MotherEarth

Earth Day Tips: Packing a Healthier, Zero Waste Lunch

This is a guest blog by WildMintShop.com

Tuesday, April 22 this year is “Earth Day,” a day when people around the globe get together to bring awareness to environmental issues and promote greater appreciation of the planet. There are thousands of steps, big or small, one can take to help protect our planet, and today we wanted to focus on a topic we know everyone can relate to—food! As busy health professionals, we know it’s probably hard to find time to pack lunch, yet, ordering takeout, eating in the cafeteria, or constantly going out for lunch aren’t necessarily the most cost-effective or healthiest options. That’s why we’re here to help you change up your lunch routine while going green! At Wild Mint, we are dedicated to helping families live healthier, safer, and more earth-friendly lifestyles, so we’ve put together some of our favorite tips to help you pack a healthier, zero waste lunch for work.

There are two main areas you can focus on to help pack a healthier lunch: the food you pack and the containers you use to pack your food.  First, trying to pack whole, fresh foods such as fruits and vegetables, lean meats, nuts, legumes, and grains are of course better for your health than eating processed foods and those high in saturated fats.  But another thing to remember is that research shows organic foods are higher in nutrients (vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals) and free from many of the toxic pesticides used in regular foods.  To help you shop for organic foods on a budget, check out the Environmental Working Group’s Shoppers Guide to see the best foods to try to buy organic.

Now that you’re packing healthier foods, it’s time to consider your food containers. Did you know that chemicals in some items including lunch bags, plastic containers, utensils, plastic baggies, and water bottles can actually leach into your food and drink? These toxic chemicals (including Bisphenol-A or BPA, phthalates and PVC’s, and lead) can have a short or long term effect on people’s health including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, worsening allergy and asthma symptoms, impaired intellect, and some cancers. To help you avoid any potential health consequences from using products made with toxic chemicals, switch to non toxic, reusable lunch-packing gear made from glass, stainless steel, organic cotton, and bamboo.

Packing your lunch in reusable products is also a great way to reduce waste in the environment. According to RecycleWorks.org, a person who uses a disposable lunch creates between 4-8 ounces of garbage everyday, which can add up to as much as 100 pounds per year! That’s a lot of garbage by just one person that is polluting the air and oceans. Additionally, plastics, which are used to make so many disposable lunch gear items, take centuries to decompose and if incinerated in the process, release toxic byproducts into the atmosphere.

PCSOW028                  Below are 4 ways to help you pack the perfect zero-waste lunch:MSWB8056

1)      Pack a Reusable Lunch Bag: Look for a reusable lunch bag free from toxic chemicals like lead, PVCs, phth alates, and BPA. If you’re looking for the most eco friendly option, opt for a bag made completely from 100% organic cotton, which is grown without the use of pesticides and has lower environmental impacts than conventional cotton.

2)      Store Healthy Food in Reusable Containers: As discussed, glass, stainless steel, and organic cotton are all toxin-free alternatives to plastic that also promote healthier eating by conscious food preparation. Pack healthy sandwiches, meals, veggie sticks, yogurt, fruit, and more nutritious options in safer glass food storage containers and stainless steel food containers. Replace plastic baggies with reusable sandwich bags and reusable snack bags which will save money in the long run and help reduce waste!

3)      Sustainable Utensils & Napkins: Reusable bamboo utensils are an Eco-friendly alternative to plastics, much lighter then packing silverware, and super cute! With napkins, opt for reusable 100% organic cotton instead of paper napkins that add unnecessary waste to landfills.

4)      Reusable Beverage Bottles: Plastic water bottles, juice boxes, soda cans, and other disposable drinks can contain unhealthy ingredients, toxic chemicals, and of course contribute to waste. Instead, use reusable glass water bottles or stainless steel water bottles filled with water and other healthy beverages. We love Lifefactory water bottles for glass and Klean Kanteen bottles for stainless steel.

We hope these tips have been helpful and informative in learning about toxin-free, earth friendly lunch packing. For some ideas on healthy lunch and snack options visit our Recipe Section and to learn more about healthy, safer living visit our Learn Section.

