Healthy Holiday Treats

What comes to mind when you think of the holidays? It’s the season to awe at lights, give gifts, gather with loved ones, and eat delicious desserts. In many ways, it’s truly the most wonderful time of the year.

However, all those delicious desserts can wreak havoc on your health. While pies, cookies, and candy can certainly please the palette, all that sugar can mean a major calorie count. Luckily, you don’t have to compromise your health or your festive spirit! Here are five healthy recipes to make the season bright:

Paleo Hot Cocoa Cookies with Vanilla Bean Frosting

Paleo Cocoa Cookies

These aren’t your typical caveman cookie. If you or any of your guests are sticking to a paleo diet, whip up these decadent cookies. Skip the crushed candy cane to make it strictly paleo. Check out this recipe on Fit Foodie Finds.

Gingerbread Granola

Gingerbread Granola

Gingerbread is one of the best spices of the season; don’t just have it for dessert. This festive granola will give you a healthy kick of sweetness for breakfast, a nighttime snack, or any moment in between. This recipe is also vegan and gluten free. Take a look on Well Plated.

Skinny Peppermint Fudge

Skinny Peppermint Fudge

Are you tracking points on the Weight Watchers program? You don’t have to give up delicious holiday fudge. Each piece of this creamy fudge will only set you back three points. Give this recipe a try and check it out here.

Quinoa Gingersnap Cookies

Quinoa Gingersnap Cookies

Quinoa is the food that basically coined the term “superfood.” This twist on a classic cookie puts quinoa to good use. It’s gluten free, vegan, and nut free, so pretty much anyone can eat them. Get the recipe from Eating Bird Food. (http://www.eatingbirdfood.com/quinoa-gingersnap-cookies-vegan-gluten-free/ )

Clean Eating Pecan Pie

Clean Eating Pecan Pie

No list of holiday desserts would be complete without pie. This incredible recipe takes all the unhealthy corn syrup and sugar out of the classic pecan pie, but it leaves all the taste. Sweetened with dates, this recipe is not one to miss. Check it out here.

“Winterize” Your Body and Stay Healthy

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Winter is here, and that means it’s time to get ready for all the weather it brings. You may prepare your home and car for ice, sleet and snow. What about your body?

Winter weather can be difficult on your immune system, skin, and even your mood! With a little preparation, you can beat the winter blues. Here are NurseCore’s top 5 tips for prepping your body for winter:

  1. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate!

Understandably, people want to drink hot chocolate and cider this time of year. However, it’s important to keep drinking plenty of water as well. The dry winter air can dry up the membranes in your nose, throat, and lungs. Staying hydrating will also keep your largest organ – your skin – healthy and radiant.

  1. Get Your Vitamins

The “winter blues” aren’t just an old wife’s tale. In fact, it’s called “seasonal affective disorder.” These depressive symptoms are caused by a lack of vitamin D that comes from shorter days. Whether you get it from foods like fish or from a supplement, make sure to take in some extra vitamin D this winter.

  1. Stay Active

When the weather outside it frightful, the warm, cozy couch starts calling. While there’s certainly room for being cozy by the fire, make a point to stay active. If weather keeps you from your favorite outdoor activities, take the opportunity to try indoor exercises.

  1. Stock Up for Emergencies

If there’s any chance of a snow-in in your future, get ready now. Keep water and healthy, non-perishable foods, and extra medications on hand. Your body will thank you when you are holed up at home with everything you need.

  1. Get Your Flu Shot

The flu is an assault on the body. Keep your guard up with the influenza vaccine! Click here for information on this year’s vaccine.

 

Ready for winter? You will be now! For more information and tips, keep up with NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

Diabetic Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes and Tips

Thanksgiving is a time for gathering, joy, food, and the people you love most. It’s a time to laugh, share stories, and give thanks. For people with diabetes, it can also be a time for anxiety about food.

Like any day of the year, diabetics must be careful about their diets. However, on a holiday which focuses so heavily on food consumption, this can be incredibly difficult. Of course, nobody wants to miss out on comforting, delicious favorites like pies. However, your health must come first.

If you live with diabetes, try some of these recipes and tips:

1. Cheddar Pepper Muffins

Cheddar Pepper Muffins

Warm rolls are a staple on any Thanksgiving menu. However, they are often jam-packed with refined flours that can be dangerous for diabetics. This savory recipe is filled with delicious cheese and peppers, all of which are better for people with diabetes. Check out this recipe here.

2. Turkey Your Way

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The centerpiece of the holiday is almost always a good choice for diabetics. Seasoned, basted, and baked to perfection, a turkey will make your day. However, fried turkey might not be best for diabetes!

3. Enjoy Smaller Portions

mashed potatoes

Having diabetes doesn’t have to mean saying a permanent goodbye to mashed potatoes and other starch-filled dishes. You can still indulge in some gooey pecan pie if you’d like; just watch your portion sizes. Talk to your doctor or other medical professional if you’re unsure about what those portions should be.

4.  Bring Something You Know is Safe

Raspberry salad

If you’re not hosting Thanksgiving this year, call the host and see if you can bring something special that you know will be safe for you to eat. Try this simple green salad with raspberry vinaigrette or something you already know how to make well. Whatever it is, make enough to share! You may feel more included if everyone is also eating what you bring.

5. Get the Pie Right

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If we’re being completely honest, plenty of people eat Thanksgiving dinner just to get to the pies! Eat these sweet treats is the perfect way to end a great day. However, pies can be dangerous for people with diabetes. Check out Diabetic Living’s list of pie recipes here.

