I can't eat hamburgers in the bun. I have to cut them up, and I eat so slowly now that I'm usually full before finishing the whole burger. I don't even bother with the bun anymore. The same goes for crusty bread...just can't do it so I don't even bother anymore. Meat has to be cut up very small, which means I tend to take smaller portions. Chicken and fish are easier to manage than beef or pork.
I eat small clementine oranges (in sections) instead of apples, and raw cucumbers instead of raw carrots, and small grapes, cut-up bananas, and berries for snacks. Cooked carrots (not mushy, but tender) are still fine, as is steamed broccoli or cauliflower, and cooked peas, corn and green beans. Potatoes and squash are fine. I still eat lightly cooked veggies, but I've given up on salad. Yoghurt is great.
I also can't eat my beloved Cheerios for breakfast, so I have oatmeal (done in the microwave, about 2.5 minutes) with blueberries. Really good for you, and very filling.
I love cheese and crackers, but some crackers are just too hard to crunch so I've switched brands. I'm also a cookie lover, but hard cookies are not working for me so I"m often having my afternoon tea without anything, or with just a plain cookie that I can "dunk."
Thanks for the advice Redfern. I know what you mean about crusty bread, I just won't attempt it, and boy do I miss that expecially with gumbo. I've tried cooked cabbage and squash without any problems, and I believe I can manage to steam carrots and broccoli (one of my favorites) if I put my mind to it.
Today I got my upper RPE (rapid palate expander), and talk about a new challenge. It feels like I'm eating with a suspension bridge in my mouth. There goes my ace in the hole for smashing things with my tongue. Thank God I'm finally able to tolerate more pressure on my back teeth. I had a beef enchilada (not on my list for weight watchers...will have to find points to make up for that), but it was all over the place in my mouth. The clean up was an even bigger challenge. I rinsed several times with a big mouth full of water and there was STILL food stuck in the between the appliance and the roof of my mouth. Finally after several rounds with the toothbrush and anything flat that I could get near it, I cleared everything. I'm going to be down to one meal a day with this one, that should help jump start the weight loss again.
BTW I have lost 9.5 pounds in this first month!!! In 25 more months I hope to be a 50 year old diva with a killer smile