Cammy Goes Crunchless

(Alt. title: Eat Softly and Drop the Carrot Stick)

This is going to be a strange week. Bright and early tomorrow a.m., I’m having some oral surgery (dental implant). This involves extracting a defective tooth and replacing it with a titanium screw drilled into my jawbone. In a few months, a top will be added to it and then a crown. There will be stitches and narcotics and such, and afterward comes the really tough part: I’ll be restricted to soft foods AND prohibited from exercise for a bit. According to the pre-op instructions, two to three weeks. But I’m shooting for Friday or Saturday. :)

To be honest, the absence of exercise is not that much of a hardship when the heat index is 110° and up. But no crunchy foods? Arrrgh! No nuts, no DIY tortilla chips, no celery–oh and no acidic foods, either, so no salsa–no carrots, no airpop, no pretzels, no granola, no CR-R-UN-N-CH! The best I’ll be able to manage this week is squish.

On the bright side, cake is soft, right? :)

Kidding, kidding. I trekked all the way across the blistering grocery store pavement to load up on soft groceries: eggs, yogurt, almond milk, bananas, watermelon, spinach (for smoothies), Laughing Cow Queso Fresco (coupon, plus a crunchless gal needs spice), whole wheat pasta, lima beans, and for decadence, sugar-free fudgesicles. I already have oats, oat bran, quinoa, brown and wild rice, peanut butter, a few white and sweet potatoes, and protein powders. Oh, and speaking of protein, since it’s specifically mentioned in my instructions as an important part of recovery, I had the brilliant idea to toss a box of unflavored gelatin in my cart. I have no idea exactly what I’m going to do with it–maybe stir it in a smoothie?

I had one of these procedures about 5-6 years ago, and my “post-game” eating plan consisted primarily of yogurt, watermelon, and Little Debbie Swiss Rolls, so this is definitely an improvement. I’m going to try to do this recovery a little more nutritiously. :)

As for exercise, the instructions say to allow two to three weeks before restarting “vigorous exercise,” but I’m sure I’ll figure out a loophole. There’s stretching and yoga, for one thing, and maybe I can break up some easy walks and bike rides into several short sessions each day. Nothing high impact, for sure. I know from my toe surgery a few years ago that if I do too much, too soon, I’ll feel throbbing around the incision site (a sign to back off a little–or a lot), so I’m going to kind of ease along in my tippy toe way. If I’m eating healthy foods and getting some movement in, I think I’ll be fine.

I figure one of three things will happen from all this:
1) My system will go into shock at the changes, and I’ll drop some pounds.
2) My system will go into shock, and I’ll gain a few pounds.
3) My system will effectively yawn and do nothing.

No matter what happens, I’m sure to learn something from all of it. I hope it’s something useful! :)

Meanwhile, I’ll be sitting here in the silence of a crunch-free home. *sigh*

19 thoughts on “Cammy Goes Crunchless

  1. I’ll just be wishing you a smooth and painless procedure. Be really nice to yourself after…
    It is a great time to get into the low impact stuff and maybe change up your routine. Abs, abs, abs…
    Good luck!!

  2. Sounds like you have a good attitude about the coming weeks. I hope they pass quickly for you!

  3. It sounds like you have a great attitude about it all. You are planning ahead-which is awesome! You are looking for exercise that will work for your recovery. You have a good sense of humor about it all. I wish I could have your brain sometimes!!! :) I hope all goes well with the procedure and you are not in too much discomfort! Enjoy the smoothies! Get a cute cup and straw- they taste better that way!!! :)

  4. Good luck with this! You & I think alike. IMHO, this is a great time of year for “procedures.” TN is miserably hot, humid and anything outside activity isn’t fun. I suppose I could offer to travel across the state and play nurse, although I can assure you nursing isn’t one of my talents!!

  5. Hi Cammy! Good luck with your procedure!

    Speaking of someone who had abdominal surgery last year, be extremely careful of your calories during recuperation time. I couldn’t eat well for a couple of weeks because my tummy hurt, then I was extremely hungry for the next couple of weeks because I hadn’t eaten well before. I couldn’t exercise for 2 months. Well, I gained 10 pounds. And it was so much harder to take off than to put on.

    I thought that maybe if you heard my story, it would help you stay on goal during recuperation.

    :-) Marion

  6. Cammy – I have a couple implants coming up here soon. I already had the teeth pulled and they put in some bone, waited 6 months for this next part cause dental schools are slow & next step is the screw (end of month) and then 4-5 months later topping it off with the crown. My UCLA doc knows I am a workout fiend & said nothing of 2-3 weeks off! I am getting each procedure done before rest days for me so… hmmm, I best chat with the doc again!

    HUGS to you & you just crack me up!!! Good luck! I know you will be OK!

  7. My oral surgeries (yes, two) have been butt kickers. But, I had a lot of infection. Recovering from the extensive bone grafting was something else but I’m in the waiting and growing some bone phase now — much better. I’d suggest iced green tea in your recovery phase. Just remember: no straws for a little while. Good luck Cammy. :)

  8. Thinking of you and wishing you a quick recovery, Cammy! Having just been through periodontal surgery I’m wishing you sugar free Jello puddings cottage cheese, and a “system-wide yawn” as a a body result!
    Hugs, Donna

  9. I hope all goes easily and you heal fast! Interesting timing since my teen is getting his wisdom teeth out on Monday and I have been working on a list of soft foods that he’ll like. His won’t be very healthy, I suspect. When I had mine out as an adult (long story) I was in a skinny phase and remember eating ice cream and mac and cheese.

  10. Best of luck to you Cammy. I went hiking a few years ago and all I had to eat for 5 days was powdered milk, protein bars(Cliff), hummus and crackers. My point being, my stomach shrank (or at least it felt like it) and I got used to eating a lot less when I returned from the mountains. I try to reflect on this whenever I want to eat junk food or overeat in general. Think positive!

  11. Oh my, you’re making my hand surgery look like small potatoes. I will be watching with interest to see how your system reacts to the whole thing. Cause I’ll be able to eat crunchy stuff, but my exercise is likely to be affected for a while…

    Good luck. I’ll say a prayer for you tonight.

  12. LMAO! Cammy! I’m so sorry about your no-crunch zone – maybe you can just throw all your crunchy faves into a blender or something??? I know it’s not the same, but it’s a thought. I am sending you healing thoughts, girl. xoxo

  13. Cammy, wishing you the best of luck with your procedure. I am hoping that by the time you read this, you will be nicely medicated and pain-free. Take care of you.

  14. Good luck with the surgery and the recovery, Cammy! Your good humor will see you through just about anything!

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