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#70267 02-21-2008 04:53 PM
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Hi all i love this thread proberbly because its right where i am, after going to my Dr tuesday he has refused to help me get any more tube feed or liquid food, this may seem harsh but he said its time to start eating, i know this i am trying but so far cant find anything i can eat everything sticks to my mouth

things i have tried ....
potatoes with lots of gravey
toast with lots of butter
veg with butter
veg with gravey
tomatoes (these really burnt and stung)
any ideas ? id be very greatful

thanks for reading
Debz



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26th Had my PEG tube removed...eating almost everything. Was hard but learned to eat without saliva, it's so good to chew and swallow food!
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Tomatoes are very acidic debz and probably best avoided for a while. To start off i would try thin soups and ice cream,and see how that goes.

love liz

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Recurrence June/07 died July 29th/07.

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overcooked broccilii,cauliflower pastas. work great with me. Things that are "wet". I stay away from tomatoes, citrus and anything spicy. No to spagetti sause however alfredo sause is good. and watered down jello works better for me then firm.
Good luck, Brenda


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Today I went to waffle house and had a waffle and sausage, lots of lite syrup and water. I am shocked that I could eat a waffle however I can not eat bread. No longer can I have a cheeze burger and yeah I miss it (NOT) I am eating healthier now then I ever have. Only because of the restircted things that I can eat, But you have to try new things every day. And keep your water baootle right at your hand. My mom suggested that I also use my ensure when I eat because I have to swallow so much water that I don't get half the calories I am supposed to get. I am still loosing weight but I keep putting stuff in my mouth. Also I still throw away alot of stuff. As I said in my earlier post, over cooked stuff and watery stuff goes easier then not. Again keep trying , Brenda


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Yes, stay away from tomatoes and most fruit for a while. I have just recently been able to eat tomatoes.

Things that early on were tolerable were:
Pasta, specially elbow macaroni with butter (or cheese sauce)
Mashed potatoes, canned peaches, yoghurt (no berry or fruit initially)
Shrimp, soups of course initially just a broth then cream soups etc..

Whipped cream is soothing too!

Markus






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DebZ,
My mom could eat Campbell's Double Noodle Chicken Noodle Soup. That was a staple for her for a long time. She claims it was the easiest to eat.


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The worst thing I tried to eat was mashed potatoes. I thouht they would be the easiest. What tasted so-o good to me was cream of chicken soup. So good. Then I found I could crush up crackers in the soup and double good. Also, oatmeal with lots of milk, butter and extra sugar(sinful)but oh so good. Of course, ice cream and plain yogurt without fruit. Juices all the time of anykind will give good calories with nutrition.


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Though many juices are acidic and if you have a sensitive mouth will cause pain just like tomato sauce. Juices that are nonacidic and easy on the mouth--peach juice, apricot juice and pear juice. I have also found some carrot juices that are blended with apple juice to be good.

I just found a Campbells chunky soup--broccoli/cheese and chicken with potatoes that blends into a really smooth soup if you put it in the blender (not all soups do--for example clam chowder leaves you with little clam bits that can cause problems if you can't do chunks fo stuff yet). It has a lot of calories if you have the entire can--which is one big bowl--I think about 450 cals or so.


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Also, if you have a problem with mashed potatoes try them with LOTS of gravy--it makes a difference!

Nelie


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I have found that for me mashed potatoes are dry even smothered with gravy. They also have a "drawing" effect on me so I tend to add more water to them and make them soupier. Also I mix my broccilli or wet veggies in with them.
Brenda


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