I saw my specialist yesterday and she diagnosed me with TMJ. She's ordered a lower splint to be made which will take about a month. I the meantime, she says I've not too open my mouth too wide (because my jaw pops out). She's limited my opening to about a finger width and says I've to be on a soft food diet for a few weeks.
I'm struggling with ideas for meals, etc. All I can think of right now is soup, macaroni cheese and mashed potato. I have no idea what else I can eat, especially since I'm a vegetarian.
Any food suggestions?
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Having been on a soft food diet now for about 6 months I have learned to become quite inventive with the blender...I've basically been eating lots of yoghurt, ice cream, apple sauce, soft cheeses, hot cereal, hummus, lightly blended stirfried veggies and salmon/fish (salmon lightly done so it's still very soft and then you don't have to blend it), blended lasagna, mexican refried beans with guacamole, salsa,sour cream, indian dhal or soft/pureed indian or thai curries, black bean soup with melted cheese, nut butters, smoothies (add protein powder). Often I'll just take a regular dinner and blend it. You can blend stirfried veggies very lightly until they are just little bits rather than a mushy puree and it tastes quite good. I take lasagna and put it in a freezer bag and mush it by squishing the outside of the bag. This softens it enough so that I don't have to chew it but leaves enough of the natural textures that it still resembles lasagna. It may sound weird but you get desperate for decent food after a while!
I have been on a no chew diet for 10 months and am just like Melissa- I make regular dinner and blend it. You just have to get over how it looks, haha. I highly recommend buying a Ninja food prep. It is a lot better than a blender in that you don't have to add extra liquid.
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