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A Typical Hospital Meal And Your Keto Survival Kit

HOSPITAL MEAL SURVIVIAL KIT BY THE NOURISHED CAVEMAN

Hospital Meal: A Nutritional Wasteland

Fast food restaurants, vending machines, gift shops full of candy….

Does this sound like the kind of food a sick or injured person should be getting?

Sadly it is! Most hospitals in the USA offer at least one of the above.
Even the meal service is no better.
Most of the items in the hospital meal itself are either highly processed, or made with low quality ingredients, canned, frozen, boxed.
Hospital meals tout being almost completely low fat, so you know what that means….
They are almost pure carbs! (with a smidgen of protein added on top).
re equipped with at least one of the above.

Even the meal service is no better.

Most of the items in the meal itself are either highly processed, or made with low quality ingredients, canned, frozen, boxed.

Hospital meals tout being almost completely low fat, so you know what that means….

They are almost pure carbs! (with a smidgen of protein added on top).

Sugar Suppresses The Immune System

In nutrition it is well known that sugar (and all the rest of carbohydrates, which break down into sugar) depletes the body of minerals and vitamins, necessary for it’s digestion, and suppresses the immune system.

Health Services at Columbia University, report that when you eat 100 grams of sugar, just as much sugar as you find in a 1 liter bottle of carbonated soft drink like Coke, your white blood cells are 40 percent less effective at killing germs and bacteria. This can reduce the function of your immune system for up to 6 hours after ingesting the sugar.

Sugar affects white blood cells by taking the place of vitamin C in the cell. White blood cells need the Vitamin C to destroy bacteria and viruses.

Sugar and Vitamin C are similar in their chemical structure.

When you ingest sugar, it competes for space in your immune system’s cells with Vitamin C.

The more sugar in your body, the less Vitamin C can get into your white blood cells.

Sugar and Carbs do not help your immune system fight infection at all, resulting in a weakened immune defense.

Just have a look at the picture here, to get an idea about how much sugar and carbs can be found in the typical hospital meal!

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Your Survival Kit

Here is a list of things you can make ahead or just buy ready, and bring with you to get some quality nutrition while in the hospital.

Buy ready

Coconut Cream  – for your tea or to eat with chia seeds as a cereal.

Small jar of Ghee  -instead of butter, keeps at room temperature!

Protein Powder  – mix with coconut cream and water for a quick shake!

Chia Seeds – instead of cereal or to use in the shake. Chia seeds are very nutritious, with a wonderful macro profile.

Almond butter – perfect just by itself or on keto bread with some ghee.

Can of sardines – healthiest fish on the go, I LOVE Riga Sprats, have you tried them?

Jar of Macadamias – great for the snack attack moment.

Jar of Brazil Nuts – chromium and fat rich! PS buying in bulk saves money!!

 

Make ahead

Chicken or Beef broth  –  put in jars or in a thermos.

Fat Bombs – these ones will keep at room temperature.

Keto bread – So nobody can say your way of eating is restrictive 😉

Boiled eggs – will keep  about 12 hours without refrigeration, depending on the temperature of the room.

Avocados – perfectly packaged by mother nature.

 

Just keep it simple,  your little kit will last for many days, and it will keep you healthy and in ketosis!

If you have to eat the food they serve you, stick to meat, fish and low carb veggies.

 

 

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Comments 6

  1. Morgan says:

    Hi! Thanks for providing a hospital meal list. I’m definitely going to utilize it for my trip to the hospital to deliver my child. I do have a question for you – would you be able to provide a source to the Health Services at Columbia University’s statement on sugar and immune systems. I’d love to read more in to that. Thank you! (Unless I totally missed it. Dang baby brain!)

    Morgan

  2. Rebecca C says:

    Great list for long distance travel and camping too!

  3. Tams says:

    Thank you for this article!

    (The first paragraph needs some major editing, though. The information is repeated.)

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