Sunday, April 17, 2011
I told my daughter she must have the biggest wisdom teeth on record, cuz she got four wisdom teeth taken out on Monday, and now she weighs 6 pounds less than before they were removed. (You're groaning and rolling your eyes, but some "scientific studies" are like this . . . )
So I got to thinking about the Oral Surgery Diet. You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars and a go through the discomfort of the procedure & recovery. Just follow this menu:
Day One: 3 Tablespoons of applesauce every 2 hours, alternating with 4 oz kefir.
Day Two: same as Day One; add at night 4 Tablespoons thin mashed potatoes
Day Three: same as Day Two; add 4 oz. chicken broth with a few soft noodles
DayFour: Fruit Smoothie; 4 oz. Tomato Soup; Soft Brown Rice with smashed chicken
Day Five: Fruit Smoothie; Pureed Vegetable Soup; Vanilla Yogurt
Day Six: Oatmeal; Turkey Bits; Fruit chopped small; Broccoli Soup
EVERY DAY: Drink lots of water. At least half of meals or snacks, say you're not hungry. Sleep 9 hours at night and take 2 naps each day. Read, pray, write in your journal, crochet, listen to music, play couch games with a twelve-year-old, watch funny movies, play Animal Crossing borrowed from 22yo brother.
Day Seven: Go to 4H sewing club and let a few cheese cubes melt in your mouth. Come home and sleep through lunch.
Of course I don't really recommend that eating plan. You don't really want to lose 6 pounds in a week. Well, maybe you WANT to, but your rational self knows it's not so healthy. BUT 6 pounds in 3 weeks would be super duper. I think I'll pretend I have sore jaws and chipmunk cheeks and see if I can work more brown rice and vegetable soup into my own menu!
P.S. I was touched and astonished to see her leaving one bite in each dish. Her 27yo sister taught her this a couple years ago, as a tool for lifelong moderate eating . . . it sustains awareness of deliberate portion choice and mindfulness at every meal. I was convicted by her quiet example. How many times have I used illness or some other circumstance to excuse my unhealthy choices? As rotten as she felt, she honored the habit she has chosen. I am chastened and inspired!