Hi Lisa! Way to go, making a choice to be healthier! That's the first step in the right direction!
My first recommendation would be to look at what you're eating and make sure you're getting all the nutrients you need. If you're not eating meat or much in the way of fruits and veg, that leaves carbs/dairy. I would recommend using the sparkpeople nutrition tracker to make sure you're getting what you need. It'll tell you if you're low on protein or fiber or a whole host of other essentials.
Like yellowdahlia said, veggies soften up a lot when they're cooked. Even if you can't bite into an apple, you can slice it into bite-size pieces and chew on your back teeth. Maybe look into dentures?
One of my favorite things in the world is a fruit smoothie - no chewing required. I start with one frozen, sliced banana. Add 1/2 c. fat free vanilla yogurt, 1/2 c. skim milk, 1/2 c. frozen blueberries, and 1t almond extract. You can vary that A LOT. Sometimes I add strawberries. Sometimes all yogurt, no milk; sometimes the opposite. Find what flavors you like and what you have on hand. Gosh, I want one now but need to go do my run first! LOL
| Pounds lost: 1.5