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Many of us have gone to the hospital with the intentions of getting better. We follow all doctors orders and choose to get better. But somewhere along the way that meal tray comes out, and while it’s time to eat, we question how this hospital food is impacting our health.
Ironically, we are given the SAD diet* (Standard American diet) at the hospital. This means that we are given:
cereals that are laden with corn and sugar, dressings that are processed with preservatives, salads that contain barely anything in them besides lettuce (and maybe a tomato slice), processed snacks loaded with additives, and predominantly foods high in corn, soy, wheat, and rice (lacking variability).
And while these foods are acceptable in moderation (in my own opinion…you may think otherwise). When you are in a hospital, you should be focused on the functionality of foods and eating the correct foods. You should have the right to healthier options!
So why aren’t we focused on allergy-friendly foods? Organic foods? Low-sugar foods? Etc. Why aren’t we focusing on the patient’s nutritional needs and focusing on healing with food as opposed to medication?
It’s more expensive for the patient, health insurance, and hospital to provide and/or consume healthier foods. And as a result, it’s hard to change something that many of us know we should.
Several hospitals, including NYU Langone and Boston’s Children Hospital have started to reimagine their food courts. They have started to focus on local foods that are grilled or steamed. And have started to create a revolution within hospitals to make hospital food healthy.*
One particular physician, Robert Graham*, is one that must be mentioned. He created a whole practice called Fresh Med NYC. Rather than focusing just on diagnosis and meds, he takes a whole-team approach. This practice contains a clinical nutritionist, a health coach, and the doctor himself. And you know what’s even better (in my opinion), he’s going back to school for culinary as well. It’s something that we need to see more of within the medical realm. (P.S. Check it out: http://www.freshmednyc.com).
Long article, yet so important. And the reason I’m writing is because I know.
My brother who is allergic to corn was given corn-laden foods within the hospital.
My other brother who is a Type 1 Diabetic was given highly acidic processed orange juice on an empty stomach.
I’ve been in the hospital twice for my battle with anorexia. And every single time that I went in, I felt the same way… it didn’t help.
I wasn’t able to choose healthier options that I would seek in my day-to-day life. And I wasn’t able to monitor my own probiotic content and add in a kombucha (when probiotics within the kombucha have recently been studied in regard to mental health*). Instead I was given less-than quality food that probably wasn’t the best for me in regards to mental and/or physical health.
Like I’ve said many times in the past, honoring food’s functionality in the body is the only thing that’s really helped.
Alright… this article is definitely getting longer than I envisioned it to be. And there’s a lot within it, but this is what is important to see.
Hospital Food is based on the SAD (Standard American Diet) which may lack the components which we need to heal our bodies.
There are changes within the hospital setting which are happening that you should be aware of. (AKA Robert Graham)
You can make a difference by writing to hospitals. Ask for better hospital foods as it’s your health that matters most.
With Love Always,
6. Probiotics and Health: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/healthy-woman/nutrition-fitness/can-probiotics-improve-your-mood
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