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A cure for the common hospital meal


 

JESSICA LEEDER — GLOBAL FOOD REPORTER

From Saturday’s Globe and Mail

In the bowels of an east Toronto hospital lined with aquamarine tile and vintage Garland ovens, a star chef has begun a year-long experiment to revolutionize the most mocked and inedible of institutional foods.

Joshna Maharaj built her reputation whipping up healthy feasts at disparate venues, from a food bank to a high-end cooking school. The challenge of restoring palatability to in-patient food is her most daunting yet – and whether she succeeds is likely to influence the future of hospital food across the country.

Click here to read more!

In Sickness or in Health?


I live in Toronto, Ontario, once called Scarborough…the mid-northern end of Toronto.

I was living down in the southeast end of Toronto for approximately 7 years.  Leslie and Queen Street East, to be exact.  I’d never lived in that neighborhood before, never lower than *the Danforth*.   Something has become glaringly clear!  Something that makes you say *hmmm*…. as it were.

Before moving to that area I would get the usual colds going around, occasionally the flu.  Nothing serious, nothing to be concerned over.

I moved down to my new area and suddenly I was coughing.  I was coughing so hard that it got really hard to laugh, talk, breath, control body functions. lol  If you know what I mean!  My chest rattled, and lungs were squeezed shut.  I thought I just had a very bad cold – I’d never experienced something so awful in the world of colds, but what else could it be?  It was so bad that I stopped talking in an effort to stop coughing. I tried to slow my breathing to the point where I could not participate in life.

I started using throat lozenges one after the other, and Advil.  I used Advil because it seemed to suppress the awful, chest rattling cough.  I got to the point of using 30 in less than four days!  Eventually it got to the point that I had pneumonia.  I got it once.  I got it twice.  I got it three times, and then I got it four times in one year, the year I moved away.  I had x-rays on my lungs.  My doctors were worried.  I was running out of choices in the world of antibiotics.  They warned me against getting sick again for fear they would not be able to help me.

As timing would have it, this is about the time I moved – just after my last bout of pneumonia that was so bad I really didn’t expect to live through it. That was a private thought of mine that I didn’t share with anyone. I had friends running all over the neighborhood attempting to find me a natural method of healing.  Visiting the wiser, older pharmacy owners for ancient secrets.  I tried some of them and I’m lucky to have survived them! lol

Since I moved from there, a year and a half ago, how many times have I been sick one might ask?  Had pneumonia?  None…zero, zip.  Yes, I still have to use inhalers… which also started when I lived down there, but I no longer have to sleep sitting up so that I can breath.  I no longer rush to the doctor for emergency help, or cringe and prepare for every set of stairs I must battle to get to a doctor.  Breathing, it turns out, is quite important. lol

There are reports and newspaper articles on this topic.  (see attached) The amount of pollution that is recorded down in that area are due to some old plants that used to be in use.  Metal factories or the like.  It’s supposed to be in the pipes, the soil.  They’ve reportedly removed this, replace the soil, the pipes, and cleared it up.  So they say.  Then why oh why… does my body say it isn’t so?  I’ve never been so ill in my life!  I, at first, attributed it to volunteering in communities where folks had lower incomes, where poverty was rampant, and therefore their immune systems were compromised due to lack of healthy, nutritious foods, and housing.  I thought that maybe I was just in a crowd of people who were constantly sick, coughing, sneezing and I was catching these contagious colds, and flu bugs!  The proof that this is not so is that I still go there.  I still volunteer!  In fact, I volunteer more now and I’m around people that are ailing, constantly.  Still healthier… how is that?  You tell me!

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Things are getting busy again!


Tomorrow I meet with South Riverdale, the Health and Strength ACTION group…

Then in the afternoon my daughter. 🙂

And Thursday morning I have a job interview and then it’s off to Earth Day…… Thank goodness there’s nothing on my weekend!!

But I’m looking forward to it.  After a couple of days of hanging at home I need the change!  🙂

My S From Kelly Krogman!

My S From Kelly Krogman!


Health And Strength Action Group


Yes, that’s the name of the group I volunteer with…we invented it!  🙂

We spent the morning putting together a bulletin board at the SRCHC – in the lobby because Thursday night we are doing a wee talk on our group at the centre.

Then in the afternoon we revamped the song *If I Had a Million Dollars* to make it say *If I Had a Hundred Dollars*… and changed the lyrics…so Thursday we are singing that, and I might be playing guitar.  lol  It’s rather silly – I like it!

HSAG Group and Bulletin Board

HSAG Group and Bulletin Board

Here are some of the folks involved….and that’s the board we worked on behind them! 🙂

South Riverdale Community Health Centre


This is where I volunteer.  We meet once or twice a month to find active ways in which to raise awareness, get people involved, and fight for a Healthy Food Supplement of &100.00 added to Social Assistance recipients.

Our two main topics of focus are the TTC and Social Assistance rates.

We are collecting endorsements from local businesses for this cause.

To get more information on how to be involved you can email me or call the centre.  Click on this link below and you will be directed to their website.

SRCHC

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