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*sigh* I know all about taking call and sleeping through meals only to wake up ravenously hungry the next day. After 6 months of this hell (I'm an preliminary year medicine resident), I figured a couple things out.
When you are on call for 30 hrs, assume you will not be sleeping. Eat as late a dinner as tolerable. I usually hold out until 7 or 8 pm. Honestly, no one is going to die in the 20 minutes that I will take to sit down and eat a meal slowly. So I do that, sit down, eat slowly, ignore work for a few minutes. If I eat fast, I won't be satisfied, and it's a wasted meal. The rest of the night, I stick to bottles of flavored diet coke. It doesn't always work, and yes there is sodium, but 75% of the nights, I manage to fit into my alloted WW points. And I try to eat a very light lunch and breakfast the day of call. Here is the reasoning, I will get hungry anyway, but if I allow a few points for something sweet, I satisfy my need for self pity when I am still awake at 2 am.
As for the day after, I eat breakfast. I work through lunch and don't allow myself to eat before I take my nap. I usually wake up by 6 pm. At this point, I'm ravenously hungry, but I have all the points in the world to have a huge dinner with.
Goals & Rewards:
1. Staying within points range x 2 weeks - fake and bake package
2. 145 - new workout clothes
3. 140 - highlights
I work only night shifts, but what I have found to work best for me is to try to keep some what scheduled meals, but have 4 different times during a 24 hour period in which I can eat. I am most likely asleep during one of those times, so I only eat three meals a day. Also, keeping healthy snacks around the house and work environment have helped me also.
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Carry healthy snacks in your pockets, nuts & such. This should cut down on your hunger.
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So who has suggestions for very irregular shifts. I take call 1-3 nights/week and many nights can be up all night, sleep part of day, sleep part of night.... also doing 8-12 hour daylight shifts. Hungary in the middle of the night, I have learned to not eat or to eat very lite. But sometimes it means I skip meals because I am sleeping in am. I am very aware that if I miss a meal i tend to over eat when I get the chance. And often I eat so fast i don't feel full, the old let your food catch up with your stomach.....but I still feel hungary. keeping food with me helps, but is not always possible....lol had stuff in the little fridge at work that I thought i would have for lunch...and it was moldy!!!! (freezer doesn;'t work well.) There is only so much canned soup I can eat....plus its loaded with salt for the most part. Anyway just thought i'd share and get some opinions.