My name is Paul Desaulniers and I am the founder of Smooth Bites. I am a 29 year old with Muscular Dystrophy and as a result, have difficulty swallowing, also known as dysphagia. My story begins years ago when I required all of my meat to be very tender, using the leanest cuts available. This worked for a while, but then I found myself coughing the odd time with the feeling of something stuck in my throat. Eventually, the symptoms progressed and I had a hard time swallowing liquids. In March of 2014 I unfortunately ended up being hospitalized with aspiration pneumonia. After a 6-week stay, I was put on a pureed diet with thickened liquids to ensure that I could safely swallow. The change seemed daunting, especially since I found there to be minimal consumer-friendly resources readily available. At first there were some challenges, but as time went on my family and I continued to learn the ins and outs. I was determined that despite my food being a different consistency, I could continue to enjoy the flavourful food that I had come to love, if not more! I developed Smooth Bites to be the resource that I would want if I was starting this journey again. Read about Smooth Bites’ Mission here.