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Diet Guidelines

Diet guidelines are tailored for each patient. The following is only a general view.

This is only a guide. You must seek advice from your own medical practitioner.

 Colitis, Post dysenteric states and Irritable Colon

General

A very smooth non-irritating and nutritious diet containing foods, which reduce the amount of faecal residue and not cause excessive fermentation are required.  All tough and fibrous foods should be excluded and fruits and vegetable pureed from pips, seed and skin. Highly flavoured condiments which act as irritants should also be avoided.  Our CO, ST, and 6C preparations can be helpful for these symptoms.

Foods to be avoided

Fried and fatty foods, Highly seasoned foods such as curies, sausages, rissoles and highly seasoned gravies, stews and sauces. Mustard, pepper, spices, vinegar, pickles, chutney, mayonnaise and salad dressing. Strong cheeses. Highly seasoned soups, e.g., mulligatawny and unstrained vegetable soups. Twice cooked and canned meats, whole grain bread, biscuits and ordinary crisp breads. Bran cereals. Hot fresh bread and fancy biscuits, e.g. with coconut. All raw vegetables and coarse vegetables, e.g. cabbage and onions. Coarse fruit fibre, pips, skin, and all unripe fruits. Fruitcakes, pies, pastries and dried fruits. Nuts, jams with seeds or skin. Alcohol. Strong tea or coffee.

Foods allowed

Eggs (not fried). Sieved vegetable or cream soups. Roast lean meat. Grilled tender meat, kidneys, bacon, lean ham. Boiled or steamed fish, smoked haddock, rabbit or poultry. Crab, lobster, prawns and salmon. Creamed tripe, rabbit or poultry. Potatoes (not fried). Macaroni, rice, spaghetti or vermicelli, tomato puree or simmered mince steak. Vegetables - chokoes, asparagus tips. Mashed pumpkin, beetroot and young carrots. Puree beans, and flavoured milk and milk puddings. Marmite and Vegemite. Honey, plain chocolate, barley sugar, salt.

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Rheumatism

General

While there is no specific diet required for this condition, it is important to regulate the diet of the individual patient as to maintain him in the best possible nutritive condition. A marked clinical improvement is often associated with a better state of nutrition. Excess weight should be avoided and plenty of fresh foods should be included to supply the necessary vitamins and minerals.

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 Hypertension

General

The diet should be easily digestible with adequate protein and any tendency to overweight must be checked. Highly seasoned foods and large meals before bedtime should be avoided.

Avoid the following

Alcoholic drinks. Strong tea and coffee. Excess salt, pickles and highly spiced foods.  Strong cheese and any foods known to disagree.

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 Gout

General

Diet to contain a liberal intake of milk, fruit and vegetables (except those listed below 'to be avoided'). Meat and fish should only be taken in the quantities listed. Ample fluid is to be taken between meals. Any tendency to overweight should be avoided, and hence sugars and starchy foods reasonably restricted and adjusted according to individual requirements. Since it is believed that fat is liable to hinder the excretion of uric acid, do not used cream or fried foods.

Foods to be avoided

Rich and highly seasoned foods, meat extracts, meat soups and gravies. Sweetbreads, liver, heart and kidneys. Fish roe, herrings, salmon, sardines, whitebait, anchovies and scallops. Spinach, asparagus, strawberries and rhubarb. Yeast. Alcohol. Whole grain products.

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 Constipation

General

This is a diet containing a large proportion of food which provides bulk and roughage (or indigestible residues) to stimulate the movement of intestines. Fresh and dried fruits, vegetable and salads, whole grain, cereal, honey, and treacle may all be used liberally. Plenty of fluids, such as fruit juices and water, should be taken each day. Plenty of exercise and regular habits will also help with the success of this diet.

