Hospital Diets Basic

  Patient short summary of common hospital diets

Clear Liquid Diet
The clear liquid diet is often prescribed for a short period after surgery to give your GI tract a rest. The diet consists of clear juices, broth, popsicles, gelatin, and tea. Coffee may be allowed with your physicians approval.

Full Liquid Diet
The full liquid diet is prescribed after surgery as a transition from clear liquids to a regular diet. This diet includes all the foods on a clear liquid diet plus the addition of dairy products such as: milk, yogurt, pudding, and smooth cream soups.

Regular Diet
The regular diet, sometimes called the "house diet" consists of normal foods similar to home. Our "Regular" diet follows the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and is moderate in salt, sugar, and fat. The heart symbol next to foods indicates a particularly heart healthy item.

Sometimes, your medical condition requires that you follow a therapeutic diet. The most common therapeutic diets are the Diabetic, Cardiac, and Low Sodium Diets.

Cardiac Diet
The Cardiac diet, is sometimes called the Low fat, Low Cholesterol diet. The diet consists of foods which are low in saturated fat, cholesterol and salt. Whole grains and abundant vegetables and fruit, lean meat, poultry, and fish are emphasized.
Egg yolks are limited to 3 per week. Nonfat milk and low fat cheese are used in recipes. Red meat is limited to 5 ounces per day, four days per week. The cardiac diet is used for patients who have elevated cholesterol and also may have high blood pressure.

Diabetic Diet
The Diabetic diet, is low in sugar and fat. The diet is designed to keep blood glucose (sugar) levels under control. You can expect to select your diet off the Regular menu, but will notice that many sugar free items are offered. The Diet Aide will modify your selections based on the calorie level prescribed for you.

Low Sodium Diet
The Low Sodium diet, is prescribed for people who have high blood pressure, pneumonia, kidney disease, or who retain water. A low sodium diet will help your body get rid of excess fluids and assist in improving your medical condition. Herbs are used in place of salt to season most foods. You may notice an initial lack of flavor in food as your taste buds become accommodated to less salt.