What Can You Eat When You Get Your Tongue Pierced?

What Can You Eat When You Get Your Tongue Pierced?

If you have got your tongue pierced or are considering it, you are most likely wondering what can you eat when you get your tongue pierced?

Whilst your new piercing is healing, you may have to temporarily change some of your eating habits. It will be worth it though, in the name of having your piercing heal up properly.

You might have to wave goodbye to some of your favourite foods for a while, especially if you like your food with a spicy kick! Remember this is only temporary. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

After the first week you should be able to start eating more normally. This may even take less than a week. If you are eating any solid food, make sure to chew very slowly and carefully to avoid accidentally biting your tongue barbell.

Foods you can eat

Finding foods you can ear after getting your tongue pierced can be a bit of a challenge. You may feel that with all the restictions you are going to starve!

This doesn’t have to be the case. There are lots of tasty foods you can still eat!

Cold foods

For the first few days of your tongue piercing’s healing process, the best type of food you can eat is cold food.

The cold is very soothing for the piercing and can help to minimise swelling.

Here are some food suggestions:

Dairy free banana ice cream – home made
Banana icecream
Easy, healthy and delicious!

You should try to avoid dairy products whilst your piercing is healing. Dairy has been known to cause growth of yeast bacteria, this could cause you a nasty infection.

That’s why I have come up with this extremely easy recipe for making your own dairy free “ice cream”. All you need is a banana or two, a freezer and having a blender helps but you can do this without one.

I recommend that you try this recipe for dairy free ice cream. It is soothing for your piercing and also healthy and delicious. All you need is a banana. Perfection.

Follow this recipe:

  • Stick a chopped banana or two in the freezer
  • Leave for a minimum of two hours until frozen solid
  • Now all you need to do is pour the banana slices into a blender
  • At this point you can add any other ingredients you want, for flavour. You could add sugar, honey or other sweetener. You could even make your ice cream a different flavour by adding any frozen fruit, Nutella, peanut butter or vanilla essence.
  • Blend for a couple of minutes or until completely smooth. Check it a few times to see if it is ready yet. If you do not have a blender, just smash the bananas with a solid blunt object such as a rolling pin.
  • Now this is optional: You could spoon your ice cream into a freezer safe container and stick it in the freezer to get it nice and solid like the ice cream you would buy that comes in a tub.
  • Enjoy this delicious, creamy and healthy snack!
Cold soups and broths

SoupSoups and broths are great for a healing piercing as they do not require any chewing. Just make sure to not eat them whilst they are hot as your jewelry will conduct the heat and cause you pain.

Wait for your soup or broth to cool down to room temperature before you eat it.

Go for mild flavours such as chicken soup, carrot and coriander or leek and potato. Avoid any strong or spicy flavours. Tomato soup is acidic so you may also want to avoid that flavour too.


Smoothie and blenderYou can either purchase boxed or bottled smoothies in your local supermarket or you could make your own if you have a blender.

Many cafés serve smoothies these days. Even McDonalds has started serving smoothies and Frappés, which are actually really nice! I would recommend the banana & sstrawberry one or the new berry one

Opt for mild, non-acidic smoothies such as banana, berry or mango. Avoid citrus or any other acidic fruits such as pineapple or orange.

You should drink liquids through a straw to ensure minimum contact with your new piercing.


JellyFruity jelly (jello) is another great food you can eat whilst you are waiting for your piercing to heal.

Jelly is soothing and cold which makes it perfect for eating with a new tongue piercing. Plain jelly is better than the one with pieces of fruit in it, as it takes less chewing.

Watch out for citrus flavours as they may be a bit strong and cause irritation to your piercing.

Liquids you can drink

Cold iced waterYou should aim to drink mostly plain cold water, the colder the better.

Avoid cow’s milk as dairy products have been known to leave yeast infection causing bacteria in fresh piercings. You could drink milk-alternatives such as almond milk, soy milk or rice milk.

Do not drink hot drinks like tea or coffee (sorry people). You could still drink iced teas though, which is good news for all you tea drinkers out there. For the coffee lovers you could still drink a lovely icy frappé, no problem.

Iced herbal teas, such as peppermint are great as they have anti-bacterial properties and are very soothing.

Foods to avoid

First off, there are certain foods you should be avoiding altogether. Don’t worry, like I said, this won’t be forever.

Do your best to avoid the following foods for the first week.

Hot and spicy food

chiliIt goes without saying that you need to avoid eating any spicy or hot food.

Spice would be very irritating to a fresh piercing and would cause you a lot of pain and discomfort.

Avoid eating hot food too, you should wait until your food cools down to room temperature before eating it.

The jewelry you are wearing in your piercing acts as a conductor of heat, so hot food could physically burn the inside of the wound. This would be very painful and something you want to avoid at all costs.

Acidic foods and drinks

Citrus fruitAcidic food or drink would cause irritation to you piercing. This could be very painful and is something else you would be better of avoiding.

Here are some acidic foods you should avoid:

  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Pineapple
  • Tomato

Alcoholic beverages

BeerAlcohol is a strong chemical, therefore could seriously irritate your new piercing and slow down the healing process. I know, it sucks, but you want your piercing to heal up properly don’t you?

Right, well you should only drink soft drinks during the healing period for you tongue piercing.

Avoid alcohol in any form. This includes alcoholic beverages, such as beer, wine and spirits. You should also avoid food dishes which contain boozy drinks.

