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March 2018 Favorites: Chronic Illness Edition

I’d like to share with you some chronic illness-related things that I’ve found helpful over the last few months.

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daily life · TMD or TMJ (Jaw Pain)

Two Molasses Smoothie Recipes

I’ve had a ton of smoothies lately thanks to a jaw pain flare-up.  The other day out of boredom with the usual fruit flavors, I remembered that molasses exists!  Here are the recipes for two of my current favorite smoothies: Molasses & Malt Smoothie Ingredients: milk (about 1 cup) malt powder (about 1 Tbsp)                                                                                                               olive… Continue reading Two Molasses Smoothie Recipes

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Soft Foods for TMJ Pain Flare-ups: Part 2

So, when your TMJ pain starts to get better, but you’re still too sore to do a lot of chewing, what can you eat?  I’ve shared what I eat at the “easy-chewing” and “medium-chewing” stages of a TMJ pain flare-up below.  The really nice thing is that once you can do some chewing, it is… Continue reading Soft Foods for TMJ Pain Flare-ups: Part 2

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Soft Foods for TMJ Pain Flare-ups: Part 1

Every now and then I have a really bad flare-up of pain in my jaw joint, aka TMJ pain (the “TMJ” stands for “tempromandibular joint” which means the jaw joint).  The only way to get it to calm down is to avoid chewing for awhile, and then gradually work up to foods that require a… Continue reading Soft Foods for TMJ Pain Flare-ups: Part 1