Curiously, the quality of food in most health care institutions has largely been neglected. Whether it be hospitals or Skilled Nursing Facilities, the resident diet is an afterthought. At Alta Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a healthy diet is paramount in our clinical pathway. There are many divergent and contradictory diet plans available, but we recommend that all of our residents and staff read, “The End of Diabetes.” We encourage a diet of meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar. The key is no sugar. We do recognize this diet plan is not for everyone, particularly for a long-term habit (yes, we love ice cream!). However, there are tremendous benefits to keeping this diet in the short-term, especially for the first 30 days of your stay at Alta, and we strive to work with each resident on this diet plan, or any modifications.