EP 181: 7 Foods That Help Nurses Gain Energy During a 12-hour Shift

EP 181: 7 Foods That Help Nurses Gain Energy During a 12-hour Shift

7 Foods That Help Nurses Gain Energy During a 12-hour Shift

Our diet plays a big role in keeping our bodies in shape. As nurses, we owe our bodies healthy and nutritious food. When we eat a well-balanced diet, we have more energy to do our job. It is why it’s best to know the 7 foods that help nurses gain energy during a 12-hour shift. Eating the right food will give you the best energy and avoid the stress that a 12-hour shift can give. 

In this episode, we will talk about the 7 best foods you can eat to keep up with your long shifts. We also had the chance to talk to Alandra Segoviano. She is a writer for wellandgood.com and is interested in the lifestyle of a nurse.  She is curious about what foods we eat on shift and why.  So if you are as curious as her, then this episode is for you. 

Diet vs. Lifestyle

Temporary Diets don’t work. You must find the food you like to eat and eliminate all the process stuff.

People see the results of diets because they just end up eliminating calories. Any diet will work if you just decrease the number of calories; everyone will find success in that. 

Intermittent fasting is beneficial, especially on nights. 

  • Working all night doesn’t mean you have to eat all night.
  • 16-8 is the one we usually do. We stop eating at midnight. 
  • Different associations with food. It becomes more of a fuel

Benefits of Intermittent fasting:

  1. Increases metabolism
  • In intermittent fasting, your metabolism does not decrease because fasting is short-term.
  • The way intermittent fasting indirectly boosts your metabolism is through norepinephrine. During acute starvation and short-term calorie negligence, your body increases norepinephrine levels. Norepinephrine causes an increase in the release of glucose. 

2. Immune function

  • Autophagy is the process of programmed cell death. It is also the ability to find damaged cells and destroy them.
  • On the immunological level, it is also breaking down white blood cells for resources to rebuild. White blood cells are a general term to associate all our immune cells. Our body naturally breaks down damaged cells and uses those components to create new mature white blood cells for the future.
  • Decreases oxidative stress and inflammation. Long-term effects of oxidation and inflammation increase the risks of developing cancer and other chronic diseases. A decrease in chronic disease, in turn, helps decrease the immune system’s workload.

3. Brain function

  • You take the work and time needed to consume food and put that effort into brain function and mental processing.
  • Increase a hormone called BDNF. Studies show that The chemical Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is decreased in depression and other brain issues. An increase in BDNF can make you feel better on a neurological level.
  • Builds self-control

4. Liquids 

  • You need to drink more water. This especially helps with hunger and craving. 

Food

Meat, including seafood – simple, protein keeps you fuller for longer. It’s the building block of life. 

  • Meat protein vs Plant-based
    • Research shows that meat protein 
      • Meat resulted in a more significant gain in whole-body net protein balance above baseline than the ounce equivalents of plant-based protein food sources. The improvement in whole-body net protein balance was due to increased protein synthesis with all the animal protein sources. In contrast, the egg and pork groups also suppressed protein breakdown compared to plant protein sources [1].
      • Steak, chicken, beef, pork, salmon, and shrimp. 

Fruits

    • Berries
      • Taste the best. Lower in calories and lower in carbs
  • Antioxidants
    • Help keep free radicals under control and helps decrease inflammation.
    • blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries have the highest antioxidant activity of commonly consumed fruits, next to pomegranates.

High in fiber

High nutrition content

      • Vitamins like C, minerals, Magnesium

Vegetables

  • The consistent vegetables we eat are mushrooms, potatoes (sweet and regular), onions, swiss chard, and greens.
  • Explore different vegetables and find ones you can consistently eat.
  • Basic building blocks for life. 
  • The primary source of all major vitamins and minerals for our body to function and present inflammation.

Greek yogurt and peanut butter

    • Unsweetened Greek yogurt with some fruits and granola
  • Great for gut support
      • Probiotics. Make sure it says Live and Active Cultures (LAC)
  • Bone and muscle health
    • Protein, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.

Oatmeal

    • Oatmeal with milk and butter, not water. 
    • Good source of fiber, protein, and antioxidants. 
  • Beta-glucans
    • Beta-glucans have been tested to lower blood glucose concentrations and decrease hyperlipidemia and hypertension [2].
    • It might prevent the body from absorbing cholesterol from food. They might also stimulate the immune system by increasing chemicals that prevent infections.
      • Essentially helps neutrophils travel to the site of infection faster and improves their potential to eliminate the bacteria they find there.

