So my dumb teeth are still sort of being jerks and hurting and making me too scared to eat totally solid food again. But progress is being made. I wouldn't eat a steak or a burger but yesterday I ate that turkey burger patty I was talking about the other day. Today I'm making a vegetarian chili with lentils, beans, and chickpeas which I am confident will be no trouble.
Here's the crazy thing - other than that burger patty and a couple bites of shredded up lamb, I haven't eaten any meat for a whole week now, and I don't really care that much! I thought eating the burger yesterday would sort of be like "ahhhhh meat, we meet again" (ha funny right) but I was more craving green vegetables. I probably should have put in a bigger effort this week to somehow incorporate greens into my diet. I'm probably deficient in those nutrients by now. Oops.
But anyway, I guess this week finally answered a question for me that I've always wondered - if I had to give up either meat or cheese, what choice would I make? There is no denying that I love meat and I think I can safely set in stone that I will never go vegetarian HOWEVER, my cravings this week were for cheese. It will be awesome to make a delicious roast or just get a $1.39 McDouble when I can chew again, but for whatever reason my body seems to like cheese better than meat. Maybe it's the way I structured my diet this week - but I doubt it because I was definitely getting more than enough dairy to try to compensate for the protein lost from not eating any meat.
Weird! I might never know the reason but at least now I know the answer to one of life's most important questions.