third shift blues

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Posted: 03 Jul 2012, 02:24
I am on third shift and it is very hard for me not to snack at late hours. then I end up getting off eating and going to sleep. Do anyone have any suggestions?
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Posted: 03 Jul 2012, 06:34
yeah, reserve calories for this time.
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Posted: 03 Jul 2012, 07:43
I did night shift for 7 years - its really hard not to nibble try to have lots of healthy stuff right at hand - also try to stay up and not go to bed rigt after you eat - can you get up later - I tried to keep a "normal" schedule" I would get upi 2 hrs before work and stay up till about 10 am so i wasnt eating then going to bed - Good luck its really really rough

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Posted: 10 Jul 2012, 06:49
Also on night shift. Four ten hour shift. Doing atkins phase 1, day 1. Need to lose 50 lbs. would love to find someone in similar position for weight loss buddy

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Posted: 10 Jul 2012, 07:24
I'm on 3rd shift too. I just joined Curves and go there every morning when I get off work. I would say snack on nuts or fruit while your at work. Stay away from the vending machines. Other then to buy nuts or water if you don't bring them from home.

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Posted: 10 Jul 2012, 07:41
I find that i eat a dinner when I get up, salad for lunch and the last meal of the day would be a light breakfast. Prepared a head and frozen burritos. for a snack would be Atkins shake or and protein and a veggie. If you keep yourself busy you'll find the time goes by so does the gravings. Good Luck.
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Posted: 03 Jan 2013, 00:30
Believe it or not, I've actually found it EASIER to live a healthy lifestyle on third shift. Most restaurants and stuff aren't open when I'm hungry, so I'm forced to plan ahead for meals. The hospital cafeteria isn't open. Mickey d's is open, but I'm not real big into their food as a snack/meal option anyway (though I do love a good fast food breakfast.) My unit in the hospital is on the 8th floor, and the vending machines are on the first floor, and I don't carry cash. My hospital even has a "fitness center." It's nothing much, but it's free, and it's got every kind of free weight, dumbbell, BOSU, and other portable equipment that you could want, plus a big TV in a group fitness space. That means I can go out and try those kettlebell DVDs and not have to buy/transport tons of materials.

I drink lots of water. This has two benefits. One, it keeps my mouth busy and my belly full, and two, it keeps me awake because you can't sleep when you have to pee.

I've also discovered that you can make lots of breakfasty things in the crock pot, like steel cut oats and breakfast casseroles. That cuts down on the temptation to stop at those great donut shops and bakeries in the morning when the selection is still fantastic.

Third shift is an extreme thing to do to your body. I'm finding that if I take care of my body as much as possible, it will be ready and able to meet this challenge. That means eating right, exercising, and consistently getting enough sleep.

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