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Hi. I have had a PEG since mid January. I still rely on it for my nutritional needs, but supplement that with real food, with a view to its not being necessary at some point. At the moment, I still have radiotherapy induced swelling of my oesophagus, limiting my ability to swallow. The taste issue is also a problem. Although I can eat soups, I'd be quite happy never to see a mug of soup again (I struggle to open my mouth wide enough for a spoon, unless it's a teaspoon). However, most of the food I can manage is sweet...for some reason, even puréed, savoury foods won't go down, yet I can eat pudding rice and even, once, with lots of cream, a small slice of cheesecake. I have to add a lot of sugar to flavour the sweet foods, but savoury meals tend to have too much flavour, if that makes sense. I can't tolerate spices at all and, though I used to love fresh ground black pepper, even that is too spicy. It really is a case of persevering. Some days some foods taste normal, other days they have no flavour, or taste wrong and others they taste nasty. I seem to have had more success with sweet foods, but maybe because desserts tend to be creamier in texture. I also eat yoghurts and ice cream, creme caramel, crushed over ripe bananas and custard, and baby porridge. Orzo (a form of pasta about the size of rice) sometimes goes down, but sometimes doesn't. I can't tolerate tomatoes cooked as they are too acidic.
Potatoes are a nightmare as they are too sticky, nuts, unless completely ground and used as an ingredient in something should be avoided like the plague. Cakes and bread are a no go....too dry and also bread gets sticky in the mouth if you're lucky enough to have the saliva or the jaws to chew it to a size to swallow.
I was never really a sweet sort of person, but we adapt and to maximise my calorie intake, sugary, creamy foods have been for me, since my mouth recovered from radiotherapy, the easiest to manage and taste.
Hope this helps
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