Food and Nutrition Services
Proper nutrition can be as crucial to your health as the right therapy
or medication. In fact, food can play such an important role in your recovery
that your diet is personally prescribed by your physician and carefully
planned by a registered dietitian. All patients receive a menu listing
several approved selections for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Centinela Hospital Medical Center is committed to providing excellent,
patient-focused nutritional care to all patients by a comprehensive staff
of registered and licensed dietitians and dietetic technicians who provide
nutritional screenings, assessments and education based on the established
patient care plan. The Dietitians are part of the Interdisciplinary Medical
team and take part in daily rounds and provide nutritional recommendations
to the medical staff as well as ongoing nutrition education to both the
patients and the hospital staff.
The Food and Nutrition Services Team is dedicated to providing nutritious
and delicious meals along with excellent customer service through the
meal delivery system.
- Breakfast is usually served between 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
- Lunch is served between Noon and 12:30 p.m.
- Dinner arrives between 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
For patients on unrestricted diets, snacks are available upon request and
are served at 10:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Guest trays are also
available upon request. Patients are encouraged to ask their dietitian
questions regarding meals and nutritional needs.
Clinical Nutrition Services
Your physician may prescribe a therapeutic diet for you while you are in
the hospital. A therapeutic diet is designed to help you get better by
monitoring the types of foods you consume. If you are being discharged
on a therapeutic diet, a dietitian is available by request to provide
diet education. Here are few common diets and what they mean to help guide
your food choices.
Regular Diet: Patients on this diet may have all of the foods listed on the menu. There
are no restrictions.
Mechanical Soft Diet: Foods are chopped or ground for easier chewing and safer swallowing. Raw
vegetables and fruits are not allowed, except for bananas.
Puree Diet: All foods are pureed to a smooth consistency to promote swallowing safety
and limit chewing. Menu items that cannot be safely pureed are not permitted.
Low Fiber/"GI Soft" Diet: May be used during periods of gastrointestinal illness or post-operatively
to promote normal bowel functioning. Foods are "soft" and easy
to digest. Total fiber intake is limited to 10g daily or less and all
fruits and vegetables must be cooked. High fiber selections, like whole
wheat, bran, and fresh fruits and vegetables are not allowed. Milk should
be limited to 2 cups or less daily while the bowels return to normal functioning.
Carbohydrate Controlled Diet: Patients are limited to a set number of carbohydrate (CHO) choices per
meal, depending on the level prescribed, to promote blood glucose control.
One carbohydrate choice contains 15 grams of carbohydrate.
Cardiac Diet: This diet limits overall fat (50g daily), cholesterol (300 mg daily),
and sodium intake (2000 mg daily).
Thickened Liquids Restrictions: Patients requiring thickened liquids will receive thickening packets on
their meal trays to be mixed into the liquid foods. We provide for "nectar-thick"
and "honey-thick" liquids. Certain liquids that cannot be thickened,
like ice cream or gelatin, are not permitted to ensure swallowing safety.
For patients wishing to learn more about nutrition and healthy eating habits
the United States Department of Agriculture has developed a program titled
ChooseMyPlate.gov. Their website,
www.ChooseMyPlate.gov provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition
educators, and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets
with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education,
and other user-friendly nutrition information.