Disclosure: I received product from Real Food Blends in exchange for this review. The thoughts and opinions below are entirely my own.
“One option is going to be a tube.”
Those words from C’s pediatric GI doctor took me by surprise. I knew my two-year-old was small. I knew he had severe feeding problems. I never imagined what life would have in store for us. Last year, C had a g-tube surgically placed and we started giving him four bottles of formula each day. His behavior was erratic. I noticed sugar highs and lows. I knew there had to be a better way to nourish him than to make him go through sugar crashes and fill him with artificial ingredients.
I researched the blenderized diet for tubies, got a Blendtec and started blending whole foods for my toddler. There was an immediate difference in his behavior: no more sugar crashes, no more wild sugar highs. His hair grew thicker, his nails grew faster, his muscle tone improved drastically, and his vocabulary exploded! It didn’t take long to know that this was the only choice for my son.
Traveling with a tubie on a blended diet is not easy, though. It takes a tremendous amount of planning and preparation. One weekend away from home usually means an entire afternoon of chopping, cooking, cooling, blending, portioning and freezing meals. I started to hate traveling – an unacceptable notion for me, because I love to travel!
Real Food Blends was created by a fellow tubie mom who wanted to give her child the best nutrition available. She formulated a process that allows any tubie to enjoy real food because, really, there is nothing better than real food. These meals can provide great supplemental nutrition for those on a formula diet or, for those already on a blended diet, can offer convenience when you don’t have time to prepare a tube feeding. Take a moment to watch Julie Bombacino’s story. This video makes me tear up every time, because the difference was just as dramatic for us, too.
Since they don’t require refrigeration until opened, Real Food Blends make traveling really easy. Hubster took the kids on a camping trip with his family and didn’t need to worry about access to a refrigerator. C enjoys these feeds, too, and is such a big helper.
Some insurance plans even help cover the cost of Real Food Blends due to medical necessity. Real Food Blends’ website has an entire page of resources on how to navigate healthcare reimbursement. These shelf-stable, 100% real food meals are a product that I just can’t stop singing praises about. The mission of this company is dear to my heart and I have witnessed how much easier they make our lives when it comes to traveling with our tubie.
Do you have a tubie in your life? Which meal would you like to try?