What I ate during meal week

After posting my jawbone blog, many readers commented asking for an update on how the meal week is going. I’m sorry to disappoint you all, but it wasn’t the meal week I had dreamed of. In fact, I only ate two of the 10 foods on my list. The plan, admittedly ambitious, involved going out to eat every night, gobbling down plates of meaty pasta and Spanish tapas. This plan was not a success. I went to a restaurant and can confirm that it was good to get back to this familiar ritual, but it also took me almost 45 minutes to eat half of my sandwich.

I took my brace off on Tuesday and was so happy for about half an hour – until I tried to eat for the first time and realized now my back and side teeth weren’t touching at all. That’s because the splint had taken up space between my top and bottom teeth, and without it in the middle, it now almost seemed harder to eat! My front teeth could touch each other, but my surgeon told me to be careful with those teeth and not bite into anything hard or hard for a while.

After my oral surgeon removed my splint and I had trouble eating my PBJ sandwich, I went down the hall to my orthodontist appointment. They twisted and squeezed my sons so tight that I cried twice and kicked the chair. I looked in the mirror and without the brace, it was obvious that my upper jaw had been taken apart and rearranged. My two front teeth were now all crooked.

The splint. I’ve never felt anything worse in my life than when that thing came out covered in bits of ramen.

Despite the severe dental pain (adult orthodontics is really much worse than tween orthodontics) and the wobbly bite, I decided I would still try to eat item #1 on my list: a Chicago dog.

So the next day I went to my neighborhood hot dog stand for lunch and ordered a cheddar dog with everything on it. I knew that I should order a steamed dog, as it would be softer and fluffier, but I couldn’t bring myself to do that. I feared ridicule from the employees at the hot dog stand, people I had seen judging naive tourists for ordering a steamed dog. I had judged tourists for this and corrected their orders before. A Chicago dog is never steamed!

Anyway, I ended up having to peel my dog’s charred skin and cut the inner dog into small pieces in order to eat it, but I did! I also had to skip the hard chunks of chopped onion, but the rest was delicious. The poppyseed bread, the sliced ​​tomato, the cheese inside the dog melting on the bread, the fresh relish. This dog was so much better than the closest I’d had to a hot dog two weeks earlier, which was when I ordered a regular hot dog bun (minus the hot dog ) at the Cubs game. (It was free). But my stomach didn’t like the Chicago Dog, which prompted me to try and stay away from greasy food for the rest of the week.

Mac and cheese!

Here is a list of everything I ate (or tried to eat) during meal week:

  • Four popsicles in one sitting (now I can open wide enough to lick a popsicle!)
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich (my first chicken!)
  • Tagalong Girl Scout cookies (these were previously too hard for me).
  • Ritz Crackers (but after six crackers the salt hurt my tongue too much to continue).
  • Turkey meatballs with couscous and broccoli (no more little bits of rice stuck in! I definitely couldn’t chew the broccoli).
  • Angel Muffin
  • Peanut Butter Cookie
  • fries
  • Mac and cheese with big noodles! (Had to avoid the stringy cheese layer on top)
  • more rice
  • Farmer’s Market Lavender Honey Scone. It’s my all-time favorite scone, the scone I had stared longingly at a few weeks earlier. I woke up at 9am on a Saturday (too early!!!) to be sure I could get this scone (it usually sells out by 10am). It took me thirty minutes to eat it, but I did and it was divine.
  • Fresh strawberries and raspberries
The Scones.

Much like Fork Friday, my expectations for Eating Week were unrealistic. So, I’m now declaring catering week to be catering month, and hopefully after a few days of bland rice, chicken and cauliflower rice, I can make it to the juicy burger or the new Sicilian street food spot that stay on my list.

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