I'm an RN and I typically only work 12 hour shifts. If I'm off of work the day before, I bring leftovers from dinner. So tomorrow for dinner I'll have steamed broccoli, whole grain rice, and chicken piccata. I drink a protein shake in the morning (try Orgain, delicious!) but then stick to water the rest of the day. Snacks like rice cakes with reduced fat peanut butter, fresh fruit, or fat free yogurt are good too. When I'm working a few days in a row I go the sandwich route....whole wheat pitas with tuna or turkey, raw carrots an hummus, things that are easy to grab! It's all about eating small amounts several times a day....which is easier said than done in the hospital :-) Congrats on your little one, good luck heading back!
Although I'm not a 12 hr. shift worker, per se, I routinely have 12 hr work days involving switching from my day job to my part-time private practice in the evening. I always keep plenty of freggies on hand: apples, baby carrots, broccoli florets, baby spinach, red bell pepper strips, natural almonds. They go a long way toward satisfying my gnoshing needs and the almonds have great satiating staying power. Extras I'll often have include yogurt and cheese. For carbs you can also consider either Flatout wraps or DeliThins at around 100 calories apiece and load 'em up with veggies and some cheese.
Most important for me is never drinking anything with calories! Boatloads of water, some black coffee in the mornings and brewed green tea in the afternoon. I prefer to CHEW my calories! :-)
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I usually cook up some extra food on my days off for my lunches. I usually take one good meal in a divider container with a meat, vegetable and bread exchange( rice or potato) and then take a nice salad for the other meal. Extra fruit , yoghurt or veggie sticks makes nice snacks.
Edited by: CPOPKIE at: 4/20/2012 (09:26)
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So I'm an LPN just starting my sparkpeople journey, currently on Mat leave going back to work in 2 weeks. Before I had the worst habit of not bringing a lunch and eating alot of junk from the cafeteria. Anyway I need ideas on what to pack to keep me sustained and satisfied for a 12 hr shift. What do you pack?
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