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I have had full upper dentures for several years and am used to them.
BUT I've broken both sets and it is going to be some time before I can afford to get even one set repaired. And am gong to be having the rest of my lowers pulled (I am 54).
I am very poor, the internet being my one luxury, and have a number of diet problems. I would appreciate any ideas out there.

I can NOT have:
DAIRY
CITRUS
TOMATO in any form, in high quantity

And I seriously want to lose weight!!
What can someone eat that actually tastes good with these restrictions?
I am baffled.

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  1. Ok,

    Welcome to Chowhound. At your leisure, please check out this website--you may be able to get help with your dentures.

    http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealth/p...

    Eggs come to mind. They are a good source of protein. Eat them "soft boiled", or poached.

    Almond and soy yogurts, if you can find them, can provide protein.

    Unsweetened apple sauce.

    Mashed potatoes.

    But seriously,this is a short term solution. Best of luck!

    1. Do you have something to grind or puree cooked vegetables? Low or non-fat refried beans also come to mind.

      1. Split pea soup, scrambled eggs, egg salad, any nutritious smoothie with added protein powder, pureed everything, oatmeal (can be made savory with peanut butter/soy sauce/hot sauce or chicken broth/a cut up scallion/an egg whisked in after cooking), rice/congee, pancakes (replace milk with water), mashed potatoes/carrots/squash, etc

        1. I just spent days on a soft diet after oral surgery. I have to control carbs, so I had plenty of scrambled eggs with farmer cheese on the side, or cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, nut butters, tofu, expecially smoked or silken.

          Edited: I just realized the "no dairy" requirement. Agree with soy yogurt instead.

          1. You've had some good suggestions so far. I'd like to know what kinds of things you were eating before your dentures broke, just to get an idea of your preferences. Particularly, what do you miss being able to eat?

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            1. re: ursy_ten

              I miss being able to eat MEAT! And nuts! And raw vegetables!
              I've always loved raw veggies, but cannot stand most cooked.
              Along those lines I miss salads! I love salad bars! I love crunchy stuff!
              Everyone's answers always still have dairy in them. And the only way eggs are enjoyable are with lots of stuff in them, none of which I can have.
              There ought to be adult "baby food."

              1. re: ok42day

                Maybe buying a juicer and juicing your raw veggies. Although not as satisfying as eating, it would give you all of the necessary nutrients and without fiber, might be easy on your digestive system.

                1. re: ok42day

                  Aw, I feel for you.

                  You might like to look at this recipe: http://fxcuisine.com/Default.asp?lang...

                  It's called toothless nawab kebab. Don't worry about the spices and such if you're not into them, I think what is key is the use of papaya, it's a powerful meat tenderizer.

                  Using papaya might help you make very soft meatballs that you can eat.

                  Plus, papaya is incredibly beneficial in aiding digestion. It contains all kinds of enzymes.

              2. Having been poor all of my life, I tend to eat what I can find cheap and in my cabinets.
                I love carbs in general. They are comfort foods to me. Mostly thick, chewy, warm brownies and cookies. Hot sweet rice, and chicken and noodles.
                The things I CAN eat are not good for me. I feel I am missing something.
                I do enjoy soups, but I live in Indiana and cannot tolerate them when it is so hot and humid. The only "soft" protein I can think of are eggs which I barely tolerate, and beans, which I cannot digest.
                I have had multiple abdominal surgeries with most of my colon being removed.
                I do not know where else to go for ideas, but feel I am way overstepping by asking this here.

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                1. re: ok42day

                  You're not overstepping, but it is a conundrum. What we're looking for is paleo minus acids (citrus/tomato) on a budget and basically pureed.

                  Can I have an idea of your budget? Can you afford coconut products? Okay with, say, green smoothies? How about soy protein powder?

                2. Banana soft serve.
                  Take 2 super ripe bananas, slice and freeze. Blend with a splash of almond/soy/rice milk. It tastes like ice cream!

                  A very simple healthy smoothie meal:
                  One frozen banana, handful of spinach, one TB peanut butter, frozen fruit, splash of "milk" of your choice.
                  Www.ohsheglows.com has a great section of healthy green smoothie recipes

                  Steamed chopped spinach/greens with lentils or white beans and soy sauce or vinegrette

                  Baked sweet potato with black beans and steamed greens

                  ****don't waste your $ on the soy or almond yogurts-i have tried every one i have found and they're disappointing/gross.

                  * please talk to your dentist, most offices offer a payment plan and help financing

                  1. You are in a tough spot! Lentils cooked with a bayleaf and some thyme, some onion, salt, then puree and, if you have it, a dash of hot sauce or soy. Miso can be very good for giving a meaty taste to things, You don't need any appliances to puree - strainer and heavy spoon will do the trick. Try the same with white beans. Try making your own hummus - it can seem like a carb and be satisfying. While the weather is hot try some cold soups. Also there are lots of different eggplant salads that are "meaty" in taste. Also consider adding some nutritional yeast (can be bought in bulk at low cost) to boost your nutrition as this time. When the weather cools off try baking veggies with some bread crumbs on top and little olive oil. Pumpkins and other winter squash will be available soon at low cost and make good roasted veg or soup. If you see affordable chicken make broth which will "meat up" bean and veg soups.
                    I hope that your situation turns around soon!