I was put on a liquid/soft food diet for over a year. So I got very creative.
I drank slim fast shakes. I cooked real boneless chicken breast and rice with cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soup and then blended and pureed it while adding plenty of chicken bouion (boiled) and spices to taste. I also ate oatmeal (flavored). If I wanted a hamburger or meat I got those romain noodles that had the beef flavor that I could slurp down without chewing or whatever flavor I wanted. For my chocolate fix--i would put a piece of hersheys chocolate bar in my mouth and let it melt. One bar of chocolate would take at least 30 minutes for me to eat that way. I ate yogart, cottage cheese, puddings, (all low fat), mashed potatos, a milk shake every once in a while, soups that were like tomato, split pea and bacon, veggie and beef, etc. I drank lots of water to help flush out the toxins that were building up in my system from all the pain pills and other medications that I was having to take for the tmj. I ended up getting all 4 basic food groups believe it or not. And I ended up loosing weight! Which I was elated about.
Did the liquid diet work for the TMJ? I've been prescribe a liquid diet for 8 weeks, and after 2 weeks, have not found relief. In the past, phyisical therapy has actually been quite effective, but I have a new Oral Surgeon now (the previous one having retired). I'm a little discouraged that it's not working yet.
When I removed my wisdom teeth (all four at once) my face became swollen to the size of a beach ball. I only ate blended food through a straw for a week, because my mouth would not open enough to fit anything other than the tip of a straw. And then several years ago a friend broke her tooth and I took care of her for a couple of days before she had it restored and I suggested that she blends food, and she told me later that it was a brilliant idea. You can literally blend anything in it's own juice (like making chicken and then blending it, cutting fruits up and blending them, or blending them in yogurt, etc). You should be open to the fact that it is going to look like baby food, but who cares, you aren't depriving yourself of anything and if you had chewed it, it would have looked blended in your stomach anyway!
I have a severe case of TMJ and was just put on a soft food diet until the oral surgeon can do the surgery..bad news is though, the earliest they will do the surgery is January (it's August now) because I am pregnant and am not due until Christmas day. The doctor gave me a list of restrictions for the TMJ..no excessive talking, no gum or crunching hard candy and ice, soft food diet, etc. But, he did not tell me what a soft food diet consists of..I can figure out the obvious, of course my steak cravings are a big fat no..lol But, what all can I eat that will still give the baby all the nourishment it needs? The slim fast shakes sound like a good idea too..but I can't do that right now..lol
I have TMJ with limited opening in addition to a, what the oral surgeon said, "huge" liquid filled cyst in my left maxillary sinus, which is also the side affected with TMJ. I recently had a few teeth extracted and the pain is worse than ever. My ENT said that he would not operate on my sinuses without dealing with the TMJ, but the oral surgeon says that we must deal with the sinus problem too. I have also had a gastric bypass done and have lost 11 lbs. in 3 weeks with my TMJ diet. I cannot afford to lose anymore weight. I have been nearly passing out because I am so weak and need nourishment. I just wanted to tell you all that I have been drinking Ensure and it is helping greatly. Just wanted to know if others of you have been having a co-morbidity with your TMJ with feelings of other disorders such as fibromyalgia. I have been feeling this way for a long time but the TMJ has only been an issue for a few months. I feel slighted knowing that TMJ research is only in its infancy, but I feel like it is a condition that leads to more conditions and have found that it is quite devastating to a normal life. Funny thing is, I don't and have never been a teeth grinder. I bite down in tense situations to deal with stress I suppose, so a night time bite guard isn't necessary. The oral surgeon said it might make me worse considering that I might start grinding if there was to be a foreign object inside my mouth. This has all been very interesting information since I finally found a doctor that took more than ten minutes with me to sit down and dig through my history and my options for treatment and the future. Currently I am on a two week no chew diet and then go back for an appointment to check on the progress. If no change, he suggested that I try a steroid injection, but was careful to advise against surgery this early on because one surgery leads to many over a lifetime. I hope my info. has been helpful to someone. This has certainly been a very difficult past couple of months. It has been hard not to become very depressed, not to mention the possibility of developing addictions for the pain pills and muscle relaxers. I need them, but don't really want them. I want relief. I hope you all find relief soon. I'll keep an update at my next appt.
I have had TMJ and locked jaw for a year. I have tried Physio, massage, chiro, liquid diets, a splint, and a variety of other things, Nothing worked. I finally went to my Dr. Baker in the hospital of Mt. Sinai, and he agreed that I need surgery. I am getting arthroscopy, getting my 4 wisdom teeth pulled out, getting injections into my jaw and also physically stretching all my jaw muscles that have cramped up!
