This side dish is great for a lunch or dinner normally served hot but can also be made ahead of time to take with you in an air tight container. Lasts up to four days in the fridge.
1 can of chick peas
2 tbsp oil
2 tomatoes (fresh or canned)
a few handfuls of spinach (fresh or frozen)
1 small onion
1/4 cup feta cheese
On medium heat, add oil. Chop small onion, tomato, add whole chick peas (per-wash from can).
Cook for 7 mins. Add in spinach, mix together and top with feta cheese. Enjoy!
CAREGIVERS TIP OF THE DAY:
“Courage is grace under pressure”- Ernest Hemingway
1. Step Away From The Chaos: The only way you’re going to free up time is by stepping back and looking at your life from an objective perspective.
2. Drop/Delegate What You Can: It’s amazing the number of things we do because we feel obligated to, not because we legitimately want to. Look through your entire list of obligations and categorize them:
3. Batch Tasks Together: When you free up time you’re able to think mindfully. From this point on, you’ll be able to assess everything you want to do and decide the most time-effective way to get things done.
4. Eliminate Distractions: Do what you can to stay on track by eliminating distractions: get up earlier, only check your email at certain times, don’t read a text until you legitimately have time to, and put your phone on silent at night so you can actually unwind.
Tip: a larger coffee mug saves trips to the coffee maker.
5. Define Boundaries: Instead of saying, “Yes,” to everything, start saying, “I’ll get back to you.” This will give you time to make an informed decision about every new request that comes your way – both professionally and personally.
6. Recap On A Regular Basis: It’s a gradual build-up of I’d-love-tos and sure-why-nots that slip under the radar until we can’t remember the last time we did the laundry or washed our hair. Once you’ve successfully cut back your schedule to a level a human can handle, reassess weekly to make sure you don’t fall back into old habits.
If you are looking for a quick lunch or side dish this recipe is nutritional & so easy to prepare.
-1 cup mozzarella cheese
- basil (real or dryed)
Cut tomatoes into am oiled baking pan. Sprinkle on mozzarella cheese, basil, salt & pepper. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Enjoy while its hot.
Caregiver Tip of the Day: Trust your instincts!
1. Have the right bite for breakfast
If you start your day on an empty stomach, you'll be in a slump before lunch. Fresh fruits, granola & yogurt, omelette's or energy smoothies are perfect.
2. Eat more often
A large meal will make you feel lethargic. Eat smaller-portion meals or snacks about every four hours to keep your blood sugar—and energy!
3. Fill your tank
If you're low on H2O, you'll likely feel fatigued. Getting the equivalent of about 6 to 10 cups of water a day is essential for energy, since water helps us digest and metabolize our food.
But you don't have to drink plain water to stay hydrated. "Juicy foods"—fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, cucumber, celery, tomatoes and apples—which are over 90 percent water, can help you meet your fluid quota. And broth-based soups & milk.
4. Get more of the vitality vitamin
Vitamin C is the way to be, helps lift your fatigue levels and helps your skin get its glow back.
5. Rev up with exercise
When you're tired, the last thing you want to do is jog or hit the gym. But a workout can recharge your batteries by releasing feel-good brain chemicals and pumping energizing oxygen to your brain.
6. Lighten the overload
A schedule that leaves no room for R&R is guaranteed to wipe you out. On weekends, pare down your to-do list to high-priority activities and ask for help, if necessary, so you don't spend all your time tending to others but do what you enjoy.
7. Soak up some sun
Evidence suggests that early-morning exposure to bright light increases energy and that working under sunlight-intensity artificial light in the afternoon can keep you alert and productive when you're short on sleep.
1 Bunch kale, cleaned, torn into small pieces
2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese
2 Teaspoon olive oil
1 Teaspoon salt
1/2 Teaspoon pepper
-Heat oven to 350°F. Spray paper with cooking spray.
-In large bowl, toss ingredients until kale is evenly coated. Place on cookie sheet in single layer.
-Bake 5 minutes, stirring once halfway through baking, until chips are crisp. Store in airtight container.
These chips are healthy and taste great, use them as a side to a meal or an on the go snack. Takes little preparation & clean-up time to make and stores well if made the night before.
