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Roni
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   Posted 8/22/2008 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
What is the hospital food like in your area?
 
In Ontario, the food is pretty much processed with lots of additives/chemicals, not freshly made but brought in frozen from outside kitchens, and even the fruit and juice is in a fruit cup with added sugar and preservatives.
 
This is the food they're giving sick people??? How is this type of food going to help US crohnies get better/heal when we're in the hospital?
 
I was in hospital recently and they gave me for breakfast processed oatmeal, JELLO, vanilla pudding, coffee and OJ. When I read the ingredients on the containers I couldn't believe how processed and fake it all was. I ate the oatmeal and drank the OJ only. Tummy hurt as usual, but it would've been WAY worse if I had the jello and fake chemical pudding.

LMills
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   Posted 8/22/2008 7:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Mine was actually really good quality for the most part although on a few things there were ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, and they gave me some meat that was pretty tough even though I was on the low residue/soft diet. And they tried to feed me asparagus which I couldn't rip apart with my teeth for the life of me. Other than that though everything was really nice. And they gave me all the cherry popsicles I wanted :) I'm sorry to hear yours tried to feed you that kind of food though..that doesn't seem right. Especially with digestive disorders.
20 years old, Diagnosed with severe Crohn's and colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone, pentasa, alinia, bentyl, prilosec, tandem plus, and the occasional ultracet
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy(very possibly due to Crohn's inflammation) in July of 2008.
Due to start Imuran September 17 depending on blood results.


love_angels
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   Posted 8/22/2008 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm surprised that with Crohn's disease you got anything but a strict liquid diet. Juice, coffee , jello, water, and broth.
That's been my experience. Only clear liquids and nothing but, when they sent me home it's been " start gradual intake of foods, like oatmeal".
It bites, but I was told they do it to try to calm down the inflammation and give your intestines a break.

kam#7
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   Posted 8/22/2008 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
The reasons for my hospitalizations have dictated the diet. Most of the time, they start me on clear liquids and gradually work me up to normal food - if I can eat normal food and do not have a stricture.

My hospital has pretty decent food overall, although I have never really looked at the ingredients. I am one of those crohn's patients who doesn't follow a strict diet...maybe someday, but I am far too lazy at the moment.
KAM

35 year old female - Diagnosed w/Crohn's 2002 - Surgery 2004

Currently taking: Pentasa, Entocort, Imuran, Immodium, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Seroquel


Rider Fan
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   Posted 8/22/2008 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Roni, I'm too surprised at the crap they feed patients. It all comes down to cost, processed food is cheaper.
Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: 75 mg 6MP. 3mg prednisone (trying to taper). Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion).


FitzyK23
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   Posted 8/22/2008 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Do you have a loved one who could bring you in other food? Could you ask to speak with a dietician about your concerns?
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


LMills
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   Posted 8/22/2008 8:12 PM (GMT -7)   
FitzyK23 does have a really great suggestion...I spoke to a few dietitians during my stay and they listened to my request for things like boost shakes when I was unable to eat. Maybe you could do the same so that you're given better food you can handle?
20 years old, Diagnosed with severe Crohn's and colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone, pentasa, alinia, bentyl, prilosec, tandem plus, and the occasional ultracet
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy(very possibly due to Crohn's inflammation) in July of 2008.
Due to start Imuran September 17 depending on blood results.


Roni
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   Posted 8/22/2008 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm planning on talking with a dietician before I give birth. I want to know if they can provide me with say, a REAL banana or apple. I'm planninf on bringing my own bread, some fresh fruit, and some healthy snacks that aren't processed with chemicals, like some plain organic potato chips.
Other than that, I just want meat, veggies, potatoes, fresh fruit.

No popsicles or jello. Goodness gracious LMills, that's the kind of processed food I don't want. LOL. ;-)

LMills
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   Posted 8/22/2008 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I meant pure fruit popsicles..I know they're kind of rare but my hospital had some thank god. And I concur with the jello. I didn't touch the stuff either so they stopped sending it.
You mean they don't give you fresh fruit though? I thought most places did that :( I brought home so many uneaten bananas because they were still green and I wanted them to ripen.
I'm really surprised that's all they're giving you though. I knew it was not so good, but I didn't realize it was that bad elsewhere. Good luck on getting healthier food!
20 years old, Diagnosed with severe Crohn's and colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone, pentasa, alinia, bentyl, prilosec, tandem plus, and the occasional ultracet
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy(very possibly due to Crohn's inflammation) in July of 2008.
Due to start Imuran September 17 depending on blood results.


Jen77
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   Posted 8/22/2008 11:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, the last time I was in there I didn't get to eat any real food. I was on a clear liquid diet for 4 days. That was FUN, NOT! LOL The one meal at the end I had was pretty good. It's decent quality, but still hospital food. I worked for the hospital, and their cafeteria food was good though.
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Just finished tapering off Prednisone *YEAH*, Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).


prhsaspirante
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   Posted 8/23/2008 2:22 AM (GMT -7)   
The food during my hospital stay was not bad at all. The nutritionist/dietitian came up to my room to discuss the different food options there would be for me (like pureeing the regular food to make it easier to digest). The food services department was excellent, accommodating for special requests that I made, like sending up jars of baby food, bottles of Poland Spring Water (the tap water tasted nasty), Gatorade (my potassium levels were low), and even putting the Cream of Wheat cereal into a cardboard container versus a container that had also been used for broths and stuff (even though the container had been obviously cleaner, it still retained some of the smell and stuff from whatever had previously been in it).

