There’s been some discussion about the problem of chewing and eating the last few days. So I thought I’d start a post about soft foods. Good nutrition is essential. A lot of the foods I am going to mention may be unfamiliar. Even most big grocery store chains now have “health and organic” sections. Otherwise you might want to seek out a health food store or an on-lime supplier. Here are some suggestions to start with:
Pancakes and muffins made with whole grains. I particularly like buckwheat/ blueberry combo. They freeze well so the effort doesn’t have to be daily. You can also control the sugar content when you make them yourself.
Dairy Alternatives ( good for protein shakes)
Ryza Brown Rice Milk
Protein Powder and Protein Alternatives
Hemp nut seeds - delicious with peanut butter on soft bread or softened toast (I put mine in a coffee grinder so not so much chewing)
Nuts, nuts, nuts!
All kinds, so healthy and if you buy them in their natural state without being oiled and salted they will not make you fat! Honestly. I eat several handfuls a day. I grind them up and put them in my daily “pudding” or protein shake.
Golden flax seeds. Great binder in protein shakes or your own personal pudding. Nutty flavour. Best to buy the seeds whole and grind in your own coffee grinder. They fluff up very quickly and are very digest able that way. Whole flax seeds really don’t do much for you.
Soak or grind. Also a good binder, very nutritious and helps you feel full for a long time…so you don’t have to be hungry or eat too soon if eating is a problem.
Quinoa, easy to prepare, full of protein and minerals and other nutrients and can be used as a rice substitute in just about anything. Very soft, doesn’t need grinding! Also good as a porridge in the morning with bananas and brown rice milk or whatever you want to throw in there.
Brown rice. I soak it most of the day and add extra water to soften. Also makes good puddings. More nutritious than white rice. Easy to flavour with whatever you like.
Brown rice flour
Brown rice pasta
I don’t use canned beans because they are preserved with citric acid and citric acid is off my list of tolerable foods.
I buy all kinds of hard beans. They don’t need to be soaked overnight. Put them in a pot, cover over an inch with water, bring to a boil for two minutes, remove from heat, let sit for two hours, then throw away the soak water (that’s the farty part) cover with fresh water and some salt, and cook on low until tender. Beans can be thrown in just about anything or enjoyed just as they are with eggs in the morning as a toast substitute. Also if they are combined with brown rice you get a good protein meal that will keep you full (and regular! No staining on those cranial arteries!) for hours.
Red, my favourite. No soaking. They cook up in 20minutes. Good on their own or with curry (I actually just use turmeric and cumin, can’t take spicy these days) etc. extremely nutritious. Good in soups or thickening for stews of all sorts.
I eat a lot of scrambled eggs with three whites and one yolk to cut down on saturated fat but still get the protein.
Okay, so I know that chocolate can be a trigger. But it is just about one of my favourite foods. The dark kind, 80%. It is an antioxidant in that form and also is serotonin booster that doesn’t come in the form of a pill. So I just have to have a bit every day in the mid afternoon no matter what. Maybe I’ve fooled myself but I honestly believe if I gobble it fast enough and keep it away from the bad side ( okay, ha ha ha) that it works in synergy with my afternoon meds, and gives me an energy and emotional boost. Plus it helps cut down on cravings for sweets. Sugar in any form is just about lethal for me.
So, this is just a start. Many of us have found our own ways around the eating difficulties. Sometimes I can barley stand to eat, and have little appetite but I have found out that it is better to keep an even amount of good food in my system than to go without. Otherwise 9pm comes and I crash big time just when I should be thinking about how to get myself to bed.
Hope this helps someone.