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Barbara is a 72-year-old woman with a "Type A" personality who was diagnosed with a peptic ulcer more than 40 years ago. At that time, her doctor told her to follow a bland diet and eat three meals per day with three snacks per day of whole milk to "quiet" her stomach. She meticulously complied with the diet to the point of becoming obsessive about eating anything that may not be "allowed." She lost 15 pounds by following the bland diet because her intake was so restricted. She recently began experiencing ulcer symptoms and has put herself back on the bland diet, convinced it is necessary in order to recover from her ulcer.
Barbara's 1600-calorie My Plate plan calls for 1.5 cups of fruit, 2 cups of vegetables, 5 grains, 5 oz of meat/beans, 3 cups of milk, and 5 teaspoons of oils.
Yesterday, she ate the following:
Breakfast: 1 poached egg; 2 slices dry white toast; 1 cup whole milk
Morning Snack: 1 cup whole milk
Lunch: ¾ cup cottage cheese with½ cup canned peaches
Afternoon Snack: 1 cup whole milk
Dinner: 3 oz boiled chicken; ½ cup boiled plain potatoes; ½ cup boiled green beans; ½ cup gelatin
Evening Snack: 1 cup whole milk