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National Onion Ring Day!

National Onion Ring Day!

Today, June 22, is National Onion Ring Day!

We celebrate the irresistible deliciousness of onion rings—often by eating as many of them as possible. An onion ring-like recipe appeared in an 1802 cookbook, and another surfaced in a New York newspaper in 1910. There is still an ongoing debate over who deserves credit for the onion ring, and cooks also still argue about how to best prepare and serve onion rings for the most flavorful results. They are a beloved snack across the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia, Ireland, South Africa, some regions of Asia, and other corners of the world. They’ve also inspired countless spin-off snacks, like blooming onions and Funyun chips. So no matter how you like them, grab a fried onion snack for National Onion Rings Day!

We all love onion rings, AND we can tailor them to our healthy lifestyle!

This recipe features onion rings that are (1) not deep fried (2) not unhealthy (3) magically crispy, all WITHOUT Oil!
You can enjoy onion rings and STILL get the benefits of eating onions! Yes, you can have your cake, er – rather onion rings, and eat it too!

These 6-Ingredient Healthy Vegan Onion Rings are Crispy, Golden Brown, and Absolutely Delicious…but you don’t need ANY Oil to cook them!

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WHY You Need to Eat a Healthy Lunch at Work!

WHY you need to eat a healthy lunch at work!

Some people think they can ride out the day without lunch but there are some problems that might arise. Skipping lunch is like going on a mini fast and may lead to intense feelings of hunger especially if breakfast was not adequate.

Your body has evolved for survival, and if you go too long without eating you begin to get very hungry and all you can think about is food and your next meal. This leads to deterioration in your performance at work.

The brain’s exclusive fuel, glucose, is compromised within four to six hours if you have not eaten. That’s because the glucose stored in the liver as glycogen, runs out during this time period. When blood glucose dips too low, the liver converts glycogen into glucose and releases it into the blood. But if its glycogen has been depleted, the body has to turn to less efficient fueling methods, and are likely to eat too much at the next opportunity, making it difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

The key to a nutritious packed lunch is variety and getting the right balance of foods to provide you with the nutrients you need to stay healthy. This include hearty- fiber rich cards, lean protein, low in ‘bad’ fats, and plenty of fruits and veggies! See the recipes below for healthy lunches so you can be at the top of your game at work!

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/…/guide/healthy-lunch-ideas-work

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National Take Your Lunch Break Day!

National Take Your Lunch Break Day!

On the third Friday in June, North American workers celebrate National Take Back the Lunch Break Day.

Why? Because there’s been an increasing trend to not take lunch breaks, which affects employee morale, well-being and health! Making sure to take a lunch break affects productivity, happiness and job satisfaction. It depends on your job, but some little changes can make big differences! This includes, first and foremost – to not skip lunch!! Other tips are not eating at your desk, eating outside or near a bright sunny window, doing a few simple stretches, deep breathing or maybe a walk outside.

According to a 2017 study brand, employees who take lunch breaks are more likely to report being efficient at work and satisfied with their jobs.

That is why Tork created National Take Back the Lunch Break Day to help improve workplace morale, satisfaction, and productivity across North America.

Everybody needs wellness in their lives, including at work! At Private Home Care we emphasize everyone to eat lunch and do a few simple stretches – your body needs fuel, energy, and wellness to do your best work!

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National Martini Day – Mocktails!

National Martini Day – Mocktails!

National Martini Day!

DID YOU KNOW: The newest and biggest trend in bars are drinks without booze! There is a growing consumer demand for non-alcoholic martini ‘mocktails’. In recent years people are really embracing wellness and health, especially younger generations! This started in wellness and health-forward hot-spots like LA, and has since spread all over to big cities like NYC and London!

In addition to being healthier, drinking mocktails is much more inclusive for people of all ages or conditions to sit back and share a cold beverage with friends or family without having to worry if it will interfere with medication or make them ill. Let’s toast to that!

https://www.brit.co/summer-mocktails/

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National Martini Day!

National Martini Day!

June 19th is National Martini Day! Celebrate by relaxing and sipping on an ice cold martini after a long week!

Do you prefer it dry, dirty, shaken, or not stirred? That’s the question we’re all asking on National Martini Day, a special occasion to enjoy your favorite version of the classic martini cocktail. The martini was originally called “The Martinez,” named after the California Gold Rush for the town of Martinez, where it was invented. Early martinis were made with wine, gin, and an olive. But since have expanded to many exciting flavors! So this June 19 take a moment to relax while sipping on a new type of martini after your long day and start feeling like the international spy of mystery that you are.

How to celebrate National Martini Day!
-Try making a martini at home!
-They are easy to make – you only need eight things on hand to make a perfect martini: ice, a martini glass, a shot glass, a shaker, a strainer, vermouth, gin, and a garnish. Its so simple!
-Buy yourself or a friend a martini related gift!
-Switch it up and try new flavors!

