On the bright side of things I had a wonderful time at the Caregiver Day Away.
The speaker's were amazing, the ladies I sat with were fun and easy to converse with, and lunch wasn't too bad at all. However I had to cut it a bit short and leave by 2:00 pm, as this was way too long to leave puppies go, even though Rob had went back home around 10 am to give them water (can not leave it in the pen with them as they manage to dump it all over the place and themselves leaving quite more mess then there usually is for me to clean-up).
On the downside again, the notes I had taken about the time I spent at the Caregiver's Day Away had been set down while I retrieved my coat and left behind. Jeez this is not the first time I have done this. I did the same darn thing at the VON SMART Christmas Dinner too.
Let me have a go of it by memory, such as it might be ....
Lara Stewart-Panko was one of the Key Speakers today. I had the opportunity to meet and hear Lara speak at another Caregiver Day Away back in the the Fall of 2012 you can read about HERE. I enjoyed listening to Lara today as much as I did then, as she touched on a few "stress relieving" tips as well as on how to give back to yourself.
Kathryn Forsyth, Nutritionist for Grey-Bruce Public Health is another vibrant speaker who holds your attention quite easily. Lots of "smart" ideas and "fantastic" advice. Take a look at the Canadian Food Guide and follow along, as it will make you much healthier should you do so. Salt appears still be the Number 1 problem in our society today. Salt intake retains water, water causes weight gain, weight gain causes the heart to work harder, high blood pressure and heart attacks can often be the result.
Sodium 101 ~ GET THE FACTS ! by *clicking* HERE.
Packaged foods contain higher levels of salt; try to avoid by making your own alternative foods at home. For example, Rob loves Hamburger Helper. In my eyes Hamburger Helper is deadly, so I make ....
Recipe please? PRINTABLE RECIPE PLEASE *CLICK* HERE.
Need some Eating Healthy Recipe ideas? Check a few put out by the Heart & Stroke Foundation HERE.
Personally I have not been doing so well in the "eating right" or watching my portions for the past few months. I am an emotional eater, and this has been the case with the amount of stress I have been feeling for this same amount of time. However I quite smoking almost 4 years ago, and do know I possess "Will Power", as before I had two knee surgeries two years ago I had lost ten pounds along with a few inches. Reflecting back to that time, I not only felt better, I had more energy and was sleeping better. I need to get back to that place where I was ... should anyone like to join me, I most certainly won't turn down the company.
Are you a Caregiver for a family member or close friend? could you use some support for yourself? Please contact a VON Canada office close to you to inquire about their Caregiver Support Program. I, myself, have used it and felt it has been very beneficial not only in the support I have received, but knowing I have not been alone with some of the issues I have had to deal with as a Caregiver.