So far for my liquid diet this is what I have thought of:
Ensure High Protein
Chicken Soup - pure soup
I've just begun treatment for degenerative osteoarthritis in the [tm] joint and loss of ?tendon/ligament? causing bone on bone contact. (I've forgotten the exact terminology). I had impressions made and will have "appliances" --is this the same as splints? Can someone tell me if these have helped or not? For an investment of several thousand dollars for appliances and one year's office visits, I sure hope so. I will also have to do the soft diet for three months which will be difficult since I also have to cook for a spouse. According to my dentist, the pain will only worsen and ability to eat solid food be more hampered if I refuse treatment.
When my jaw broke, one of my favorite things to eat was refried beans. You could add salsa, sour cream, melted cheese, etc. Also, don't forget all the things you can mix with potatoes, pureed veggies, sour cream, chicken stock, etc. When you are really desperate, grab a can of bacon flavored cheese whiz!! There are so many lentil and bean options out there. Indian food has a million options for a soft food diet. Peanut butter is really high in protein and good fats. Avocados are great too. When you really want meat, make sure it is slow cooked. Use your crockpot until it is so soft it falls apart. Roast beef, chicken, etc.
A couple of things to avoid because they may seem like they are soft foods are lettuce, popcorn, sour dough bread.
I am currently on a soft food diet, too, and after my surgery I was on a liquid only diet for a whole month, so here are a few ideas of soft foods.
Soups of all kinds are usually soft and easy to eat. They can even be quite filling. Try, for example, penis-a-leekie soup (you can find recipes online). This soup takes about three hours to make, but I think it's well worth it. I would suggest making a really big pot of it, because you can freeze the extra and eat it later.
You could also make fish soup. Here's one recipe: you need about 400 grams of fresh fish (salmon and cod are pretty good), 4 to 6 medium size potatoes, 2 carrots, salt and dill, about a liter of water and a cup of milk. Cut up the fish into small pieces (one inch or even smaller if you like). Cut up the potatoes and carrots. Bring water to boil, add a bit of salt and vegetables. Simmer until they are almost done. Add fish. Simmer until fish is cooked. Add milk. Simmer about 5 minutes. Add lots of dill. Enjoy. You can freeze any leftovers.
Or you could try a pureed vegetable soup: Wash, peel and cut your favorite veggies to about equal size. Put everything in a pot, add water so that veggies are just covered. Boil until thoroughly cooked. Add spices, herbs to taste. Add cheese or cream if you like. Puree. Enjoy. You can freeze any leftovers.
Omelettes and porridges are also good. You can add thin slices of chicken or ham and/or cheese on omelettes. You can add some berries or fruit or jam in porridges.
Stews are always great. They are really easy to make and soft to eat. There are no doubt loads of recipes online, but basically you just need veggies and some meat or fish if you like and, most importantly, some herbs and spices, and throw everything into a pot and cook (on stove or in oven, depending on the dish and the pot) until everything is totally and utterly cooked (usually an hour or two).
Smoothies make good snacks. One of my favorites is pureeing strawberries and a banana and adding orange juice to it. You can also add yogurt or bran to your smoothies if you like.
For desserts, there are lots of options. Ice cream, pudding, mousse, creme brulee... But if you get a hankering for cake, there are even soft cake recipes. Here's one: 4 eggs, 2 dl wheat flour, 1 dl sugar, 1 ts baking powder. Milk or juice, whipping cream, berries, fruit, what-not. Mix flour and baking powder well. Whip eggs and sugar until it turns into a light-colored foamy mixture. Add flour mix carefully. Pour into a cake pan (make sure to spread some butter all over the insides, this cake is very sticky). Bake about 20 minutes in 200 C. Let it cool down. Cut the cake into three pieces horizontally. Put the bottom piece on a tray. Moisten with juice or milk. Put some whipped cream, berries, fruit and/or jam on top. Add second layer. Repeat. Add top layer. Moisten and decorate with cream and berries or fruit. Very easy and soft!
Hopefully that'll give you some new ideas. Now I have to go make lunch (ham omelettes, aka hamlets).
I have found grilled swordfish to be very light & flaky. If you eat really small bites, there is little chewing necessary. I also like to peal apples, quarter them, then bake them in the oven at 350 for 30 mins. Adding a little cinnamon and nutmeg makes for a great snack. We also bought a juicer. There are a wide variety of juice recipes on the Internet & it is an easy way to get in the veggies and fruits I need. My son found some cookies and cream flavored protein powder (after doing some research on which was good for me). He mixes it with skim milk & lowfat ice cream & it makes a wonderful shake. Chicken salad is pretty easy to eat without chewing, as long as you chop the chicken up fine enough. I use a bowl chopper with a pull handle, it is easy to use & will mix all of the ingredients in at once. I find it kind of hard to each chicken salad without toast or crackers, but it does get some protein in my system.
I have been on a soft & liquid diet for about 4 weeks now & am wondering how much good it is doing. It seems like the muscles I normally use for chewing are getting a break, but are they loosing strength from a lack of exercise? I am doing the exercises I learned at physical therapy, but I worry about my jaw getting weaker while it is on this food vacation.