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Display Name: cheverie
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Washing dishes FEELS more time consuming than it is - set a timer for 10 minutes, put on some music or a podcast and see how much you get done. You'll be surprised.


How Can I Make Hand-Washing Dishes Faster & More Fun? Good Questions
7/21/14 09:03 AM

If your jaw is "wired shut" (held together with strong elastics) your options are very very limited. Anything that isn't smooth thin liquid is hard to drink, and hard to clean. And cleanliness is very very important. Even smoothies are way too thick. Almost everything will have to be strained or thinned with milk/juice/broth. When you can't open your mouth, everything has to be sucked through whatever small openings there are in your teeth. I tried to have a thinned, strained mango smoothie but the fruit was still way to fibrous and I couldn't even get it in my mouth. My favourite things at this stage were a carrot/thyme soup (broth, carrots, sprigs of thyme, and lots of cream. took out the thyme before blending, and strained. I had to thin it with more broth too to get the right consistency) and kefir thinned with juice. Boost is pretty gross but it helps, and so do store-bought milkshakes (the kinds flavoured like different chocolate bars). It's hard to be "healthy" with this kind of diet, even doctors and nutrionists will recommend that you drink a lot of dairy and sugar just to get enough calories in the day. It's best to find a few things you like and stick with them. Meals are an ordeal on this diet and trying to dream up and cook new things it's worth it, quite honestly.

The soft food diet I moved to after getting elastics off was much better - still not chewing, but being able to open your mouth gives you way more options. I had mashed potatoes every single day, usually with cheese melted and blended it. Smoothies (without seeds!) and milkshakes are easier, yogurt, scrambled eggs, blended avocado... towards the end I could even handle poutine as long as I asked for extra gravy.


Ideas for Soft Foods to Eat After Jaw Surgery? Good Questions
7/16/14 09:52 AM

How about storing them on their own bookshelf, some stacked vertically, some horizontally, with different covers facing out? You can switch out the ones that face out from time to time.


How To Display 200 Pulp Fiction Paperbacks? Good Questions
3/14/14 07:59 AM

After wasting lots of money so far this year on expensive and mediocre lunches I decided to try to go without buying lunch during the whole month of March.

Planning and preparing on the weekend are definitely key, I spend the week thinking of recipes I'd like that share some common ingredients and I make a shopping list. Yesterday I made a batch of burritos for the freezer that I can bring anytime, enough pasta salad for the next few days, and with the leftover tortillas and veggies I can make wraps for the rest of the week. And there's enough to feed me at dinnertime as well.

It's been much easier than I thought it would be and kinda fun! When the month's over I'll probably keep it up, maybe giving myself a day a week to support my favourite local lunch spots.


Learning to Actually Pack (and Eat) Lunch: 3 Tips from a Recovering Lunch Buyer Tips from The Kitchn
3/10/14 12:31 PM

Apples are doable when cut into small bite-sized pieces. I don't find any trouble with most raw veggies, honestly, other than carrots. You can eat a lot more than you think you can, just use your best judgement when biting into something... if it feels like a bracket is going to break off, don't eat it.


Healthy Snack Ideas for People With Braces? Good Questions
1/7/14 09:36 AM