Diet Guidelines

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By Professor Yoland Lim Health Care

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


Please discuss with your medical practitioner.

Cholecystitis and Cholelithiasis

By Professor Yoland Lim Health Care

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. If this exists, then you should restrict foods high in carbohydrates.  

Foods to be Avoided

  • All fried foods and foods cooked in fat. 
  • Avocado, pears and olives. 
  • Butter and margarine in excess. 
  • Cakes, pastry, pies preparations. 
  • Cheese, except for skimmed milk cottage cheese. 
  • Chocolate, cocoa and malted milk, strong tea and coffee. 
  • Beer or alcohol and any foods which are known to disagree.
  • Coconut, lemon butter, nuts and peanut butter. 
  • Cream and fatty soups, sauces, gravies and broth. 
  • Egg yolks (more than 3 per week), cream milk and whole full cream, evaporated or condensed.
  • Fats and oils such as cooking margarine, lard, suet, olive oil, salad oil, cod-liver oil and copha. 
  • Fried fish, canned in oil (sardines, anchovies, etc.) and fish roe. 
  • Ice cream, scones, puddings and sweet biscuits. 
  • Made up meat dishes, casseroles, sausages, duck, liver, kidney, heart, sweetbreads and tripe. 
  • Mayonnaise salad dressings.
  • Rich and highly seasoned foods.
  • Vegetables fried or baked or served with a fatty sauce - celery, onion, leeks, garlic, cucumber, green and red peppers, radishes and turnips.

Colitis, Post Dysenteric States and Irritable Bowel Sydrome (IBS)

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By Professor Yoland Lim Health Care

Aim for a very smooth, non-irritating and nutritious diet containing foods which reduce the amount of faecal residue and those that do not cause excessive fermentation. Tough and fibrous foods should be excluded and highly flavoured condiments which act as irritants should also be avoided. 

Foods Allowed - The 5 element Diet

This is based on the 5 element colours. You must have 5 different colours of food on your plate at the start of your meal. Professor Yoland Lim has long advocated that this simple to follow guide will ensure you have all the nutritional requirements for a balanced, healthy meal, granted the mode of cooking is also healthy.  It may include some of the following:

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

Foods to Avoid

  • Alcohol
  • Coarse fruit fibre and unripe fruits
  • Fried and fatty foods, excessively seasoned foods, heavy gravies and sauces
  • Fruitcakes, pies, pastries and dried fruits
  • Highly processed and packaged foods
  • Highly seasoned foods such as curries, sausages, rissoles, highly seasoned gravies, stews and sauces
  • Highly seasoned soups, e.g. mulligatawny and unstrained vegetable soups
  • Many raw vegetables and coarse vegetables, e.g. cabbage and onions
  • Mustard, pepper, spices, vinegar, pickles, chutney, mayonnaise and salad dressing 
  • Nuts, jams with seeds or skin
  • Strong cheeses 
  • Strong tea or coffee
  • Sugary and sweet drinks, even artificially sweetened. 

Constipation

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By Professor Yoland Lim Health Care

Aim for a 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 Herbal Mix, or fruit juices and water should be taken daily.

Diabetic Diet (Consult your Nutritionist)

By Professor Yoland Lim Health Care

Balanced, nutritious diet with  diligent careful use of restricted carbohydrates and low GI (glycaemic index) foods. Reduce starch and additional sugar. 

Foods to be Avoided

The total amount of carbohydrate which may be taken daily is fixed by the doctor and this fixed allowance must not be exceeded. The chief carbohydrates foods are sugar, lollies, sweets, bread, biscuits, flour, jam, dried fruits, some sweet fruits, potatoes, other root vegetables, and softdrinks. Even soft drink which oconain 


Glucose and sugar being practically pure carbohydrates are to be reduced, or ideally completely cut out, as are foods rich in sugar or starch not listed in this diet, Eg sweets, pastries, cakes, sauces and gravies thickened with flour. The amount of fruit and vegetables which may be taken depends on the carbohydrate content. 

Dyspepsia (Indigestion or Carbohydrate Dyspepsia)

By Professor Yoland Lim Health Care

To relieve the discomfort of indigestion, these simple rules for healthy eating bay be applicable. Meals should be unhurried, small in quantity, chewed thoroughly and taken at regular intervals. Ensure adequate fluid between meals. Reduce or cut out smoking and drinking alcohol, especially on an empty stomach. This may aggravate 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

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

Gout

By Professor Yoland Lim Health Care

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 and whole grain products. 

Rheumatism

By Professor Yoland Lim Health Care

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.