I did it. I drank a cheeseburger. And fries. Spoiler alert: It was ok.
As I enter week six my excitement for everything blended is admittedly starting to dwindle, but I saved this experiment for this very reason. There is some real satisfaction that I receive when I take an entire food item and drop it into the blender as-is. This certainly held true for the cheeseburger. Lifting a bacon provolone cheeseburger complete with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, and thousand island and then dropping it like a mic into the blender was probably the best part of the experience.
I diluted the burger with a little bit of chicken stock. I tried to keep it thick so I could eat the whole thing. I ordered garlic fries, but perhaps through the wires they heard curly? It was a happy accident. The seasoning helped the fries differentiate themselves from any other blended potato item. I used a little chicken stock and ketchup. I normally have my fries with mayo and I realized upon my first sip of fries that could have been a good addition, too.
I kept the burger and fries separate and managed to get almost the entire meal in me. The strangest thing happened! I was full! Like uncomfortably full. I’ve been fine about getting enough to eat and I’m not losing much weight, but I tend to eat about a pint jar worth of food at a time and eat more frequently. On burger day I had missed a meal and was feeling pretty enthusiast and wound up eating more than a quart!
The wires come off at the end of this week! Everyone is asking what my first meal will be. I let them know that my mouth won’t suddenly work again and it will take some time before I can open it wide enough to eat normally, but that probably figuring out how to get some melted cheese on my tongue is a high priority. And candy. Y’know. Healthy stuff.