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Created February 10, 2011 at 6:01 AM

I'm elderly and in the process of getting dentures ( years of vegetarianism got to my teeth!), I want to start eating Paleo, I've had a history of diverticular disease (2 surgeries), and prostate cancer as well as rheumatoid arthritis - all of which have left me disabled. Is there a liquid version of this diet that could tide me over for a few months until I get my dentures? Are there any special restrictions that I should adhere to either in preparation for, or during my eating/exercise plan - especially since mobility is an issue!

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on February 11, 2011
at 09:20 PM

I use whey protein from GNC; it's not the most pure product out there, but it was convenient for me at the time. I don't sweat dairy; doesn't seem to give me issues (other than my GNC whey protein, I try to keep it do organic and/or grassfed, & full-fat). Apparently US Wellness meats has a good grassfed whey protein, I may try that next... As for legumes, I've been avoiding them for awhile, then I had a chili with beans a couple weeks ago & felt awful the next day :(

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on February 11, 2011
at 05:38 PM

thanks to everyone contributing to my dilemma!!!

D8195c5ae6c967027a3133d74969d0e1

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on February 11, 2011
at 05:38 PM

Dentures due in 7 wks. - I hope sooner!!! I had the option of temps - but they cost the same as the others - not a good choice!! I think cole slaw (while I love it) is tough to swallow in my condition, but the rest seems great! Is almond milk permitted? I use it regularly in place of milk - and is soy permitted, and banana , which I thought had a lot of carbs?

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on February 11, 2011
at 05:34 PM

beanless chili - new concept to me - not a bad idea -- ugh -- it's difficult to transition from vegetarianism! I think it was suggested somewhere to avoid tomatoes and potatoes as well as eggs because of inflammation issues! UGH again!!!

D8195c5ae6c967027a3133d74969d0e1

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on February 11, 2011
at 05:32 PM

where do you get bone marrow? I don't think I'm going as far as raw foods, or blending meat - fine chopping is a better idea and hadn't thought of ground meat - being a vegetarian for so long it's always been repulsive to me!!

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on February 11, 2011
at 05:30 PM

I've been doing something of this sort - only using chopped seitan and tempeh as well as chick peas for protein - I guess on paleo - those are a "no-go"! - Are you familiar with GNC's lean shake - is that a permissable product or is it too dairy based?

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on February 11, 2011
at 05:26 PM

I haven't checked the site till now - thanks for your input - I'll be putting all to use! I think I'm starting after some chocolate good byes on Valentines! :-)

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on February 10, 2011
at 08:02 PM

A chicken cooked in a crock pot will get VERY soft (can almost be mashed by hand) if shredded while still warm. It would be a nice addition to the bone broth and/or cream soups since the bone broth is a protein sparer.

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at 08:34 AM

I just wanted to say that I am very sorry about your teeth. Mine were in danger at one time, too, and I haven't the slightest doubt that it was because I wasn't getting enough protein and fat soluable vitamins.

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on February 10, 2011
at 03:22 PM

I have all my teeth but just recently got a mouth full of braces... and my chewing has been significantly impaired... so I totally feel your pain!

To reduce my need to chew, I've been making coconut milk based smoothies or runny poached eggs for breakfast.

For my other meals, I've been pureeing cooked meats, offal, and veggies into "pates" type consistency, I've also been adding lots of ripe avocado which pretty much melts in your mouth. I've actually really been enjoying this way of eating!

D8195c5ae6c967027a3133d74969d0e1

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on February 11, 2011
at 05:26 PM

I haven't checked the site till now - thanks for your input - I'll be putting all to use! I think I'm starting after some chocolate good byes on Valentines! :-)

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on February 10, 2011
at 03:06 PM

You should be very proud of yourself that you're trying to address health issues naturally, even under serious hardship.

That being said, here's some non-solid paleo foods:

  • Mashed tubers
  • Coconut milk or heavy cream based soup
  • Bone broth

Meat will be a problem, but there's nothing terrible about whey protein powder. Maybe finely ground meat or pate would work as well. Good luck!!

E2b9c679315c7c9c7265783dde89f350

(1303)

on February 10, 2011
at 08:02 PM

A chicken cooked in a crock pot will get VERY soft (can almost be mashed by hand) if shredded while still warm. It would be a nice addition to the bone broth and/or cream soups since the bone broth is a protein sparer.

