Ingesting only shakes for almost all meals?

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    Aug 26, 2011 3:37 AM GMT
    So I hate cooking. I hate preparing meals and then sitting down and eating. I'd rather just throw everything into a blender and slam it down. Since I'm into building muscle, this is pretty much how I do it. Instead of spending hours a day just fixing food I take a bunch of stuff (healthy stuff), blend it together, and drink it. I drink some NASTY ass stuff too. Pretty much makes me gag, but I do it because I hate taking the time out of my day sit down and enjoy my food. Is that weird? Anyways...

    My question is, is this okay? Is it healthy to DRINK all my foods? I get healhty carbs, healthy fats, and healthy proteins, in close to the right proportions and the right calories at the end of the day, but is it still okay?
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    Aug 26, 2011 3:38 AM GMT
    I've always wondered why we didn't evolve a PEG tube.icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 26, 2011 4:53 AM GMT
    Sorry, I must not have been clear.

    I take a bunch of healthy stuff and blend it together. I get my fruits, veggies, anti-oxidants, omega-3s, etc. The shakes I make are not sheer protein shakes. They have my protein, carbs, and fats in specific ratios. It's all natural food too. Nothing made in a lab like protein powder.

    Just imagine something you'd have for dinner all blended together into one nasty ass abomination of a drink.
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    Aug 26, 2011 5:40 PM GMT
    Haha. Thanks man! Yeah that's pretty much what I do. Tastes disgusting, but I really like spending only 10 minutes for a good, healthy 600 cal meal with the right macro proportions. I get all my fruits and veggies on the side though. Maybe I should consider not putting the meat in there too >_> friggin gross.
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    Aug 26, 2011 5:47 PM GMT
    There's no problem with doing that...it's just a little weird.
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    Aug 26, 2011 5:55 PM GMT
    When I was training for contests and I needed extra protein, I would make chicken shakes.

    take about 2-3 cooked chicken breasts and cube them and put them in the microwave until they are warm,

    put them in the blender with some warmed up nonfat chicken broth and maybe some Mrs. Dash.

    Blend it into a consistency you can drink and then enjoy!! The consistency was usually disgusting, like vomit. But it tastes really good, like a thick stew or a soup. And I could SLAM 60-80 grams of protein in a quick manner. I loved it!!
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    Aug 26, 2011 7:02 PM GMT
    Gaydar saidJust imagine something you'd have for dinner all blended together into one nasty ass abomination of a drink.
    The mouth is a blender that sends all your food - blended - to your stomach anyway, so I don't see where it would be an issue.

    This of it as over-chewing your food. It doesn't make it any less healthy.
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    Aug 26, 2011 7:11 PM GMT
    Your body NEEDS to do work. It needs fiber, solid meat, roughage...substance. If you continually ingest only liquids and no solids, regardless of the fact that you are still getting all of your nutrients, your digestive system will eventually not work properly. Stomach, kidneys, liver, intestines, etc, were designed (yes, designed) to work with solid foods, as well as liquids.

    Balance is everything in life.
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    Aug 26, 2011 7:18 PM GMT
    The thought of drinking chicken is going to haunt me for awhile. Thanks for that.
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    Aug 26, 2011 7:29 PM GMT
    LVmotoJock saidYour body NEEDS to do work. It needs fiber, solid meat, roughage...substance. If you continually ingest only liquids and no solids, regardless of the fact that you are still getting all of your nutrients, your digestive system will eventually not work properly. Stomach, kidneys, liver, intestines, etc, were designed (yes, designed) to work with solid foods, as well as liquids.

    Balance is everything in life.


    I disagree. Fiber is fiber whether it's been blended or digested. Once food gets into the intestines your body doesn't care whether it's liquid or solid, it's actually supposed to be liquid at that point.
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    Aug 26, 2011 7:38 PM GMT
    Balance.
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    Aug 26, 2011 7:43 PM GMT
    maybe cause I was a fat kid and still am one at heart I like chowing down on solid food. But no so long thats your getting everything you need, blend away.
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    Aug 26, 2011 7:44 PM GMT
    mayBbignow2 said
    hazardous said
    LVmotoJock saidYour body NEEDS to do work. It needs fiber, solid meat, roughage...substance. If you continually ingest only liquids and no solids, regardless of the fact that you are still getting all of your nutrients, your digestive system will eventually not work properly. Stomach, kidneys, liver, intestines, etc, were designed (yes, designed) to work with solid foods, as well as liquids.

    Balance is everything in life.


    I disagree. Fiber is fiber whether it's been blended or digested. Once food gets into the intestines your body doesn't care whether it's liquid or solid, it's actually supposed to be liquid at that point.


