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Specializing in Assistive Dining and Drinking Equipment

December 2015 Independent Eating and Drinking Newsletter

Independent Eating...   is a Wonderful Thing

December Topics:

  • Happy Holidays

  • Holiday Food Trivia

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Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2016

To all of our readers we wish you Happy Holidays!

We appreciate your support and would like to send our best wishes to you and your families.

We hope that you have a wonderful holiday and enjoy all of the festivities with friends and family.


FREE Gift Wrapping is Available on All Purchases Until December 31, 2015 
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Holiday Food Trivia

Instead of providing an article about eating and drinking for the holidays, we are going to give you some fun facts about food:

Did you know that if you put tonic water under a black light it will glow blue?

Did you know that 1 in 8 Americans has worked for McDonalds at some time in their life?

Did you know that 10% of Americans are vegetarian?

Did you know that 2/3 of Americans are over-weight?

Did you know that the highest calorie fast food is a milk shake? (According to Wikipedia a fluid ounce of milkshake has 32 calories.)

Did you know that the average calories consumed at a buffet is 2,500, and a huge 3,000 at Chinese buffets?

Did you know that Americans consume the most ice cream in the world, while the Swiss eat the most chocolate?

Did you know that red, pink and orange food colorings labeled as natural are made from cochineal extract or carmine which is made from the bodies of female cochineal bugs?

Did you know that pound for pound, nutritious foods cost approximately 10 times as much as junk food?

Did you know that almost half of the world’s food is thrown away each year?

Did you know that originally carrots were purple? Purple carrots can sometimes be found at natural food stores or specialty food stores like Whole Foods or Sprouts.

Did you know that fortune cookies were invented in San Francisco in the early 1900's, not in China?

Did you know that almost half of the adults in the U.S. eat a sandwich every day?

Did you know that people in India eat the least amount of meat per person in the world?

Did you know that on August 10, 2015, astronauts ate food that had been grown in space for the first time?

Did you know that there is only one variety of banana that is commonly sold? Banana trees have been cloned to make sure that the fruit is the same from all trees.

Did you know that Twinkies originally were filled with banana filling? This was changed to vanilla when bananas were unavailable during World War II.

Did you know that when cranberries are ripe they bounce like rubber balls?

Imagine sitting down to your holiday dinner with family and friends. Last year one of your loved ones needed to be fed, but this year they can eat independently because they have a Mealtime Partner Dining System. With this system people are able to eat independently at the pace that they choose; they do not have to wait to be fed. They have autonomy with the rest of the people at the dining table! What a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays. Click the following link to learn more about how to gain mealtime independence for those who cannot feed themselves.
Young Man Using the Mealtime Partner
The Mealtime Partner Dining System is quick and easy to learn and has no complicated programming requirements. Each Dining Systems comes with a complete training video on DVD so new users and caregivers can learn to use it in just a few minutes. To view a list of the instructional videos that may be selected by title, click here. For information about purchasing a Mealtime Partner Dining System, click here.

Holiday Gift Ideas

Check Out Our Wonderful Holiday Gift Ideas
A hands-free drinking system can enable someone to drink independently throughout the day and is a gift that they will appreciate all year.

Mealtime Partners, Inc. has several different types of hands-free drinking systems to choose from: the Hydration Backpack with Tube Positioning; the Front Mounted Drinking System; and the Drink Aide. They can all be easily attached to a wheelchair and can be positioned to meet the individual user’s need.
Camelback Drinking SystemDrink Aide on Wheelchair
Hydration Backpack with Drink Tube Positioning The Drink Aide
Front Mounted Drinking System
The Front Mounted Drinking System

Those who are at risk of choking should consider drinking from a Provale Cup: it provides a sip of thin liquid every time it is tipped up to take a drink. It prevents the user from receiving a large "gulp" of liquid.

And, for those who are required to drink thickened liquids, the Thicken Liquid Cup is an excellent choice. This cup can serve varying thicknesses of liquids and can control the volume of liquid that is served by an adjustable drinking spout that can serve a small stream of liquid or just a trickle.
Provale Cup Thickened Liquids Cup
The Provale Cup Thickened Liquids Cup
To view all of the Mealtime Partners drinking products, click here. For additional guidance about how to select the appropriate drinking system for your specific needs, click here.

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