Elijah battled many gut issues, sugar instability and immune system problems which delayed his development and caused many hospital stays. Rachael began to research homemade blenderized diets and the benefits of doing such a diet. After doing the research, she implemented what she learned. She is simply sharing her experience and the research she has done in an effort to give other kids a better option for food given through a tube.
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Elijah battled many gut issues, sugar instability and immune system problems which delayed his development and caused many hospital stays. Rachael began to research homemade blenderized diets and the benefits of doing such a diet. After doing the research, she implemented what she learned.
She is simply sharing her experience and the research she has done in an effort to give other kids a better option for food given through a tube. I am in no way offering medical advice, but am offering suggestions to things I experienced or learned on our journey making the transition. The best blender recommended by most individuals in the blenderized diet community is either a Blendtec blender or a Vitamix blender.
Both companies have programs available for either discounts for people using the blender for blenderized diet via feeding tube or a possible donation of a refurbished blender if income meets criteria. For more information with their discount programs… contact Blendtec www.
You will also likely have to strain your blends to go through a feeding pump. The best pump for blenderized food seems to be the Zevex Entralite Infinity pump. The worst one seems to be the Kangaroo Joey for blenderized food. When using a pump for G or J-Tubes you have to play with the setting and flow rate to see what works for each individual. When using the Zevex Infinity pump, if your feeds are on the thicker side, you may need to modify the bag. Here is a video explaining.
That is what we discovered with our son… BUT every child will be different. It is vital, and not only to keep your tubie hydrated. It is also a must to help prevent constipation. Most give free water by simply giving it by gravity… 30 minutes before a feed. Even most volume intolerant tubies tolerate free water to gravity, but you can use a pump if you need to. Another article helpful to some is Fluid Requirements for Children.
You can use it as a possible guideline to how much free water your tubie may need per day based on weight. The 2nd and 3rd pages address tubies… Remember, part of the fluids you use for your base in your blends can also count toward the recommended daily amounts of fluids… but it is still important for digestion, motility, etc.
Constipation issues…. You may find when making the transition to a blenderized diet that your tubie may start to have firmer stools or even have periods of constipation. There are many options to help with this problem. Blackstrap molasses is different than regular molasses and has many benefits including: rich in iron, high in calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese and a good source of Selenium and Vitamin B6.
Each individual requires different amounts of Blackstrap Molasses for desired results. I would recommend starting out with 1 tsp 5mls … and work up to 1 Tbsp 15mls added to a blended meal. Increase or decrease as needed. You can give with each meal until you get desired results. Some individuals require daily use of Blackstrap molasses, while others only require on occasion when stools start to become more firm than desired.
Other options that tubies use for constipation are prune juice, coconut oil, aloe vera juice, flax oil, etc. You can use different liquids for the base for your meals. It has many nutritional benefits and gut healing properties.
Think of what a typical oral feeder would eat at that age and tweak it to the right proportions for recommended daily allowances of carbs, protein, fats, fruits, vegetables, etc. Use this to your advantage to feed them the healthy options like kale, spinach, numerous nutrient dense packed vegetables, garbanzo beans, etc.
Some ideas for healthy FATS are: avocados, flax oil, coconut oil, almond butter. Use this opportunity to skip or cut out the junk that comes in processed foods or foods that are high in sugar or have sugar added. For starters… it makes doing a blenderized diet easy and doable for those that live crazy busy lives filled with Dr. Nourish , or Liquid Hope are about the most nutrient complete, well-balanced meal you can get that is pre-made, has a shelf-life of 2 years, and a hang time of 12 hours.
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Milk beverages and smooth yogurt Tomato paste or sauce Blended, strained soup stock or cream soups Ground seasonings and spices, mustard, ketchup and other smooth condiments What should I limit or avoid eating or drinking while on a blenderized diet? The following foods do not blend well: Breads, cereal, rice and pasta Whole-grain breads, cereals or crackers with nuts or seeds Fried rice or fried noodles Fruits and vegetables Fresh fruits or vegetables Fruits or vegetables with seeds or tough skins, such as strawberries, raspberries, pineapples, watermelons, tomatoes, corn, and celery Meat and meat substitutes Sausages and wieners or other meats with tough skins Poultry skin Fried meat and fried eggs Tough meat with a lot of gristle Nuts, seeds and crunchy peanut butter Cooked dried beans that do not have the hull outer covering removed Desserts Baked goods that are made with nuts or seeds, coconut, chocolate and butterscotch Other Foods Milk or yogurt products with nuts or seeds Popcorn Alcoholic beverages What other diet guidelines should I follow? Cut foods into smaller pieces before placing them in the blender. After blenderizing, foods should be strained to remove chunks of food, seeds or fibers. Blend equal amounts of solid and liquid foods together. If you are blending fruits or vegetables, you can use less liquid.
A complete blenderized diet contains only foods that have been blended with liquids. You may need a blenderized diet if you cannot chew or swallow solid food. You may also need to thicken liquids. Your dietitian will tell you what consistency of liquids you may have. How do I prepare the food?