    So which is it?


    Your body is gonna work to digest the food. It makes it easier on the body when Its already liquid. But I mean its all digested in stomach acid. Its not like your body is gonna loose out on anything significant because you dont expel a few extra calories to break down solid vs liquid.
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    Aug 26, 2011 7:55 PM GMT
    mayBbignow2 said
    LVmotoJock saidBalance.


    At the same time
    Your body needs to save its resources for other things- so its not going to be helpful if its digesting matter 24/7


    Wrong. If you eat (obviously during awake hours) every two to three hours, your metabolism will be much healthier and efficient. If a person only eats say once a day your metabolism will dramatically slow down and store more fat (because its essentially in starvation mode).

    As far as consuming all your calories in liquid form, my understanding (but not a dietary expert here) is that the body will digest the food faster which will result in less nutrient absorption (why real food is better than a protein shake).

    Also, the reason people have their wisdom teeth removed is because we evolved to chew much denser food than the modern processed diet. Therefore, I would be concerned about dental issues from a long term liquid only diet.
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    Aug 26, 2011 8:03 PM GMT
    Gaydar saidSo I hate cooking. I hate preparing meals and then sitting down and eating. I'd rather just throw everything into a blender and slam it down. Since I'm into building muscle, this is pretty much how I do it. Instead of spending hours a day just fixing food I take a bunch of stuff (healthy stuff), blend it together, and drink it. I drink some NASTY ass stuff too. Pretty much makes me gag, but I do it because I hate taking the time out of my day sit down and enjoy my food. Is that weird? Anyways...

    My question is, is this okay? Is it healthy to DRINK all my foods? I get healhty carbs, healthy fats, and healthy proteins, in close to the right proportions and the right calories at the end of the day, but is it still okay?


    I got in a fight and, long story short, had my jaw broken then wired shut for a little over 3 months. By wired shut I don't mean kind of shut... it felt like clenching my teeth together hard the entire time. I had to puree all my foods into liquid, as no chunks whatsoever could get through. I feel like I was constantly "eating" day and night, and still lost around 20 lbs during that time.

    If you're looking to GAIN any weight, muscle or otherwise, this is probably not the best idea. If you just want to do it because you're a big weirdo, then go ahead. I survived for three months, I'm sure you can do it longer!
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    Aug 26, 2011 8:05 PM GMT
    mayBbignow2 said
    You dont have to chew a liquid, just dont bite hard.
    And I wasnt talking about metabolism and fat storage.


    Um. I think you missed the point entirely.
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    Aug 27, 2011 12:55 AM GMT
    Balance. And learn to enjoy to eat. ;-) It's also time to relax and slow things down, and enjoy conversation with a loved one.

    Chew your food slowly and taste the subtleties of the juices as they flow over your tongue. The swishes of red wine cleaning the palette. The aroma of garlic with every bite of your spaghetti. ... seriously, enjoy ;-)
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    Aug 27, 2011 12:56 AM GMT
    Protein shakes are supplements. These are semi pre-digested food. They almost take no energy to digest them. Plus you need enzyme from fresh fruit and veggies too. I don't think it's a good idea.

    Are you like loaded? Because those are expensive too.
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    Aug 27, 2011 1:07 AM GMT
    I think it technically could be done, like that nutritionally complete crap they eat in the Matrix. I think you could blend a lot of your meals. I already like soup, stew, smoothies, gazpacho, gravy - but I've also noticed that people who have their jaws wired shut and consume only liquified food lose a lot of weight. There seems to be something amiss when one consumes a completely liquid diet I guess.
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    Aug 27, 2011 1:33 AM GMT
    heybreaux said
    1. I have a Vitamix and I can literally liquefy anything with it, but my concern with doing everything in it is that your teeth and gums were made to chew. What if the nerve endings and your gums are not getting the workout they need. Think jaw muscle exercise, sharpening of your teeth from tearing through food and the contact with other teeth, and all those sorts of things. Probably a small concern, but when you crunch something it stimulates nerves in your teeth. If you did this for years, would you not have as developed nerves, would you teeth become dull? Any dentists feel free to chime in...


    Technically, we bring our teeth together quite a bit. Whenever we swallow, sometimes when we breathe, and if you are stressed (which who isn't these days?) you probably also grind your teeth (bruxism).

    That being said, the bone surrounding the teeth is stimulated by the mechanical forces of chewing, as are the muscles of occlusion (medial, lateral ptergyoid). While I wouldn't say that there would be a pathological loss of bone structure or muscle quality, there still might be some.

    In other words - no, your teeth won't fall out icon_razz.gif