Woman's Own Credit Crunch Diet: Your Basic Meals

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Your basic meals
You might not be able to eat all the food on the shopping list, such as the lamb or cheese, but every day you should aim to have the following:

  • 1-2 portions salad, sweetcorn, carrots or broccoli
  • 1 glass grapefruit juice
  • 1 portion pasta or 1 potato
  • 1 portion meat, ham or tuna
  • 1 serving cereal
  • ½ pint milk
  • 1 satsuma
  • 2 slices bread
  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 apple

ItemCostPer item
Wholewheat penne (90g a serving)85p17p
Seeded batch loaf (14 slices)89p6p a slice
Fruit and nut muesli (10 servings in box)97p20p
2 pints semi-skimmed milk98p25p
1ltr carton ruby grapefruit juice1.6834p
4 loose carrots 50p13p
2 x tins economy chopped tomatoes94p16p
7 apples1.4922p
7 satsumas99p12p
1 tin economy sweetcorn29p10p
6 economy mixed fruit yogurts27p54p
1 tin economy peaches35p17p
Broccoli head49p25p
Baked beans53p26p
3-pack tuna in water1.2542p
4 large potatoes72p18p
6 medium eggs 1.4224p
Bag mixed salad leaves1.3937p
7 loose tomatoes 76p11p
8 bananas1.0013p
1 slice ham26p26p
2 slices cheese32p16p
500g lamb mince2.1572p

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This basket cost £20.49 for 21 meals over 7 days

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I desperately need 2 loose a couple of stone. I'm in my 60s, 5ft tall and nearly 12 stone. I have fybromyagia and rheumatoid arthritis. If I don't loose it I could become diabetic. I used 2 be able 2 loose a few lbs when I was younger, but it seems more difficult now. I'll try the credit crunch diet menus and see if they work. I know my downfalls ie: ICE CREAM CHOCOLATE CAKES BISCUITS, but, I'll very weak-willed.

sandra ely

I must say i tried this diet and it was amazing. Not only did I save a lot of moneyl I lost 10 lbs quickly. I'm a seasoned slimmer and have dione just about everything oin the planet. I follow Monica Grenfell in Woman's Own and before that in the News of the worls supplement and I just say her no-nonsense advice is the best in the papers now. It's hard to find someone who 'owns' her advice and her column - most of these things ar ejust artciles these days and you don't feel anybody really cares. This credit crunch diet seemed well-researehced and you really believed she'd been out there, buying the cart of food herself. more please!! Sandra Wolverhampton


Thank you for this article My Daughter has just got engaged to a wonderful Man and I really have got to do something so she is not ashamed about how I look. So wish me luck, I am really going to try and follow this article to the end.


This diet looks quite healthy and also cheap which is great, however the calorie stated are misleading! This meal plans - following the instructions, without adding any extra fat, oil etc - is already more like 1300 kcal per day and not 1000 kcal per day. That makes quite a bit of a difference.

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