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    My sister passed out a couple of weeks ago, hit the kitchen counter on her way down, and apparently broke her jaw. It's healed wrong, and she has to go on a soft diet for a few weeks. She's lost 80+ pounds on PB, and is a bit freaked out about the high carby foods on the list the doctor gave her. Any suggestions for filling foods that will help her heal, keep up with three active young sons and keep kosher?
    Last edited by reddhedd; 02-28-2017, 12:03 PM.

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    Obviously paleo smoothies have to come near the top of the list. Just pay attention to the protein sources and contents, take into account allergies (no soy, no whey for dairy sensitive), don't make them too high in natural/added sugars, keep fibrous raw veggies to a minimum, add gelatin and so on. It can be done, and smoothies can keep one full and energetic for hours.

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    • #3
      Smoothies are a good go-to, and I appreciate the tip to add gelatin...That's good. But, I know her; after a couple of weeks, she's gonna go crazy for something that resembles "real" food.

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      • #4
        My cousin broke his jaw playing hockey and had his mouth sewed shut as well. I second using gelatin, it's a great source of protein and I believe leucine!

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        • #5
          Well, Reddhedd, if she can stand the pain of eating "real" food, let her. But I'm confident she'll keep smoothies as a backup for days when her jaw is just too sore.

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          • #6
            Well http://www.tykeanimal.com
            Last edited by Loyaer864; 03-01-2017, 08:30 PM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by functionaljane View Post
              My cousin broke his jaw playing hockey and had his mouth sewed shut as well. I second using gelatin, it's a great source of protein and I believe leucine!
              Originally posted by functionaljane View Post
              My cousin broke his jaw playing hockey and had his mouth sewed shut as well. I second using gelatin, it's a great source of protein and I believe leucine!
              Gelatin is most definitely NOT a great source of protein. I has, I think, only three or four of the essential amino acids. It used to be relied on heavily in old hospitals for a soup base. People who couldn't eat solids often experienced sever protein deficiency.

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              • #8
                Gelatin should be viewed as a supplement, not as a dietary staple in the same manner as meats and fish. But when used in a smoothie with presumably other protein sources (milk, eggs), it can still benefit bone building. As a soup base, it is definitely inferior to bone broth, especially homemade.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Paysan View Post
                  Gelatin should be viewed as a supplement, not as a dietary staple in the same manner as meats and fish. But when used in a smoothie with presumably other protein sources (milk, eggs), it can still benefit bone building. As a soup base, it is definitely inferior to bone broth, especially homemade.
                  Gelatin is the principle component in bone broth. That's why it solidifies when cold. Since packaged gelatin is a recent invention, I suspect that a lot of "gelatin" references over a hundred years ago were, in fact, talking about bone broth. Semantics.

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                  • #10
                    Make some chia seed pudding with coconut milk and blended fruit. You can even add a scoop of your favorite protein.

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