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Super Simple

In case you were wondering the bare minimum to keep you alive and functional:

What inmates ate in an 18th century workhouse

Saturday - Thursday:
Alternating between 2 menus

Pint and a half (30 oz) gruel
(thin, real oatmeal)
Pint and a half broth
5 oz cooked meat
8 slices non white bread (12 oz)
4 new potatoes (8 oz)


Pint and a half gruel
Pint and a half soup
2 oz cheese
8 slices non white bread

On Friday
Pint and a half (30 oz) gruel
2 oz cheese
8 slices non white bread
14 oz suet or rice pudding

That's it, that's all they got. Sadly, it's far more nutritious than a diet of Cheetos and McDonalds. I expect that if you stay true to the ingredients and add some of fruit and veg, it would be a fairly decent diet. What the $%#@ are you supposed to do with the 14 oz of suet though?! I guess you can save it for toast or french fries?
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It's suet pudding or rice pudding. Which is fairly substantial & nutritious. Mmmm, apple dumpling, treacle pudding, plum duff, . . . The pounds pile on just thinking about it!

Though the actual Workhouse diet varied from place to place, & was generally 'orrible. Not to mention made of extremely sub-standard 'food', & the gruel would be far more water than oatmeal, but there you are. As they said, Beggars can't be choosers!
Oh most definately, some veg and fruit MUST be added. Although for me, who's weight issues are more about laziness than anything else, it's good to know (obviously proven as they wouldn't want their inmates dying on them) what the bare minimum to keep yourself alive is. Sadly, considering I ate nothing but a a big mac combo, cheetos, and captain crunch yesterday, its far more nutritious than my current diet :(
they wouldn't want their inmates dying on them

Oh yes they would. Less trouble that way, & they (those running the workhouses) could pocket the dole for said paupers, until auditing showed the numbers claimed for & actual numbers to be different.

You think Charles Dickens got the opening chapters for "Oliver Twist" from his imagination?
Wow! Oliver Twist ate better than I did. There's reason to change!