Giving up chewing doesn't mean giving up on good taste.

About the Chewless Foodie

About the Chewless Foodie

Who is The Chewless Foodie? 

Hi, and welcome to The Chewless Foodie! I have Spinal Muscular Atrophy which limits my ability to chew and swallow. This condition is commonly referred to as Dysphagia. According to the National Dysphagia Diet I am somewhere between a Dysphagia I and Dysphagia II diet. Basically this means I’m able to eat soft foods, but I need to blend everything else and keep it moist. Despite my diagnosis of Dysphagia, I enjoy sampling ethnic foods. If you would like to know more about me (The Chewless Foodie), you can visit my personal website at

What is the Chewless Foodie about? 

Having to eat blended or soft foods can be very unappetizing, but it doesn’t have to be! I have many recipes for delicious dishes that are soft, easy to chew and swallow. I like to blenderize recipes from America to Zimbabwe and I’ll share the results with you. Do you want to try recipes from celebrity chefs like Jamie Oliver or Rachael Ray? I make blended versions of those too. 

Sometimes you just don’t want to cook. I’ll give you some of my tips and tricks for pre-packaged meals, ordering takeout and dining out. Occasionally I have had some exceptional experiences where restaurants have gone out of their way to accommodate my needs. I’ll share stories about these special places as well.

Please understand that I am not a medical professional. The recipes are what works for me. Attempting to eat the dishes provided here is at your own risk. That being said, I hope The Chewless Foodie can be a resource for people who have difficulty chewing and swallowing. If it helps you or the ones you care for enjoy mealtimes more then The Chewless Foodie will have been a success.

6 thoughts on “About the Chewless Foodie”

  • i think this is a fantastic idea for a blog! There are lots of people who need to eat soft or blended foods – people with Temporomandibular Joint TMJ disorders. And taste can be a huge expression of delight for people who have severely restricted ability. Plus – food is the best thing to celebrate and bond over!

    • Thanks Mavis,

      I used to hate blended food. I found that blending removes texture and quite often the flavour as well. As they say “necessity is the mother of invention” and I have found ways to enjoy my Dysphagia diet.

  • Hey David, this is fantastic, you never have ceased to be an amazing inspiration to others. I remember when we were kids and would go to roger creek park and have KFC picnic with your family, I’m pretty sure that would not blend up very well, but knowing you I’m sure you’ll come up a great recipe for that!!! Lol Well done to you for keeping it exciting. Love Claire Gooding(Price)

    • Thanks Claire! I remember KFC picnics in the park too! And I still enjoy KFC today even at the park. Perhaps that would be a good future blog post.

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