Covid-19 Treatment Myth

I’ve been reading online some “treatments” people are suggesting to prevent covid-19, which in reality are myths. I talk about one of the myths I read about recently in my latest video. Hint: Hot water is better used for tea or coffee 😊. Stay safe everyone!

Social Distancing in my back yard…beautiful day!

Easy Mediterranean Inspired Healthy Lunch Plate You Can Make in Under 15 Min!

I LOVE Mediterranean food and try to get some Mediterranean food at least once or twice a month. Unfortunately, during the quarantine period, I can’t go out to eat at my favorite spots. To satisfy my craving and put my home cooking skills to use, I came up with this easy, Mediterranean inspired healthy lunch plate that I wanted to share with all of you!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 tortilla or 1 wrap
  • 4 tbsp canned black beans
  • 4 tbsp of canned corn
  • Frozen meatballs
  • Hummus
  • Hot sauce or sriracha (optional)

Warm up the tortilla or wrap in a pan with no oil. You can also put the tortilla or wrap in a microwave for about 10-20 seconds.

On your plate, put 4 tbsp canned black beans, 4 tbsp canned corn.

Cook 3-4 frozen meatballs as directed on the package, and cut them up into smaller pieces.

Put 2 tbsp hummus on the side and drizzle with hot sauce or sriracha (optional).

In under 15 min, you have a healthy, filling lunch that has about 500-600 calories and about 20 g of protein! Enjoy!

World Health Organization launches messaging service to answer COVID-19 questions

Recent news and social media’s #1 topic recently has been about COVID-19. Many people, of course, are turning to the internet to find out the latest reports and facts about this pandemic. The World Health Organization recently launched a fantastic messaging service via WhatsApp to help answer your questions and provide updates, reports and facts about COVID-19.

I tried the messaging service myself after logging onto WhatsApp and was impressed with the information I received (screen shots are below). If you would like accurate, up to date information about the Coronavirus pandemic, I highly recommend the World Health Organization’s WhatsApp messaging service. To learn more, here is the original article: https://www.who.int/news-room/feature-stories/detail/who-health-alert-brings-covid-19-facts-to-billions-via-whatsapp.

To access the messaging service directly via WhatsApp, click here or the image below. Stay safe everyone!

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Healthy lunch recipe you can make at home in under 20 minutes!

Since ALOT of people stocked up on groceries due to the #coronavirus quarantine, I wanted to share an easy, healthy lunch dish you can make at home in about 20 min!

What you will need:

  • 2 slices of bread
  • Toaster
  • 2 boiled eggs
  • Hummus
  • Sriracha or sauce of your choice (optional)
  1. Boil 2 eggs for about 10 minutes. While boiling the eggs, toast your 2 slices of bread.
  2. Spread hummus on each piece of toast.
  3. Slice up the 2 hard boiled eggs and put on the toast with hummus.
  4. Garnish with onion (or any veggie) and serve with sriracha (or a sauce of your choice) on the side.

You’re ready to enjoy a healthy, delicious home made lunch that’s also under 500 calories! Have a good lunch!

Oh and a reminder: make sure to always wash your hands before making your lunch and before eating 😊

#gracethenurse #coronavirus #covid19 #quarantine #healthyrecipe #homecooking #vegetarian #healthyfood #lunch #yummy #hummus #eggs #caloriecounting #recipe #handwashing

One of the BEST ways to avoid Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a major health concern around the world today. One of the BEST ways to avoid Coronavirus is also the BEST way to avoid the flu – handwashing!

Handwashing often, ESPECIALLY before eating or touching your mouth, nose or eyes, is the best way to prevent getting sick from a virus or bacteria. Currently, the CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you are not near a sink, you can also clean your hands with hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, as long as your hands are not visibly dirty.

Check out my videos on handwashing and cleaning your hands with hand sanitizer. The one I filmed in the parking lot was done recently…and I wanted to show off my Philadelphia Eagles lunch bag (go Birds!) haha

The other video was done about 5 years ago on Halloween featuring 2 of my coworkers, Mimi and Julie! Some of the nurses and medical assistants decided we would dress up as Star Trek.

The Halloween Star Trek video was fun because we filmed it unrehearsed and during a brief 5 minute break in between seeing patients, which is why at the end I ran to turn off the camera because we all had patients to see. Not to worry, none of our patients were kept waiting 😉

I hope you enjoy my videos, and I hope all of you stay safe during the #coronavirus quarantine!

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Pets at the Workplace is a Great Stress Reliever

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If this dog is “Big Brother”, he can watch me anytime 🙂 Photo courtesy of confessionsoftheprofessions.com

Happy Monday! I know many of you are getting ready for work (or already at work). As you sip your morning coffee/tea and quietly munch on your breakfast while checking email, do any of you start thinking, “Man, it’s Monday. Here we go. I hope today isn’t going to be too crazy”.

