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What to eat and drink following jaw surgery

As is it such a huge effort to get food in when recovering from jaw surgery, you want to obviously make sure that you are getting not only as much calories as you can, but the most nutrient rich foods as possible. The way I see it is you could take an hour to get through a bowl of sugary shop bought ice cream which has little nutritional value, or you could take the same amount of effort to eat (well, drink!) a homemade smoothie packed full of vitamins and nutrients :) Although I'm not saying the occasional treat isn't ok.. it would be rude not to reward yourself for going through this ordeal ;)

Anyway, here's some of my favourite jaw surgery foods/recipes for optimum recovery and a few ideas for improving flavour and packing in extra calories...

// Drinks //

Water, water.. and more water! You will feel severely dehydrated so just drink as much as you can to keep hydration up. It will also to help stop skin drying out as the lack of nutrients can cause this, so get in as much as you can - you'll probably only be able to get about 1L in per day in the first week or so, but as soon as possible try to take in 2L a day.

Prune Juice - or any juice high in fibre because I've heard from this great blog that the fibre in it is great for keeping your bowels working properly, what with the extreme diet adjustment!

// Smoothies //

Mix and match and experiment as you go along - I just add in what I feel like at the time! This also might be a good time to mention that a food processor of some sort is a great investment to save time with making your meals!

Any fruits - at first it's best to remove the skins though as you can't brush your teeth erghh :(

Banana, straw/blue/raspberries, apple, grapes, pear etc. etc.

Yoghurt - some of my favourites are rhubard, coconut, fig, and normal ones such as strawberry, blueberry, banana, peach etc. and plain/greek yoghurt works too.

Juice - orange, apple, pineapple, prune etc.



Peanut butter

Spinach, Kale, Cucumber

A few combo ideas

Carot, orange + ginger

Canned pumpkin with vanilla and cinnamon (Not yet tried, but apparently it's amazing!)

Nutella, peanut butter, natural yoghurt and hazelnut milk - naughty but nice!

Tip: frozen yoghurt or even freezing a whole smoothie is a great alternative to ice cream :)

// Soups //

Pureed chicken + veg with lentils

Stilton and Brocolli - Covent Garden do a great one but it's a bit salty. My mum has a fantastic recipe so ask & I'll give it to you!

Pea, spinach and brocolli

Sweet potatoes + veg

Any shop bought soups

// Soft foods //
After a few weeks you will be able to re-introduce solid foods into your diet, and from what I've read many people (including myself) find this to be a sturggle, but please please make as much effort as possible because in order for your jaw to recover well you need to get the strength back in the muscles and chewing is a super effective way of doing this.

via the screaming artichoke - great recipes on there!
Avocado - delicious on its own or tastes uh-maaazing with melted haloumi even though it's chewy!

Soft fish - cod, salmon (boneless of course!)

Boiled vegetables, cooked until soft if you can stand eating them!

Egg - scambled, boiled etc.

Soft fruits - banana, grated apple (tastes delicous with a sprinkle of cinnamon!), pear without the skin, grapes, raspberries etc. but avoid things like oranges as the peel is a nightmare with braces.

Tofu (never tried this but there's a lot of great vegetarian recipes with tofu that look delish!)

Noodles chopped up small - although they'll be a challenge to eat they are pretty soft so they're worth it! Plus they are great in soups to make them less 'liquidy'.

// Ways to improve flavour //

Being on a liquid diet doesn't have to be dull..

'Spice' it up with spices such as cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg or even ground vanilla.

Coconut, shredded

Peanut butter (smooth) - for flavour and also calories

Chocolate - grated, melted or powder such as hot chocolate powder

Coffee - this will also give you a great caffeine boost!

// Ways off adding extra calories & nutrition //

Adding an egg to smoothies

Adding whey protein powder ('natural' or unflavoured for soups and chocolate/vanilla/fruit flavours for smoothies) you can also buy specific ones for adding muscle mass etc. which is great especially for guys if you're worried about losing too much muscle.

Nutrient rich protein or meal replacement powder such as Supergreens

Extra veg such as spinach, kale, and dark leafy greens

Adding a dollop of peanut butter to smoothies

// Supplements //

You'll obviously be given appropriate medication by your surgeon, but it's great to add extra vitamins to keep your immune system up and aid recovery. I also took these in the weeks leading up to surgery to prepare my body a little bit.

Daily multivitamins - any brand, but ones such as Centrum are good. Also look for ones with vitamin C and E, and ones with Zinc, calcium and magnesium in because these are good for repairing tissue and bone. Ones with collegen help repair wounds.

// Non dairy alternatives //

If you are dairy intolerant, or just feeling a bit bloated from too much dairy in your post surgery diet, there are lots of great alternatives. I used to suffer from ezcema and a few years ago cut as much dairy as possible out my diet to try and help, so I would be eating these in my normal diet anyway and I love them!

