“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
Please find below a sample meal plan from the Eating Disorder Unit. Please bear in mind recovery and meal plans are different for each person. This is the meal plan I was put on when I attended Day Unit at the Lansdon Unit in Surrey. At the eating disorder unit, all meal plans change in the second week to assist with weight gain (there is an increase in portion sizes and inclusion of more complex carbohydrates). Please do bear in mind that this meal plan was not devised by me but a dietitian from National Health Services.
Week 2 Eating Plan
Fruit Juice 200ml
1 Cup Breakfast cereal, i.e. Corn flakes, Bran Flakes, Frosties etc with 200ml skimmed milk
2 x slice toast white or whole grain (with 1tsp of flora margarine per toast) and jam or marmalade (1 TBSP per slice)
Morning Snack 10:30am
Glass of Milk (200ml) with 2 biscuits
Fruit juice 200ml
Main course 1 portion about 200 grams of Broccoli and salmon pasta ( 1 1/2 portion if you want to replace potatoes)
1 x serving of carbohydrates, e.g. rice, chips or potatoes or if choosing mashed potato then serving size was x2.
1 x serving of vegetables, either carrots, beans, peas etc (about 80 grams)
Dessert : Pudding or custard, i.e. 1 serving of treacle tart with 1 serving of custard ( various puddings appeared on menu from apple crumble to banana cake to jam pudding to cheese cake, everything was served with custard)
Following dishes also appeared on weekly menu (everyday was different, different dish, different pudding):
As a Muslim I can only eat Halal, so my menu was always meat free and gelatin free.
Afternoon Snack 3:15pm–
Nutritional supplement, e.g. fortisip, ensure plus etc.
200 grams of baked potato with 1/2 can of tuna fish or baked beans and butter
1 pita bread with 1 1/2 serving of any curry
150grams of cooked pasta, i,e, chicken pasta, tuna pasta, macaroni cheese,
Rice with serving of any curry
Dessert Fruit Yogurt , rice pudding,
Bed time snack 8:30pm
Milk with 2 biscuits or dates
I had Horlicks with 3 Almond Dates