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“Let thy food be thy medicine,” the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates is believed to have said.

But that has not been the experience of Manitoba mother Katrina McAllister. McAllister's two-year-old daughter has been in the hospital for six weeks and is approaching discharge.

One of the milestones she needs to meet to leave the hospital is eating solid food. With the hospital food that is brought to her daughter's room, this is a difficult goal to meet, McAllister says.

It's "tasteless, slimy, colourless," she said.

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Hadassah Alencar is a bilingual journalist based near Montreal. She recently completed the journalism program at Concordia University, where she worked as a teaching assistant and became editor-in-chief...