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on February 10, 2011
at 07:50 PM

liverwurst, pate, bone marrow and boiled or raw egg yolks would work. try putting beef stew in a blender, that's what we do for our babies. make smoothies and blended vegetable soup

D8195c5ae6c967027a3133d74969d0e1

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on February 11, 2011
at 05:32 PM

where do you get bone marrow? I don't think I'm going as far as raw foods, or blending meat - fine chopping is a better idea and hadn't thought of ground meat - being a vegetarian for so long it's always been repulsive to me!!

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24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on February 10, 2011
at 03:26 PM

I like roasted veggie soup- chop up some peeled butternut squash, onions, parsnips, garlic, whatever floats your boat. Drizzle with whatever fat you like and roast at 425 for I think 40 mins or so (I haven't made it in awhile) then I put it in a pot, add some broth to cover the veggies, and blend with a handheld blender. Sometimes I add kale or spinach before blending so it has some green leafies. I'd probably do protein shakes with coconut milk for breakfast, maybe some soft-boiled or poached eggs? I don't have any creative meat ideas, sorry :( Good luck!

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on February 11, 2011
at 09:20 PM

I use whey protein from GNC; it's not the most pure product out there, but it was convenient for me at the time. I don't sweat dairy; doesn't seem to give me issues (other than my GNC whey protein, I try to keep it do organic and/or grassfed, & full-fat). Apparently US Wellness meats has a good grassfed whey protein, I may try that next... As for legumes, I've been avoiding them for awhile, then I had a chili with beans a couple weeks ago & felt awful the next day :(

D8195c5ae6c967027a3133d74969d0e1

(543)

on February 11, 2011
at 05:30 PM

I've been doing something of this sort - only using chopped seitan and tempeh as well as chick peas for protein - I guess on paleo - those are a "no-go"! - Are you familiar with GNC's lean shake - is that a permissable product or is it too dairy based?

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on February 10, 2011
at 06:07 AM

I guess you could grind up just about any paleo food in a blender before eating. Normally, paleo eaters say best not to 'process' your food, but since the processing would just be taking the place of your teeth, seems fine to me. You also might want to make any reductions in overall carb/fiber intake slowly so that your body has time to adjust.

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on February 10, 2011
at 07:49 PM

Some ideas:

  • Whey protein mixed into half-and-half will get you a boatload of protein and fat.
  • Baked potatoes and sweet potatoes (with plenty of butter and sour cream), but don't overdo them.
  • If you crumble hamburger into the pan and chop it up very fine as you fry it, it's probably in tiny enough chunks to eat without chewing. It helps to get the kind in the plastic tray instead of the tube of chub, which is compressed tightly.
  • On that note, beanless chili might be an option, especially if you start with the diced tomatoes instead of the whole tomatoes.
  • Eggs over easy, slightly runny scrambles. Scrambled eggs mixed with hamburger as above.

D8195c5ae6c967027a3133d74969d0e1

(543)

on February 11, 2011
at 05:34 PM

beanless chili - new concept to me - not a bad idea -- ugh -- it's difficult to transition from vegetarianism! I think it was suggested somewhere to avoid tomatoes and potatoes as well as eggs because of inflammation issues! UGH again!!!

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Bcae9c98f51b07b4b6a3c242341b4401

on February 10, 2011
at 05:21 PM

I just ordered some egg protein that I'm excited about. One scoop is equal to 7 egg whites and 24g of protein. I guess you may be able to eat eggs anyway. But, I've been making smoothies to supplement my calories and protein. I use a banana, some berries, a little almond milk, and soy or whey protein (soon to be egg protein). With 3 or 4 ice cubes, it makes a great shake and is super filling.

I wonder if you could make a meat paste like a gravy to put on veggies, like mashed cauliflower or cole slaw? You could also slow cook a roast with carrots and zucchini until they are really soft and mash-able.

Hope those dentures come in soon.

D8195c5ae6c967027a3133d74969d0e1

(543)

on February 11, 2011
at 05:38 PM

thanks to everyone contributing to my dilemma!!!

D8195c5ae6c967027a3133d74969d0e1

(543)

on February 11, 2011
at 05:38 PM

Dentures due in 7 wks. - I hope sooner!!! I had the option of temps - but they cost the same as the others - not a good choice!! I think cole slaw (while I love it) is tough to swallow in my condition, but the rest seems great! Is almond milk permitted? I use it regularly in place of milk - and is soy permitted, and banana , which I thought had a lot of carbs?

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