Sandwich, peanut butter and raisin toast, apple slices with peanut butter, chicken sausage with hash browns and fruit, a breakfast smoothie made with frozen banana, frozen berries, and protein powder. Soup. Leftovers from what you had the day before. Tofu, mushroom and vegetable stirfy. Steak.View Thread
Lower carb bases - like protein powder, check for sugar content. Lower sugar frozen fruits added to it, like berries for example. Frozen bananas are often listed as part of breakfast smoothies but they are pretty high carb. Portion control is very important for any fruit. Unsweetened peanut butter is a nice additive too.
Some people like veggies added to smoothies, like baby spinach for example, but that's really up to your individual taste.View Thread
Oh, and other soft cereals besides oatmeal - corn flakes, raisin bran, anything that softens in milk, just don't chew it. Cream of wheat. Tofu is soft too but you will probably want it with something.View Thread
Protein shakes are good for keeping you satisfied when you can't chew. Don't just get Ensure, there are some really great fitness shakes out there, or Slim-Fast or similar if you are watching your weight. Everything Michelle said. A milk shake might help take down the swelling, or a frozen fruit smoothie.
I had a friend who survived all four wisdom teeth being pulled at once - and ate nothing but chocolate pudding, whiskey, and codein tablets for a week. But I wouldn't reccomend that! I know how much a pain it is to have wisdom teeth out, so I hope you feel better soon.View Thread
I went to the deli and got a superfood salad. I'm going to give the ingredients first and then suggest some variations. The amounts are, of course, approximations.
1 bunch kale, crumpled to soften and torn into pieces 1 cup grape tomatoes 1/2 cup shelled edamame 1/2 cup cashews 1/4 cup dried cranberries 1/4 cup sunflower seeds 1/4 cup shredded carot chopped red onion to taste Optional: blueberries
Mix in large bowl, dress with pomegranate viniagrette dressing.
I would probably replace the dried cranberries with pomegranate pips and use cider or balsamic vinegar because I don't like my salads that sweet. Baby spinach would be good in this too, as would be dried acai berries. This salad could also be good with broccoli cut small and other kinds of nuts such as walnuts or pine nuts.View Thread
Since strengthening your core involves strengthening your back, proceed with caution. Check if you can have a talk with a physical therapist or even a knowledgeable nurse, where you had your surgery. There are gentle, low impact workouts that can be done - tai chi is a good one, and you can learn pretty much all you want about it, free online. Working out with light weights or non jarring exercises would be best at first. It goes without saying that you don't want to do too much strenuous activity before you're healed.View Thread
You may be having some vitamin problems if you are having trouble digesting raw vegetables, but there are other things you can do. You can either juice them or turn some of them into smoothies. You can lightly steam them so that they are a bit broken down. You can also take enzymes or eat a little more papaya. Also consider probiotics.
Some vegetables retain plenty of nutrition when cooked, things like carrots, tomatoes, beets, broccoli, asparagus, cabbage, etc. So no need to eat those raw. Do you have any issues with the fiber in fruit?
Additionally, lettuce and scallions are mostly water and insoluble fiber, so you aren't getting much nutrition from them anyway. If all else fails, there are some fairly good quality vitamins you can get, shop sales and it doesn't have to be horribly expensive.View Thread
What changes you make depend on what you currently do, but I'll throw out some ideas so you can get the general philosophy, and we can narrow it down to what applies to you. Also, you can make mini-steps to help yourself get to larger goals.
General guidelines: More moving, less sugar, less processed foods. But take it slow so it's sustainable.
Ideas for increased movement:
Heft your grocery bags a few extra times when carrying them to your home.
Do a little weight training with food cans.
Park a little farther away from your destination. This helps protect your car from dents, too!
Take short walks or a few wall-pushups as you can, a few minutes each.
Ideas for decreased sugar:
Mix your fruit juices with water.
Try for one less can of soda per day.
Reduce the sugar in your coffee by half.
Don't give up dessert, but reduce the amount of it.
Drink more water or more low calorie flavored water or tea.
Ideas for increased whole foods:
Try adding some vegetables to pre existing foods that you already eat. Cut up carrots in soup, for example, or a little romaine in your sandwich, a little spinach on your sub. Just examples, adjust for your taste.
Have more herbs/spices in your foods.
Have a handful of almonds for a snack.
Eat a piece of fruit when you crave something sugary.
Try brown rice instead of white, or whole pasta instead of white.
Have butter instead of margarine. The body needs a small amount of real fat.
Have hard cheese instead of soft, processed cheese.
Obciously, I don't have any clue of your normal habits, but I think you get the idea. The idea here is to just pick a few of these suggestions, even just one or two. Use that to build your new habits. Always make it as convenient as possible for yourself to make your new changes, even if it means a little extra prep time.View Thread