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Dec 24, 2008 01:05 AM

Recipe requests: Wired jaw + Unhealthy weight loss!!! HELP!!!

Hey everyone,
My boyfriend got his jaw wired shut about a week ago and has to endure it for 3 more weeks. He isn't able to eat anything except: Ensure, Peanut butter and jelly smoothies, and Mashed potatoes and gravy. He weighed 165 lbs. and has lost about 15 lbs. in this last week. Needless to say, we are very concerned. I would be very grateful to know things that I could make for him that can be sucked through a straw but can still help him gain weight. Thank you so much! PLEASE HELP!

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  1. 1. You should talk to whomever did this procedure and ask for help. Hopefully he had this done at a hospital ...where there would be a nutritionist/dietitian on staff ... call those folks today.

    2. Carnation makes a high calorie drink -- more calories than ensure. It is a specialty item you might find it at a really good pharmacy.

    3. If you're willing to take a chance, eggs are calorie dense (compared to the volume you have to consume). Put a raw egg into the smoothies.

    Good Luck & wishes for a speedy recovery.

    1. I don't know how good this will taste, but maybe add some protein powders to his smoothies and food? Kind of like extra hidden calories.

      You can also try grits, cream of wheat or polenta.

      Poor guy, I wish him the best!

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      1. re: lawgirl3278

        I agree, PROTEIN POWDER ! really saved my husband after a life threatening colostomy operation!! A professional body-builder friend recommended that I go to a health food store for the purchase. Tell them exactly why you need it. The protein powder came in chocolate and vanilla flavors.

        Without that power drink, I don't think my DH would be with me today!

        Chicken and/or Beef Broths
        Soft Boiled or Poached Eggs
        Cream of Wheat (thin)
        Also, lots of foods can be put into a blender and made (semi) fluid.
        (think of what you would feed a small baby)

        1. re: Lisbet

          GNC has a weight gain protein powder. Maybe ask his doctor if you can try that?

          It's important that he maintain his weight, but still eat healthful foods. Adding foods that are fattening and unhealthful might help him maintain his weigh but may have other health effects.

          Smoothies are a good idea- you can add peanut butter, protein powder, yogurt, even a little ice cream.

      2. Invariably, all people will lose weight in this situation, so I wouldn't worry too much unless he starts becoming weak to the point where he can't sit up, stand up, walk, etc.

        How tall is he? In other words, if he's 5'8" and weighs 165, losing a little weight can't hurt too much now can it? I wouldn't be concerned with gaining weight as much as I would be about providing appropriate nutrition.

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        1. re: HaagenDazs

          As a matter of fact, at 150#, he wouldn't be considered "underweight" unless he's over 6'3".

          1. re: alanbarnes

            Yeah, that's kind of my thought. I'm absolutely positive that weight loss isn't unexpected or necessarily a horrible side effect as long as long as proper nutrition is given. Fattening up just for the sake of trying to maintain fat isn't the greatest idea.

        2. Have you thought about soups? There are many pureed soups that could be sucked through a straw.

          1. A friend of mine saw the opposite problem. He needed to lose about 200 pounds, and his doctor put him on a (carefully-managed) liquid diet for a full year. The diet was successful, and my friend's life expectancy has been dramatically increased. But when he started eating solid food again, he immediately gained about 10 pounds, even though his caloric intake was appropriate for his activity level and the weight he wanted to maintain.

            So he called his doctor, who informed him that he was full of s#!t. Literally. On a liquid diet, your intestinal tract tends to stay fairly empty. When you eat solids, it's easy to carry several pounds in your gut.

            Long and short, your boyfriend probably has nearly as much muscle, fat, bone, and blood as he did before his jaw was wired shut. Definitely consult with a doctor if weight loss continues, but if he starts cranking down major extra calories to avoid perceived weight loss, he may end up with a significant net weight gain once he's able to eat solids again.