Sadly, what I’m going to show you today about food in hospitals is not unique to this hospital, so I’m not picking on them specifically. What is so shockingly sickening, literally, is that this is the norm.
Last week I got an email from a Northern Michigan reader friend who was at the Children’s Hospital here in Grand Rapids with her very ill 3 year old. She was wondering where to find Real Food around here, so I gave her the name of my favorite local places, Nourish Organic Market and Harvest Health Foods, where she bought some sauerkraut and fermented pickles. And then I did what any Weston A. Price groupy would do, I brought them some nourishing bone broth and probiotic-rich homemade kefir soda pop. (Which exploded all over her after I left and she had to get a shower — I’d forgotten to let her know it can do that… I’m pretty helpful, huh?)
So that’s where this story begins…
But first, a disclaimer…
Even though there are some specific people at this hospital who I think have made some bad decisions in the past (see the Jacob Stieler story – at that link, click on the post at the bottom to start at the beginning), I’ve no doubt in my mind that most people there are truly good hearted and only want to see their patients get better. If one of our kids became very ill or had an emergency, this is where we would probably take them. In fact many of our friends’ kids have been there and received excellent care. (But we’d bring our own food if at all possible…I’ll get to that in a minute.)
Besides the food issue, this hospital is actually a really amazing place!
They totally went the extra mile when building it to make it a less scary, more “fun” place for kids who have to come here. It’s been finished about a year now, and to give you an idea of how much it cost to build it, I heard that the project came in at 100 MILLION over budget – ouch! Everywhere you look is another amazing, colorful, visually appealing, amazingly designed new feature to marvel at.
Even walking over on the parking ramp is an experience:
And here are a couple pictures of the lobby; it also has a coffee shop, an ice cream shop, a toy/gift store and other fun stuff that I probably didn’t even see.
This next picture shows an award-winning piece of art that local children helped to create, isn’t it cool?
Finally, to get to the point of this post…
I’ll show you the shocking pictures I took while visiting my friend there. After we chatted for a while she said, “Check this out, you’ll appreciate this. I won’t even have to say anything, I’ll just open the cabinet doors…”
I’m pretty sure I won’t have to say anything to all of you to set this up, either. Just remember as you look at the foods in the “nourishment room” that it’s at a hospital full of sick kids who need, probably more than anything else, real nourishment in order to HEAL…Slush machines – good thing all the unknown chemicals in food coloring are so safe… NOT. Oreos, fake cheese and crackers, and more… Slush refills, soda pop, and low-fat milk Plastic bags of fake mac and cheese Boxes of cereal, rice cereal for babies, and MSG-laden soups
Well… I can’t wait to hear what you all think of this?
More shocking stories:
- Corn pops for Diabetics? Read about when my Mom was in the hospital
- My other post on this topic: Not-so-Healthy Hospital Recipe Substitutions
- Read more about Breakfast Cereals and why to avoid them!
- 10 Healthy Breakfast Ideas
- 10 Steps to better health