Cheers to National Martini Day – embrace your inner James Bond!

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National Fudge Day!

National Fudge Day!

Today, June 16th, is National Fudge Day! Fudge is a very rich dessert that comes in many flavors such as chocolate, peanut butter, maple, vanilla, turtle and butter pecan. It was first made in Mackinac Island, Michigan in the 1880’s and has since become a beloved American confection!

Fudge is a dense, indulgent confection, loaded with butter, sugar, condensed milk, chocolate, and more. It is typically enjoyed on holidays such as Christmas.

Fudge is certainly an indulgent treat, but you can enjoy fudge and still maintain healthy eating habits! Private Home Health Care likes to help you find healthier ways of eating the treats that you love, so you don’t miss out on your favorite things!

Here is a healthy fudge recipe that is loaded with protein but still satisfies your sweet tooth!

https://detoxinista.com/easy-raw-fudge-vegan-paleo/

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National Nature Photography Day!

National Nature Photography Day!

National Nature Photography Day 

The North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) along with millions of photographers and photography lovers across the nation observe Nature Photography Day on June 15th. Nature lovers and photographers alike celebrate this day with enthusiasm. They capture the breath-taking beauty all around us and encourage others to see the wonders of our natural Earth.

What is great about nature Photography is that everyone can enjoy it! Whether you are climbing a mountain and take a picture of the scenery or taking a picture of the sunset in your own backyard, or even just enjoying photographs of nature, it is always lovely to look at a beautiful photograph of nature.

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Signs of Elder Abuse

Spot the signs of elder abuse

If you suspect that an elderly person is at risk from a neglectful or overwhelmed caregiver, or being preyed upon financially, it’s important to speak up and stand up for them. Everyone deserves to live in safety, with dignity and respect. These guidelines can help you recognize the warning signs of elder abuse.

Neglect/Self Neglect:

-Lack of adequate food and water

-Dirty clothes and changes and hygiene

-Unusually messy home

-Lack of medical aids or medication

Financial Abuse:

-Basic needs not being met

-Bills not paid

-New credit cards and increased cash withdrawals

-Unusual purchases by caregiver

Physical abuse:

-Bruises, black eyes, and welts

-Broken bones, cuts, and sprains

-Sudden changes in behavior

-Caregiver refusal to leave elder or dependent adult alone

Mental abuse:

-Threatening significant physical harm

-Derogatory or inappropriate names, insults, profanity or ridicule

-Harassment, coercion, intimidation, humiliation

Sexual abuse:

-Unusual bruising on thighs, chest, or genitals

-Unexplained sexually transmitted diseases

-Unusual stains on clothing or sheets

-Withdrawn from social interaction or panic attacks

As older adults become more physically frail, they’re less able to take care of themselves, stand up to bullying, or fight back if attacked. Mental or physical ailments can make their lives more challenging. And they may not see or hear as well or think as clearly as they used to, leaving openings for bad people to take advantage of them.

If there are ANY suspicions of elder abuse, speak out IMMEDIATELY to social workers for the elderly, elder abuse advocate professionals, senior centers, or law enforcement.

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Elder abuse is a heartbreaking, and very serious issue. At Private Home Health Care we are dedicated to raising awareness and fighting this injustice against older adults. Elder abuse is defined as an intentional act or failure to act that causes or creates a risk of harm to an older adult. 

Types of elder abuse include:

-Physical abuse

-Financial abuse

-Emotional abuse

-Neglect

-Sexual abuse

Fortunately, Private Home Care’s founder and President, Mary Demakes, R.N. has for decades been a leader for advocating for seniors, including addressing elder abuse. She has dedicated her life to the well being of seniors, and has helped create legislation to ensure that. ‘Compassion is at the Heart of Our Care’ is the foundation of Private Home Care, and our full compassion extends not only to every one of our clients and their loved ones, but to older adults everywhere. We are proud to be leaders for the well-being of seniors on a local, region, national and world scale. We carefully hand-pick each and every one of our employees to maintain the highest standard to care and respect for each of our clients. We also provide training to our company and the public about how to identify, prevent, and seek help for elder abuse. 

Thankfully there are people like Mary who are one the forefront of fighting elder abuse and protecting seniors. Elder abuse is an absolutely terrible act – everyone deserves to live in dignity and happiness, especially our seniors. If there are ANY suspicions that a senior is being abused or neglected, call the Massachusetts 24/7 elder abuse hotline (anonymously if you wish) at (800) 922-2275 or file an online report at https://www.mass.gov/how-to/report-elder-abuse. You can also contact a local senior services center or law enforcement. Your local senior services center can be found at https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Index.aspx or by calling 1800-677-1116         

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