First piece of advice: don't count on tooth extraction as an effective weight management system. Mainly because you won't be eating the healthiest of foods and will be missing out on the important nutrients that constitute a well-balanced diet. But also because it sucks. It is not fun once the initial heavy sedatives wear off and I can promise that conscientious eating and exercising is a much better, much easier, alternative. Also because I prefer not to look like a sad rodent gearing up for a hard winter. Here's a photo taken of me three days post-surgery:
At least my mom still thought I was cute.
So, a few alternatives to chewing that I relied on while on bedrest. First up, our very own HMR shakes! The excitement! The reasonable pricing! The availability! Dr. G brought home a box for me (along with flowers, she's so sweet) the day of my surgery.
I've written about some variations on the regular shakes in previous blog posts, but a great way to mix it up if you get tired of just chocolate or vanilla is to add sugar free jello pudding powders. I always like adding lime to the vanilla and making a key lime tasting one (sometimes I even throw in an HMR lemon bar for added taste and texture but I had four enormous holes in the back of my mouth).
Another thing you can do with the shake mixes: puddings, pictured here atop the sweatpants I wore for longer than I care to reveal post-surgery.
Not pictured is the unkempt hair and general look of misery on my face -- you're welcome.
And when the sweeter options became too sweet or similar, I switched to smoothies, the best of which are green and contain some veggies to make up for the lack of fresh food that are typically lacking in a liquid diet.
Here's a green smoothie I used to take one of the several horse pills I was prescribed.
So, while it wasn't a great time, I managed to eat relatively healthy, all things considered. And when people ask me how many tubs of ice cream I went through, I can tell them exactly zero. And roughly a box of HMR shake mix but that's a TWB lifestyle for you.
The first night I decided I could eat regular foods I made my favorite salad for the doc and I the other night, complete with pita chips to retrain my teeth.
I was so excited by the prospect of chewing that I made like 300 servings so we also had it for dinner the next two nights. I'm happy to say that I'm back to school and to using my jaw, so stick around.