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Old 01-01-2016, 02:43 AM
 
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I struggle with Pseudodysphagia (wiki) which is a fear of choking and is completely psychosomatic. So a large part of my diet consists of trying to get good nutrition from use of a blender and I'm not sure if I am indeed getting good nutrition or not.

In the morning I mix 1-1/2 cups milk and add 1 banana, half a peach, scoop of quick oats, protein powder, and sometimes slimfast powder. I might eat 1 or 2 tbsp peanut butter and drink OJ and/or V8 juice too. I usually feel full after that and for 4-6 hrs. At night, I blend canned sweet potatoes + carrots in milk or apple juice and again might eat some peanut butter with apple sauce. When I'm doing better I can butter a piece of rye bread or mix tuna or hard boiled eggs in food processor + add mayo and eat on soft breads. I take a multivitamin + B-complex every day, and always get OJ, apple, V8 juice in the mix.

I'm sure I get a few other items in the rotation during the day but that's my main nutrition right there. I'm in good health + feel good and not having any problems being underweight and am actually in good shape being I weight train, bike ride, walk, etc. But still wondering about this diet and if anyone has thoughts on what I'm consuming now or suggestions on what I might want to add to blender for health benefits. Thanks!

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Old 01-01-2016, 11:46 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Maybe some veggies? Get a blender that's powerful enough to grind raw veggies, or cook them and puree them with a regular blender.
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Old 01-02-2016, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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Sure, it's possible.
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Old 01-02-2016, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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The lack of fiber is just one red flag. Liquid diets are a huge fad right now, and not recommended by many doctors for good reasons, unless medically necessary and only for short term. Do the work to get onto solids. Food is made in solid form for a reason. Babies graduate from milk, to purees, to mashables, to solids for a reason.

https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/...ons/000206.htm
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Old 01-04-2016, 11:45 AM
 
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You can live on "Ensure" for YEARS... Both of my parents did toward the end of their lives, for different health reasons. Complete nutrition in four servings, and I think it tastes fine! Save money with generic.
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Old 01-05-2016, 04:42 PM
 
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Add some ultra fine oats to the mix.
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Old 01-05-2016, 08:44 PM
 
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You can, but I'd suggest more variation in your blended meals. Instead of milk, or in addition to milk what about some Greek yogurt? I'm sure there are tons of recipes out there for nutritious smoothie shakes that would help you incorporate a much wider variety of fruits, veggies, grains and possibly even dairy or protein.
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Old 01-06-2016, 07:22 AM
 
Location: In a house
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I have a friend with ALS, who is incapable of eating food at this stage. He can't breathe on his own either, he has a trach tube. His food is pumped into his stomach in liquid form, it comes out through tubes (he can't go to the bathroom anymore either). His voluntary muscles, other than his eyes, have all shut down, so machinery does all that for him now. He communicates via a special device called an EyeWriter that corresponds eye movements to an electronic receiver attached to a set of computer systems, and a monitor suspended from the ceiling for him to aim his signals.

He has thrived on a liquid diet for a few years now. I personally don't recommend it; I'm pretty sure if he were capable of eating a steak, or a tomato, or a spoonful of ice cream again, he'd gladly trade in his feeding tubes.
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