In order to maintain the healthy relationship between the caregiver and loved one, caregivers often use the time that respite care gives them to take a “caregiver vacation”. Respite care means a break for the caregiver so that they are able to recharge and rejuvenate themselves. These breaks range from a day, weeks to several months, depending on your specific needs. Caregivers can have peace of mind that in their absence their loved ones are receiving the care they need.
At R.A.W. Caregiver Support Network we understand the need to look after yourself before looking after another. We see far to many burnt-out caregivers on a daily bases. Therefore we have developed a respite care program that is free to all Collingwood & surrounding area caregivers to use. We provide 2 hours a week/ free respite care services (in your home) by our professional team of volunteers. If you need more time during the week we offer very affordable prices to add on hours of care.
So don't feel trapped in your caregiving situation, go on a walk, a date with your other half, lunch with friends or a game of golf. We recommend caregivers do an activity that is dear to them during this time allowing our other services to come into play to help with all the chores (errand runs, housekeeping, laundry, meals dropped off to your doorstep) so that you can feel like yourself again.
If you are not in our area, please seek out your communities respite care programs!
As summer is winding down, looking for your next great book to read? Take a minute to check out this book on caregiving it is one to keep in the family. A wonderful written handbook with in-site from a caregiver herself. Easy to read, so sneak away under a tree on your “lunch break” or pull out at your loved ones “dr's appointments” and learn some caregivers tips & tricks that can be very helpful!
Be the Noodle: Fifty Ways to be a Compassionate, Courageous, Crazy-Good Caregiver, By Lois Kelly
Part love story, part how-to manual, part memoir, Be The Noodle shows readers how to find superpowers they never knew that had, stay sane, take comfort in sick humor, find compassion and become crazy-good caregivers, one of the most courageous jobs most of us never wanted or have ever been trained to do.
We all get wrapped up in life, focusing on our own journeys, (we are only human) but what happens when your parents or grandparents need our attention. Can we all come together as siblings to build a plan where even out of country family, friends and relatives can help. Here are some easy steps to think about:
-Create a safe place for your loved one to stay (their own house, your house with extra room ect..)
-Start talking to your family members about there role in caring (calling mom every Friday night, talking her out for the day bi-weekly). Put your plans in writing, print and send to each member in your loved ones life to keep them aware of it.
-Share information, normally the person who is looking after the loved one full-time can keep everyone else updated monthly by e-mail, skype, calling or in person. Keeping lines of communication open so everyone is on the same page.
-If problems arise—be specific and brain storm solutions together. One sibling may know of a community program the others are not aware about.
-Ask each other questions, especially dealing with any concerns.
-Make one person in charge of the finances be honest with each other, if you are supporting your loved ones meals, rent ect.. ask for help from the others. Make the others know the time, energy and ongoing support you are giving (example: drives to and from dr. appointments, getting taxes done, laundry daily ect..)
-Emotional burden, have a support system with each other and ask how the main caregiver is holding up & how you can help.
-Physical care, if your loved one needs more help make sure all members of the family are involved before making any big decisions. You don't want to step on any toes. Review your loved ones condition every month, what you have noticed is better, worse or the same and share with others.
Realize with all the family, friends and supportive organizations out there you should never feel alone in caregiving. So pick up that phone and inform your family, they may surprise you with the ongoing help you can receive.
A BETTER YOU IS A BETTER CAREGIVER!.
In my family these lettuce wraps are a staple. They are so simple to make, healthy and fill you up fast. If you work full time, always running to take the kids to an activity or are finding easy healthy ways to care for yourself and feed the loved one you are caring for, this recipe is a winner!
1 pkg of lean ground turkey
1 pkg taco mix (any flavor optional)
1 head romaine lettuce
Start cooking turkey on stove top, when starting to brown add in chopped tomato and onion. Sprinkle desired taco mix in. Cook on stove top for 15 mins. Scoop mixture into the middle of each lettuce leaf.
You can use any meat (beef/ tuna) and any vegetable you have in the fridge. Extra toppings could be low fat yogurt, salsa or your favorite salad dressing to dip on the side.
Caregiver Tip of the Day: Focus on what you are able to provide and don't sweat the small stuff.
Enjoy your weekend everyone!
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.