The Dietary Team at Vimhans specialises in providing customised plans with emphasis on Lifestyle Management along with specific dietary counselling:
- diabetic meal plans,
- diet for cancer patients after chemotherapy,
- diet for patients after cholecystectomy,
- gastric disorders,
- perinatal nutrition,
- nutrition with emphasis on women’s health
- improving bone health and overall lifestyle.
Our Dietary Consultations take a holistic approach, in consideration of both mind and body. We take into account all your health challenges, eating patterns, diet preferences, lifestyle, and such factors while prescribing a diet pattern. Aside from specialised, therapeutic diet charts, we also offer recipe videos to our clients, which they can utilise while planning their own diets.
The neuropeptide Serotonin has been identified as being the most significant in affecting levels of mood, anxiety, sleep and appetite in our body and has a wide variety of functions in our body. Since 90-95% of this chemical is produced in our digestive tract, maintaining our gut health is essential.
What we eat can affect not just our physical health but also our mental health and overall well-being.
Individual dietary intake and nutritional status are important factors that influence mental health and the psychiatric disorders growth. Many mental health researches focus on depression, cognitive impairment, and dementia, and there is insufficient evidence for other psychological disorders, including schizophrenia. At VIMHANS, food and nutrition play a close relationship while dealing with mental illness.
Approaches at VIMHANS:
Food and Nutrition Approaches at Vimhans are not just providing basic meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner), but going a step further and incorporating food into a client’s recovery journey. We take great pains in ensuring optimum health for ourselves through diet. The emphasis on Food has always been prevalent as it is as one of the basic and most important need of any human being for survival.
However, we believe and nurture the concept of “Aatmanirbhar”, self-dependent. Involvement with Food starts in the morning - activities which we call Breakfast A.D.L.; clients come along with their caregivers and cook (pre prepared raw material) their own breakfast according to individual taste and preference.
After breakfast, they get involved in various activities in the department of their liking, including helping in meal preparation (lunch).
Food Activity/ Culinary Therapy:
Thrice a week, we conduct culinary therapy (live cookoff) sessions with the client and staff members. The food activity is a small group MasterChef class, wherein each and every one is provided with the individual cooking station with prelaid equipment and raw materials. The group comes together to cook something healthy, easy, tasty, and of course, memorable.
With client’s safety as our top priority - we use only electric, fireless equipments and thus, e.g. induction, oven, soup maker, cake maker, air fryers, electric tandoors etc.
We also ensure we don’t use anything with sharp edges like knife, cutters, peeler etc.
Culinary therapy has gained a lot of attention over the past few years, it has become one of the most sought after and unique experiences at Vimhans. Patients eagerly wait for these sessions and we welcome their suggestions regarding the choice of the recipes too! All this is supervised by our nutritionists and trained staff.
It is the only therapy which augments and uses all the five senses and our happy hormones like serotonin and dopamine increase:
- Vision : colourful appeal for eyes
- Auditory : sound of spluttering of food, whistle of pressure cooker
- Olfactory : aroma of food
- Tactile : texture related feeling with hands
- Gustatory : different flavours
The joy and sense of achievement that the patients feel after participating in these sessions regularly is beyond words!
“Anyone can cook” – Chef Gusteau
The culinary therapies are not just for our patients but also for the visitors/ guests as food brings everyone to the same platform. It boosts confidence, sense of accomplishment, social integration & emotional bonding with food as well as family members.
There is something about cooking a meal together - a sense of equality amongst ALL participants. Sometimes doctors/residents/interns join in as these activities help in rapport building, and also in observing certain social behaviour in the patients. Individuals from diverse background are invited to participate; their feedback after the activities is always full of support and encouragement.
“Food makes one happy and happy mind cooks good food”
There is strong association with Good ?? Food ?? Mood
Food as a Vocational Activity:
With the help of the nutritionists & dedicated staff, our clients have also achieved a lot in the new product category development. These area all free from chemicals, synthetic colors & preservatives, we use only natural ingredients, ex: Sooji Namak Para, variety of Matthis, Soya ribbons, Chakli, bakery items – Muffins, Cakes, Cookies, Buns, Berger, Pao varieties of Namkeens – Khatta Meetha, Diet mixture, Masala/Tomato Sev.
The above items are available for sale over the counter.
All above activities are also the part of assignments and part of a dietary professional’s/ interns’ trainings at VIMHANS, they are assigned projects related to these aspects, and are also encouraged to develop new recipes.
Dietary TRAINING AT VIMHANS
The Dietary Department at VIMHANS also provides internship to MSc. (Food & Nutrition) and DDPHN students for a period of 3 months.They are trained in planning of diets of different diseases eg. Cardiac, Diabetic, Obesity, Renal, Liver, Oncology, Ryles Tube feeds, different Eating Disorders Regular integration with IPD patients and giving therapeutic counseling though customized diet plan is given more importance.
Since VIMHANS is now offering multispecialty health care services, interns also get an exposure on a variety of therapeutic meal planning. Contact us for more details via email.