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What to eat when you can’t bite

While recovering from my frenectomy, I’ve been having to adjust my eating habits so as to avoid anything I need to bite into, like sandwiches, hot dogs, pizza, etc.  Actually I can have those as long as I cut them into bite-size pieces (an ironic apellation for pieces you don’t need to bite into), and I have done that a couple of times, but that’s kind of awkward.

I wanted to avoid hot foods for the first few days (the instructions only said 24 hours, but I’m extra-cautious), so I made some pasta salad of my own once I used up the varieties I got from the grocery-store deli (only one of which I liked).  I used some multicolor rotini I had on hand, broccoli, cucumber, green pepper, cherry tomatoes, and canned chicken (which I figured would be softer than the frozen diced chicken I generally use) with olive oil, Italian dressing, and grated parmesan.  I made nearly five servings’ worth, so when I went to the store a couple of days ago, I picked up some feta cheese and added some of that to the pasta salad; and I supplemented the final serving with more tomatoes and cucumber.  So there was a little variety instead of just being the same thing over and over.

Also at the grocery store deli, I looked for other types of thing I could try, now that I wasn’t limited to cold foods anymore.  I came upon a tub of chicken and sausage gumbo, and I thought that gumbo was something I’d tried before and not minded, so I bought it.  Only afterward did I remember that what I’d tried before wasn’t gumbo, but jambalaya.  But I was stuck with the gumbo, so I tried it, and I’m not crazy about it.  It’s too spicy, and the pork sausage flavor is way too dominant.  I’m thinking maybe when I have the rest of it, I’ll dump the remaining feta into it, in the hope that a dairy product will ameliorate the spiciness some, and just to make it taste different.  I have no idea if that will be any good, but I have to use these things up somehow.

As of this afternoon, it will have been a week since my procedure, so I’m halfway to the point where I can start eating normally again.  Still, knowing me, I’ll probably be overcautious and wait a few days longer.

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  1. Byron Bailey
    July 4, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Scrambled eggs, oatmeal (instant is just fine), mashed potatoes, cream soups (you can pureé virtually any other soup as well), shreddies in milk (just let them sit to soften – and they are very high in fibre), tuna or salmon salad (seasoned how you like and sufficiently moistened with mayo) – for that matter ham, chicken, or turkey will work too if very finely chopped. Hope tat helps.

    • July 4, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      I don’t have to go that far. I can chew with my side teeth, I just can’t bite into anything with my incisors, since that would drive food down into the area where the procedure was done and risk irritating/infecting it. So I can theoretically eat any normal food so long as I cut it into small pieces first, or if it comes that way to begin with. For instance, for dinner today I had macaroni and cheese with pieces of my favorite tofu Italian sausage, cherry tomato, and green pepper mixed in.

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