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Surgery in a week- guess I'll make it a juice fast?!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Next week, I am having lower jaw surgery. My mouth will be banded shut for 6 weeks and I will be unable to eat anything that isn't pureed. To start with, I literally have to use a syringe to inject liquids until I can use a straw successfully.

The nurse recommended sodas, Boost, Ensure and other drinks. I told her I haven't had sodas in over 10 years. After reading the ingredients on the sample bottle of Boost she gave me, I don't want to drink that, either. Kind of bothered me that these were the things they recommend to their patients to maintain their strength and heal from surgery!

I bought a a professional strength Ninja blender that will pretty much liquify fruits I've tried in it. Hoping to branch out a bit and try more veggies (I do leafy greens with my fruit smoothies, and I've added asparagus and carrots as well) and maybe even just veggie "savory" smoothies. I have my protein powders to make sure I'm getting what I need there.

I've started building a collection of recipes that I may be able to make and eat, but the first week or two will really be just finding simple things I can throw together and make quickly and easily to inject into my mouth!!

If anyone has been through this type of surgery before or has recipes or suggestions, please let me know. Thanks!

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MZZCHIEF 7/15/2013 10:54PM

    You may want to fire up your crock pot and stew some organic chicken. Remove the meat from the bones, and cook it another 24 hours with a bit of vinegar to get the minerals from the bones.

This broth can be combined with veggies, the chicken meat and pureed in the blender. Kale is a great veggie, it doesn't have oxalic acid so you can absorb all the minerals from your foods and not have to worry. Additionally it also is chock full of vitamin K, which is GREAT for your bones.

Congratulations on having the courage to go thru with this ordeal.
And Kudos for not going the way of Ensure and those other chemical cocktails.

Wish you the best brave girl!
: )

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WANTABUNCH 7/8/2013 2:35PM

    I had jaw surgery (upper & lower) when I was about 20. I didn't know about smoothies then, so I lived on milkshakes. I wasn't ever able to use a straw, but I could suck liquids around to the back of my teeth, so that's how I ate. I lost 10 lbs during that time (I was only about 110 lbs to begin with.) Now with juicers & smoothies, I think you can do quite well and stay full and keep your nutrition level high. I do a smoothie most mornings for breakfast nowadays anyways. (I have a Ninja, too). Oh, also a waterpik was very helpful for cleaning my teeth while my jaw was wired shut.
Good Luck!

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ELSCO55 7/3/2013 10:18PM

    My son had his jaw wired shut over 20 years ago. Luckily we did not go through the injecting part.

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MONAKIN314 7/3/2013 10:35AM

    Wishing you a speedy recovery!!

My God-daughter loves carrots juice with pineapple and protein powder. I am not sure how her mom makes it.

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MOMMY2MADILYN 7/2/2013 10:02PM

    Wow! I'm so sorry to hear about your impending surgery! I wish you all the best and a speedy recovery! emoticon

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