So, I am essentially a week into this ‘Puree Food Diet’ and – let me tell you – this totally sucks.
There are only so many things you can puree. And that – in itself is the issue.
For example, breakfast for me has been some Greek yogurt, pureed with some fruit (including baby food peaches. Yes, baby food. I’m a shadow of my former self). Maybe add a little protein shake to thin it down. But that is it. It leaves a lot lacking for taste.
Lunch and dinner is soup – pureed, of course – which limits the soups. Sure, you think you can puree down just about any soup, but you can’t. I got a broccoli and cheese bisque. That was the grossest thing I think I have ever tasted in my life.
Most things are not meant to be pureed.
And, of course, there are the multi-vitamins (which taste like horse dung), calcium tablets and D3 supplements. At least the Calcium and D3 are chewable and taste like orange.
And, also – don’t forget the constant drive to try to get to 48 ounces of water a day, plus 60 grams of protein (which I make up with protein shakes).
My savings grace at the moment – if you can believe it – is sugar free Jello. That is some good stuff. Which means, I have the palette of a toddler.
It’s all very regimented and very bland. And I’m not complaining – in the slightest. I knew about this coming in, and I am halfway there. But the premise of pureed foods is next to impossible to like, or look forward to.
Frankly, I want a piece of chicken.
So, if you ever go through this surgery, prepare yourself mentally for these 5 weeks (or so, depending on what your doctor orders). It’s annoying and challenging. It will also make the next stage – soft food stage – even more enjoyable when it arrives.
Now, if you will excuse me, I’m going to go dream of fried chicken.