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rubato 08-11-2006 06:36 AM

How can I safely do a liquid diet?
I have really bad tmj which means that my jaw joints are bad. I've already had every surgery I can and must resort to a liquid diet when things are hurting. I've been really into exercise and weight loss lately. Today I must start at least a week of liquid dieting and am wondering if I can do this without muscle loss or starvation mode. I was planning on drinking 3 or 4 Slim fasts a day with protein powder added to them. Maybe some fruit blended in as well. Today I can't even think about something as thick as oatmeal, but maybe in a few days I can add that and yogurt and such. Will I screw up my metabolism this way? Thanks for any help.:)

applecheek 08-11-2006 07:50 AM

Re: How can I safely do a liquid diet?
I would skip the slimfast and go for drinks that are more full of nutrients. You need to get the right fuel that your body needs to function...and slimfasts are just full of unhealthy sugars. Try ENSURE or EQUAL. Make sure you are drinking enough! Also try blending up some fruit or vegetable smoothies...yum. When I got my wisdom teeth taken out I slowly started to add soup, frozen yogurt, and puddings. Hope I helped!

Lenin 08-11-2006 08:05 AM

Re: How can I safely do a liquid diet?

Go to your natural foods provider and buy and try a quart of kefir. It has the nourishment, taste and protein of yoghurt while still remaining a thick sippable liquid.

Milk, protein powder, your choice of sweetner and cocoa powder with perhaps an egg all blended together with some ice cubes makes a delicious, nutritious shake...and tastes far better and has more protein than Slimfast. Buy some xanthan or guar gum (health food store) to thicken it to your taste.

auntjudyg 08-11-2006 08:33 AM

Re: How can I safely do a liquid diet?
Do you have a food processor or blender to puree soups?

amethystle 08-11-2006 01:23 PM

Re: How can I safely do a liquid diet?
Smoothies are an excellent idea. You might also want to consider buying some type of green powder (vegetable or wheat grass) so you can ensure you are getting all of your vitamins, minerals, and anitoxidants - all almost as important for healing as protein.

rubato 08-11-2006 01:45 PM

Re: How can I safely do a liquid diet?
Thanks for all the advice. Yes, I do have a food processor. I don't eat soups because of the sodium. And, it's rare for me to have the time to make homemade. I will try a bunch of different smoothie combos with added nutrients. I have Ensure also for when I get lazy. I've been hearing a lot about kefir so will see about getting myself some. Thanks guys!

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