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  » Diet Information  »  Low energy (calorie) diet
Approximately: Protein 60 g. Carbohydrate 100 g. Fat 40 g.
Energy 1000 kcal (4184 kJ)

 Early morning Cup of tea, milk from allowance, if desired.
 Breakfast 1 egg or 30 g (1 oz) grilled lean bacon (2 rashers) or cold ham or breakfast fish.
20 g (2/3 oz) white or brown bread, or exchange, with margarine or butter from allowance.
Tea or coffee, with milk from allowance.
 Mid-morning Tea or coffee, with milk from allowance, or 'free' drink from Group A3.
1 cream cracker or water biscuit.
 Mid-day meal Clear soup, tomato juice or grapefruit, if desired.
Small helping 60 g (2 oz) lean meat, ham, poultry, game or offal or 90 g (3 oz) white fish (steamed, baked or grilled) or 2 eggs or 45 g (1 1/2 oz) cheese.
Salad or vegetables from Group A1 as desired.
40 g (11/3 oz) bread (white or brown) or exchange, with margarine or butter from allowance if desired.
1 portion of fruit from bread exchange list below.
Tea or coffee with milk from allowance.
 Mid-afternoon 20 g (2/3 oz) white or brown bread, or exchange, with margarine or butter from allowance.
 Evening meal Clean soup, meat or yeast extracts, tomato juice or grapefruit, if desired.
Small helping, 60 g (2 oz) lean meat, ham, poultry, game or offal or 90 g (3 oz) white fish (streamed, baked or grilled) or 1 egg or 45 g (1 1/2 oz) cheese.
Salad or vegetables from Group A1 as desired.
40 g (11/3 oz) bread (white or brown) or exchange, with margarine or butter from allowance if desired.
1 portion of fruit from list below.
Tea or coffee with milk from allowance.
 Before bed Tea or coffee with milk from allowance.
1 cream cracker or water biscuit.
 Allowance for day: 200 ml (1/3 pint) milk semi-skimmed or skimmed.
15 g (1/2 oz) margarine or butter
 Exchanges for 20 g (2/3 oz) bread (1/2 slice from a large cut loaf):
 2 cream crackers
 1 1/2 of any crispbread
 2 water biscuits
 1 oatcake
1 potato (the size of a hen's egg)
1 portion of fruit (from list below)
 Exchanges for 40 g (11/3 oz) bread (1 slice from a large cut loaf):
 4 cream crackers
 3 ryvita
 2 oatcakes
2 potatoes
4 water biscuits
 Fruit list: 1 medium apple, 1 orange, 1 pear, 1 small banana, 10 grapes.

Group A: foods which may be taken as desired

1. Vegetables
Artichoke, asparagus, aubergine, French beans, runner beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chicory, courgette, cucumber, endive, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard and cress, onions, parsley, pumpkin, radishes, salsify, seakale, spinach, swede, tomatoes, turnip tops, vegetable marrow, watercress.

2. Fruits (stewed without sugar, or raw)
Any fruit fresh, frozen or canned in natural fruit juice, but not avocado, dried fruit or fruit canned in syrup.

3. Drinks
Water, soda water, tea or coffee (without milk or sugar) lemon juice, tomato juice, diabetic fruit squash, diet cola, clear soup (chicken or beef cubes may be used).

4. Miscellaneous
Saccharine or any proprietary sweetening agents (except sorbitol) salt, pepper, mustard, vinegar, herbs, spices, gelatine. Flavourings and colourings may be used.

Group B: foods to be avoided

All fried foods.
Sugar (brown or white), glucose, sorbitol.
Sweets, toffees, chocolates, cornflour, custard powder.
Jam, marmalade, lemon curd, syrup, honey, treacle.
Tinned, frozen or bottled fruits.
Dried fruits, e.g. dates, figs, prunes, apricots, sultanas, currants, raisins, bananas, grapes.
Cakes, buns, pastries, pies, steamed or milk puddings.
Sweets or chocolate biscuits, scones.
Cereals, e.g. rice, sago, macaroni, barley, spaghetti.
Breakfast cereal, porridge.
Ice cream, fresh or synthetic cream. Table jelly.
Evaporated or condensed milk.
Peas, parsnips, beetroot, sweetcorn, haricot beans, butter-beans, broad beans, lentils.
Nuts.
Salad cream, salad dressing, mayonnaise.
Tomato and brown sauce or any thickened sauce.
Sweet pickles and chutney.
Thickened soups, gravies.
Alcoholic drinks, e.g. beer, wine, sherry, spirits.
Sweetened fruit juices, fruit squash, Coca Cola and other sweet, fizzy, 'soft drinks'.
Starch-reduced products, 'diabetic' foodstuffs.
Sausages.
All foods must be served without thickened gravies and sauces. All foods may be baked, grilled, boiled or steamed - but not fried.