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July 31st is National Avocado Day! While guacamole is grand, don’t settle for just chips and dip on this food holiday. Since avocado is so versatile, clear the table for the entire meal. That includes everything from the appetizer to the dessert. On National Avocado Day, this tree grown fruit has them all covered!
There are many health benefits that come from avocados. For one, avocados target insulin resistance with heart-healthy fats. They also fight Alzheimer’s with its Omega 3 fatty acids. Another one of the secret weapons in avocados are the high oleic acid content. This moisturizing fatty acid helps keep skin soft and hydrated but also supports the regeneration of damaged skin cells, reducing redness and irritation.
Avocados are packed with good fats and fiber that help you stay full longer. In addition to healthy fats and dietary fiber, avocados are also filled with other goodies your body needs. Avocados are a great source of nutrients such as folate, magnesium, potassium, vitamins B2, B3, B5, and B6, as well as vitamin C.
Avocados are not only healthy, they’re also incredibly delicious and go with many types of food. You can add them to salads and various recipes or simply scoop them out with a spoon and eat them plain. A notable mention is guacamole, which is arguably the most famous use of avocados. And if you are craving something more sweet, feel free to try avocado ice cream!
Enjoy an avocado and try a new recipe. Enjoy the taste without worrying about the health consequences and celebrate National Avocado Day with Private Home Health Care!
July 30th is International Day of Friendship
“A good friend is the best thing you can have and the best thing you can be.”
What could be better than a good friend? Today, people all over the globe celebrate the wonderful relationships in their life with friends. Friends can come in many shapes and forms, from a childhood friend, to a more formal work friendship with colleagues. Friendships can grow and develop, and unfortunately sometimes they fizzle out.
Studies have proven that friendships are not only very beneficial for your health, but that they can help you live longer! Any kind of friendship has a positive impact on your health, but meaningful friendships have the strongest correlation to improved well being. Friendships help bolster emotional, mental, and even physical health. Spending time with people you enjoy being with lowers your cortisol levels and relieves stress.You are less likely to feel pain and may even sleep better.
Friendships do take work. It is important to make an effort and communicate with friends in order to keep in touch. Other key components of healthy friendships include respect, trust, and openness. Active listening helps cultivate positive friendships, as does being there for your friends in a time of need or for laughs.
Today, reach out to your friends on International Friendship Day to know that you care about them and appreciate your friendship! You can also go out and make new friends by pursuing hobbies or joining a group. Cheers to friendship!
Yes! It is finally here – National Avocado Day!
In recent years avocados have become very popular – and for good reason. Not only are they creamy and delicious, but they are very healthy!
Did you know that avocados are not a vegetable, rather they are a fruit! Also, because it’s a fleshy fruit produced from a single ovary, an avocado is actually a berry! (And we do LOVE berries at Private Home Care!)
Although avocados may be a little higher in fat than most fruits, they are still a very healthy food! This is because it is the type of fat found in avocados. Avocados contain mostly ‘good’ fats, including monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Avocados do have a small amount of saturated fat (the unhealthy fat), but the high level of fiber in the fruits in a way counterbalances that because fiber is known for lowering cholesterol. Because avocados are higher in fat, be sure to be aware of the portion size (meaning it may not be the best idea to consume 4 avocados a day).
P.S. Please note in the video how they are SAFELY cutting open avocados. Rest it on the cutting board and turn the avocado against the knife blade, then break open. Unfortunately, every year many people end up injuring themselves because they tried cutting open an avocado in their hand. Enjoy this delicious food safely!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYPKqRIFVdU
July 25th was National Parent’s Day, celebrated on the fourth Sunday in July. On this day each year, Americans recognize outstanding parents, celebrate the teamwork in raising children, and support the role of parental guidance in building a strong, stable society. Throughout the nation in almost every state, community leaders organize Parents’ Day events to honor parents.
National Parent’s Day was established in 1994 when the Congressional Resolution was signed into law for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.”
National Parents’ Day honors all parents. No matter where our parents may be, this day serves to celebrate their important role in our lives. Parents play a vital role in the lives of children. From our birth, parents protect, teach, provide, and serve as role models. As part of a family, we look to them for guidance. We mirror their behavior and learn to be a core part of our communities. On this particular Sunday, we honor all parents who do everything to raise and protect their children.
Private Home Care honors parents by helping their children take care of parents in old age. Just as your parents cared for you, elderly parents may need caregiving from their children. Caregiving for an older parent is not always easy, but that is what Private Home Care is for – to provide the highest quality of care for your parents and loved ones.
July is Family Golf Month!
At Private Home Health Care, we love golf, as well as spending time with family!
The Professional Golfers Association celebrates Family Golf Month every year in July. Originally an idea that came out of a charity event in the form of National Golf Day, Family Golf Month is now celebrated for a whole month. It encourages family and friends to try their hand at golf and have a good time.
