You have been diagnosed with difficulty chewing regular textured foods by the healthcare professionals treating you. You will need to modify many of your daily foods by chopping, grinding, shredding, and/or cooking to make them easier for you to chew and swallow.
This diet is a transition from the pureed textures to more solid textures. Chewing ability is required. The textures on this level are appropriate for individuals with mild to moderate oral and/or pharyngeal dysphagia. Patients should be assessed for tolerance to mixed textures. It is expected that some mixed textures are tolerated on this diet.
In 2003 I had a divorce, brain surgery and resulting DYSPHAGIA (inability or difficulty swallowing,) for six years I was fed by a stomach-tube ONLY! Many of us are not thankful for the intricate and instantaneous processes our body routinely performs because unless you are unusually grateful by nature, you don’t spend your waking moments giving thanks for your waking moments. You’re too busy working, doing the laundry, fighting with your spouse and wondering when you’re going to have sex again.
As a speech language pathologist working with persons with dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) over the past 25 plus years, I find that I do a lot of counseling with people when their diet needs to be changed to accommodate to their difficulties. Sometimes it is hard for those I counsel to picture how to do this in a practical, day to day basis.
This diet is designed for people who have moderate to severe dysphagia, with poor oral phase abilities and reduced ability to protect their airway. Close or complete supervision and alternate feeding methods may be required.
This diet consists of pureed, homogenous, and cohesive foods. Food should be “pudding-like.” No coarse textures, raw fruits or vegetables, nuts, and so forth are allowed. Any food that require bolus formation, controlled manipulation, or mastication are excluded.