Many people hit a time in their life when their metabolic diet management may be… less than optimal.
It’s what you do next that is the key. Not losing hope, not saying “I’ll never be able to return to diet” is part of making a successful change. Keeping a positive outlook and setting small goals to get your PKU or other metabolic diet back on track is important to success.
For example, Katie, a second-grade teacher who recently became a mother, is committed to following her PKU diet.
However, it was not always that way for her. As a teen, she was concerned about fitting in and that meant eating foods that were not part of a low protein diet. She quickly found herself going off-diet. She knew that keeping her PHE levels in check was important to her future dreams of going to college.
Katie admitted that returning to diet and having to drink PKU formula again was something she was just not ready for but wanted to get her PHE levels in control once more. She contacted her metabolic clinic and opted to begin her return to diet with PKU formula in a tablet form. Tablets are discreet and can be taken anywhere.
So, if you are looking to return to diet or find a new PKU formula, Nutricia is here to help. We provide more than just formula and can help connect you with a local clinic and take that first step toward returning or improving your metabolic diet.
Written in collaboration with Katie Maguire, PKU Adult and 2nd grade school teacher
I don’t know about you, but it was stressful for my parents sending me off to school in September knowing that I would be making many food choices on my own without them present.
ALL children should be able to make healthy food choices. Children with PKU, MSUD, TYR or other metabolic disorders are no different.
Learning healthy choices can begin at a young age when you grocery shop and prep food in the kitchen together.
10 Low Protein Lunch Tips for Back-to-School
Pack lunch in fun, creative containers in all different sizes.
Use an insulated lunch tote with ice packs to keep food and formula cool.
Make lunch colorful with a small amount of different veggies, such as baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, yellow peppers, etc.
Prepare, weigh and measure food ahead of time to speed up mornings.
Give your child a low protein “surprise” snack like homemade cookies or a cupcake.
Write a special ‘good job’ note or include a sticker 2-3 times a week.
Send formula in a fun re-usable drink container or sports bottle.
Plan ahead with a 5-day menu to ease grocery shopping and food prep.
Try a ready-to-drink formula if unable to mix formula at school.
Involve your child in shopping, prepping and weighing their own lunch.
Ask your clinic about Ready-to-Drink Formula for school children
Periflex® LQ is a great tasting, ready-to-drink that provides 15 g of protein equivalents with 0 mg of PHE. (For PKU Only). Great for school lunch!
Nutricia also offers the Lophlex® LQ line of Ready-to-Drink formula options for Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD), Tyrosinemia (TYR), Homocystinuria (HCU) and Phenylketonuria (PKU).
Lophlex LQ is a low volume, quick and easy way to get 20 g of protein equivalents.
As always, check with your dietitian if these products are appropriate for your child prior to making any changes to their diet.
Ask your clinic about Periflex LQ or Lophlex LQ Today!
Periflex LQ is a medical food for proven Phenylketonuria (PKU). Lophlex LQ is a medical food for proven Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD), Tyrosinemia (TYR), Homocystinuria (HCU) or Phenylketonuria (PKU). Must be used under medical supervision. Please consult a metabolichealthcare professional prior to making any changes in your child’s diet.