 

 

 

How to choose the right colors for your Scrubs

Colors revive the mind, body and soul and it also saps your energies. Have you ever worn one of your favorite colored nursing uniforms and it lifts the mood of your coworkers and patients as they see you? You get a lot of compliments and you feel happy and they feel happy. Everyone’s happy!

There is truth to the energies that colors emit and there is no escaping them as they are all around you. Guys traditionally wear dark colors and women wear all colors and prints depending on their personality and mood. These two things influence your choices in choosing your scrubs and sometimes they conflict with each other.

Colors are a powerful communication tool and it is therapeutic as well as expressive. It is Spring time and a lot of yellows, pinks, oranges, bright shades of greens and blues will be worn as well as purple which is a trendy color this season for nursing scrubs. So what does each color mean? Check out Uniform Advantage’s Color Psychology guide to help you choose your nursing uniforms.

 

Red is stimulating, energetic and represents survival.

Royal Blue is calm, trusting and reflective.

Green represents harmony and peace and refreshment and restoration.

Pink is all about love, nurture and warmth.

Brown is naturalistic, reliable and supportive.

Orange is also a warm color and represents passion and abundance.

White is hygienic and simple.

Purple is meditative, spiritually aware and truthful.

Black shows security, represents sophistication and efficiency.

 

What is your #favorite color and why? Leave us a comment. We would love to hear from you!

The meaning of colors when choosing your nursing uniforms

 

How to Rise Above it All: Nursing from Within…

Elizabeth ScalaWritten by Guest Blogger and Spiritual Practical Nurse, Elizabeth Scala

Healthcare has gone, and will continue to go through, major shifts.

Political policy, economic environments, and the rise of technology could paint us this picture of healthcare as a big, money making business. The motivation to increase profits can potentially take out the love and genuine nature of what nursing represents.

Yikes!

On one hand, this landscape appears bleak. On another, we might see it as an opportunity.

In my line of work, I see so much stress coming at us nurses from every angle; I was thinking I’d opt for option two. We are at a crossroads and the path I choose to take is one in which we as nurses can rise above the stress when you may have lost hope, even worse, when you want to give up. Who’s with me?

What I’d like to offer in this article is a fresh, new perspective. This requires some out-of-the box thinking, but in the words of my teachers, Lissa Rankin and Rachel Naomi Remen- “Life is what happens outside of the box”.

The challenges touched on above are often beyond the individual nurse’s control. And this feeling of ‘lack of control’ is one of the reasons beneath the reasons for stress.

I was actually in a meeting a couple of weeks ago with some of the major leadership players on well-being at my workplace. A question was posed, as we tried to wrap up the conversation and nail down the key take-away points, “What is the one thing we could focus on to help our nurses? The one thing they struggle with?

Stress. At first, that was the unanimous response.

I, with dozens of years less experience than any and the youngest in the room, timidly spoke up. And am glad that I did. My viewpoint: yes, stress is a major challenge. And there are things that are happening even beneath the stress. The underlying issues, so to speak.

So as I said above, the lack of control is one. Feeling as though we don’t have a voice can be another. Being unable to work up to our degrees and actually provide quality nursing care might still be an example.

In fact, I could go on and on.

This awareness that there are issues beneath the issues is what has sparked me to embark on my journey of bringing out the nurse within.

In today’s post, I’d like to share with you two techniques you might try to reconnect with your nurse within:

  • Focus the Energy: It may be hard to do at first, especially with all of the challenges we’ve discussed above, but the best thing you can do in any and all situations is to focus on the positive. Sure you may have a lot of computerized work to do, but it’s so much more legible than those old handwritten notes we used to receive. OK so maybe the staffing isn’t great for the day, but you’re helping people heal. As Carl Jung put it: “What we resist, persists.” Where you place your energy, effort and attention will only grow in strength. Focus on all of the good you do at work, the joy you bring to others and the love you have of your role- this will bring you more good to be grateful for.
  • Mindfulness Matters: Take up a mindfulness practice outside of work or class. A daily routine of going inward while you’re not engrossed with study or job will help you when the chaos of a nursing day lands on your shoulders. It’s hard to focus on being present in the moment when you’re just that busy. So a way to be better at concentrated attention is to take up a daily mindfulness practice like meditation, body scanning, Tai Chi, Reiki or Yoga.

