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CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (53,889)
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4/30/12 1:02 P

I work 5pm to 5am ... my schedule looks like this

14:00 - breakfast
17:00 - snack (usually a banana or apple)
19:00 - Lunch (my largest meal of the day)
22:00 - snack (usually another fruit)
1:00 - Dinner (light meal)
if I am hungry I will add another snack

TONKA14 Posts: 4,947
4/30/12 12:27 P

You might find some information in this article to be helpful --

How to Work the Third Shift and Stay Healthy
Tips on Sleep, Nutrition and At-Work Activities
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_arti
cles.asp?id=217


Coach Tanya

KATHYGOULDSMITH SparkPoints: (7,801)
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4/30/12 11:36 A

I work the night shift too. I am a Police and Fire dispatcher. It is really hard to stick with any type of plan and depending on how busy it is, to NOT turn to something fast and horrible for you. I hope there is more advice out there about this. I just started my weight loss and have ALOT to lose. I am starting out with small goals though and weighing in for the first time today. Wish me luck!

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BUTTONRAHRAH Posts: 251
4/30/12 8:03 A

I have been an RN on night shift for over 2.5 years--all I can add for advice is to bring your own healthy snacks and AVOID the crappy junk food brought in by coworkers (it inevitably happens) and learn how to say no when they offer them to you! Don't eat a big breakfast when you get home, which it sounds like you are already doing a good job on that. Try to eat a few small meal-lets (like 200-300 cals) during night instead of one big 1,000 call dinner before (it'll just wear you down). And limit your caffeine as much as possible--or stick to green tea :)
I'm still looking for the magical answer too! Keep it up! OH and don't forget a 30 minute workout on your days off---at least!


TWNS4ME Posts: 7
4/29/12 11:17 P

I just started working Night Shift. (I am a nurse). We work 7p-7am, 3-4 days a week. I am finding it difficult to figure out when to eat. For a while, I was doing the following:
Sleep to 1pm, wake up eat lunch, sleep again 2-6p, wake up eat something before work, go to work, eat one meal and 1-2 snacks there, go home in AM, eat a small breakfast, go to sleep. Start all over. That seemed to be too much food. Calories added up, but I was hungry at those times. It gets even worse on my days off, when I switch back around to being awake during the day. I end up eating a lot during the day.

anyone have any advice?

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