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#1 Kez82

Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:00 PM

So, hospital is our home for the next 4.5 months. I sit on my butt and eat comfort food all day. It's not healthy physically or mentally. I'm welcoming suggestions on how best to manage this in a hospital, restrictive, setting?

#2 qak

Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:12 PM

Sorry to hear that. Are you mobile at all? If you ate thaw patient you can ask the hospital dietician.

#3 Jenflea

Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:22 PM

Is it possible to do laps of the hospital at all? A bit like those groups which walk around the shopping malls early in them mornings for exercise.

#4 Lagom

Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:25 PM

I don't really have any advice I just wanted to say 'that sucks!'  Are you able to get some stuff from the supermarket (healthy snacks like bananas, apples, trail mix, carrots etc with bought hommus)
I hope the time flies and you are home with Ella real soon.

#5 HRH Countrymel

Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:29 PM

Your daughter isn't going to mind if you get a bit on the chubby side while you are there holding her hand.

There is plenty of time to get super fit chasing after her when she's all better again.

I'd just try and remember not to binge on the comfort foods - but not beat yourself up if you do - and just concentrate on doing cuddle reps. and keeping your 'Mum loves you' smile muscles in tip top condition.

#6 elmo_mum

Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:30 PM

been there and put on weight!!

try and keep snacks with you.. but we werent allowed to eat at the bed side (nicu) so had to be in our bags..no storage facility

try and go for a walk each day

#7 Feral-Lausii

Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:30 PM

I've been following you on facebook. Glad Ella is getting better.  original.gif

Is there a gym in the hospital or nearby? If you look at you tube there are heaps of short exercise programs you could do in the room.

As for the dietary part, that would be hard. Breakfast should be fairly simple? Cereal and fruit? Lunch a healthy sandwich? Dinner would be the difficult part. Good luck!

Eta- look at My fitness pal, takes the guesswork out of it for you with calories plus if you have a smart phone there is a handy barcode scanner.

Edited by Lausii, 10 February 2013 - 04:31 PM.

#8 Nepheline

Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:37 PM

QUOTE (qak @ 10/02/2013, 05:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If you ate thaw patient you can ask the hospital dietician.

I think eating the patients will certainly lead to weight gain lol
I've also been following your beautiful daughters journey on Facebook op, you guys are such an inspiration.


Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:44 PM

I too am following your journey on Facebook original.gif

Whenever I've been in hospital, what I missed the most was fresh fruit, as hospital's idea of fresh fruit is a cup of two fruits! So maybe start by getting a big basket of fresh fruit for the room - I'm sure your gorgeous daughter would love that too!

#10 PatG

Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:52 PM

I hope your DD's treatment goes well.


Make sure you have healthy snacks available all the time so you don't resort to the unhealthy vending machine ones.

Include a treat (chocolate, cake etc) every day.

I second PP suggestion of My Fitness Pal to track what you eat, set it up for "maintenance" rather than weight loss - you have enough to worry about without trying to lose weight.  It is really good at highlighting the difference in calories of, say, a couple of arnotts biscuits (200cal) or a nice filling banana (90cal).

Take the stairs when possible - hospitals are great for big long corridors and multiple floors.  See if you can devise a circuit of sorts - e.g. along the corridor, down the stairs, back along another corridor, up the stairs, back to your daughter.  Even if it only takes 5 minutes it will help clear your head and give a bit of exercise.

Walk visitors back to the entrance every time if possible

Drink lots of water, get a decent water bottle and keep it topped up.

#11 Arthur or Martha

Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:53 PM


Edited by ambwrose, 03 September 2013 - 06:45 AM.

#12 Kez82

Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:00 PM

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I have access to both a fridge and a microwave. Might hit the supermarket and get some healthy snacks sorted.

#13 KT1978

Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:08 PM

Make sure you have good books so you don't boredom eat.

Are you getting breaks? Try and use them to go for a walk - good stress relief too.

I did frenzied 11pm cleaning when dh was in hospital - whatever works!

It's bloody hard though, don't worry too much if you gain weight.

#14 RealityBites

Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:12 PM

QUOTE (countrymel @ 10/02/2013, 05:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Your daughter isn't going to mind if you get a bit on the chubby side while you are there holding her hand.

There is plenty of time to get super fit chasing after her when she's all better again.

I'd just try and remember not to binge on the comfort foods - but not beat yourself up if you do - and just concentrate on doing cuddle reps. and keeping your 'Mum loves you' smile muscles in tip top condition.


#15 MARsmum

Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:14 PM

So sorry you are going through this.

I just had ten days in hospital with my DD1 and could not believe the weight gain!  I am normally very active, with both organised exercise and just running a house of five people, although for ten days I just sat in a bed with her and ate!  My thighs have now become closer friends than I like them to be!  I second what the others say and would suggest trying to get out for a walk or some sort of exercise each day.  This also does wonders for the mind!  Be prepared and have healthy foods on hand.

Good luck and I hope you little one gets better quickly!

#16 Literary Lemur

Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:25 PM

Can you take up a hobby that is incompatible with eating?  IE craft or something?  If it's because you are bored this might help pass the time?

Can you set an alarm on your phone and get up and move each time it goes off?  Have you formed any friendships with other parents?  Would they be interested in going for a walk with you?

I think maintaining in your situation would be a huge success.

#17 Jenflea

Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:23 PM

Knitting or crochet might be good, keep your hands busy.
Chew gum to keep cravings at bay and have the taste of food in your mouth maybe.
Works for smokers I hear.

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