At the start of February I woke up one morning with horrible pain in my left jaw. My teeth suddenly didn’t seem to align on the left side of my mouth. I gave it a week – a week in which the jaw pain continued and I had a horrific migraine. Once it was clear that the pain was not going away, I went to the dentist. Somehow my jaw muscle is pulled REALLY tight. REALLY TIGHT! The dentist told me to try relaxing, stick with liquids of soft foods, and give my jaw a rest.
It’s now three months later and I’m still working to get my jaw to relax. I’m still on a liquid/soft foods diet. And I’m still in jaw pain. But it is getting better – slowly. REALLY SLOWLY. When I first started on the liquid/soft foods diet I figured it would be a short temporary thing. Lay off the crunchy/chewy stuff and I’d be better in no time. I didn’t pay much attention to what I was eating because it was temporary. Only, this temporary diet has been my reality for more than 12 months. About the end of the 4th week, I could tell this was not going to be good to my body. I wasn’t eating as much and I wasn’t losing weight. It was weird. As the weeks went by I felt worse and worse. My skin has broken out. My stomach hates me some days. And I knew I wasn’t eating right – but I wasn’t exactly sure what was missing and how to fill that void.
About 3 weeks ago I downloaded the DIEM app. (It’s a health and wellness app that gives you a daily guide to living a healthier life.) The app requires you to input your food and water intake as well as your fitness moves. Based on those factors the app tells you what you are missing in your diet. When I first started I was missing the daily suggested healthy intake of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and fiber. Some days I wasn’t even getting enough water. Eek! But the DIEM app doesn’t just tell you where you are deficient, it also lets you know how to get the things you need. For instance, on my daily to-do’s DIEM tells me to ‘Eat fruits and vegetables high in vitamin A such as: broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, and sweet potatoes.’ While I can’t really eat carrots or broccoli right now (unless I boiled them down to mush, which is disgusting) this helpful tip made me think more strategically about how I can work mashed or baked sweet potatoes into my diet to get the Vitamin A I need without hurting my jaw in the process. I now try to eat a sweet potato at least every other day. That’s a win for me.
The same happened for me when it came to my morning smoothie. Since I’m liquid-focused now I make a fruit smoothie every morning. While that gets me my allotted fruit intake for the day, it is also high in sugar when it is just fruit mixed in there. After seeing on DIEM that my sugar numbers were really high, I started getting more creative with my smoothies. Now I try to mix in an avocado, or diversify the fruits, adding things like blueberries, which will also help with my fiber intake. All of these changes – avocados, blueberries, protein powders – were a result of the numbers and tips I saw daily on the app.
Now, three weeks into it and I’m already starting to feel better overall. I still have a jacked up jaw but my skin and stomach are looking and feeling better. My energy level is up too. For the first two months of this, I was a complete zombie by the end of the workday and pretty much went to sleep as soon as I got home. Now I’m able to fit in a little gym time or a long walk into a couple days a week. Soon, hopefully, I’ll be back to my usual normal.
Need more convincing about how awesome this app is at tracking choices for healthier living? During the month of May and June by downloading the DIEM app and becoming a paid subscriber ($3.99 per month or $39.99 for a year), you’ll be entered into a contest in which one name will be able to donate 10% of the proceeds from May and June to a charity of their choice. Imagine, if 25,000 people downloaded the app one person could be giving their favorite charity $10,000!
This is a sponsored post. I was compensated to share my opinion about the app and its uses.