Oat milk - I love this on its own or it tastes great with porridge oats (cooked if you can't chew, but I like it uncooked to because I'm weird!) for a dairy free breakfast.

Almond, hazelnut, or soya milk - also great with cereal when you're able and delicous alone too.

Soya yoghurts - there are so many great flavours but I love the Alpro ones such as strawberries and banana, peach and pear, blueberry, strawberry etc. and they're chocolate mousses are delish!

Alpro also do pouring youghurts which are amazing as they really sooth your throat! I love the vanilla one - yum, just yum!

So that's it! If you have any questions comment below and I will try and help you out!



Don't ever let anyone dull your sparkle

This weeks favourites | 20.02.13

Louise Gray | Queen of the collaboration

Louise Gray is the queen of collaborations.  Last year she did a collecdtion at London fashion Week with Lingerie Brand Triumph, and had made Topshop stores across the UK explode with colour and sequins, with her clothing and make-up collections. This year she has collaborated with British perspex jewellery brand Tatty Devine. Scroll down for more about the collection.. 
Louise Gray | Queen of the Collaboration

Louise Gray | Queen of the Collaboration by soulglitterdesign

I was so excited when I heard about Louise Gray's collaboration with Tatty Devine as I have always thought that her and the Tatty Devine founders Harriet and Rosie had very similar style, and both brand's designs re always so bold, colourful and loud, so it was kind of inevitable that they would cross paths at some point!

 I was supposed to be going to the preview of the collection at the Brick Lane store, but wasn't able to make it which I am gutted about, but luckily with the power of Instagram and the internet, I felt like I was there anyway!

The collection surprised me a bit, as I was expecting Louise to make full use of the neon and glittery perspex that Tatty often use in their jewellery, but instead it is made up of large, simple shapes in silver mirrored perspex, some of which feature etchings of Louise's own handwriting. At first I thought it was a little bit underwhelming, but then when I saw the pictures of models wearing the collection in her SS13 show I realised how striking the pieces look on, and they do actually manage to look 'expensive' despite being made from essentially sheet plastic. Seeing the pieces worn with her clothing also made me realise why the colours were kept minimal - if they weren't the pieces would have been fighting for attention and it wouldn't have worked.
Yes, those huge rectangles on the models hands are so-called rings!!
photo courtesy of  dressful.com

Overall I am a fan of the collaboration, but in terms of practicality and wearability, it is only for the brave!

LFW | Moschino Cheap & Chic


Designer Inspiration | Fernando Jorge

I am always blown away by the sculptural and fluid qualities of Fernando Jorge's jewellery. Everything from the cut of the stones to the proportions of each of his pieces is pure perfection and every view (outside, inside and the back of each piece) has been thought through so that whatever angle you look at it from, it's always beautiful.

Reading up on him the other day, it is so hard to believe he only graduated from Central Saint Martin's in 2010 and now has an established and hugely successful brand!

If you haven't seen his jewellery before, here's a selection of some of my personal favourites:
For more stunning jewels head over to his website, fernandojorge.co.uk and also take a look at Jewellery blog In Detail's interview with the designer.


Designer collab | Alex Monroe for Evans

Alex Monroe Interview

I was lucky enough to meet jewellery designer Alex Monroe and since meeting him he is without a doubt one of my biggest jewellery inspirations. I loved his jewellery before meeting him, but I have learnt so much about the ethics of keeping production on a small scale in a London based workshop, but big enough to reach people around the world.

I was definitely surprised when I heard Alex was doing a collection for plus size retailer Evans, as I would never have imagined him to do a high street collaboration at all. It's so refreshing for a designer to pick a slightly less well known shop and also a plus size shop at last!
I was a big risk though as it may lead loyal customers to think it is a bit of a sellout to do a high street range, but I think it will will work to Alex's advantage as it will attract a whole new range of customers who have never seen his work before and massively help his business.

Courtesy of the Evans website, this is what Alex had to say about his inspiration behind the collection;

"Everything has a story behind it. For the Evan's collection we looked back a generation or two at the fuller figure. But we didn't want to reference the unattainable glamour of Hollywood. We imagined a child watching her mother getting ready for a party in the ‘60's or early 70's. That intimate personal glamour. The smell of her perfume and carefully fastening earrings or a necklace. Some of the inspiration comes from William Morris imagery too. Furling curling leaves. I think we've retained that nostalgic sense of voluptuous glamour"

Ahh, he makes everything sound so poetic! Whatever you think of Alex Monroe taking on the high street though, it's hard not to get excited at how affordable the range is (most pieces are around £20)! And the jewellery is true to Alex's style and hasn't been compromised in any way (apart from the fact that it is not precious metals). It's a lovely collection and I can't wait for it to come out!