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 Cholecystitis and Cholelithiasis

General

In order to improve the condition of your gall bladder it is necessary to avoid in your diet certain foods, which are known to have a harmful effect on it. Such foods are those rich in fat and cholesterol, which you should be careful to avoid, and are included in the list below. Meals should be small in quantity, and ample water should be taken between them. It is also important to check any tendency towards being overweight and if this exists, then you should restrict foods high in carbohydrates.

Foods to be avoided

All fried foods and foods cooked in fat. Fats and oils such as cooking margarine, lard, suet, olive oil, salad oil, cod-liver oil and copha. Butter and margarine in excess of allowance. Egg yolks (more than 3 per week), cream milk, and whole full cream, evaporated or condensed.

Cheese, except for skimmed milk cottage cheese. Mayonnaise salad dressings. Cream and fatty soups, sauces, gravies and broth. Rich and highly seasoned foods. Made up meat dishes, casseroles, sausages, duck, liver, kidney, heart, sweetbreads and tripe. Fish fried, canned in oil (sardines, anchovies, etc.) and fish roe. Avocado, pears and olives. Vegetables fried or baked or served with a fatty sauce - celery, onion, leeks, garlic, cucumber, green and red peppers, radishes and turnips. Cakes, pastry, pies preparations. Coconut, lemon butter, nuts and peanut butter. Ice cream, scones, puddings and sweet biscuits. Chocolate, cocoa and malted milk, strong tea and coffee. Beer and alcohol, and any foods, which are known to disagree.

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 Diabetic Diet (consult your nutritionist)

General

Diet adequate in all respects for maintenance, restricted in carbohydrates content but containing sufficient to prevent development of acidosis. Foods where starch is reduced and the amount of carbohydrate is known and standardized. Sugar should be taken with care

Foods to be avoided

The total amount of carbohydrate which may be taken daily is fixed by the doctor and this fixed allowance must never be exceeded. The chief carbohydrates foods are sugar, bread, biscuits, flour, jam, dried fruits, some sweet fruits, potatoes and other root vegetables. Glucose and sugar being practically pure carbohydrates are forbidden as are foods rich in sugar or starch, not listed in this diet, such as sweets, pastries, cakes, sauces and gravies thickened with flour. The amount of fruit and vegetables which may be taken depends on the carbohydrate content.

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Dyspepsia (Indigestion or carbohydrate dyspepsia)

General

To relieve the discomfort of indigestion it is advisable to follow these simple rules for healthy eating. Meals should be unhurried, small in quantity, chewed thoroughly and taken at regular intervals. Do not drink more than allowed in diet with your meals but take ample fluid between them. Smoking and drinking alcohol on an empty stomach will tend to aggravate the symptoms. If you suffer discomfort with wind, do not try to 'bring it up' as this will cause you to swallow more air and so cause more distension. Certain foods are irritating to the stomach and bowels and some tend to produce gases during digestion - these are listed below and you should try to avoid them.

Foods to be avoided

All fried foods. Rich, highly seasoned and twice cooked or tough meats. Sausages. Vinegar, pickles, chutney, mayonnaise, horseradish, mustards, spices, curry and pepper. Gravies and soups, particularly those rich in meat extract. Smoked and fried fish, fatty fish, sardines and anchovies. Strong cheeses. New bread and scones. Hot, buttered toast. Whole meal bread, biscuits and cereals. Pastry and rich heavy puddings. Rich cakes. Raw vegetables, brussel sprouts, cabbage, leeks, onion, cucumber, radishes, turnips, haricot beans. Raw, unripe and dried fruits. Pips, skin and peel of all fruits (also in jams). Melon and pineapple. Alcohol, strong tea and coffee. Very acid and very cold foods. Any foods which are known to disagree.

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Peptic Ulcer Diet (Strict)

General

Feeds are given at two hourly intervals throughout the day and at night, if awake. Water may be taken between the feeds as desired, but should be taken in small amounts at a time. Milk feeds should be taken during the night if awake. Milk mixture is made up with 2 pints milk and 8 oz. single cream.

Disclaimer: This is only a guide. If symptoms persist, consult your health professional or dietician.

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