There are many more ways to invite the nurse within. I encourage you to simply open up to the possibility and practice. The negativity, the stress, everything we encounter- it can become overwhelmingly exhausting. If we let it.

Focus on what you can control. Connect with the relationships that lift you up. Notice where you feel pride, gratitude and joy. Nursing truly is a beautiful blend of art and science; now allow the practice to flow from inside of you.

About the Author: Spiritual Practice Nurse Elizabeth Scala is on a mission to transform the profession of nursing from the inside out. Individuals typically enter nursing with a desire to provide compassionate, heart-based care. Challenged by regulations, financial pressures and technological advancements, today’s nurse struggles to balance the art with the science of nursing. As a speaker, trainer, facilitator and author, Elizabeth inspires nursing teams to reconnect with the passionate and fulfilling joy that once called them to their career. To find out more about Elizabeth Scala, please go to http://www.elizabethscala.com. You can follow Elizabeth on Twitter @ElizabethScala, Google +, Pinterest, LinkedIn and You Tube and check out her latest book,  Back to the Basics: A Nurse’s Pocket Guide to Self-Care.

The views and opinions expressed on this blog post are solely those of the original author. Their views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of Uniform Advantage’s staff, and/or any contributors to this site.

Art-of-Nursing Event

 

How to choose your Nursing Uniforms using Uniform Advantage’s Body Shape Guide

When you shop for yourself, what is the first thing you think about? Size? Color? Fit? Style? Trendy or Passé? Do you do the same when selecting your nursing uniforms or do you have to switch your brain because it is work related? In anything related to clothing, there are two important things you must consider: Your body’s measurements and your body type.

Hubert Givenchy said it well, “The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress.”

Even though you are looking for medical scrubs for work, you still want to look great and present a confident image. Nurses wear their scrubs a lot more than their personal clothing so in getting to know their body well, they will start becoming more aware of their curves and angles and lines. When choosing the right nursing uniform, there is a wide variety for you to choose from: scrub tops, scrub pants and skirts down to nursing shoes and accessories. You can outfit yourself with mock wrap tops if you are an Hourglass shape, V-neck, side stretch panel tops if you are a Pear shape, boot cut or flared scrub pants if you are an Apple shape, wide leg pants or flared skirts if you are an Inverted Triangle shape and lastly, ruffles or ruching if you are a Rectangle shape. Accentuate your features with the right fit and your choices will naturally complement your personality and style. Happy Shopping!

 

 knowing your body type

821206b5365688fbd6fab04a3fa70e32

5 Ways to Indulge in SPRING Trends!

Capture2

Something Floral – Whether it’s a flower in your hair or a floral print top…anything floral is the number one must have trend for this Spring season. The easiest way to incorporate this trend in your day is with the Electric Floral mock wrap scrub top from HeartSoul! The top also has bursts of bright colors like Citrus Blast and Orange Pop! Shop floral scrubs at Uniform Advantage: http://www.uniformadvantage.com/pages/dpt/floral-print-scrubs.asp?navbar=4

2118Spring Eats – Whole Foods Market often features recipes they come up with themselves, and their Fresh Pineapple Salsa will surely get you in the mood for Spring. The colors evoke a sense of happiness and the flavors will have you running for never-ending spoonfuls! Check out the recipe: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/fresh-pineapple-salsa?crlt.pid=camp.bTfloUyQeKpj

b6aea800206099d44bc62f3bc2c977e0

Pretty Pastels – Who said pastels are boring? Not this Spring! Pastels can help you transform your nails to fun and bright. Play around with different designs or just find a classic subdued pink to add a change to your basic nail. Want to be a bit more edgy? Add a bit of bling with a glitter topcoat!

