Lesson #5: Nutrition

Lesson #5: Nutrition


I know you know what is good and what is bad for you to eat, but why is it such a struggle to stay on track. We all took nutrition in college and encourage our patients to eat healthier, but we as nurses tend to make unhealthy choices for a number of reasons. In the video below I explain how you can improve your nutrition with a few tips so you can start feeling better and stop making excuses that you have no energy!

Thanks again for checking out the video. I know that you are well aware how important nutrition is and if we could out work bad nutrition I’m sure we would all eat whatever we wanted and maybe exercise a bit more! Wouldn’t that be nice? Here is a quick summary of the tips and a few extra:

  1. Shop the outside aisles.
  • That’s where all the fresh foods are.  In most grocery stores, the produce, deli, meat, dairy, organic and fresh bread sections are on the outskirts of the store. The less you find yourself in the central aisles of the grocery store, the healthier your shopping trip will be.
  • The outside aisles have (almost) everything you need. The only times you should dip into the center aisles is when you are looking for nut butters, dried fruits, dried beans, rice, whole-wheat pasta or canned vegetables. Other center aisle staples include baking products, cooking oils or fibrous bread and cereals. Many of these products can also be found in the organic section (for a higher price), or in the self-serve section where you pay by the pound.
  • Avoid tempting snacks. Sticking to the outskirts of the store will help you avoid any impulse snack buys. Another tip to avoid purchasing salty or sugary snacks is to never go shopping on an empty stomach.
  1. Read the labels!! You will be shocked. Stay away from these!

If there are more than 5 ingredients

If the first 3 ingredients contain some form of sugar

If you can’t pronounce it

Made with whole grains (probably not 100% whole grains)

Multi-Grain usually means many refined grains

No cholesterol often means it never contained cholesterol in the first place. Remember plant derived food never has cholesterol! No cholesterol peanut butter, for example, is a no brainer.

“Natural” Don’t be fooled by food labeled all natural and remember that THE MOST HEALTHIEST FOODS DON’T HAVE OR NEED A LABEL!

  1. Cut back you can so you can afford better quality food for your family.
  2. Ask before you eat or drink, “How is this going to help my body?”
  3. Throw away all of the junk food in your house!!!
  4. Stay out of the cafeteria!

I hope this helped you out and gave you a few trip you can try to tighten up your nutrition, make you aware of things you can change, and then give you that added energy you are looking for! Here is the download for Michi’s Ladder. Please print it out and tape it to your fridge or your pantry.


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