I just saw an article in Live Science about how a bunch of doctors issued a policy statement calling for the reduction of sugar-sweetened beverages and processed meats in hospitals. The statement came from the American Medical Association House of Delegates, representing more than 200,000 physicians. It also called for an increase in the availability of healthful, plant-based foods in hospitals.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t yet vegan at the time of each of my children’s births. After hours and hours of not eating, when each of my kids were born, I immediately had a turkey sandwich from the cafeteria. I can’t believe that’s what I ate, turkey cold cuts.
Processed meat is certainly not a good option for a new mother. I remember feeling like kind of grossed out, even though I wasn’t vegan yet. The problem was options. Two of my three children were born at a great time for the hospitals cafeterias. But the options were turkey or roast beef.
I’m really glad that doctors are pushing for more plant-based options.
Can you imagine people recovering from a heart attack being given that same option, turkey or roast beef? Either way, it’s not good for your heart. They’re supposed to be recovering. Yet, they are being given the same food that put them in there in the first place.
Take the processed meat out of hospitals, give patients plant-based options. I think it would be great if education about plant-based eating was available as well. Hand patients a hospital menu and Greger’s book “How Not to Die.” Now, that’s a better option.