RX Bars

  • 3 eggwhites
  • 6 almonds 
  • 4 cashews
  • 2 Dates 

Recently – easy-to-eat salads with a choice of meat, romaine lettuce, cucumber, tomato, sprouts, avocado, red onion 

Primal Kitchen dressings – Cleanest dressing, based on olive and avocado oils. All are healthy foods that help nurses last their 12-hour shifts.

Learn what foods you can eat during your long shifts by watching the full episode here 👇

TIME STAMPS:

00:00 Introduction
01:44 Peters nightshift nurse life
03:42 Night shift eating pattern
06:44 What veggies and fruits for a nursing shift
10:09 Best protein powders
12:01 Water Intake as a nurse
16:21 Truth about dieting
17:34 Matt’s daily diet
19:55 Easy nursing snacks for nurses
24:05 How to prevent carb crashes and feeling tired
28:17 4 main food categories for good health
29:25 Avoid sugary foods at work
30:46 Caffeinate properly as a nurse
32:49 When do you get used to night shift?

 

Ep. 180: How Your Mindset Affects Your Life with Gary Clinton

Ep. 180: How Your Mindset Affects Your Life with Gary Clinton

How Your Mindset Affects Your Life with Gary Clinton

Your mindset affects your life in ways you don’t even expect. The truth is that many factors could affect our mental health. It could be stress, frustrations, or pent-up emotions that we cannot express. It could also be pressure at work, studies, or it could also be the way you think. We tend to put pressure on ourselves. And when we can’t fight these, it will indeed affect us. It is also the reason why many of us suffer from depression and anxiety. 

But is there a way to combat these mental health issues? How can we keep a healthy mind? And most importantly, how can your mindset affect your health and life in general?

In this episode, we would like to introduce you to Gary Clinton. Gary Clinton is a mental health enthusiast passionate about mental health, dreams, nutrition, fitness, and creating a ripple effect on this earth to change human consciousness.  He will help us understand how our mindset affects our life

We talk about the philosophy of life and how Gary overcame depression to become the person he is today.

QUESTIONS FOR GUESTS

The questions below are some we’d like to tackle. We go off-topic, so we don’t expect to hit them all. If you have any ideas, please let us know. We are looking forward to our conversation!

These are the questions you had in Calendly. We’ll go off your questions and wherever else our conversation goes.

QUESTIONS:

You told us that you lost your father, how did you cope with a death of a loved one? How did it affect your childhood?

  1. What were you trying to emotionally escape from? How did you deal with depression?
  2. What is the value of talking to someone?
  3. How do you clean up the mind?
  4. What are non-negotiable habits? And how important are they?
  5. How do you describe life and suffering in a metaphor?
  6. Any words of wisdom for people suffering from depression?
  7. How do we overcome suffering?

ENDING QUESTIONS

Before we end the show, we have one last question we like to ask all our guests.

If you had the opportunity to have a Cup of coffee with anybody one last time, who would it be & why? 

To learn more about how our mindset works and mental health, check out Gary on Instagram @mentalhealthhelp.ie for more helpful lessons and tips that you can use in life.

Learn more about your mindset by watching this full episode. Click here for the best advice! 👇

TIME STAMPS:

00:00 Introduction
01:38 About Gary Clinton
05:58 How acceptance molds our future
07:57 Coping with the loss of a father and Healing Childhood
11:13 Escaping emotions and dealing with depression
14:48 Value of talking to someone
18:13 Goals, Dreams, and going through change
21:36 Shifting perspective
25:39 Tools to keep you on track
27:33 Cleaning up the mind
32:43 The non-negotiable habits
40:18 Metaphors for life and suffering
58:19 Wrapping up the episode

EP 179: Healing Healthcare With Annette Tersigni

EP 179: Healing Healthcare With Annette Tersigni

Healing Healthcare With Annette Tersigni

Healing healthcare should be our number one priority. And as nurses, our health matters the most. We must take care of ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. While eating right and doing exercises is a must, it is also essential to take time to breathe and prepare your mind for the tasks ahead. 

Remember, our daily lives as healthcare professionals can be grueling, and our patients rely on us. We cannot serve others if we don’t serve ourselves first. It is why learning to take care of our mind and body plays a vital role in our everyday lives. How can you do this? Is there a trick to being “superhuman”? Of course not, but the good news is that there are plenty of ways to do them. 

In this episode, we would like to introduce you to Annette Tersigni. Annette is a former Hollywood actor, and Cover Girl turned nurse healer and wellness crusader. She is the founder of YogaNurse® and YogaNursing, a new movement in health care, nursing, and yoga. For 25 years, she has motivated thousands of nurses, patients, and students to live more enlightened, healthful, and spiritual lifestyles. 

