If you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), you know that it ebbs and flows. For instance, one week you may suffer from a flare-up whereas the next week you may be back to your normal self again. During your bouts of flare-ups, it’s important that you try to move your jaw side to side, massage it, and avoid hard-to-chew foods like steak and chewing gum. To help you stay comfortable during one of your flare-ups, try eating a soft diet. From acai bowls to mashed potatoes, this article will list three foods to try eating this fall. Read on to learn more.
Acai bowls are a nutritious breakfast or snack that can be enjoyed year round. Made from a nutrient-rich berry called acai, acai bowls are a smoothie-like bowl that is typically topped with ingredients like nut butter, fresh fruit, granola, and raw honey. Minus the granola, you should be able to eat an acai bowl every day without exacerbating your TMD symptoms.
You may not be able to eat steak during a TMJ flare up, but you can certainly enjoy softer meats like fish. Most fish such as salmon or halibut is soft which makes them a lot easier to chew. Plus, fish is one of the healthiest things you can eat.
With fall just around the corner, there is no better time than now to indulge in some tasty soups. Try some new fall soup recipes this year to not only satisfy your taste buds but to also ensure that you stay comfortable. For instance, try out a new squash soup or carrot recipe— these fall flavors will keep you coming back for more.
Make sure that you are eating easy-to-chew foods during a TMJ flare up. If you would like to learn more about foods that you can eat or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan today!