Making Portion Control Easy

Serving sizes can be confusing for anyone, even those with medical training. In your busy life, it’s not always possible to painstakingly weigh and measure every morsel of food that passes your lips. Instead, check out our guidelines to easy portion control:

Drink Water First

If you start with a big glass of H2O, you are less likely to overeat. A little water before a meal helps you feel full quicker. Also, sometimes what you think is hunger my actually be dehydration. Bottoms up!

Use Smaller Plates

If you were raised by parents who insisted that you clean your plate, that instinct is likely still there. That means that if you fill a large plate or bowl and feel compelled to finish it, you may end up overeating. Try switching to smaller plates and bowls.

Eat Slower

This is especially important for nurses, who are always in a rush. When you eat quickly, you are likely to eat more. After all, it takes 20 minutes to realize that you’re truly full. Furthermore, slow eating is mindful eating. Take your time and you might be surprised how much less you need.

Avoid Distractions

Speaking of mindful eating, removing distractions from your mealtime could help you eat less. How many times have you eaten way too much because you were engrossed in a great show? Eat with purpose and you may find yourself having more sensible portions.

Meal Prep

After a long, exhausting shift, the last thing you want to do is cook. This can sometimes lead to unhealthy binges on snack foods or even a fast food run. However, if you have healthy food pre-portioned and ready for the microwave, you may be more inclined to eat that instead.

Read Labels

How many times have you thought you were eating only a small amount of calories only to realize that the portion size was much smaller than you thought? Before digging in to packaged foods, check out the nutrition label. This will give you a better understanding of what a portion of that food really is. Don’t be fooled by the front of the packaging either; always check the nutrition label.

Indulge Intelligently

It’s OK to have a favorite treat sometimes. When you decide to celebrate a special occasion with a delicious treat, do so with intention. Slow down and enjoy every single bite. Savor the moment, and you’ll find yourself eating a little less while getting the same amount of enjoyment.

Don’t Skip Meals

When you’re a busy nurse, it can be hard to get in your three daily meals. You may be tempted to skip breakfast, for example. However, this is likely to lead to a binge later. Eat at least a little something for breakfast, and you will be less ravenous later in the day.
Did these tips help you? Let us know how you control your portions in the comments below. 

4 Tips for a Heathy Spring

Springtime is here and with it comes warm temperatures, growth, and new opportunities. The change of the season is a perfect time to create healthy and positive habits and carry them forward for the rest of the year. Here are a few steps that can be taken to make the most of what this new season provides.

1. Go on Walks

While its understandable to want to just rest your feet for your entire day off after a long shift walking every single day leads to many increased health benefits. Just a few of these benefits are: Lower blood pressure and reducing your chances of developing osteoporosis and cancer. Just adding a small thirty minute walk every day is the biggest step to a healthier lifestyle.

2.  Eat Healthy

Lets face it: nobody likes going on a diet, especially not one that requires a lot of cooking and meal preparation. Thankfully it’s totally possible to eat well without hurting your budget or losing any valuable time. There are tons of great resources out there for inexpensive healthy and fast meals. Check out some delicious low calorie spring flavors here: http://www.nursecore.com/2016/03/5-healthy-recipes-for-spring/

3. Take some time for yourself

With the winter behind us and summer looming ahead it’s easy to get lost in the daily routine of work-eat-sleep and forget to take some time for ourselves. It’s extremely important to take small moments out of the day to call a friend, read a book, or just relax. Researchers at the University of Florida found that people with high amounts of stress are at a much greater chance of heart disease and that taking even a few minutes everyday greatly reduced the odds of heart problems.

4. Drink more water

This point is something that is talked about over and over, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t important. With the warmer weather it is important to increase water intake to avoid becoming dehydrated. Drinking a glass of water before each meal can also help with appetite control and weight loss.

5 Things You should NEVER Say to a Nurse

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NurseCore has said it before, but it deserves repeating: nurses are real-life superheroes. While they may dawn scrubs and stethoscopes instead of capes and cowls, nurses save lives every day. Unfortunately, nurses don’t always get treated with the kindness and respect they deserve.

Of course, nurses don’t get into healthcare for the praise. They do it because it’s a calling. Nevertheless, the rest of us should treat nurses right. Not sure where to start? Make sure not to say these 10 things to the nurses in your life:

  1. “Oooo la la”

The sexy nurse trope is overdone and gross. Nurses aren’t there for you to objectify. Nurses have an important job and overt fetishizing of the profession gets in the way. Nurses give their all to comfort and treat their patients on an individual level; return the favor.

  1. “You’re just a nurse.”

There’s no such thing as just a nurse. Nurses are qualified professionals who are vital to the healthcare system. They are not secondary to doctors. They didn’t go to nursing school because medical school is too hard. Nurses chose the nursing profession on purpose.

  1. “It’s like on TV right?”

In short: no. Nursing in real life is nothing like it is on TV. For example, incredibly good looking doctors don’t spend that much time with the patients. Nurses do. McDreamy isn’t going to be the one prepping you for surgery. Nurses will.

  1. “It’s quiet in here!”

Just don’t say it. You will jinx the whole shift and nobody is going to be happy about it.

  1. “Well the internet says it’s…”

Please do not consult the internet for a diagnosis. Your medical team will give you more specialized care than a Google search can. While nurses appreciate the effort you put into being on top of your health, self-diagnosis makes things more difficult for everyone. Nurses will work hard to find the answer for you if you let them.

Nurses, what things do you wish you could never hear again? Share this article to stop these comments!

