recipes for pureed or soft food

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recipes for pureed or soft food

by reel44 on Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:00 AM

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I was wondering if anyone has any recipes for pureed or soft food. As my husband is recovering from throat cancer, and is having trouble swallowing.

 

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by Georgenone on Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:00 AM

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There is not much information available for anyone on this problem.

I have found nutritionists to be useless at best. They have no idea what you are going through. The only solutions I got from them is applesauce, jello, ice cream or expensive supplements.

Personally I cannot now, or ever, swallow anything such as applesauce or jello.  Medical advice offers nothing more than supplements and various protein powders. A mixture of supplements and protein powders come out to an average cost of $20 per pound on the lower cost items.  After cancer very few people can afford it.

Currently many caregivers are trying to feed a patient and themselves or other family members. This actually results in a lot of time and expense creating what amounts to two separate meals.

I am on a permanent liquid diet. When I say liquid, I mean liquid. If it will not go through a syringe there is nothing I can do with it.

There is a solution. Less time. No expensive supplements. Taste is not great but it is a way to have the normal family meal with very little added expense or prep time. Just put your food in a blender and add milk. By volume a 50 / 50 mix is a place to start. Some foods need less some more.  Sounds terrible, sometimes looks awful but it is do-able.  Meat, potatoes, vegetables everything all mixed together. I have found nothing that will not turn into a drinkable liquid with milk. Since a lot of it is milk you just have to have more meals per day. If its dry hard and crunchy you can grind to a powder in the blender mix with milk or other liquid and drink. As a snack or meal simple cereal a bannana and milk becomes a fast food thats easy to drink and tastes good. I do a lot of cereal because it is fast easy & tastes good but experience dictates that too much at one time is tough to digest.

I have spent many hours searching during the past 20 months and have found nothing on food for people with cancer in the neck.

There is a new line of liquid nutrition specifically for cancer patients. Saw it in a magazine at the cancer center. Did not bother to read or note the name, because it is aimed at cancer patients, the cost will be high.

Small blenders like magic bullet work best they have a 16 ounce cup and the blade screws onto the cup. Prep, mix and drink all from the same cup. Mine has been working fine for more than a year. Just make sure you use enough liquid to keep it running at full speed. If the mix is too thick is will burn the motor up quickly. JC Penney sells a version of this blender at about 1/2 the cost. I got one on sale at $20.

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by Here2Love on Fri Feb 17, 2012 09:55 PM

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This may  be way too late for a response, but I have developed a blog of recipes for pureed food that includes nutritional information, as well.  I have lived with neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer since 1998 and now require pureed food as a result of treatments and complications of the tumor.  My blog is pureedpzazz.blogspot.com

Good luck!

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by Georgenone on Sat Feb 18, 2012 03:43 AM

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On Feb 17, 2012 9:55 PM Here2Love wrote:

This may  be way too late for a response, but I have developed a blog of recipes for pureed food that includes nutritional information, as well.  I have lived with neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer since 1998 and now require pureed food as a result of treatments and complications of the tumor.  My blog is pureedpzazz.blogspot.com "" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://pureedpzazz.blogspot.com " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">pureedpzazz.blogspot.com

Good luck!

As long as people continue to contract cancer and have issues related to eating, such information is never too late.

It is truly nice to see something related to nutrition that is not a promotion for commercial products.

Its a nice blog. I hope a few people are willing to try some of it. To me some of it looks good. Unfortunately I cannot consume any such items.

There are people out there who need to try some of this instead running to the doctor and complaining about a sore throat. Try some vicks sore throat spray and forget the doctor. That bottle of magic mouthwash will do little to nothing to help you. Anything on the blog absolutely has to taste better than a mixture of Maalox and Lidocaine.

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by dansam1234 on Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:37 AM

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My husband had tongue cancer and now has no saliva glands whatsoever and after 31 sessions of radiotherapy, difficulty in swallowing. His diet is mainly soups, ie Courgette and Brie Soup, really tasty and quick, also broccoli and blue cheese,again, really quick and easy. Just lately I have blended smoked salmon with cream and Philadelphia, a little lemon juice, to make a smoked salmon pâté....mmmm, with Tuc crackers.

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by nancy61 on Sun Jul 22, 2012 02:41 PM

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The cancer society sent me an booklet with recipes  call or go to the website.  have not tried them yet as my mom will begin treatment 7/30/2012

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by jwhatescancer on Sun Oct 13, 2013 05:47 AM

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Hi,

Hope your husband is doing better. My mom has been through 4 cancers, had radiation, but tongue cancer being the worst, only has 1/4 of real tongue left, 3/4 reconstructed from other body tissues.  Her epiglottis is gone after surgery from another cancer removal.  It is a miracle that she can even swallow by mouth, although all liquid puree food.  Got her powerful blender so she can puree everything.  It's mainly soups, but all ingredients need to be puree to liquid in order to swallow.  Can also try baby cereal mixes as they dissolve in the mouth.  With milk, can even blend cake into a smoothie type of mix.  It is what it is and that is going to be how she can consume her meals for the rest of her life but at least she can still drink her food.  Ensure plus is another way to get her nutrition.  Hope this information helps.  Cancer sucks!  Be strong.

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by Georgenone on Sun Oct 13, 2013 07:51 PM

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On Oct 13, 2013 5:47 AM jwhatescancer wrote:

Hi,

Hope your husband is doing better. My mom has been through 4 cancers, had radiation, but tongue cancer being the worst, only has 1/4 of real tongue left, 3/4 reconstructed from other body tissues.  Her epiglottis is gone after surgery from another cancer removal.  It is a miracle that she can even swallow by mouth, although all liquid puree food.  Got her powerful blender so she can puree everything.  It's mainly soups, but all ingredients need to be puree to liquid in order to swallow.  Can also try baby cereal mixes as they dissolve in the mouth.  With milk, can even blend cake into a smoothie type of mix.  It is what it is and that is going to be how she can consume her meals for the rest of her life but at least she can still drink her food.  Ensure plus is another way to get her nutrition.  Hope this information helps.  Cancer sucks!  Be strong.

Your right cancer sucks, no matter what type it is. Having to reduce everything to a liquid also sucks but you will get use to it. It's more of a learning experience than anything else. Everything I consume goes into my mouth but I have to use a syringe, the same thing people use with a feeding tube. You do not have to stick to soups and similar foods. I tend to consume mass amounts of oatmeal and potatoes but thats because they have become the easiest to prepare and consume. Steak on a liquid diet is not out of reach it tastes different but it becomes a liquid just like anything else. I started with blender but now seldom use it. A Magic Bullet blender is faster, easier to handle, easier to clean up, it will puree meat with no problem and you can eat from the same cup you blend in. Just don't try to over fill it, overfilling is hard on them. I still have the same power base I've had for the past 6 years. Go through about 4 new cups per year. Worst thing I run into is corn. The hulls do not grind up and tend to plug up the syringes. You need to end up eating 6 to 8 times a day because everything is mostly milk and water but I think its better than a hole in the gut with a plastic tube. You need not read a lot to see how many issues people have with feeding tubes.

In short I can still eat eat almost anything I always have. It just needs to be prepared differently and adjusted for taste.

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by jwhatescancer on Tue Oct 15, 2013 04:23 AM

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Thanks for your reply and the tips on the food.

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by Jaypo on Fri Dec 06, 2013 05:47 PM

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I just now found this site and read your posts, and want to say they are very helpful and informative. I found out in late june 2013 that I have cancer of the esophagus. swallowing has been harder and harder and now is pretty much down to liquids

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