I usually felt like this on a Monday morning once I began working Monday-Friday (sidenote: for those who aren’t familiar with a nurse’s schedule, nurses usually work 12  hour shifts, 3 days/week. I’ll always remember asking the HR person at my first Monday-Friday job, “So, I work everyday except weekends?” Her response, “Yes” (with a skeptical look….or maybe it was her “duh” look 🙂 )

One job, though, did not feel as daunting on a Monday because usually as I approached the bottom of my coffee cup and ate the last few bites of my morning bagel, a random dog would appear by my side. The second I would look down at him and give him a few pets, my Mondays (and everyday, actually), suddenly felt a million times better. I always thought of this dog as Mr Social because he made it a point to visit each and every employee throughout the day.

Then another dog I nicknamed “The Beautiful Scavenger” would saunter through the office, sashaying his perfectly brushed golden mane and tail like a fashion model on the runway. I loved looking at this dog but loved even more watching him look in every trash bin for any food scraps while his owner was busy typing away at his desk. I’m not sure his owner knew his gorgeous canine was doing this, but none of us were going to be “the snitch”. 🙂

You might all be asking, “Where did you work? Petco? A veternarian’s office? Doggie beauty salon?” Believe it or not, I was working at a regular office in Silicon Valley, and employees bringing their dogs to work was actually a pretty common thing at tech offices in that area. I loved the idea and the fact that numerous companies allowed their employees to bring their beloved furry friends with them to work. I could always see the joy on these employees when they walked through the office door with their pets and throughout the day as they sought out their dogs during stressful moments. Equally wonderful was how these office dogs lifted the spirits and decreased the stress of everyone else in the office.

I decided to review online articles to see if anyone else felt that pets at the workplace was an excellent stress reliever and was happy to find more than a few articles supporting this idea. I also found quite a few articles too that brought up the pros and cons of pets at the workplace. I listed some of the articles below.

What are your thoughts? I’m obviously a believer of pets in the workplace and highly recommend it to anyone considering working at a pet friendly office.

Who Let The Dogs In? More Companies Welcome Pets At Work by Yuki Noguchi on npr.org

The Rising Trend of Pets at Work by Krystal D’Costa on Scientific American

The Benefits of Bringing Pets to Work at usc.edu

Dogs in the Workplace: A Review of the Benefits and Potential Challenges by Anne M. Foreman, Margaret K. Glenn, B. Jean Meade, Oliver Wirth on National Center for Biotechnology Information website

Pets In the Workplace: Is It a Good or Bad Idea? by Kim Tracy Prince on business.com

Take your dog to work Friday? These ’employees’ wag their tails by Kelly Tyko on usatoday.com

The many benefits of pets in the workplace on aaha.org

Why Bringing Your Dog to Work Can Be Great for (Almost) Everyone by Jennifer Calfas on time.com

Did You Know Animals Help Depression and Anxiety?

Happy Caturday! Did you know animals can help depression and decrease anxiety? My cat Jr Mint definitely helps my #mentalhealth. He even gives me hi-fives 😊

Here are some articles noting the positive effects of animals on mental health:

Alleviating Anxiety, Stress, and Depression with the Pet Effect by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Pets and Mental Health by The Mental Health Association

Science Says Your Pet Is Good for Your Mental Health by Time Magazine

Pets Help People Manage The Pain Of Serious Mental Illness by Erin Ross on npr.org

It’s official: Pets benefit our mental health by Ana Sandoiu on MedicalNewsToday.com

 

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Deadpool Describes Breakfast with the Best 4 Letter Word

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Deadpool is right. Only a 4 letter word can describe breakfast….GOOD 😂 Try not to skip breakfast. Missing meals can slow down your metabolism, making weight loss harder. If you’re not hungry in the morning, at least try eating a piece of fruit or toast to give your body nourishment and kick start your daily metabolism. BTW saw this cereal box at an f.y.e. store. Hilarious!

#deadpool #marvel #healthylifestyle #health #nurse #healthtips #healthtip #healthtipoftheday #gracethenurse #dope #funny #haha #hahaha #hilarious #cereal #breakfast #weightloss

Jumping for Joy = Calories Burned :)

If I ever get on the Price is Right, hopefully I can look this happy jumping when they call my name 😅

I’m trying to exercise more to get back in shape and wanted to share another excellent way to exercise…..jumping! You can burn about 10-20 calories for every minute of jumping. Here are my brother, niece, nephews and I jumping around and cheering like crazy after the Eagles win tonight! I think I burned the equivalent of 2 cheese puffs 😊 Go Eagles!!!

#jumping #health #calories #flyeaglesfly #eagles #eaglesnation #healthtips #healthtipoftheday #healthylifestyle #healthylife #weightlossjourney #weightloss #weightlossmotivation #exercise #exercises #football #footballseason #family #familyphotography #familylife #niece #nephew #nephews #kids #cutekids #celebration #celebrations

Hero Nurse Drives Through Fire to Save Others

Nurses perform heroic acts everyday. Due to HIPAA, many of these stories can’t be shared with the public. Nurses are special because hero worship isn’t what drives them. Saving lives and caring for others is our main motivation.
I would like to share stories (that are HIPAA compliant) of hero nurses with the public. Here’s a story of a hero nurse who risked his life to save others during the California fires. Excellent job Allyn Pierce!
https://bit.ly/2SEbqtg
#nursesrock #HERO #California #ThankYou #Health #caring #nurse #wow #amazing #fires