TLC Diet Menu Plan

It seems my medical nutrition therapy class topic could not be more appropriate for this month. Our current topic is cardiac related which is perfect for February’s Go Red campaign by the American Heart Association.  While heart disease is usually thought of as a man’s disease it actually kills more women than all the types of cancers combined. It’s also the number one cause of death in the country (men and women combined).

Since I already had to create a 1 day menu that follows the TLC (Theraputic Lifestyle Change) diet I thought I would share it here as well. This menu provides 1,600 calories and 2 grams of sodium. It can even be made more WLS friendly pretty easily.


1 cup of cooked oatmeal made with 3/4 cup skim milk

1 small banana or fruit of your choice

4 oz orange juice

1 cup of coffee with 2 TB skim milk


Tuna sandwich made with 2 oz tuna, 1 Tb low fat mayonnaise, 1 slice tomato, 2 lettuce leaves and 2 slices of bread

1 cup of skim milk or non fat yogurt

10 mini carrots


3 oz of grilled chicken breast

1 cup string beans

1/2 cup brown rice made with low salt chicken broth

salad made with 1 1/2 cups romaine lettuce, 1/2 tomato sliced, 1/4 cucumber sliced, 2 TB avocado and 2 TB olive oil and vinegar dressing (add your choice of fresh herbs)


1 apple and 1 peach or 2 fruits of your choice

non fat yogurt with 2 Tb sliced almonds mixed in

To keep this menu low in sodium don’t add additional salt. Use a sodium free salt substitute. Add fresh or dried herbs to help boost flavors. Try squeezing lemon or other citrus on the chicken. Maybe even add some sauteed mushrooms and a bit of marsala wine to make chicken marsala. Sprinkle cinnamon on the oatmeal. Add some fresh or dried chives to the tuna.

This menu could easily be made more WLS friendly. I’d have to remove the milk and yogurt since I get serious blood sugar crashes with milk. I’d use almond milk instead. The bread at lunch could easily be dropped and the tuna salad served over a bunch of salad greens. I’d probably go with a bit of cheese or more nuts instead of having the orange juice at breakfast. Juice is another one of those items that cause many people to dump.  Plus it falls into the category of being a high calorie food that could be thought of as a slider food. Better to replace it with something containing more protein.

Now it’s time to get back to writing my nutritional care plan for my cardiac patient. It’s going to be a busy weekend.

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