Do you rely on enteral tube feedings for nutrition support? Do you want to start using real food instead of canned enteral feedings? Drink Your Meals is a unique website designed to help you create your own enteral tube feeding from fresh unprocessed foods.
With the right tools, just about anyone on enteral nutrition should be able to use the Drink Your Meals website to create liquid meals you can “eat” through your enteral feeding tube. Tubefeeders with medical conditions that require special enteral nutrition formulas should not use Drink Your Meals unless under the supervision of a physician or dietitian.
In addition to providing meals from unprocessed fresh ingredients, the enteral feeding recipes at Drink Your Meals are also Zone balanced. A Zone balanced recipe provides 30 percent of calories from fat, 30 percent of calories from protein and 40 percent of calories from carbohydrate. Eating Zone balanced liquid diet meals can help control blood sugar and hunger.
When using the liquid diet recipes as your source of enteral nutrition, it is still important to follow enteral nutrition guidelines. Basic enteral nutrition guidelines include washing hands before administering the enteral feeding, not letting the enteral feeding sit out at room temperature for more than two hours and discarding leftover enteral feedings after 24 hours. It is also important to flush your enteral feeding tube before and after the liquid diet meal with water to keep your tube clean and clog free.
The Drink Your Meals liquid diet is not meant as an alternative to parenteral feeding.