This Thanksgiving, NurseCore thanks our hardworking staff, patients, and clients for everything they do. For more tips, recipes, and insights, follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

How Nurses and Family Caregivers Can Work Together

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Since 2012, November has been National Family Caregiver Month. In his proclamation for National Family Caregiver Month, President Obama said, “Family members, friends, and neighbors devote countless hours to providing care to their relatives or loved ones. During National Family Caregivers Month, we recognize and thank the humble heroes who do so much to keep our families and communities strong.” During this time, organizations such as the Caregiver Action Network (CAN) direct attention to issues that family caregivers face each day.

Family caregivers can receive support in many ways, not the least of which is from nurses and other medical professionals. Unfortunately, cooperating for the benefit of the patients can sometimes be difficult for family caregivers and nurses. This November, we would like to begin changing that. Here our NurseCore’s tips for nurses to work well with family caregivers:

1. Give the Caregiver Care

Like your patients, caregivers are in need of help. They may feel overwhelmed with responsibility, unsure of how to help, or uneasy about the future. Treat the family caregivers with the same kindness and respect that you show your patients.

2. Give Clear Instructions

Medical lingo often rolls off the tongues of skilled nurses; it’s natural to you. However, sometimes medical terms sound like a foreign language to those in our care. Make sure to give clear, easy-to-understand instructions to both your patient and the family caregiver.

3. Welcome Questions

Some people may feel hesitant to ask questions. After providing explicit instruction, be sure to ask if anyone has any questions.

4. Ask Your Own Questions

To understand the family caregiver better, you may ask questions. Ask about how he or she is feeling, or if there’s anything else that is needed. You may be surprised how much you can learn just by asking the right question.

5. Remember, You’re in This Together

Family caregivers may not always agree with or understand the decisions that medical professionals make. There may be disagreements. To keep things from getting heated, remind yourself and everyone else that you are trying to achieve the same goal: health and comfort for the patient.

How do you make sure to provide excellent care to family caregivers? Let us know! For more tips, follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter!

Self-Care Strategies for Nurses

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When your job, or perhaps your calling, is to care for others relentlessly, serving becomes second nature. Giving others everything you have is as natural as breathing. While this is an admirable trait, this may lead you to exhaustion. This is the life of a nurse.

If this sounds familiar to you, consider the following quote from author Eleanor Brownn: “Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” Is your vessel empty? If so, it may be time to rethink your self-care routine. After all, taking time for yourself will make you happier, and perhaps a better nurse.

Of course, that’s easy said than done. Most nurses know they should take time for themselves, but aren’t sure how to do so. Here are a few strategies you can try for self-care success:

Schedule It

Free time doesn’t come freely – you have to make time. Put self-care time in your schedule like an appointment. Then treat this like an appointment with anyone else. Don’t miss it!

Do What Makes YOU Happy

Read, exercise, cook, do yoga, or just take a nap. Whatever it is that would make you happy in that moment, do that thing. It doesn’t have to be the same activity every time you do self-care. One day, you may need a long, uninterrupted nap. The next day, it might be a walk in nature. Listen to your mind and body and take it from there.

Be Consistent

Whether it’s 30 minutes every day or 2 hours every weekend, make your self-care time consistent. It takes time to build a habit, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll get the full benefits.

Do Not Be Disturbed

If you have children, have someone else watch them for a little while. Turn your phone and other distractions off. Remember, this is time for you – just you.

Work It Into Everyday Life

Even when you can’t set aside time for self-care, you can practice it during your everyday life. Here are some simple ways to do that:

  • Keep a gratitude journal. Every day, write down five things you are grateful for.
  • Practice mindfulness. Staying in the moment can help relieve anxiety.
  • Be kind to yourself. Stop being your own worst critic.
  • Learn to say, “No.” You don’t have to do everything that is asked of you.

How will you take care of yourself in the future? For more tips, follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Why Nurses Are Heroes with Heart

When someone says the word “hero,” what image comes to mind? A cape and spandex? Big explosions and fancy gadgets? With the popularity of superhero movies these days, this is what many people envision when they think of heroes.

Confident Nurses

However, some real heroes wear scrubs and sneakers. While they do have fancy gadgets to help save lives, they certainly don’t walk away from explosions on a regular basis. Nurses are real heroes. Here’s 10 reasons why:

  1. They never stop helping. Unlike comic book heroes, nurses can’t hide behind a secret identity. These heroes often end up providing medical assistance even when they are off the clock.

 

  1. Nothing scares them anymore. A little blood – even a lot of blood – is nothing to a nurse. They remain calm and get to work in the most chaotic situations.

 

  1. Nurses are literally life savers.

 

  1. They don’t just save lives either. Nurses provide care in many ways. They treat the whole patient by providing comfort and care.

 

  1. Speaking of comfort, nurses chill you out when an internet search has convinced you that you have a terrible disease. Trust the medical professionals!

 

  1. Maybe they don’t fly, but nurses sure walk a lot. These heroes stay on their feet for up to 12 hours at a time on a regular basis. It’s superhuman!

 

  1. Nurses have bladders of steel. They are so busy caring for people that they often don’t have a moment to take a bathroom break.

 

  1. They are smart enough to figure out increasingly complicated medical technology. As medical technology advances rapidly, nurses are hard at work learning new equipment and making it seem easy.

 

  1. They are fiercely passionate about helping. Nursing is not a job – it’s a calling. They are here to save lives and chew bubblegum – and they’re all out of bubblegum.

 

  1. They genuinely make the world a better place. As the saying goes, “We’d all be worse without a nurse.”

 

Share this list if you agree that nurses are heroes with heart. For more fun, insights, and ideas, follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

 

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