Surgery Smoothie! (Jaw Joints + Septoplasty)

Big day for me 2 weeks ago! I’ll share the words my hubby posted on instagram since I was out for the week. But I wanted to write down the incredible smoothie recipe that my sister-in-law sent me! Highly recommend since I’ve been on a liquid diet for 2 weeks, haha. I still remember being 12 years old eating frozen almonds when my joint slipped and my jaw painfully locked up. I’m sure this small joint trauma started the inflammation that slowly led to where I’m at now. I’ve had x-rays that shows my deformed condyles and I’ve tried everything from splints to therapy to botox for my joints. I finally took the plunge to have an MRI per my Dr’s recommendation. This showed allllll the damage and inflammation along with fluid surrounding the joint (no bueno). An arthoscopy was my next step! This week I slowly started practicing 2 exercises for my TMJ. Fingers crossed for perfect healing! xo

Aaron here. Janene had a long-awaited surgery this weekend. She’s battled severe TMJ pain for almost 2 decades. Her very first time being embarrassed around me was when we were newly dating and I surprised her at her apartment before class with a French-toast breakfast. I walked in and she was wearing her TMJ splint and had some crusted saliva on her cheek from sleeping with her mouth partially open. Super cute. Since then it’s been lots and lots of headaches, constantly massaging all of the muscles around her jaws, and trying new things to find relief. She just had arthroscopy done on both joints, which has a very high success rate, so we’re hopeful! Since she was going to be under, she decided to go ahead and finally fix her severely deviated nasal septum. When the surgeon was in, he was surprised with how broken down her septum and cartilage was, how much it was blocking the airway. He had to do some additional grafting, but everything went perfectly well during the surgery, and she’s getting some much-needed rest. Super proud of her already with how well she’s handling all the post-op fun and liquid diet! I’m sure it helps that she has an amazing and very good-looking nurse at home. 😃😜 And we’ve already been overwhelmed with all of the help given and offered by family and friends. Saying we feel grateful doesn’t quite convey how much it means. Thank you so much to all of you for always supporting her and sending your love! She’s always glowing when she shares with me sweet messages from y’all! So she’ll be out for a few days, but well taken care of. Please send prayers and good vibes her way as she’s recovering.” 🙏 #arthroscopy #septoplasty

Tropical Smoothie

  • 3 cups soy or almond milk
  • 1 cup water or coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup walnuts (small handful)
  • 16 oz. frozen strawberry-pineapple-mango mix
  • 2 bananas (frozen or not)
  • 1 large handful kale
  • 1 large handful spinach
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax
  • 1 Tbsp hemp hearts
  • 4-6 dates, pitted
  • probiotic or collagen (optional)

Add ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. This makes enough for the family

7am! Walking into my 8-hour surgery


  1. April 14, 2021 / 7:21 pm


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