Living your best food life - Dysphagia Awareness Month
This is an offer too good to miss. Month of June only.
I am humming Mambo Number.5 as I write a “little bit of Monica in my life…”
I don’t know a Monica but I do know a good deal when I see one.
For the month of June (Dysphagia awareness month) I am giving away a copy of my unprecedented and revolutionary new 82 page e guide with every subscription, along with all the other rock star benefits that come with a paid subscription.
You know, a good car park right out the front and free back stage passes. (that’s my sense of humour for those thinking I moonlight as a groupie, that was a long time ago.)
“Living your best food life with head & neck cancer treatment”
This e guide provides a fresh way to empower your patients
Is a great clinical resource for both patients, care givers and clinicians
An easy to read guide written as lived experience by a head & neck cancer patient providing salient material across 3 main areas
The process includes the 4 step process from PEG TUBE transitioning back to oral eating, 5 Principles to making progress, 4 S's to transition and 3 steps to meal planning.
All lived experience, written and developed by me and a systemised process that enabled me to transition off my PEG tube back to oral eating.
The cooking section includes the principles of cooking, the must know 5 mother sauces, the importance of stock and soup, choosing the right recipes for meal planning all bedded into my love of food, qualifications as a chef / foodie and passionate educator.
The doing section includes 6 strategies for social eating- the nuts & bolts of how to eat & drink with others, creating your elevator pitch, social eating cards, plus a BONUS social eating checklist.
Here’s a taste of what you will get …
P1 - Purchasing
As a care giver, family member, friend or patient cooking for dysphagia is bespoke. Meaning every one of us has likes and dislikes, we are also dealing with food memory.
Recalling the taste, texture and aroma of food we once loved, I get it, even though I struggled staying connected to food, I had no alternative but to get out amongst it. I live on my own, if I didn’t undertake the 4 “Ps” I’d not have eaten or drunk anything. Nor would I be where I am today living an altered food life but one much improved from where I was 3 years ago.
I advocate 'patients' stay connected to and with fresh food. That can be through participating in purchasing, that is, physically where possible, going to fresh food markets, grocery stores and viewing, touching and smelling produce. Eating is a sensory experience and being part of the process is important in your journey back to eating in whatever shape or form that looks like for you.
So when you feel up to it and before you give up completely, I want you to go to a food market. Plan what you want to eat, or try / experiment with a shopping list in hand, go and buy the ingredients. It can seem counter intuitive, cruel even, but in my experience it provides motivation to try, practice and experiment.
There’s no time like the present, be a leader, be proactive and be eating your best food life or empowering someone you love or care for to be eating theirs.