We talk about how nurses handle trauma and the powers of mindfulness and wellness. 

QUESTIONS FOR GUESTS

The questions below are some we’d like to tackle. We go off-topic, so we don’t expect to hit them all. If you have any ideas, please let us know. Looking forward to our conversation!

These are the questions you had in calendly. We’ll go off your questions and wherever else our conversation goes.

  1. When did you decide to merge nursing and yoga practices, and what inspired you?
  2. How has Yoga helped you professionally and personally?
  3. Tell us more about your teaching and how your training differs from other yoga styles.
  4. How can yoga help nurses in both their personal and professional lives?
  5. Tell us more about the YogaNurse Model of Care as an adjunct therapy in patient care.
  6. How would you describe nursing leaders’ desire to support nurses’ role in contributing to yoga and nursing as a successful holistic modality?
  7. Please share your landmark news about the “Yoga Teacher Training. Exclusively for Nurses!”

ENDING QUESTIONS

Before we end the show, we have one last question we like to ask all our guests. If you had the opportunity to have a Cup of coffee with anybody one last time, who would it be & why? 

You can find Annette on Instagram at @yoganursefounder or visit her website  https://www.yoganurse.com/ or be part of her yoga academy and training https://yoganurseacademy.com/the-yoganursing-essentials-training/.

Let’s learn how we can take care of our health as nurses by watching the full episode here 👇

TIME STAMPS:

00:00 Introduction
01:52 About the guest
05:36 How did you get into nursing?
09:24 Nurses are the most trusted profession
10:09 How do you view consciousness?
11:39 All illness starts in the immaterial world
14:17 Changing the nursing conscious
15:03 How do you change trauma and heal healthcare
20:11 How do you heal the nursing consciousness?
22:11 Becoming the healer: 3 sacred remedies
26:54 Where to start awakening your consciousness
29:38 How to find your internal voice
31:56 The gap between our thoughts
35:31 How do you heal the inner child
40:08 Looping in the victim mentality
43:25 Wrapping up the episode

EP 178: How to Take Care of Your Skin With Laura Coral

EP 178: How to Take Care of Your Skin With Laura Coral

How to Take Care of Your Skin With Laura Coral

How you take care of your skin plays a role in your self-esteem. When you have beautiful skin, you also have self-confidence. Unfortunately, some of us don’t know how to care for our skin. As a result, some of us suffer from acne, blackheads, dryness of the skin, skin lesions, and other skin conditions. 

But how do you take care of your skin correctly anyway? Is showering enough? What about a skincare routine? Is there a specific way to achieve great skin?

If you suffer from bad skin, this episode is for you. In this episode, we would like to introduce you to Laura Coral. Laura is a dermatology physician assistant working at Curology and branching off to YouTube and social media to share her experience being a PA and encourage future healthcare providers to go after their dreams!

We will discuss the best skin care routines and how to decrease acne and wrinkles. 

QUESTIONS FOR GUESTS

The questions below are some we’d like to tackle. We go off-topic, so we don’t expect to hit them all. If you have any ideas, please let us know. Looking forward to our conversation!

  1. Laura can you give us a little background about yourself and how you got started in dermatology?
    • Did you go straight into PA school, or did you start off somewhere else in the healthcare field?
    • Have you always worked in dermatology? 
  2. How did you get started in Curology? 
    • Why do you like the company, and how do they personalized skincare?
  3. What are the most common skin issues you see and common ways to treat them? Dry skin, acne, pigmentation issues, etc.
  4. What are some common skin myths or misconceptions?
    • Common questions your clients ask?
    • What ages the skin and causes wrinkles? 
      1. Are there some universal products out there that can help with aging? 
  5. Do you have a skincare routine?
    • What skin products can you not live without? 
    • What are some universal products that you think everyone should use?
  6. Psychosomatic manifestations are something we’ve been curious about. It shows how powerful our mind is and the destruction we can cause to ourselves. Have you had any experience with psychosomatic disorders? 
    • A big culprit of this is unaddressed conflicts that linger on for years. How can people get over this? 
    • Psychosomatic disorder is a psychological condition involving the occurrence of physical symptoms, usually lacking a medical explanation. People with this condition may have excessive thoughts, feelings, or concerns about the symptoms.

ENDING QUESTIONS

Before we end the show, we have one last question we like to ask all our guests. If you had the opportunity to have a Cup of coffee with anybody one last time, who would it be & why? 

