Take Care of Your Heart Health
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and is responsible for one in four deaths each year. In honor of Heart Month, we can all do our part in taking charge of our heart health and those around us by working together to live a healthier lifestyle especially as travel nurses. Read on for our healthy eating tips for travel nurses.
1. Stick to a Routine!
When starting a new travel nursing assignment, consider setting up a routine for yourself as quickly as possible. This will allow you to stay ahead of yourself and help you eat healthier. Get to know where your nearest groceries are so you know where to go stock up on fruits and vegetables. Make a list of all the things you need prior to shopping to avoid buying with your eyes. Also browse through local restaurants that have healthier options for the days you need a break from cooking.
2. Make Meal Prepping Your Best Friend
Meal prepping is a great way to help you save time, money, and those unwanted calories. The internet is your treasure map to all different types of recipes that are easy to make and great for nurses on the go. Switch up your protein options to help add variety in your meals and discover various salad recipes to help make eating your veggies less boring. Use individual sized containers to help save space in your fridge and make it easier for grab and go in the morning or night (depending on your shift).
3. Choose Healthier Snacks!
As easy as it is to run to the vending machine to grab a bag of chips or candy bar, consider adding healthier snacks to your grocery list. Grab nuts and dried fruit options or individually packed trail mix, granola bars, or low sodium crackers. You can even prepare celery sticks or carrot sticks for an even healthier snack option.
Our nurses are our heroes so it’s important for our nurses to do what they can to stay healthy. Besides healthy eating make sure to get exercise, and rest. Always make time for self-care because your well-being matters too! If you need any help remember we are always here for you. 😊