ENERGY BOOST, ON THE GO SMOOTHIE PACKS:
Smoothies are great anytime of the day when you need a boost of energy, not just the mornings. They fill you up with with only 5-10 mins to make. Strawberry, banana, blueberry with spinach! (freeze these ingredients in freezer bags and ready to pull out & use). Just add 2 tbsp of yogurt & a splash of milk and you are done.
Extras to add: orange juice, flax seed, chia seeds, and maybe some protein powder. Enjoy!
Tip of the day: Eating right is a lifestyle. With anything in life we hit bumps in the road. Especially in the beginning it may be tough to keep up, but NEVER give up.
NEW CONTEST STARTED:
Thank-you all for the contest entries coming to us... all your stories are heartfelt & very motivational. If you haven't entered yet do so for your chance to win:
Join in the fun & tell us your experience of "What Makes Caregiving Rewarding" you can post here on facebook or e-mail your stories to us. We will be choosing one lucky winner on June 27th at 8pm to WIN A $50 PRE-PAID VISA CARD!
Wishing you all the best of luck!
R.A.W. Caregiver Support Network is growing fast, with healthcare in demand we are happy to be adding 2 new services:
PSW'S & Therapy Yoga. All Done in the comfort of your own home.
These new services along with our housekeeping, healthy home cooked meals delivery, reading/video program, private counseling, medication reminders, handyman, errands, support groups and respite care make it easier for caregivers to gain knowledge through all our community workshops and services under one roof.
We are here to help all caregivers along in the roles they have taken on. Our goal is to hear your needs, making your transition a smooth, positive and fulfilling experience.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"Never get tired of doing little things for others. For sometimes, those little things occupy the biggest part of their heart"
There is 24 hours each day, keeping your mind sharp and energy up is key. We all enjoy being healthy, check out this quick and easy recipe that will keep you on your toes and feeling light, best part is you can make it ahead of time, eat it over a few days and it extremely yummy!
Ingredients For the salad:
1 chicken breast cubed (even pick up a per-made chicken as a time saver)
1 1/2 cup Napa cabbage, shredded
1 cup red cabbage, shredded
1 cup papaya
1 cup carrots, shredded
1/4 cup green onion, minced
For the dressing:
1 tablespoon lime juice (fresh/not does not matter)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
Enjoy your long weekend everyone & remember: Relax. Let every moment be what its going to be. What's meant to be will come your way, whats not will fade away.
Happy caregivers practice good habits in self-care. They see the benefits when it comes to caring for others. So do the loved one they care for each day. Below are tricks that can uplift your spirits to become more happy & motivated in your role as a caring person.
1. Nurture your mind and body.
2. Keep an eye on your health.
3. Find support.
4. Eat healthy.
5. Think positive through your day & laugh.
7. Set personal goals. .
8. Keep a journal.
9. Be grateful (a small task with huge benefits).
10. Take a day off & visit with friends/family or a day to spoil yourself (even just to read quietly).
Start today to become more aware of your surroundings, heart and open your mind. We know your happy smile is inside somewhere waiting to pop out, you just have to take a self-care approach to find it!
Happy Mothers Day to all the loving & inspiring women “caregivers”.... you deserve a fancy drink.
RELAX & PUT UP YOUR FEET THIS WEEKEND and let someone take care of you for once. You ALL DESERVE IT!
3 ounces soda water
3 ounces Cranberry Juice
One Clementine orange (Squeeze)
In a shaker filled with ice, mix cranberry juice, squeeze in Clementine juice. Add soda water and stir. Strain into two martini glasses with edges that have been dipped in sugar (optional). Garnish with a “cutie” slice.
Enjoy & have a wonderful weekend.
Guilt is a driver. I’ve spoken to many caregivers who dealt with guilt issues. There’s so much guilt around parenting, setting boundaries, am I doing enough, am I making the right decisions, am I doing the right thing for my family… Guilt isn’t only the driver, it’s also what makes people so sick. But then people start making decisions about what really feels right for them vs. what they think they should be doing – because the “should” is the guilt. If you put the “should” in there – “the book said I should do this,” “the article said I should do that” – you start making yourself unhappy and uncomfortable and you can’t make good decisions.
Each caregiver has to make a decision based on what fits them, we are all unique in our own way right? It’s not as if we can write a recipe for success as a caregiver. The only thing that works is for each person to identify what is important for them and then make decisions around that. I guess that’s a recipe in itself!
Caregiving is all about helping those who need it -- but what happens when those who need help insist they don't want it? Living with resistance hugely amps caregiver stress. It can make you feel like you're doing the "wrong" thing even when your impulses are totally right.
Many caregivers encounter this help-resisting phenomenon at the beginning of the care journey, when a loved one refuses to see a doctor for concerning symptoms, turns down eating, refuses to take pills, no walker for them ect.
1. Let it go. Come back to it.
We can fall deep into a power struggle without even realizing it. You say yes, I say no. You say later, I say now. When your loved one digs in their heels, retreat. Insisting only escalates the tension. By dropping back, you give yourself the opportunity to find a fresh entry point to the stand-off.
Your loved one may be resentful of the role you're in. They don't like being so dependent, which may make them feel bossed or babied (even if you're not bossy or mollycoddling). A little empathy can go a long way toward helping remind them that you're on the same side of things.
3. Crack a joke.
Humor doesn't work in every situation. But sometimes a wisecrack or light comment can brilliantly defuse tension and turn a dark reality into one so comically absurd that neither of you can help but laugh. And laughter, in turn, makes people more agreeable.
When your loved ones situation changes, it can turn your world upside down. Remember to breathe, listen and be present because their world has changed too.
Basically Ball jars are the perfect reusable salad container – they are easy to transport, a cinch to clean and work great for shaking up the salad before serving. As long as the dressing is at the bottom of the jar, the veggies stay nice and fresh and your lettuce doesn’t get soggy!
Easy to prep- night before... for professional caregivers to eat at work, busy soccer moms to all caregivers in between. Guilt free & yummy.
1. Start by putting 2 Tablespoons of dressing into the bottom of the jar.
2. Add items that will respond well to marinating in the dressing.
3. Add your remaining veggies, legumes, and greens.
red bell pepper
avocado sprinkled with lemon juice to prevent browning
chickpeas <– Salad 1 had this.
spring mix (lots of this – you can really pack it in)
4. Add remaining ingredients.
Hello! As a caregiver, mother and social service worker I have learned many life lessons through hands on experience. My dream for you is to make your journey through caregiving a cherished one.