Capture

Funky Kicks – Fun and crazy shoes are in…but that doesn’t mean you have to be in pain. Combine fashion and comfort with Alegria shoes in Flower Power! With the long shifts you do on your feet, you need something that will be there for you! These shoes are slip resistant, encourage proper posture, and are designed with a footbed to form to the natural shape of your feet. Whoa…sounds like a winner! Check out all Alegria shoes at Uniform Advantage: http://www.uniformadvantage.com/pages/dpt/shoes-alegria.asp?navbar=7

821206b5365688fbd6fab04a3fa70e32

Braid Fever – Do away with the perfect sleeked ponytail, and give in to Braid Fever! Celebrities are also sporting all types of braids from a tight fishtail to a Dutchreverse. This way your hair will be out of your face, yet look like you put some effort into it.

Nursing Blogs and Resource Sites…A Must Read!

logo_RenalCare_NursesStation

In every nursing blog we have come across and whom we work with, we have felt the passion from the nurses and medical professionals about their subject matters. They are passionate writers! How could they not be, based on their work environment? When you find a great piece of content and you find yourself immersed in the source, you want to share it with everyone. Today, our team at Uniform Advantage has highlighted nursing blogs and sites written and published by individual nurses and institutions that provide a wealth of information and wisdom as well as some good ole humor. We know that their experiences, challenges and industry insights will resonate with you and we hope that they will help you professionally and personally. Enjoy our selections below and please send us any great finds you have come across. We welcome your feedback for any blog suggestions.

Health & Wellness and Personal Development
Living Sublime Wellness by Elizabeth Scala
My Strong Medicine by Sean Dent
According to Kateri
Nursetopia

Nursing Communities/Organizations/Universities
NurseTogether
NurseZone
MinorityNurse
Georgetown University School Nursing Blog
The American Nurse, official publication of the American Nurses Association
The Dean’s Blog, written by the Dean of the UCSF School of Nursing
Grounds for Health
Nursing Center
Nursing Blogs at Johns Hopkins University

Education/Careers/Arts
Off The Charts by American Journal of Nursing
The Nursing Site Blog by Kathy Quan
Digital Doorway by Keith Carlson
The Makings of a Nurse
Registered Nurse RN
NursingIdeas
Not Running a Hospital
JParadisi RN

Technology
The Nerdy Nurse by Brittney Wilson
Innovative Nurse by Kevin Ross
RN.FMRadio, Kevin Ross/Keith Carlson – Co-Founders and Co-Hosts
Browne Knows – Social Media for Healthcare

Entertainment
At Your Cervix
The Adventures of Nurse Niki
Doctor Grumpy in the House
Head Nurse

Here’s the Scoop on Uniform Advantage Coupons

Shopping Season is on the horizon, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday being the hottest shopping days of the year! There are hundreds of websites that specialize in finding customers the best deals for major clothing, electronic, and toy retailers! Well, lucky for you, you don’t have to go scouring the web in search of coupons to buy quality and fashionable scrubs.

Here are two easy ways to find and receive Uniform Advantage coupons to use online and in-store:

  1. Relinquish your grip on your email address and sign up for our email promotions. To access Uniform Advantage coupons – click on the hyperlink and enter your email address in the space provided. You will receive exclusive Uniform Advantage coupons for new product releases, sales, and events! We promise that we will never sell or allow anyone to get access to your email, so why not start saving now?Untitled
  2. When you do your daily logging in to Facebook, stop by the Uniform Advantage (www.facebook.com/uascrubs) page and click on our “Fan Exclusive Offer!” button on the top. This offer requires you to like our page to open a special promotion. The Uniform Advantage coupon updates frequently, so checking this out before you go shopping can help you save BIG! Liking the Facebook page not only enables you to get access to Uniform Advantage coupons, but keeps you updated on your favorite brands, upcoming sales, and builds a sense of community with others in the medical field.Untitled2

Take a moment and make sure you are signed up to receive Uniform Advantage coupons. It’s time to shop for family, friends, and coworkers…and maybe with all the money you save from these coupons, you can shop for yourself too!