I was a spark member for a long time in the past...I also worked 12 hour shifts....I counted my food from midnight to midnight....I think that we put too much emphasis on the "label" of breakfast lunch and dinner....you have a certain number of calories for 24 hours....break them down the way you can....I think that it makes it easier....Good luck!!
Thank you for posting this, as I also work third shift. Sleep patterns as well as eating is irregular for me. I agree with what the others are saying, post what you eat on the day you eat it, and forget about the meal labels.
My husband use to work odd shifts. They work twelve hour shifts for so many days and off for so many. He started incorporating fitness into his routine. He drives a stand up forklift and a turret truck. now he does stair climbing, calf raises and some others when it's slow and goes the gym on his days off.
The food tracker doesn't ask for times so I would start on the date you start your day and just place the food in the area for your different meals. He use to have breakfast at six p.m. so I think it's okay to do that. You could list dinner first and then lunch, breakfast and snacks.
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I agree, Is1Gar. Just track your meals on the day you eat them - times are not specified. Breakfast literally breaks your fast after your main sleep. Your lunch and dinner will then follow at whatever are appropriate times for you. So, track the food within the midnight - 11.59pm cycle. It's just that you may be tracking lunch when I'm tracking breakfast. Some folk may have their dinner at 8.00 or 9.00 in the morning - which would mean they then have breakfast early evening and lunch somewhere around midnight. Count it before or after, whenever you actually eat it.
I think a problem could arise if your times are irregular, as the tracker does not allow for 2 lunches in the day. But if that happens regularly, you couldl count one of them as a snack. But you should be trying to eat more regularly, if that is happening, because your body doesn't do well on a random pattern of daily meals.
Anyway - the tracking is flexible as far as times are concerned. Just track in the day/date the food is eaten, and never mind the time of day that you have the meal.
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I will track as you eat them what ever time it is. Breakfast at 4:30 PM, etc. I know when I missed to track my meal at night I still can do it the next morning, just change the date if you have to go back, but in your case since you are eating lunch & dinner after midnight will count for the next day, but is your schedule any ways.....same for your exercise. The important thing is to track not matter the time.
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