Diet Guides

Food preparations which provides complete nutrients as well as supplies carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and fiber in their normal proportions.

What is Balanced Diet
  • It is the basis for all diet modifications.
Some tips:
  • Eat 3 meals a day instead of frequent ones or eating between meals.
  • Establish a regular eating habit.
  • Eat a heavy breakfast, a moderate lunch, and a light supper.
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Balanced Diet (3-Day Sample Menu)
Balanced Diet Food Selection Guide

What is Bland Diet (CAP-free diet)
  • A bland diet provides foods that are not irritating to the digestive tract and do not increase acid production in the stomach.
  • CAP stands for: C = Caffeine; A = Alcohol; P = Pepper
Some tips:
  • Avoid foods that have caffeine, alcohol and pepper.
  • Eat regularly.
  • Eat in a relaxed manner.
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  • The clear liquid diet allows food that have no/low residue and fat. 
Some Tips:
  • Give clear liquids as often as possible to prevent dehydration and to help increase calorie intake. Allow a feeding interval of 2 to 3 hours.
  • Drink a variety of clear liquids like clear or strained juices, jello and fat free broth.
  • Add salt and/or sugar to the clear liquids to increase electrolytes and/or calories.
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Clear Liquid Diet (3-Day Sample Menu)
Clear Liquid Diet Food Selection Guide

What is Cold Liquid Diet
  • The cold liquid diet aims at bringing relief to fresh mouth sores or surgery.
Some Tips:
  • Shift to mechanical soft diet gradually subsisting on cold liquids and intravenous fluid.
  • Plan and choose liquids that are good sources of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals.
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Cold Liquid Diet Food Selection Guide

What is Mechanical Soft Diet
  • A diet which follows the principle of the balanced diet but includes only foods that are easy to chew and swallow. This diet is prescribed to persons with chewing difficulty or disability. 
 Some Tips:
  • Choose foods that could be mashed, ground, chopped, pureed or blended.
  • Cook rice and other cereals until soft.
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