As you’ve read, I’ve probably pushed the limits of what I should be eating without chewing. I’ve cut things that I really should chew into tiny pieces in order to eat them due to desperation or hunger.
I originally thought I wouldn’t eat pizza until I could chew again, but yesterday I reassessed my opinion. During a road trip earlier this month, I ate breadstick innards with marinara sauce. How different is pizza?
The answer? Not much. I bought a frozen pizza, baked it and cut it into teeny, tiny pieces. I definitely am not eating the serving I would have eaten previously, but I was able to easily “chew” the slice I ate. I bought a pizza with a substantial crust, as a thin-crust pizza would be too sharp even to “chew.”
When I started Jaw Nom Nom, I was under the impression that I wouldn’t be eating like this until much later. I thought I’d be on a liquid diet for weeks, and I wasn’t. I thought I’d want to cook, and I haven’t done much of that.
I’ve started a page above called Hungry? that gives my fellow jaw patients of all eating abilities an idea of what to eat. I’ll keep updating it as I think of more things that I’ve eaten or will eat that fall into the appropriate categories.