In America it's estimated that food allergies effect 32 million people, including those with feeding tubes. There are many benefits to making your own blenderized tube feed (BTF), or blenderized diet, but one of the most appealing reasons for many is that by making their own tube feed formula, they can guarantee that certain allergens … Continue reading Food Allergies and Blenderized Tube Feeds
What are Blenderized Tube Feeds? Blenderized Tube Feeds (BTF), also called blenderized diets, are homemade tube feed formulas made by blending foods and liquids together. This is normally done using a high powered blender. These homemade formulas can be the sole source of nutrition or used in combination with other commercial formulas. Since BTF are … Continue reading Blenderized Diets 101
Happy first day of Spring! The weather is getting warmer, everything is in bloom, and fresh fruits and vegetable are readily available at grocery stores, farmers markets, or in your back yard! Getting a variety of fruits and vegetables is the key to any healthy diet. Filling your meals with produce that is in-season provides … Continue reading What’s in Season this Spring?
Each year, millions of people get food borne illnesses. Tube feeding formulas, including blenderized and commercial formulas, are not immune (pun intended) to the dangerous types of bacteria that cause food borne illness. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has developed four easy steps that you can take to protect yourself and your family. CLEAN: … Continue reading The Four Steps of Food Safety
Poor hand hygiene is one of the key ways that food-borne illnesses are spread. If you’ve ever gone to a group dinner were everyone makes and eats the same meal, and only one person gets food poisoning, this is usually a sign of improper handwashing. Proper handwashing is one of the most basic tasks we … Continue reading Handwashing: How to Not Make Yourself Sick
Water is a major nutrient that makes up most of the body and is vital to our health. Fluids are required for proper digestion, bowel regulation, getting rid of waste in the body (AKA detoxes the body), regulating the body’s temperature, cushioning joints and organs, and more! The amount of fluid needed can fluctuate depending … Continue reading Hydration and Feeding Tubes
Blenderized tube feedings (BTFs) are making a comeback! These homemade tube feed formulas were the only source of nutrition for those with feeding tube before commercial formulas came to the market. The first tube feed formulas in history were often household ingredients, such as milk, broth, and even whiskey. Now individuals are going back to … Continue reading To Blend or Not to Blend