I thought it might be about time to provide another update on Ryan’s Nutrition.
In a previous post, I mentioned we are switching Ryan over to a new canned formula called Impact 1.5. This is going well. At present, 50% of his canned formula is this Impact 1.5. My approach is to incrementally add 25% a week. I expect to take him up to 75% today.
The blenderized (i.e., is that even a word?) food is proceeding better than I could have imagined. This now comprises 20% – 25% of his total diet. Here is a list of nutrient dense foods Ryan tolerates:
- Plain Yogurt
- Skim Milk
- Hard Boiled Egg
- Raw Kale
- Boiled Sweet Potato
- Raw Carrot
- Orange Juice
- Carrot Juice
- Pomegranate Juice
- Prune Juice
- Mustard Seed
- Fresh Parsley
- Cranberry Juice
- Wild Atlantic/Alaskan Salmon (Baked)
- Soy Bean
- Red Bell Pepper
- Acai Berries/Juice
As Sue said, I am becoming a (mad) scientist experimenting with the best mixes. I’m not sure how I’d mange without Excel! Pivot tables and conditional formatting might be the best inventions of the last century. Next to TiVo, that is.
I only make enough puree for two days. Three days, tops. For example, this morning I made 500 ml of the following: kale, acai, garlic, parsley, onion, carrot, skim milk, soy beans, salmon, and egg. This is exactly two days worth of food (excluding canned formula).
In a new twist, I added vitamins A, B12, E, a probiotic, and calcium to the mix. In the past we gave these independently. It makes more sense that these will be better delivered to the body with high-quality food.
The tricky part, which we are getting better, is keeping his weight at (or around) goal. For Ryan, it is 175 lbs. We have done a superb job managing this, I might say. We are fortunate to have a bed that weighs him.
On another topic, Ryan has a dental check-up today (house call). I’ll put out another post today letting everyone know how it went. Promise!