Make sure to use alcohol-free mouthwash too.

Hard food

Crisps and pringlesDo not eat hard or crunchy food during the healing process of your piercing. You want to be doing minimal chweing This includes but is not limited to:

  • Toast
  • Crisps
  • Sweets and chocolate
  • Biscuits or cookies
  • Raw carrots

Sticky or chewy foods

Oatmeal can be sticky and chewy

Do not eat food which could stick to your jewelry and make it harder to clean your piercing.

This could include oatmeal and possibly mashed potato. If you do eat either of these foods, make sure you wash your mouth with extra care afterwards. Remove all food particles from around the piercing and jewelry.

Avoid any food which involves a lot of chewing such as red meat. Chewing will be a challenge so you do not want to do too much of it.

How you should eat

Eating with your tongue pierced is going to take some getting used to.

At first, you will want to take it slow.

Before you sit down to ear, make sure you have plenty of time as eating will take a bit longer than usual.

Wash your hands and make sure the bead is screwed onto the barbell real tight so it does not come off and you end up swallowing it.

Your piercer will have put an extra long barbell in your piercing to allow for swelling. The barbell may move and wiggle about whilst you eat, so you will need to chew very slowly and carefully to prevent it from cracking or chipping your teeth.

Use disposable eating utensils if possible and do not share your forks or spoons with others. Metal eating utensils can harbour bacteria.

You should also put your fork or spoon in towards the side of your mouth rather than in the middle where it could clash with your jewelry and cause pain.

Place food morsels directly in between your molars and chew extremely slowly.

Drink your liquids with a straw. You can get yourself some straws from McDonalds for free, they won’t mind too much as long as you don’t take too many. Maccy D’s also do a lovely strawberry and banana smoothie which would be perfect for your healing piercing, so you could treat yourself to one whilst you are there!


I know it sounds like hard work feeding yourself after having your tongue pierced, but you will get used to it with time and you won’t starve, trust me.

You just need to take extra care whilst your piercing is healing and you are still getting used to the jewelry being in your mouth.

After a week or two you will be able to start introducing more foods back into your diet and start eating more normally. Eventually, when your piercing is healed, you can eat whatever the hell you want!

I hope you found this post useful. Leave a comment if you have any more suggestions for what to eat when you get your tongue pierced.


12 Comments on What Can You Eat When You Get Your Tongue Pierced?

  1. I think you did a wonderful job of touching about every subject you could have about eating after tongue piercing. Now, I have to be honest. I, myself do not have no piercings of any kind, so I cannot speak from experience, but from what I read, it seemed to be very well put and to the point on everything. Good luck.

  2. Hey! Great post you have created here.
    This is very helpful stuff, I know a woman that got her tongue pierced and got infected.
    I’m sure many people will find this article useful and interesting as I did.
    Thanks for sharing this and have a great day!
    Cheers and good luck

  3. You have a great informative post here 🙂
    I don’t have my tongue pierced, but I’m for sure going to send one of my friends to your site.
    Keep up the good work 🙂

    • Hey Jorunn.

      Thanks for visiting my site and leaving a comment. I hope this post will be of use to you friend if you choose to send them here.


  4. Hey Hannah,

    Although I have never had a tongue piercing, I still found this article very interesting and helpful. I would definitely recommend this site to a friend if they ever got a tongue piercing. I actually had a roommate in college that got their tongue pierced and they got it done at a tattoo shop but I’m not sure how much it cost.

    The only piercing I’ve had has been my ears…I got my ears pierced my senior year of high school. But it has been a year probably since I have worn earrings.

    I think my biggest take away aka my golden nugget is the recipe for dairy free banana ice cream! That sounds so delicious and had my mouth watering while reading it!

    PS-I love your site and how you created a “page” on the main site called “blog” that has a running blog. Could you email if you don’t mind and help explain that to me so I can set that up for my site?

    Thanks again Hannah!

    • Hi Matt.

      I’m so glad you found my website useful and interesting.

      Sure I can pop you an email explaining how to set up your blog as a page. Is it ok to send it to the email you have used here?

      You will be hearing from me shortly so keep an eye on your email inbox.

  5. Great article. I got my tongue pierced over winter exodus when I was in the military. I was shocked at how painful the process was. Most people said it wasn’t that bad. Who knows… maybe I had a low tolerance for pain.

    I wore my piercing for over a decade. Not just because it was unique and a conversational piece, but also because I remembered how painful the entire process was and wanted to be 100% sure I was done with it before taking it out for good.

    I don’t remember the healing process so much. I do remember having to learn how to talk with it and the overall awkwardness. I also remember there was a bit of swelling, so the advice on the cold food is A+. Also, the tip on watching how you eat is so important. I’ve mistaken the metal ball a few times as a piece of food and chipped my molars.

    Even with all the trials I experienced with getting my tongue pierced, I didn’t regret it. Some days I wish I still had it, especially when I see someone walking around with their own piercing.

    • Thanks very much Renee.

      The pain level for the tongue piercing seems to vary a lot more than other piercings. Some people say it barely hurts at all whereas others find it really quite painful! I personally find that the piercings itself does not hurt all that much but there can be a bit of pain during the first week after having it done.

      Sounds like you got good wear outta your tongue piercing anyway – ten years is brilliant! You must have taken pretty god care of it.

      It does take a bit of getting used to having a piece of metal through the middle of your tongue yes!

      Thanks so much for reading my post. I’m glad you think this information is helpful!


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