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.
*Always talk to your metabolic healthcare professional prior to making any changes to your PKU diet.
Phlexy-10 Tablets are a phenylalanine-free medical food in tablet form, containing a mix of other essential and non-essential amino acids and small amounts of carbohydrate and fat. For the dietary management of proven Phenylketonuria (PKU), suitable for individuals over 8 years of age, including pregnant women and women of childbearing age. Must be used under medical supervision. Does not contain vitamins and minerals; must be combined with an appropriate vitamin and mineral supplement when taken as primary source of PKU medical food.
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PhenylAde GMP Mix-In is a medical food for the dietary management of proven Phenylketonuria (PKU) and must be used under medical supervision. Always consult your metabolic healthcare professional prior to making any changes in your PKU diet plan.
If you are planning a flying vacation, before you book, contact your airline’s customer service department to notify them of your travel requirements as soon as you can. Airline policies regarding travelling with metabolic formula will differ so it is worth checking with a customer service representative before you arrive at the airport.
Airplane food is generally not PKU or low protein diet-friendly so you may need to pack (or purchase prior to boarding) any food or snacks you think you might need during the flight.
If you are booking an international flight you will need to order a special meal. Please note that even meals listed as low-protein or vegetarian/vegan may not be low enough in protein for the PKU diet, so explain your dietary requirements clearly.
Always take a travel letter from your clinic explaining your medical condition, especially for international travel
Always pack extra PKU or metabolic formula in your carry-on bag in case of delays
Do not mix PKU or metabolic formula powders with liquid until you go past the security screening checkpoint
Keep your PKU or metabolic formula in its original sealed containers (packages, cans or sachets)
Take a copy of your child’s diet prescription with you
Take plenty of snacks for the flight
Useful PKU Traveler’s Tip
It may be useful to switch to a powdered PKU or metabolic formula when travelling abroad, to reduce your overall luggage weight. However, ready-to-drink pouches that don’t require mixing are also particularly convenient when traveling. Contact your dietitian for more information on these options
If you are traveling overseas, ask your metabolic healthcare professional team for information on where low-protein food supplies can be obtained in your destination country
If you are shipping your PKU or metabolic formula or food to a hotel prior to your arrival, be sure to label the box clearly with your name and arrival date on the package. Call and alert the hotel that a shipment will be arriving for you.
*Reference Source: My PKU Binder. National PKU Alliance. Chapter 11: Traveling, Page 88-89.