Healthy Hospital Eating, Does It Exist?

Many weeks I wonder just what will I write. What’s hot? What do people want to hear? Each week a real life example comes around that makes me think. My recent situation had to do with my baby girl. We are just arriving home after spending several days in the hospital. This is her second stay at the hospital in her short time due to pneumonia and asthma symptoms. The first time my baby girl was in the ICU, I had not yet committed my life to healthy living. She was first and foremost at the front of my thoughts. This time the case wasn’t as bad, but anything that requires a hospital stay isn’t something to shrug off. While there we were presented with several meals all of which contained what Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen consider “food felons.” As the meals came, I thought to myself, do hospitals really intend for you to eat well or promote healthy living?

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Many weeks I wonder just what will I write. What’s hot? What do people want to hear? Each week a real life example comes around that makes me think. My recent situation had to do with my baby girl. We are just arriving home after spending several days in the hospital. This is her second stay at the hospital in her short time due to pneumonia and asthma symptoms. The first time my baby girl was in the ICU, I had not yet committed my life to healthy living. She was first and foremost at the front of my thoughts. This time the case wasn’t as bad, but anything that requires a hospital stay isn’t something to shrug off. While there we were presented with several meals all of which contained what Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen consider “food felons.” As the meals came, I thought to myself, do hospitals really intend for you to eat well or promote healthy living?

My daughter who is only 2 years old was served meat loaf, mashed potatoes, chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, fried chicken, hamburger on white roll, white rice, bacon, pancakes with corn syrup, chocolate cake and ice cream. I thought to myself, really? I’ve learned that we can have the same meals with just a bit of change. How about turkey meat loaf or brown rice or even grilled chicken. I know, I know, everyone isn’t on this journey just like me, but if the hospital isn’t interested in eating healthy, then who is?

Just like we promote healthy eating in schools, I think that we need to get our hospitals on board. What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear them so email me at toniwyoudocs@gmail.com.

Blog written by Toni Winston
A wife and mother, Toni was in denial about her weight and health. Then, she contacted The Dr. Oz Show and became part of the...