Healthy Meals

Typically a new year equates to resolutions that involve the promise of exercise and healthy eating. We live in a world where words like organic and gluten free are thrown around a lot, and are often interpreted as expensive grocery items in contrast to foods that contain preservatives and processed sugar. This may be true in some circumstances, but one thing is true, you feel a lot better psychologically when you eat organically.

A lot of our home care clients are diabetic and routine healthy meals are paramount for their daily lives. It’s a critical skill to learn meal prep for diabetics when you’re a caregiver, and a necessity when you are the diabetic and need to cook for yourself. Today we’re sharing a recipe that we found on Cooking with Patricia’s blog, so you too, can be healthy in 2020 and beyond. Besides, it’s always nice to shake it up and have new dinner ideas at your fingertips!

We recently shared this recipe with our home care clients and the feedback we are getting is that it’s an absolute hit! It’s the perfect mix of healthy and flavorful. Modifications can be made accordingly. We urge you to RUN, don’t walk to make this meal this week. Our Pinterest board is filled with other healthy eating choices and meal prep planning ideas. Eat well today!

Ground-Turkey-Sweet-Potato-Skillet-Recipe

 

Walking with a Purpose

Brian receives 24 hour care due to a brain injury that has left him weak on one side of his body. Brian is tall in stature, but you would have never known it a year and a half ago when we first met, because Brian was in a wheelchair. Gentle by nature, he can’t help but smile sheepishly at a joke because his sense of humor always wins. In fact, he loves joking around, and making his caregivers laugh, is something that Brian is REALLY good at.

Now, let’s talk about Clairnette. She is one of Brian’s caregivers as well as his house manager. Clairnette is a kind of super heroine, who has the ability to detect an individual’s attributes and have he/she actively engaged in utilizing them, (she only uses these powers for good)! In less than a year, she has endlessly encouraged this 6’2″ & 200 lb + man out of his wheelchair and has him walking! (see video for proof!) She knew he had the ability to do it, she just needed Brian to buy into her encouragement, which he did.

We love our caregivers, especially when we see the fruits of their labor because they are matched perfectly and the synergy is there. Because of caregivers like Clairnette, our individuals are safe, happy, and supported. Families and friends are more at ease knowing that their loved ones are in good hands. Simply put, we can all do big things with big hearts. Way to go, Brian! We can’t wait to see what’s next in the cards for you!

brian pics

 

15 day self care challenge

Licensed professionals and others alike will often mention the term “self care.” What we don’t always realize is how important self care is to our lives. We brush it off as nonsense, or too time consuming. The truth is, we need self care in order to be the best version of ourselves.

Let us present to you a 15 day self care challenge. All of these activities are FREE and attainable if effort is put forth. Try and tackle 1 item each day (in no particular order) and explore how you feel before, during, and after.

  1. Make a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and relax while drinking it.
  2. Take a bath (bubbles are encouraged for an enhanced atmosphere!)
  3. Pray
  4. Take a walk
  5. Listen to the radio
  6. Call a friend or family member to say hello 
  7. Draw a picture or color in a coloring book
  8. Take 10 minutes to stretch your body
  9. Meditate
  10. Write a poem
  11. Do a word search or crossword puzzle
  12. Read a book or a magazine
  13. Visit your library and attend a workshop or class
  14. Organize your clothes closet or drawers to feel more organized
  15. Write down 10 things you are grateful for

Note: You can also try these in moments of anxiety or depression to help clear your mind.

I make my own happiness! #selfcare.png