What's for #breakfast
?! From age 8-11 years, I had dental braces and with all the food restrictions I had to follow over those years caused my eating habits to change. Anyone who has ever had braces knows that the top foods the orthodontist says not to eat is anything "sticky" so in my mind I created a dislike for said foods. To this day you will rarely even see me chew gum or eat a sticky candy.
Once the braces were off, I was pretty much free to eat what I wanted again, except - the braces dislocated my jaw causing TMJ to form thus causing my eating habits to change once again. This time I was limited to "soft foods" so as a child I eventually got frustrated and just started drinking most of my calories (i.e. chocolate milk, juices, sweet tea, smoothies). Fastforward to young adulthood, in college I was taking 18-21 credit hours every semester while working 2 jobs so when meal time came around my first instinct was always "grab something quick." I would almost always go for a Venti-whatever at the closest Starbucks or some artificial smoothie from a food kiosk on campus. I was drinking so many calories that the "freshman 15" became real for me. To this day due to TMJ I consume more calories via liquid rather than solid foods, but I have taken time to find liquids that are better for me and still provide nutrition benefits. Which not only what you eat, but what you drink as well!
#eat #drink #liquidcalories #tmj #beverage #beveragelover #erinthelmbt