If there’s one thing you learned, and quickly, in your CNA training classes, it was the fact that you’d be expected to multi-task, make quick decisions, and provide the highest quality of care to your patients, day in and day out. Becoming a nursing assistant is much like being a mother of a large family, –okay, a REALLY large family, or a school teacher, or day care worker. Bottom line, you’re always on deck and you always have to be your best.
CNA Training Graduates Agree – Working While Feeling Ill is the Worst
Ask any seasoned CNA training graduate what it’s like to work a full shift when they’re feeling under the weather and you’ll see that look come across their face. “It’s awful,” says Marla, a CNA with a decade of experience behind her. “It’s not like having a desk job where you can sort of just get by even though you feel awful. If you’re dragging during your shift as a CNA, it’s quite an overwhelming experience. You tend to get frazzled easily and falling behind is almost unavoidable.” So, how do we reduce the number of times we’ll have to face days like these? By staying in tip-top health. We plan to roll out an entire blog series about health in the workplace, but today we’re focusing on healthy eating. Let’s take a look:
CNA Training Graduates Advice – Increase Your Immune Levels Quickly!
Most CNA training graduates are at work for at least an eight hour shift. When you add travel time to this, that makes about 10 hours per day spent away from home and away from your kitchen. What’s my point? Simple. It’s not going to do you a bit of good to stock healthy fruits and vegetables in your kitchen if you don’t pack your lunch. With that in mind, here’s a week’s worth of healthy lunches that will fill you up, provide much needed nutrients, and boost your immune system all at the same time.
CNA Training Graduates –Healthy Lunches to the Rescue
First, let’s look at the one thing you should not include in your healthy diet, –soda. If you’re packing this in your lunch do your best to cut down and eventually cut it out. Whether it’s diet or regular, soda contains high fructose corn syrup, which has been proven to contribute to type 2 diabetes. Soda also gives you an immediate boost of sugar based energy, but causes you to crash and burn later.
Next, here’s a great list of healthy foods that will provide a full day of constant energy while also boosting your immune system. Bet you didn’t learn any of this in CNA Training!
- Tuna – A great source of iron and packed with Omega 3 fat (the good kind)
- Fruits – Fresh fruit, not juice, is the healthiest way to curb your sweet tooth while providing instant energy
- Carbs – Contrary to popular belief, carbs are not your enemy. A baked potato or pasta salad with tuna is a perfect energy boost
- Water – You should be drinking at least 8-10 glasses per day. Water helps your body flush out the sickness and toxins from your body, thus providing a healthier and stronger immune system. Add a slice of fresh lemon and you’ve just increased the immune boosting power by 100!
Now of course you’ll need more than just the items listed above, but this is a great start for a healthy CNA training graduate lifestyle. In our next post we’ll go into more detail about healthy eating on the job.
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