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AUSTYNTINA
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6/18/13 6:53 A

actually helps a lot. My main problem has been when to eat what meal, sounds like eating supper with the family is working for you. So I will stick with that. Thanks!!



NOGRITNOPEARL
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6/9/13 10:06 P

I work nights as a hospital pharmacist... my schedule is 8pm to 6am. I've started grocery shopping at the beginning of the week and planning my meals out so I'm not struggling with stuff to find to make throughout the week that isn't healthy.

I usually am up around 4-5pm in the afternoon/evening and I make dinner for the evening and eat with the family. I usually make a little extra and take the left overs to eat that evening at work along with some greek yogurt, veggies, etc. I try to eat anywhere from midnight to 1am, but it just kind of depends how busy the night is.

If I'm not too busy I'll eat again around 4-5 am, but sometimes it just doesn't happen until I get home which I know isn't ideal... but at least I'm not going to bed starving! I'll just have some eggs or something light so I'm not completely skipping meals. I also will workout sometimes when I get off work in the am, but I know some people are ready to go to bed right when they get off after a long night...

Hope this helps! :o)



MYAKAYAH
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6/9/13 7:04 P

Usually I work the night shift as well, but right now I'm off until July 5th so I somehow just about turned myself back round to a day person. When I work nights I eat round 5pm and usually eat dinner foods, round 11pm I have lunch type foods and round 4 is breakfast. My biggest meal is usually the lunch time (11pm) I have probably one snack daily and stop eating about 2 1/2-3 hours before I sleep in the day. So I just do an inverted meal plan. Just do what works for you if it is healthy~



CORTNEY-LEE
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6/9/13 6:02 P

I am a night worker too! I just shift all of my meals - Dinner with your family could be your "breakfast" there is nothing set in stone that you have to have breakfast foods for breakfast!

I have breakfast around 2 in the afternoon, lunch around 8 and dinner around 1 in the morning.

I find it best to have my largest meal in the 8 slot.

Don't forget to add some healthy snacks to keep the fire stoked throughout the night! Your line of work is pretty active!

Best of luck!



SLIMMERKIWI
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6/9/13 3:25 A

If you create a SparkPage and have it public, you will get loads more support - AND the occasional Goodie, which is what I was just going to send you but can't, sooooooo I will leave it here:-)
emoticon (think of them as hard-boiled for a good, quick snack :-)

Kris



AUSTYNTINA
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6/9/13 3:08 A

It's true it can be a hard job. But my problem is more on the lines of when to eat which meal. Hopefully my body will get used of the change real soon. Thanks for the encouragement. It is much appreciated.




SLIMMERKIWI
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6/6/13 6:48 A

Good luck :-)

A lot of people don't realize just how physical your line of work is - I wouldn't be surprised if, on a real busy night, you walked even further!

Take care,
Kris



AUSTYNTINA
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6/6/13 6:41 A

Thanks. I'm an orderly at a hospital, and sometimes we can walk up to 12 miles a night. Hopefully this will work for me. I certainly will give it a try.



SLIMMERKIWI
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6/6/13 5:39 A

When I worked nights - 1-2 shifts every week for quite a while - I had TWO dinners - one with my family and the other in the middle of the night at my 'official dinner break'.

Because I was also working days at the same time, AND the work was physical (the night was sole-charge caregiver in a Rest home with 30+ elderly residents, some of whom required lifting/turning, etc. and the other as sole cook in the Rest Home meaning lots of physical work with that, too) I needed more calories. The extra dinner didn't cause any problems, and actually helped me because my dinners have always been heavier in the protein than my other meals. Make sure that you also have healthy snacks - I mainly snacked on pieces of fruits.

Kris



AUSTYNTINA
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6/6/13 4:55 A

I work nights, and am wondering what is the best way to form eating habits around that schedule. I want to eat dinner with my family, but I feel like it should be breakfast time.



 
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