Season 1, Episode 9
Hosts & Guests: Jana Rieger & Yvonne McClaren
Yvonne McClaren is an author, coach and founder of The No Feeding Tubes movement & the Mind Food Body Program. A program specifically designed to assist others with dysphagia and a peg feed tube transition back to oral eating.
Working as an executive in the not-for-profit sector and with a love for travel, Yvonne has lived in Sydney, Melbourne, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and for a few months in Vietnam when she was diagnosed with Oropharyngeal Cancer (Tonsil Cancer) in November 2018.
Yvonne went on to have a third of her tongue removed, both tonsils, 30 lymph nodes and 30 chemoradiotherapy sessions. Yvonne also had a PEG* tube feed for 15 months.
A contributor to the publication “From Treatment to Table” for Student Dietitians at Griffith University of Queensland (Nutrition & Dietetics). A participant in “Soup for the Soul online cooking workshop” for Head and Neck Cancer Australia and the “Swallowing and Quality of Life study” with the University of Technology Sydney.
Yvonne is a passionate advocate for using real food to transition back to oral eating and shamelessly promotes her culinary framework & program to help others get off their feeding tube.
Visit her at yvonnemcclaren.com
* A PEG (percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy) is a procedure in which a flexible feeding tube is placed through the abdominal wall and into the stomach. This PEG allows nutrition, fluids and/or medications to be put directly into the stomach, bypassing the mouth and oesophagus.