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Can a person with teeth issues (not many, can't chew up raw veggies, nuts etc) do a paleo diet?

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Created June 08, 2012 at 7:01 PM

I am an older adult looking to eat better. I have eliminated artificals but want to go farther.I also have had some really bad teeth problems my teeth are so cavity prone. I have always taken really good care of them; they are always so clean and for my entire life I have seen a dentist twice a year for cleaning. But, it's a losing battle and I've had a lot of teeth removed and don't have many chewing teeth left. A partial is on my list of expensive things to buy.

Anyway, for someone who is challenged with chewing due to lack of molars, or for someone with dentures, do you think paleo is do-able? I do cut up veggies in a chopper and eat them every day, but I'm not sure I can do my entire diet paleo?

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Hehheh...good call on the potatoes. I gave the cauli example b/c sometimes I forget how many people do just fine with the real thing. Yeah - baked or mashed potatoes are great. (Baked sweet potato + butter + cinnamon = heaven.) And you're spot-on with eggs, too. Scrambled eggs are v. easy to eat, as is canned fish.

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on June 08, 2012
at 07:26 PM

VB - Should have made this answer instead of a comment, I would have +1'ed.

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I blend most of my food. I used to do it when I had sever pain from gastric erosion. Now I do it occasionally, when my stomach hurts. Meat is meat - no matter what shape/form of consistency it has. Blended kale is still kale. This is so nice of you to think about your health.

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I think you could absolutely make a lot of your diet paleo friendly. Here are some food options:

  • Eggs don't require much chewing and are super nutritious.

  • In my experience, certain fish like cod are fairly soft, especially compared to something like a steak. And meat cooked for a long time in a crock pot can also be on the softer side.

  • Mashed potatoes make a very soft meal. You can of course add lots of butter and bacon pieces.

  • If you can tolerate dairy products (milk and yogurt for example) that might be an option. Full fat of course.

  • Fruit smoothies are easy. My father adds large bunches of spinach to his and you barely notice they're there.

  • Cod liver oil is on the expensive side, but is a good drinkable source of fat soluble vitamins.

Anyway, these are some options but there are many others. I hope this helped.

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on June 08, 2012
at 07:51 PM

Hehheh...good call on the potatoes. I gave the cauli example b/c sometimes I forget how many people do just fine with the real thing. Yeah - baked or mashed potatoes are great. (Baked sweet potato + butter + cinnamon = heaven.) And you're spot-on with eggs, too. Scrambled eggs are v. easy to eat, as is canned fish.

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Very doable.

Do you have a slow cooker? You can make some of the toughest cuts of meet softer than all get-out. (Braised oxtails come to mind...I made them a few weeks ago and I could literally eat them with a spoon. But regular ol' beef cubes work too. They'll get nice and tender in stew recipes.)

And like VB said, you can puree a lot of veggies and depending on the recipe, they're actually tastier than having them some other way. (Roasted eggplant in a food processor with garlic, olive oil, and maybe some basil and oregano is a DELICIOUS spread that you could actually use as a side dish, since you wouldn't be using any crackers. Ditch the herbs and add some tahini instead for baba ganouj.) THIS ONE is incredible.

You can steam things like zucchini & yellow squash until they're super soft and require little chewing. (Delicious with some butter, salt and whatever herbs/spices you like.) Steaming is a good way to soften most veggies, and the longer you go, the softer they get. (Broccoli, cabbage, even beets - things that sound hard to chew can become nice and soft.) And let's not forget "fauxtatoes" - cauliflower steamed until very, very soft, then mashed up with whatever you like to put in mashed potatoes.

For meat, other than the slow cooker, I would recommend lots of ground meat. Beef, lamb, turkey, pork -- you can find a lot of different kinds of ground meat and poultry these days. If you just brown it in a skillet, it's very easy on the teeth! (Even easier than a burger patty or meatloaf, which are also good options.)

So, the answer to your question is, YES, you can definitely do this with less than ideal teeth. You just have to think creatively. :)

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