/2007 12:24 AM ET
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Hi everyone! I never thought about putting some of my cookbooks for non-chew foods or dysphagia on here! I am new to PBS and still finding my way around.


I have a 19 year old son who has multiple disabilities. He has oral and pharyngeal dysphagia. I no longer use these cookbooks for him since he had to have a feeding tube placed 5 years ago. So, these books may be old; but, the recipes are still good. I have 3 of them and will post all 3 in a few minutes.  Two are small, hardbacks. And the 3rd one is a spiral book. And in case some of you have a loved one who has difficulties with liquids; we used a thickner called "Thick n' Thin". It makes liquids easier for people with dysphagia to swallow.


I just wanted to stop by and say "hello". I hope to make some friends here and it's always good to talk with someone else who understands what is involved with being a caregiver.




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Date Posted: 7/22/2007 11:58 AM ET
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Welcome to PBS, Shari!

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Date Posted: 8/15/2007 11:43 PM ET
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I never did get the cookbook, but my cousin got a good food processor and I have been making all kinds of pureed foods.

I also found out that the Thick-It company (the thickener in the yellow or blue canister) makes canned pureed foods for adults and they have free shipping. The stuff is expensive, but I wanted to mention it anyway.



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Date Posted: 9/17/2007 1:38 PM ET
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French toast with maple syrup is very good pureed! It is a big hit.

Another good one is sweet potatoes with a little margarine and a bit of apple juice to sweeten it.

Frozen peas with pearl onions come out pretty good if you remove the onions before you puree it. I usually add a little water and it it gets to thin, thicken it up with a little Thick It.

Frozen macaroni and cheese (not the boxed kind) looks gross but seems to be a favorite.