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Which Dysphagia Cookbook is Right for You?

Byline: Laura Michael (Dysphagia Supplies Direct, LLC; http://www.dysphagiasupplies.com/)

[Editors note: Laura is a regular contributor to the NFOSD website and e-newsletter, Small Bytes.  We wish to thank her for her support and dedication to making life a little easier to swallow.]

As a teacher and trainer of the National Dysphagia Diet, I am always looking for ways to help my clients eat better. My goal is to see people enjoy the foods and beverages that they can eat and drink. I like to stay up-to-date on research and publications, so I decided to take a look at some of the cookbooks that were written specifically for people who are living with swallowing disorders.

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“Hydration, Hydration, Hydration!”

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Byline: Laura Michael (Dysphagia Supplies Direct, LLC; http://www.dysphagiasupplies.com/)

[Editor’s note: Please share this article with your patients, family, and friends who may be at danger of dehydration as we enter the hot summer months.]

Water is an essential element for sustaining life. The human body is composed of more than 60% water. Without water, we won’t survive for more than a few days. For those with a swallowing disorder, staying properly hydrated creates its own unique challenges.

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Not Just a “Fear of Food” – Pediatric Dysphagia

 

Meet Jayden… a healthy, cute, full of life five year old. Every parent’s dream. But, don’t take our word for it, watch this KATU (Portland) newscast which aired on June 10, 2013 and read his story.

Pediatric dysphagia is more common than generally believed. For additional information, click here to read about “Jayden’s Journey” from the beginning.



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Making Every Bite Count

Healthy foodWritten by Laura Michael (Byline below)

When you are having trouble swallowing, getting the proper calories and nutrition for healing and health can be quite a challenge. Making foods that are pleasurable to look at, taste good and are also packed with calories and nutrition are the keys to making every bite count.

According to the American Dietetic Association, a healthy diet should consist of 45 to 65 percent of calories from carbohydrates, 30 to 35 percent from fat and the remaining 10 percent, or so, from protein.

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Making Life a Little Easier to Swallow – Christmas Dinner “Puree Style”

Written by Laura Michael (Byline below)

Christmas is a time of giving, joy and sharing family traditions. Gathering at the table to eat is one way we share our love, show our humanity and share our cultural traditions.

When you are having trouble swallowing, the act of eating can be scary or difficult.  Not being able to eat what everyone else is eating may make someone feel socially uncomfortable. Often, those who are experiencing the after effects of a stroke, cancer treatments or who are living with dementia may already be feeling isolated.  Not being able to share family dinners may make matters worse.

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