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Eating after oral surgery: wisdom teeth, tonsillectomy during eating disorder recovery

Eating after oral surgery: wisdom teeth, tonsillectomy during eating disorder recovery

Oral Surgery Nutrition Tips from a Registered Dietitian Rebecca Bitzer, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD Oral surgery, such as having your wisdom teeth removed, can be an uncomfortable, and often painful, experience. After surgery, it is extremely important to continue eating and drinking to allow for proper healing and weight maintenance. Though the surgery site may be painful or tender, there are a variety of soft or liquid foods that can provide adequate nutrition (and that taste good too!). Below, you can find tips to remember during recovery, a list of easy-to-eat foods, and several delicious, nutrient-dense recipes to try! Recovery Tips: Guidelines after surgery can vary depending on your procedure as well as your specific surgeon. However, here are a few post-surgery recommendations from the Mayo Clinic: Drink lots of water Avoid alcoholic, caffeinated, carbonated and hot beverages in the first 24 hours Don’t drink with a straw for at least a week, as it can dislodge the blood clot from the socket Eat only soft foods for the first 24 hours Add semi-soft foods as tolerated Avoid hard, chewy, hot or spicy foods that might get stuck or cause irritation Easy-to-Eat Foods Following Oral Surgery: Soups (cream of vegetable, lentil, minestrone, split pea, chicken noodle) Juices (cranberry, apple, grape) Yogurt (soft or frozen), cottage cheese, soft cheeses (mozzarella, brie) Pudding/custard Soft fruits (banana, papaya, berries, canned peaches or pears, apple sauce) Ice cream and milkshakes Fresh cooked vegetables Fruit smoothies/protein shakes Oatmeal/cream of wheat Eggs (scrambled, soft boiled, egg salad) Mashed potatoes or cauliflower Rice, risotto, polenta Tofu Pasta (plain or with sauce) Fish (soft white fish, sole,...
High School Student’s Poetry Inspires Eating Disorder Recovery

High School Student’s Poetry Inspires Eating Disorder Recovery

Poetry to Support Eating Disorder Recovery Have you ever tried poetry to help you express your feelings? The time in which a person is in the midst of eating disorder recovery can be one of great emotion and creativity. One of our clients and ED warriors wrote this inspiring poem about her experience. It is definitely worth a read!   “After you eat sweets,  your mouth gets a sour taste,  as if to remind you that  nothing lasts forever. Nobody tells you  that one day you will  forget. They only tell you  about the sob stories: the people who didn’t get better.  They don’t tell you  about the people that do. I promise that one day you will  wake up, roll out of bed and eat breakfast. I promise that one day you will  read this and think, how sad. I’m glad this doesn’t apply to me. And then look up at the sky, after buying candy from a drugstore and realize: It’s a bit warmer  than I would have guessed.” If you or someone you love is seeking recovery from an eating disorder, please contact Empowered Eating here or call 240-670-4675.    Note: This blog was edited and re-posted from June 20,...
Japanese Cuisine: Experiencing New Flavors

Japanese Cuisine: Experiencing New Flavors

Otani Restaurant Japanese Cuisine in Crofton Maryland By Rebecca Bitzer, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD   Variety is the spice of life and also a good way to insure that you are getting a well-balanced diet. I often recommend to my clients to eat ethnic food once/week.  If you are not familiar with ethnic restaurants in Maryland, I will highlight one for you today.  Otani’s is one of my favorite restaurants. The tea mug sets the tone for the meal with 10 ways to better health!   I start the meal with edamame (soybeans) and a great way to add protein to the meal. Next, I was adventurous and tried the tuna for the first time ever.   Next, was dynamite roll which is prepared right at the table!   What is your favorite ethnic restaurant in Maryland? Contact us today at 240-670-4675 for more information about our nutrition services. We are here to help you reach your nutrition goals!    Note: This blog was edited and re-posted from October 16, 2015.          ...
Dietitian Dana’s Fast Food Favs!

Dietitian Dana’s Fast Food Favs!

Healthy Fast Food Options Yes, Dietitians do eat fast food. This week we asked Dana Magee, RD, LD, where are the best places to get food in a pinch? Where do you go? Here is what she had to say:     1. Starbucks- A lot of people only think of coffee and treats at Starbucks but I have grown to love their bistro boxes and salads when I forget my lunch or haven’t brought anything with me for the day.  The added bonus is you can purchase these when you get your morning beverage without having to run out again! My favorites are the chicken and hummus bistro box, edamame hummus wrap, chicken artichoke panini, and the zesty chicken and black bean salad bowl. 2.Near the Greenbelt office I love Perfect Pita.  I love the pita sandwiches, but when low on time I pick up the pre-boxed lunch with white bean salad, hummus, and tabouli salad which comes with a pita for dipping.  Easy to grab and go! 3.  Being from PA, I am a Wawa girl at heart.  I will drive a bit out of the way to choose Wawa!  I have my shorti sub sandwich order down pat which makes it an quick option.  Even shorter on time? They also have preboxed salads, sandwiches, fruit and veggies with dips to fashion a meal in no time. Try doing their hummus and pita pack with the carrot and celery with ranch dipper cup (you can use the veggies to use up the rest of the hummus) I also like the canoli dippers for dessert! 4. Giant/Wegmans/Whole Foods-...
Top Ten Gold Nuggets from Jennifer Gaudiani’s Talk for Eating Disorder Professionals at the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) Conference

Top Ten Gold Nuggets from Jennifer Gaudiani’s Talk for Eating Disorder Professionals at the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) Conference

Eating Disorder Facts: New Information Learned Being a lifetime learner, one of my favorite activities is going to conferences and learning new information to bring back to my clients to help them recover from eating disorders. Many times the conferences reinforce things we are already doing, rekindles our passion to help our clients heal their relationships with food and themselves, reminds us to use new activities and metaphors and most importantly stimulates us to be the best nutritionists that we can be. Here are some gold nuggets I learned from the first speaker: Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS spoke on Advanced Medical Management of Critical Eating Disorders for the Highly Experienced Medical Professional: Optimizing Your Program’s Clinical/Medical Outcomes. This was the second time that I was able to hear Jennifer speak in person. I have heard her numerous times on video-conferences and I learn so much each time from her extensive experience working with critically ill patients. 1. She spoke on the importance of checking blood glucose with her clients with anorexia nervosa. As Registered Dietitians, we are already trained in glucose monitoring, so let’s check blood sugars! Make sure all labs are drawn STAT. Many clients with anorexia experience chronically low blood sugar with no symptoms. Make sure a Registered Dietitian is one of the first members of the treatment team to see the client. 2. Because one of the symptoms of an eating disorder is ambivalence to recovery, emphasize gently where the client is NOT FINE. For instance, use this metaphor: many people are in denial that their house is on fire just because the sidewalk is...

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