In October I went to see an oral surgeon about issues I was having with my jaw. I have TMJ disorder and possibly a more serious issue going on in my jaw. (I haven’t been fully diagnosed yet.)
One of the first things he told me was that I had to stop chewing gum. Wow, that was some tough news to hear.
I am a gum chewer and have chewed gum for as long as I can remember. I like it for fresh breath, but especially for the fact that it helps prevent me from snacking.
It’s been a little more than three months since I stopped chewing gum. And now I rarely miss it. (Though there are occasions when I want a piece.)
I have also flown three times since I gave up gum. My ears pop a lot and sometimes I get pain in my jaw and forehead and the gum can help. But so far I have done OK without chewing gum during take off and landing.
I have been trying out different types of mints for my gum replacement.
I have tried Tic Tac Freshmints,which are small and easy to carry. And they … Continue reading
Someone recently asked me for suggestions on how to healthily survive a 10-hour flight.
My advice was not good. I told him that I survive international flights with booze and a sleeping pill.
Seriously, here is my advice on how to survive an international flight or even a domestic flight:
Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water before, during and after the flight.
Avoid alcohol before and during the flight. (For the record, I don’t take this advice.)
Take healthy snacks with you: fruit, nuts, peanut butter crackers, pretzels, even a sandwich.
Walk around every once in a while.
If a meal is offered, go with the healthiest option. (Go with the chicken or fish.) You can probably view the menu online for preplanning.
Don’t beat yourself up when you stray and have a drink or don’t have enough water or chow down on something super unhealthy. All we can do is our best. And we do slip up. And hell, most of the time when I travel I am on vacation. And one of the greatest things about going on vacation (especially when traveling somewhere new, exotic, international or just awesome) is the food and drink.
We head to Missouri … Continue reading