Nurse Self Care – Healthy Eating Habits

Nurse Self Care – Healthy Eating Habits

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Nobody is more aware of the benefits of healthy eating than a nurse. The trouble is, with the demanding and stressful job of nursing, it is easy for nurses themselves get into bad habits. Eating on the go, opting for quick but unhealthy food and working odd shifts can all have a huge impact on dietary habits. Nurse self care very much includes healthy eating options.

survey by the Nursing Times a couple of years ago found that stress is a big driver when it comes to unhealthy eating habits in nurses. While 80% confessed to having missed important meals because they were working, nearly half also admitted to grabbing a quick bite on the move, usually something unhealthy like a burger.

While many nurses do make the effort to eat healthily because they know how important it is, many find it difficult. After a long, hard shift, it’s so easy to pick up a takeaway because it’s a quick and easy comfort food rather than having to prepare a balanced meal. There are other issues that get in the way of developing those healthy eating habits. If you are also a parent, this can be another factor affecting the time you have to spend on planning and preparing for your own nutritional needs.

For most nurses it is not that they don’t know what healthy eating is but that life simply gets in the way. The good news is that a few simple changes and planning techniques can make an enormous difference!

Nurse Self Care: Keep a Food Diary

We often underestimate the amount we are eating and are unaware of what we are actually putting into our bodies, and it can be difficult to keep track. That’s why starting a food diary will make a big difference and help you address any problems such as having too many unhealthy options on your plate. At the end of each week, read back through your food diary – you will be amazed at how many unhealthy options creep in!

Nurse Self Care: Don’t Try to Change All at Once

It can be a major challenge completely changing your diet in one go. Break your nutritional goals down into smaller ‘bite-size’ chunks and address each meal and each day individually.

Nurse Self Care: Increase Your Water Intake

Most people who lead busy and stressful lives, tend to have a problem with hydration. While that fizzy drink or coffee may seem highly appealing, swapping for a healthy bottle of water can leave you more energised and awake. Regular drinking of water will also help you manage your appetite as often when our body tells us that it is hungry, it is actually telling us that we are dehydrated.

Nurse Self Care: Opt For Healthy Snack Options

Healthy snacking does not have to mean boring or tasteless. That may have been the case in the past but there are plenty of different options to choose from today that give you a tasty, energy boost without damaging your health. Here is a list of healthy snack options that are quick and easy to prepare.

Nurse Self Care: Cut Out Processed Food

A big, modern day health challenge is eating too much processed food – not only does it contain high amounts of sugar and salt, it’s also not nutritious. While a ready meal might sound appealing, try to get into the habit of eating fresh produce as much as you can – it’s much tastier anyway!

Nurse Self Care: Sit Down to Eat

Do you spend most of your time eating on the go? Take time to sit down and enjoy your meal without any interruptions. When your shift ends, don’t slump down in front of the television with a tray, sit down and have a proper meal at the dining table – or try to do this at least 4 times a week.

Nurse Self Care: Plan and Prepare

Any nurse will tell you – there is never enough time! However spending a bit of time planning meals, will actually save you time in the long run. You can plan and prepare meals that you can freeze and then just defrost and heat to eat. Each week plan your shopping list and prepare meals for the following week, so you don’t end up buying last minute unhealthy snacks and take aways.

Planning makes it much easier to make healthy choices and that includes what you take to work with you to snack on. Make it a priority and you should discover that you find it quicker to get into healthy eating habits.

 

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World Health Day

World Health Day

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As a species, we are probably healthier than we have been in our entire existence. While there are plenty of issues that we still need to tackle, the truth is that life expectancy is increasing at its fastest rate and new innovations in medicine and treatment are being developed almost every day.

Of course, this depends on where you live. While we’re used to healthcare on demand in the UK, in many parts of the world, particularly in developing countries, this is still not a reality. The sad case is that half of the world lacks an adequate healthcare system. Most nurses that work in healthcare in the UK will tell you just how lucky we are!

What is World Health Day?

World Health Day takes place on the 7th April each year and is an observance of how far we have come and a celebration of the achievements we have made. It’s also a clarion call for what we could potentially do much better.

We’ve been celebrating World Health Day since 1950 and each year the opportunity is taken to highlight a specific area of healthcare that is important. In the past, these have included themes around the eradication of polio, the issue of health and climate change and, more recently, raising awareness about the rise of Type 2 diabetes as a global problem.

Last year’s theme was universal health coverage and finding ways to make this accessible across the globe. It’s something that many people in the UK take for granted.

World Health Day is sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and a range of events around the globe are usually planned for each celebration. These are generally related to the chosen theme and can be both large and small in scope. They are an opportunity for nurses and healthcare practitioners, in particular, to come together and not only celebrate the advances over the last few years but make a difference to the future of healthcare too.

How Will You Observe World Health Day?

This year’s World Health Day continues on its theme of improving global health. In 2018, WHO asked for governments around the world to make tangible progress towards a situation where no one has to choose between eating and buying medicine.

As a nurse or healthcare professional, there are several ways that you can get involved. Use the online hashtag #worldhealthday in your social media posts to promote the day, you may like to write a letter to your local MP to highlight this years’ theme to make sure they know about it, you might want to organise an event, volunteer for a worthy cause or simply donate something to a healthcare charity.

You can find information about this year’s world health day on the WHO website.

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