The 1,000 Calorie Shake

UPDATE: Knowing what I know now I would add a tablespoon of coconut oil to this mix. See also the post PEG Tube Recipes (in Colors of the Rainbow!) https://caretakingthroatcancer.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=118&action=edit

Caregiving for Throat Cancer

This goes down easy

Between the time John was diagnosed (January 11, 2012) and the time he started radiation and chemotherapy on March 12th, we knew we had to get some extra weight on him…fast.  He weighed 158 pounds, and at 5’7″ this was mostly muscle from working out regularly at the gym.  We had to let go of some ideas about “healthy eating” (which for us was low fat) and increase his fat intake.  We succeeded in putting 10 pounds on him, which was much harder than it might seem. John naturally does not have a big appetite and never has eaten much food at one sitting, so condensing as many calories as possible into one glass was essential.

We also knew that after two weeks of radiation he would start to have trouble swallowing solid food.  It was agreed that he would need a feeding tube (or PEG…

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Posted on August 3, 2015, in Weight, Food, and Swallowing. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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