Health & Wellness

Food & Nutrition Services team members visit each patient daily and deliver meals with pride to your bedside. The dietitian will also make regular visits to discuss your dietary needs. If you have questions, let any staff member know that you would like to speak to the dietitian.

Patients without dietary restrictions can order from our Room Service Menu. This allows you to order what you want to eat, when you want it. To place your order, simply call 8500 from your room phone any time between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Your meal will be made to order and delivered to your room within 45 minutes.

Guests are welcome to dine in with you. Your guest can order from the menu by calling 8500 and their meal will be delivered to your room - at which time a $5.00 fee will be collected.

Our service team has all participated in ServSafe® sanitation training in order to assure the most sanitary conditions throughout the food preparation and serving processes.

Diet Explanation

In Food and Nutrition Services, we prepare your food based on the diet your doctor orders. We’ve made this diet sheet to help you understand what type of foods you will receive while you are at Bell Hospital. If your doctor changes your diet order, we will change your meals. 

Please note we can’t list all the therapeutic diets, but have listed the most common. If you are on a diet not listed and would like diet education, please notify your doctor, nurse or call diet office. 

GENERAL DIET: 

All foods are allowed on a general diet.

  • For good nutrition, choose a variety of foods from each food group.
  • Choose breads and grains; vegetables and fruits; milk and dairy; and meat, poultry and fish.

NO-ADDED SALT DIET: 

Most foods that are fresh (not processed) are allowed on a sodium-controlled diet. Food made without salt may taste different than what you have been eating.

  • You should avoid processed meats like ham and sausage; salty soups, sauces and gravies; canned or creamed vegetables, such as scalloped or au gratin potatoes; salted crackers and snack foods.
  • A seasoning blend is provided in place of salt.

HEART HEALTHY/LOW FAT-CHOLESTEROL DIET: 

Foods that are lower in fat/cholesterol such as lean meat, poultry and fish; breads and grains; vegetables and fruit; and no-fat milk and dairy products are allowed on this diet. (See the items on the menu with the heart marked next to them.) 

  • You should avoid fatty cuts of meat such as ribs, chicken with skin, beef stroganoff, pot pie; cream soups; full-fat dairy foods such as cheese, ice cream and sour cream; or high fat desserts like cream pie.

CONSISTENT CARBOHYDRATE DIET: 

Consistent Carbohydrate (CHO) Diet is used to control the amount of carbohydrates in your diet.  It is ordered for patients with diabetes to help stabilize the blood sugar or for patients on a calorie controlled diet.

  • We will provide you with 4-carbohydrate exchanges at breakfast and 5-carbohydrate exchanges at lunch and dinner (along with 2-carbohydrate exchange at bed time snack. (Number of exchanges is marked on the menu.)
  • The Food & Nutrition Associate you speak with on the phone will make sure you fall within the specific number of carbohydrate exchanges per meal. 

TWO GRAM SODIUM DIET:

Sodium Controlled is used if you have high blood pressure, fluid retention, heart, kidney, or liver disease. This diet contains two grams (2000mg) of sodium per day.  A seasoning blend is provided in place of salt.

RENAL DIET: 

The renal with dialysis is used if you are on dialysis.  It is lower in sodium, potassium, phosphorus, but higher in protein.  Renal without dialysis is used if your kidneys are not fully functioning.  It is low in protein and may have to be limited in sodium, phosphorus and potassium depending on your kidney function. The Dietitian will assess for individual needs.  You may also be on a fluid restriction.  A seasoning blend is provided in place of salt.

DYSPHAGIA DIETS:

There are three levels of dysphagia diets varying in texture from pureed to soft, chopped foods.  These diets are often needed with swallowing or chewing problems.  Liquids may be: thin, nectar-like, honey-like or spoon thick.

CLEAR LIQUID: 

The clear liquid diet is used before and after surgery and when you have nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.  It allows your stomach to rest.  It includes broth, gelatin, clear juices and soda, tea, black coffee, and Popsicles. This diet is generally used for short-term.

FULL LIQUID: 

The full liquid diet is typically used after being NPO or on a clear liquid diet.  It is usually a temporary diet to help transition to soft or regular foods.  It includes all clear liquids and pureed cream soups, cooked cereals, milk, pudding, ice cream, sherbet, all fruit juices, pureed fruit, and mashed potatoes with gravy.

FLUID RESTRICTION:

If your doctor orders fluid restriction, we will send you the amount of liquids you are allowed to have per meal. 

NOTHING BY MOUTH (NPO): 

NPO “nothing by mouth” is ordered when it is unsafe for you to eat or drink liquids or when your stomach needs to rest.

REMINDER: If requested, you will be provided dietary education with handouts from our dietitian on your specific diet.