Connect with Laura through her Instagram at @thecoralbrief or subscribe to her YouTube Channel for more skin care tips at www.youtube.com/c/LauraCoralPAC.

Do you want to have healthy skin? Learn helpful tips by watching this full episode 👇

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTsxpMQdG7Q

TIME STAMPS:

00:00 Introduction
01:48 About the guest
04:01 How did you get started in Curology?
05:35 Difference between face and body skin
06:42 What products to avoid
09:06 Basic skincare routine
11:20 Difference between serums, creams, and lotions
14:19 The skincare routine for you
17:05 Does applying sunscreen necessary?
21:58 Wrinkles and retinol
24:20 What causes acne?
31:44 Skincare and makeup
34:03 Laura’s skincare routine
36:10 What is a dark spot?
38:36 Scar treatments
42:19 Psychosomatic disorder
47:26 Talking about insecurities
50:02 Managing Stress
51:10 Can eyebags be treated
52:59 Wrapping up the episode

4 Tips to Do the Night Before Your NCLEX Exams

4 Tips to Do the Night Before Your NCLEX Exams

4 Tips to Do the Night Before Your NCLEX Exams

Your NCLEX exams are scheduled for tomorrow; what should you do? Here are four tips to do on the night before your NCLEX exams. 

Helpful Tips to Remember the Night Before Your NCLEX Exams

Congratulations! You are a few tests away from becoming registered healthcare professional. I am proud of your hard work and dedication to finally take the NCLEX exams that will determine your fate as an actual nurse. 

Before you take the examinations tomorrow, remember these tips and apply them where you see fit. What should you do on the night before your NCLEX exams? Here are helpful reminders:

1. Be as ready as you can. 

Cramming at the last minute is not the way to go. During this time, you should be relaxing. Reading your notes for the last time is not going to help you. 

Remember, you already studied for these exams months beforehand, so you must feel confident that you can answer your tests to the best of your abilities. 

Instead of cramming, get enough sleep. You can also review your test instructions, ensure that you have the correct number for your testing room and that all the documents you need for the examination are filed, double-checked, and ready for you tomorrow. 

  • Be sure to set the alarm clock a few hours before the exams. Check your car’s gas and if you have enough to drive yourself to the testing center. 
  • Check your car’s tires, and ensure they are not flat or have issues. You do not want to be late for the exams because of car trouble or miss it because of these issues. 
  • If you don’t have a car, ask someone ahead to drive you to your testing site. You can also book a transportation service if this is a better option.

If you want to take a quick look at all the materials you have been studying, do them at least 48 hours before the exams. It is not advisable to review the night before your exams. It will only make you anxious. Instead, try to relax and go to sleep early.

2. Remind yourself that it is normal to be tense.

Perhaps you have been thinking about many things tonight. Well, if you are – STOP. You will only get yourself worked up and might trigger your anxiety. 

What you can do is practice breathing. If you feel anxious about tomorrow’s exams, pause, take a deep breath, and exhale. Do this as often as you can until you feel better. 

Remind yourself that it is common to feel the jitters the night before the NCLEX exams. After all, this is an important test to take. The tension you feel right now is normal. 

Try to relax; take a nice hot bath, light up some scented candles or diffuse oils. Stressing about the exams tomorrow will not help. You might as well enjoy this time. 

3.  Treat yourself; you deserve it!

The night before you take the exams, eat a good meal. Consider it as your reward. You have been preparing for this moment for many months. Treating yourself to a night dinner is the reward you deserve for all the hard work. 

If you don’t want to eat dinner, get something you have been depriving yourself of for months. Whatever treat you give yourself, reflect on your efforts to get this far. 

NCLEX is not an easy exam; treating yourself is one way to boost your self-confidence and encourage you to do well on your exams tomorrow!

4. Get plenty of sleep.

Once you have eaten, prepared your documents, taken a nice shower, and prepared your clothes for tomorrow, you can go to bed. Say your prayers (if you’re religious of course) and go to sleep early. Don’t stay up late. It will mess with your body clock. You might also wake up late tomorrow, so avoid this. 

Turn off your social media, keep your phone silent, turn off notifications, and get to bed. Being ready for the exams means you must make sacrifices, even for a day. 

If sleeping early means you have to miss your favorite show or not reply to messages for a while, so be it! 

In Closing

Preparing the night before your NCLEX exams is essential. You must not overlook it and be complacent. If you are ready to answer the questions, be prepared physically, mentally, and emotionally. 

The opportunity to pass NCLEX on your first try is a blessing. You should also be ready for it as much as possible. I hope these tips helped you prepare for the exams, good luck!