Friday, August 28, 2009

Health at the Hospital????

"Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates

I am amazed that the hospitals haven't caught on yet to healthy eating. I mean seriously, the first meal they give my hubby after his motorcycle accident and 2 surgeries was roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy and canned green beans, white bread and margarine. Are you kidding me? That is going to help him heal?

Meredith had the same problem after having the baby. You would think the hospital would know foods that are going to promote healing and actually be healthy for you.

Luckily, I know a little about healthy eating and can encourage them to eat better and provide them with the foods that will help them to heal faster. I really believe that is part of the reason why Brian is healing so quickly. The doctors have been amazed at how well he is doing just one month post-accident.

What can you do to help yourself? Eat whole foods! Stay away from dairy, red meat and processed foods. Drink a LOT of water. Eat a lot of fresh fruit and veggies. No sodas. That is one thing the hospitals really pushed. They wanted Brian to drink diet sodas. WHAT?????

Some of the best foods to eat:

Grapes, blueberries, strawberries, oranges, kiwis, olive oil, celery, ginger, garlic, curry powder, eggplant, nuts, tuna, salmon, mackerel, black and green tea. Cherries are a natural pain reliever. Tomatoes are great for their lycopene, a powerful anti-oxidant.

Foods rich in vitamin C (citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwis, peppers) and vitamin E (nuts, olive oil) have anti-inflammatory effects. Omega-3 rich fish oil and fatty salt-water fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel) also fight inflammation, besides the widespread publicity in recent years of such fish benefiting both heart and brain health. Turmeric has also been shown to prevent inflammtion.

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When will the hospitals and doctors catch on to the best ways to eat for healing? I'm just glad that my family will listen to me and eat what I suggest! Most of the time anyway!!

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  1. It is ironic that our "cutting edge" medical field is so behind the times - even Hippocrates,from thousands of years ago had it right.

    I SO believe that food is the key to health and healing. Great post! Oh, and by the way, CONGRATULATIONS on your beautiful new granddaughter!!!

  2. Great post...thanks for sharing good info.

    Sassy Chica

  3. Great info! I worked in a hospital for 15 years and yes, the food is full of fat and calories - and doesn't taste very good either!

  4. It is definitely very ironic that the hospital would not offer healthy meals. Even though I worked as a critical care nurse for many years, I never stopped to acknowledge that their canned green beans were probably not a healthy choice. However, I was acutely aware of the number of health care professionals that "had to have" their cigarette break. Seriously? Aren't we supposed to be promoting health???

  5. I was an ICU nurse for a number of years, and also a wound care nurse. I loathed what the hospitals would bring our patients. Seriously, a low sodium diet an there are canned veggies on the tray?

    When my patients would ask (or their families) if they could have food brought in, I would always say yes, and then rattle off what would be good choices. More often than not the chose to eat what was provided. Sigh...don't even get me started on diabetics.

  6. Thanks for the comments!

    Naturally Jules - you are so right. Food is the key to our health and healing!

    Sassy Chica - thanks for stopping by!

    Patti - I have to agree with you on the hospital food. At least the cafeteria at the hospital Brian was in had some better choices!

    Pink Heels - It really does amaze me that so many of our health care professionals don't practice what they preach!

    DustieBottoms - I know exactly what you mean. I just don't understand it. Brian is a diabetic and I was amazed at what they would bring him to eat. I'm so glad that I know the better foods to serve him. He is healing so much better!!

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