The helpfulness of the staff and the nurses and doctors probably made this my best hospital visit yet, or at least as good as it could be, being in a hospital.

It's probably best to speak with the nutritionist and food staff right away, as soon as food is permitted, to prevent all sorts of mixups and poor food options.

petittarte
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   Posted 8/23/2008 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't eat hospital food ever. I always either have people bring me food from outside or order take-out for delivery when I am in the hospital.
Jodi

Remicade and 6MP


yellowroseoftexas
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   Posted 8/23/2008 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hospital food here in England? Well actually, in my hospital here in Cornwall they are trying really hard and use all local produce and meats. However, there are NO SPECIAL DIETS - like NONE! not even veggie. It is horrible. Last time I was in I had my husband bring in meals for me, it was a royal pain for him (actually no it wasn't because they put a rota in my church and they all took turns!!)

Here anyway, they say that CD is not effected by diet and will offer no special diet for it. Even on the GI wards. Sad really. Hospital Food really, can barely be called food! [img]/community/emoticons/turn.gif[/img] I have seen the three dieticians they have for this area and knew more than all of them. Waste of time for me really, but maybe they are better in the states....

yrot

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ivy6
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   Posted 8/23/2008 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
You're kidding. No special diets? What if you're allergic to something?

The hospital food that I've experienced in Australia is reasonably ok - not great, but ok.

Breakfast is cereals (corn flakes, whatever) with milk, toast and spreads, tea or coffee, sometimes something hot like an egg or porridge.

Lunch is usually a roast or some sort of casserole or stir-fry; ditto dinner. And you can always get soup. Whether it's decent or not depends on the hospital. Oh, and they tend to always have some sort of light diet, which is steamed fish or chicken and plain steamed vegies and rice.

The problem is that once you need to go on a low-res diet you just get potatoes and more potatoes and occasionally something weird and inappropriate, like beans. I ask the dietitians to bring in some enteral feed and supplement my meals with those.

Anothere thing that's a good extra is pureed fruit, if you can get it. I practically live on that in hospital. I avoid the jelly as much as I can - erk.
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Roni
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   Posted 8/23/2008 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
LMills said...
I meant pure fruit popsicles..I know they're kind of rare but my hospital had some thank god. And I concur with the jello. I didn't touch the stuff either so they stopped sending it.
You mean they don't give you fresh fruit though? I thought most places did that :( I brought home so many uneaten bananas because they were still green and I wanted them to ripen.
I'm really surprised that's all they're giving you though. I knew it was not so good, but I didn't realize it was that bad elsewhere. Good luck on getting healthier food!

Pure fruit popsicles... now that sounds appetizing. I highly doubt they'd offer that around here tho.
 
YROT, I can't believe they say that crohn's isn't affected by diet. That's crazy! There are studies now that prove that for crohnies, certain foods can trigger a flare.
 
The other thing I hate about the hospital food around here is most of it is prepared by outside kitchens, frozen, then sent to the hospital. I wonder if they add preservatives. I'll be asking that for sure. You'd think that national food guides would encourage citizens to eat less processed foods. Fresh is best, eh? 

SallyC
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   Posted 8/23/2008 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I work for a small hospital and it is amazing the food they offer! Most is fresh with a few exceptions. In the last 3 or so years our on staff dieticians have been working with the head chef who has a degree in culinary arts in making meals even more healthy! I think it stinks when it costs so much to stay in the hospital and they have poor food selection.

However, when I used to volunteer at a larger hospital in the peds ward, I couldn't believe the food they were giving these chronically ill children. But honestly most of it was the parents choice! The patients that had to follow a strict diet were forced to have healthy food.

I agree with Fitzy by having someone bring you meals. I don't think many people realize they have this option. I know when I was in the hospital for my crohns once I was off a liquid diet, a nutritionist came and spoke with me.


Sally
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Diagnosed with UC in July of 2003 then diagnosed with Crohns in August of 2006.


brit tuck
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   Posted 8/23/2008 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   
The only time I've ever been hospitalized for something Crohn's related was when I was in London in July. The food they gave me there was ridiculous for a Crohn's patient. Apparently the lady who had the bed before me had ordered meals already, so her meals were delivered to me. They served me coleslaw sandwiches and salads. Then they got mad when I asked for something different. I had to calmly explain that I hadn't ordered those meals and that I never would have. So in the end I got mashed potatoes. Without my friends visiting and bringing me stuff, that's all I would have eaten for two days thanks to the food staff there. Sometimes it really does help to have friends nearby.

Kanditron
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   Posted 8/24/2008 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   
During my visits I'm allowed nothing but clear liquids to start- you'd think that they could make a broth not taste like toilet water but some how.. they can't get it right. They'll gradually advance to semi-solids once your doctor clears it.. We also have dietitians that come and speak with you every time you're hospitalized to try and educate you. I never listen. I suppose it's not so bad.. everyone is very aware of what I should be eating and they all ignore my requests for pizza...
I think that I would be worse off if I had friends and family sneak me in foods.. they think they know what I need but they really don't. Plus I would make ridiculous requests for things I shouldn't have.
26 years old
Diagnosed 9/06 with Pancolitis. The diagnosis was changed 9/20/07 to Crohn's disease.
I've had flares in my mouth, stomach, large intestine, and the duodenum.

I currently take Humira 40mg bi-weekly, prdnisone 8mg (oh so close!!), methotrexate as a weekly shot, prevacid, celebrex, foilica acid, and.. I think that's it.

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