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!
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Here are some acidic foods you should avoid:
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.
- Sweets and chocolate
- Biscuits or cookies
- Raw carrots
Sticky or chewy foods
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.