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Things had finally slowed down for the night. Both of my patients had delivered and were doing well, resting and bonding with their new babies during that magic 24 hour period when newborns do nothing but sleep right after their born.
I had a ton of charting to do but it would have to wait. I was starving!
A coworker and I headed to the break room and opened the fridge only to remember I never packed a lunch- or rather a 2 am snack. 12 hour shifts are hard but night shifts are awful. The cafeteria was closed so off to the vending machine I went.
A few hours later, I was done for the night and headed to McDonalds to get my favorite breakfast- two bacon egg and cheese biscuits, before heading home and passing out for a few hours.
I woke up feeling slightly nauseous (as normal) that evening and did the same thing again… over and over and over.
Why do I tell you this? Because I get it.
From Cringe Worthy Diet to Healthy Example
In a previous life (aka before I had children and became a work from home mom) 12 hour shifts were brutal and I obviously did not handle them well. I cringe at my diet.
Thankfully, those days are behind me and now I do my best to eat as healthy as possible. With two little sets of eyes on me, the last thing I want is to teach them bad eating habits.
And even though it is true that eating healthy starts at home, it also needs to continue outside the home as well. This is where preparation is crucial, and sometimes a bit of a pain, but can still be done.
5 Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Diet While on the Go
This may not work for everyone but I would much rather take two minutes to slap together a sandwich than have soggy bread. On the flip side, I would also rather grab a sandwich already made if I am eating in a rush.
Admittedly, shakes can take some getting used to. But, if you’re willing to experiment, this is a great way to get a boost of nutrients in a quick and easy manner and there are an infinite amount of possible shake ingredients. Check out my RESOURCE LIBRARY for a list of the best ingredients to use for optimal nutrients depending on what your nutrition goals are.
Setting a Good Example
Being healthy atakes commitment but that commitment does not have to be overwhelming. The best way to keep your family eating healthy is to have a plan.
Start off this week brainstorming healthy meals and snacks. Depending on your schedule, make out 3-4 days worth of meal (and snack) plans then create a grocery list of everything you will need.
Once you have shopped, it’s simply a matter of cooking the meals beforehand and packing them up. If you can, try and batch cook to make it easier on yourself.
It may take a bit of getting used to but it won’t be long before you notice a difference in your energy levels throughout the day.
What about you- have you found any tips that have made healthy eating easier during shift work? If so, drop a comment below!