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General Guidelines for Diets During the Healing Process


  • Warm or room temperature only, anything too hot or too cold can cause harm

  • Avoid spicy foods

  • Avoid foods with caffeine, it is a diuretic and will require you to drink more to stay hydrated.  One caffeinated drink per day is OK.

  • Avoid any chips, nachos, or similar types of foods.

  • Avoid any foods that require opening your mouth wide such as hamburgers,  large sandwiches, etc.

  • Avoid foods that require a lot of chewing to eat such as bagels, steak, etc.

  • Avoid foods that require biting with your front teeth such as apples, corn on the cob, bagels, etc.

  • Try to eat a balanced diet with carbohydrates, protein, and fat.

  • Eat smaller meals more often throughout the day.

  • Do not try to “take advantage” and lose weight.  Your body needs a proper diet to heal.  No matter how much you think you are eating you will most likely lose weight anyway.

  • The thicker the consistency, the more difficult it will be to drink.

  • Dairy products may lead to more or thicker mucus in your throat,  avoid these products if you are having an issue with mucus.

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