4 Reasons Male Nurses Rock

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While the exact percentage is unknown, it’s no secret that the nursing profession is dominated by women. It has been this way for so long that male nurses often face harsh stereotypes. At NurseCore, we appreciate our nurses from all walks of life; men and women of all kinds are welcome.

To show our appreciation for the skills and perspective that men can bring to nursing, here are four reasons that male nurses rock:

1. They Buck Stereotypes at Every Turn

Nursing is one of the few professions that is dominated by women. While the number of men in nursing is rising, men still face negative public criticism when entering this incredible field. Men often have their gender identity and sexuality called into question when they decide to become nurses.

The truth is that the choice to be a nurse has nothing to do with gender or orientation. People become nurses to make a difference and save lives. When you have a caring male nurse, you get it!

2. They Teach About Nursing

While the stereotypes about men in nursing slowly crumble, the truth about why people choose this profession becomes clear. Robert Fraser, RN explained that the common myths about men in nursing provide opportunities to teach.

“I enjoy it though, you get the chance to explain the profession and what nurses actually do,” Fraser said. Now that’s an attitude we can get behind!

3. They are More Than the Muscle

Some people believe that men are just hired to do the heavy lifting. That’s couldn’t be further from the truth. All nurses do the heavy lifting and all nurses care for patients. Male and female nurses are equally valued in the workplace.

4. They are Nurses

Male nurses rock because they are nurses. NurseCore believes that all nurses rock! They are superheroes who save lives and dispense much-needed care.

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Healthy Recipes for Popcorn Day

Each year, January 19th is the day to celebrate one of the most delicious and equally healthy snacks: popcorn. Since people first realized that, when heated, corn kernels could become a light and fluffy snack, popcorn has become a staple in such celebrations as Halloween popcorn balls and Christmas garland. Celebrate this Popcorn Day with some of our favorite, low-calorie ways to dress up this delightful dish.

Chili Lime Popcorn

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This zesty recipe from Killing Thyme requires no special popping appliance. Just pop popcorn kernels your favorite way, add the ever-so-healthy coconut oil, and add the seasonings. You have an invigorating dish ready for your next fiesta. Click here to give the recipe a shot.

Easy Cinnamon Bun Popcorn

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We move from spicy to sweet with this entry. Craving a sticky, sweet cinnamon bun? Don’t want to blow your diet? This one’s for you.

The Big Man’s World devised this decadent recipe that’s healthier than it tastes. It’s even higher in protein than other popcorn recipes! How could that be? Click here to get the recipe and find out. (h

Lemony Kale Popcorn

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If you’re trying to get more greens in your diet, but hate the idea of making a green smoothie every morning, you’re not alone. This recipe from Simply Fresh Dinners makes kale – the queen of greens – so much more appealing. Learn how to whip up this easy, healthy recipe here.

Buffalo Wing Popcorn

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Not all that’s covered in buffalo sauce is fried. Finally, there’s a healthier way to get your spicy buffalo fix. Choose your favorite popcorn and buffalo-style sauce and try this out. In fact, this could be the perfect healthy snack for the big game!

Healthy Popcorn Trail Mix

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You don’t even have to cook a thing to celebrate Popcorn Day. This healthy recipe couldn’t be easier or tastier. Using Boom Chicka Pop kettle corn, nuts, and dried fruit, Delicious Meets Healthy creates the perfect mix of sweet and salty here.

How will you celebrate Popcorn Day? Let us know. For more healthy recipes, make sure to follow NurseCore on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

4 Healthcare Breakthroughs to Look Forward to in 2017

New year. New beginnings. New medicine!

Like 2016, we expect 2017 to be filled with advancements in cures, research, treatments, and technology in healthcare. NurseCore hopes that these developments in healthcare can make nurses and patients happier and healthier. Here are just a few of the medical developments we are most looking forward to in the coming year:

1. “Tricorders”

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Straight from sci-fi, the Tricorder once only lived in the imagination of Star Trek fans across the galaxy. On the classic sci-fi show, Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy would scan the patient with the handheld device and instantly receive a diagnosis. It’s the dream of healthcare workers everywhere.

This dream may become a reality sooner than you think – well, sort of. About 5 years ago, Qualcomm announced a $10 million prize to anyone who could design such a device. The winner will be announced early this year. Live long and prosper!

2. Fake Blood

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We’re not talking about the kind of fake blood people use on Halloween costumes. In 2017, we might just see the emergence of synthetic blood to treat patients. This year, 20 volunteers will take part in a trial conducted by England’s National Health Service. Each subject will receive small amounts of synthetic blood. This blood has come from stem cell research with the intention of treating diseases like sickle cell anemia.

3. Advances in Augmented/Virtual Reality

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In 2016, Virtual Reality (VR) technology seemed to take over the gaming world. How better to enjoy a game than to be in it completely? It’s time for VR and Augmented Reality (AR) to take over the healthcare world as well.

Some healthcare professionals already have tools like AccuVein that uses AR to help phlebotomists and nurses find patients’ veins. In 2017, we expect VR and AR to become ever more widespread. This could help patients get a visual understanding of their procedures, medical students learn, and surgeons be more precise.

4. FHIR

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The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources is set to launch this year, which is exciting news for anyone interested in interoperability. If you’re tired of different departments having difficulty communicating, you’re going to love this new tool.

It allows healthcare workers to receive the health information they need about a patient without having to sort through extra information. FHIR intends to save time, money, and lives. We’re excited to see it in action.

What advancements are you looking forward to this year? Let us know! For more news and tips, follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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