Family Golf Month is a great opportunity for healthy living. Golf is fantastic for physical as well as mental health. It is a low-impact sport that is available to players of different skill levels and physical abilities. As with any physical activity, golf promotes heart health. Golf keeps your heart rate up for hours as you walk and play. This can help reduce the risk of heart disease and many other illnesses.
Time spent outdoors while playing golf is great for your health. Being surrounded by nature is known to help alleviate stress and anxiety. Exposure to sunlight lets the body soak up Vitamin D, which helps promote bone growth as well as reduce depression.
Family Golf Month is a wonderful opportunity for family bonding. Playing golf with loved ones promotes healthy competition and creates fond memories. Strong social ties are important for a healthy and high quality life. In honor of Family Golf Month, Private Home Health Care encourages you to get your relatives out on the putting greens!
Why personal chefs are a great option for seniors:
Carrying heavy grocery bags, lifting heavy pots, spending hours on your feet in front of the stove – most of us don’t give a second thought to the physical and mental work that goes into preparing a home-cooked meal. But for an aging loved one, these seemingly simple tasks can be very burdensome, leading to compromised nutrition and health.
Maintaining access to nutritious meal options is one of the biggest challenges faced by an older adult who wishes to remain living in their own home. As their ability to prepare healthy meals for themselves declines, they often turn to take-out, frozen meals, and pre-packed products for sustenance. These foods tend to be high in calories, loaded with salt and sugar, and contain large numbers of artificial preservatives.
Today, July 16th, celebrates National Personal Chef Day and recognizes the dedication and hard work of personal chefs across the United States. There is a difference between a personal chef and a private chef. A private chef usually works exclusively for one client and typically lives in a person’s home or on the property. A personal chef may have clients, run their own business, or work for a company.
The services a personal chef provides may include preparing meals in the clients’ homes or delivering meals already prepared. They may also create a meal plan according to dietary needs or the clients’ preference. Clients then follow instructions provided by the chef for heating the meals. Some personal chefs offer catering services as well.
A personal chef service provides stress-free meals prepared to your specifications in your home. Your kitchen is left spotless with a refrigerator full of delicious meals. Having your own personal chef is not an out-of-reach luxury. A personal chef service can cost you less than eating out at a moderately priced restaurant.
Personal Chefs and How They Can Help Improve Senior Health
We all love convenience food, but one of the simplest ways to improve your health is by preparing more home-cooked meals. When you prepare your own meals, you have more control over the ingredients. By cooking for yourself, you can ensure that you and your family eat fresh, wholesome meals. It also allows you to further monitor portion controls. Many restaurants serve portions that are two to three times larger than the recommended dietary guidelines. This encourages you to eat more than you would at home, adversely affecting your waistline, blood pressure, and risk of diabetes. Preparing your own meals can help you look and feel healthier, boost your energy, stabilize your weight and mood, and improve your sleep and resilience to stress.
Despite all the benefits, many of us still think of preparing meals as a chore or something we don’t have time for. Maybe you’ve tried cooking before and didn’t like the end results, or maybe your kids just prefer take out food. Others may have difficulty with the ability to cook. Older people may find cooking to be a much more difficulty task than others due to disabilities, trouble remembering recipes, or no longer being physically able to cook for themselves in the kitchen. A personal chef may be the perfect solution!
National Cherry Day is celebrated on July 16, making it the perfect summertime celebration. Cherries range from sweet to tart, they come in shades ranging from red to yellow, and you can create a wide variety of dishes, desserts, and drinks with them. We can’t blame George Washington for allegedly chopping down that cherry tree. Today, the U.S. cherry industry produces more than 650 million pounds of tart and sweet cherries each year.
At Private Home Health Care, we love cherries! Not only are they juicy and delicious, but they are packed with nutrients! Cherries are a great source of fiber, Vitamin C, and potassium. Because they are a berry, all cherries are high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which may reduce chronic disease risk and promote overall health! Cheers to cherries!
Today, July 12, is ‘Eat Your Jello Day’ With plenty of flavors to choose from, you should have no problem finding one you like. It is easy to eat and fun to make!
Private Home Care loves jello because it is a great food for caregiving. Many seniors may have difficulty swallowing, and jello is easy to consume. This is very important for when seniors have trouble swallowing medications and pills. A pill can be crushed up and stirred into jello for easy consumption, or pressed deep into the jello as a whole to help facilitate swallowing.
The elderly are more prone to dehydration due to processes that happen when the body ages. Those with dementia or alzheimers are particularly prone to dehydrated because they may simply forget to drink or not realize when they are thirsty. The high water content of jello is a fantastic way to keep seniors hydrated, and it is easy to swallow. It is a great way to make sure that your loved ones who find the taste of water to be bland are hydrated.