My husband had 3 trips to the ER from "aspiration pneumonia" which resulted in a barium swallow test, and swallowing strategies to help him swallow without choking. He should have addressed the chewing issues a year or so ago because he has lost 50 lbs from not wanting to eat. His doctors all noticed the weight lossbut no one said anything about it. Finally, I asked him to see a nutritionist which really helped because we now have goals to reach for him to gain some of that weight back. The problem I have is with food preparation. He is using Ensure Plus twice a day as supplements to whatever he can chew, but there is a lot of sugar in some of these products. I add a tablespoon of cashew or almond butter to the smoothie, and powdered egg protein to pump up his calorie intake. I add baby food meats and a tablespoon of tahini to the organic soups that I buy from Wegmans Does anyone have any other suggestions for high calorie, healthy pureed foods that are NON DAIRY. For some reason, dairy seems to creat more mucus, which aggravates the choking.
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