(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*