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5/26/08 11:27 P

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I just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone for their great advice!!! I decided to go with some craisins (yummy) and nuts in the pocket during the day. I also picked up some K20 protien water. I prepared today's meals last night and guess what? I actually went over lol. Oops. I will get the hang of it. More importantly I wasn't dragging by the time I got home tonight. I felt energized and balanced at work today and that made for a much happier me. :) Thank you to all!! You're all so wonderful!!

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5/26/08 10:50 A

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I've been in the same position too, but for different reasons.
One idea that I can throw out there that I never read was juice. try having OJ or a V8 or something with goodness and of course calories!
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5/26/08 9:23 A

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Keeping something easy to eat on hand is a very good idea. The Slim Fast Optima packs 190 calories per serving and you can keep that in the fridge at the nurse's station. Basically, anything snackable (string cheese, nuts, fruits, etc.) is a good thing to keep on hand (your pocket, locker, fridge) to help up your calories.

Also, prepare a week's worth of suppers on one of your days off and keep them in the fridge/freezer in single servings. This way you can have something healthy even when you're too tired to cook. I do this to help my hubby during the week b/c he doesn't know how to cook what I need.

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5/26/08 8:42 A

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I have a similar problem, but for different reasons. I found an article on SparkPeople about ways to add calories to your diet if you are undereating. I can not find it now. Many of the suggestions offered were in that article.

I make up one ounce packages of walnuts as it also helps with my omega-3 fatty acids. Rather than a peanut butter sandwich try a peanut butter whole wheat bagel. They don't squish as much. I have also taken to carrying an insulated lunch bag with me almost everywhere stocked with fruit, water, and snacks.

Another suggestion that I got from the article was to go back to some higher fat foods. I am always under my recommended percent on fat so I went from low fat cottage cheese back to full fat cottage cheese. Obviously you want to be careful with that strategy.

For years I let my job push me out of my healthy lifestyle. During that time I gained over 150 pounds. Please do not let your job push you into an unhealthy lifestyle. Nurses are in high demand. If your employer will not work with employees on more healthy approaches to the job, then it may be time to look for a new employer.

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5/25/08 10:52 P

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I remember talking to a doc once who told me he kept almonds in his pocket for a quick pick-me-up. Also, trail mix might also be easy to mix in, raisins, etc.

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5/25/08 8:40 P

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I don't know how you travel home, but could you bring food that you could eat on the way home. That way if you're too tired to eat when you get home, it doesn't matter. I also like to have ready made milk drinks in the fridge and I can drink one of them even if I'm exhausted (either when I get home or on the way to work).

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5/25/08 5:10 P

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The first thing to remember is, in order to help other people you need to help yourself first. Only having 500 calories a day is not healthy, especially with the work you are doing each day. There are a ton of great ideas on this thread, please use them.

Eating healthy meals with enough calories will give you more energy and will boost your stamina both on the job and off.

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5/24/08 10:55 P

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My answer...Zone Perfect bars. I hate to eat breakfast but I will eat a Zone Bar. They are about 220 calories, very balanced and taste good. There are many different flavors so you are sure to find one you like. Walmart or Target has the best prices. Load up on them and keep them in your car, your purse, your locker...in less than 5 minutes, you've eaten something good for you and that tastes good.

If you like to drink things more than eat...try Ensure drinks or even SlimFast. If you aren't getting enough calories, these are easy ways to get good things into your body!



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First, I want to commend for the weight loss you have acheived. I work as a tutor so I undeerstand the rush nature of your job. I found that keeping nuts, fruits and veggies in small baggies made it much easier to grab something on the run or during the very short breaks I had!! You have to watch out for yourself first. You have a beautiful baby boy who needs his mother to be healthy for him. My husband works as a chauffer and ususally works 12-14 hr. shifts. ALthough not as hectic as your job, He never knows when he will have time to eat, so we started packing lunch and snacks for him. We also adapted a Kashi Good Firends Cereal muffin recipe which is loaded with fruits and nuts. You can find the recipe(Fiber Healthy Muffin) in my Recipe Book on my Spark Page. Please make sure that you make time for yourself.
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5/24/08 6:49 P

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I'm a med student, and one of the pieces of advice we've been given is to keep a peanut butter sandwich in our coat pockets. Peanut butter sandwich specifically because it will survive being smooshed and sat-upon and is less messy than a granola bar (crumbs everywhere!). Also easier to cram in your mouth running from one end of the hospital to the other. I think the earlier suggestion of dried fruit would fit the same bill!

Good luck, and thank you! :D

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5/24/08 5:52 P

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I need to echo the big THANKS, too. I know my CNA can make or break my day. Kudos to all who do that work.

I can do this!!


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I'm a teacher, so I understand the go go go quality of your job and being on your feet for most of the time.

Definitely look into nutritional drinks and bars that you can eat/drink in about a minute - many of these qualify as "meal substitutes" and are relatively balanced nutritionally.

Also, you have to periodically put notes into files or reports, right? good time to grab a canned nutritional shake or bar in one hand while you write notes with the other (this is about how I eat lunch each day).

And as someone else said, THANK YOU for the job you do!

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Why are you working 4-5 days on 12 hr shifts? Three 12's is full time. Any way, that's another thing altogether. I'm a nurse on 12 hr shifts. I take take a lunch bag in filled with carrots, and apples already cut up, maybe string cheese..things like that... so that if I can swing by the break room in the back of the nurse's station, I can grab a quick slice of whatever when I'm starving. And I take a frozen dinner in with me for lunch. Also, you should be getting a half hour lunch break. Our hospital features a "Fitness Special" meal every day, too. It's a low cal, well balanced meal.

If I don't eat before I go in to work I take along a Quaker breakfast cookie and eat that with a carton of milk while I'm waiting to clock in or waiting for my assignment.

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Oh my goodness, 500 calories a day! No wonder you are exhausted. Okay, it is hard to find a moment to eat, but I you must find a way. YOU ARE IMPORTANT!

suggestions:
- measure out an oz or 1/4 cup of nuts into little containers -zip loc makes little tiny cups that would be perfect and reusable. Nuts are very good for us and they have the added bonus in your case of having high calories.

- dried prunes - a serving is only 7 prunes and they are VERY high in antioxidants and are quick to eat. I also think they are very yummy. They have a stigmatism linked to them, but try them they are tasty. I like the ones that come in a big container from Sunsweet. (The individually wrapped ones are not great for the environment and would also make it more difficult for you to pop them into your mouth)

- Try other dried fruits as well

- If you like protein/granola bars try those. Or make your own on your day off and put stuff in them that you like and will eat. There is a recipe for one on our sparkrecipes that is yummy.

- I don't know if you are able to eat something like yogurt or if that is too time consuming, but you can get the ones that come as a shake. Or other smoothie drinks that you can buy in the refrigerated section of supermarkets, like odwalla.

I don't know if any of those suggestions are appealing to you, but hopefully someone among our group will have a suggestion or two that will help you out. You do so much to help others, make sure that you apply some of that to yourself.

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the drinks or bars are the best idea. Something you can eat or drink without actually haveing to sit down for a meal.

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5/24/08 4:47 P

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I definitely think you need to find a way to get two breaks and then bring your healthy snacks (bigger sized) with you so that you meet your requirements. If it is hard to get the breaks, you could use the valid argument that you will have more energy (and more mental sharpness) if you provide your body with a steady supply of fuel. Consider making sure you get adequate levels of protein in each snack so that your metabolism stays nice and steady, plus add in some fruits and veggies to make sure you get enough micronutrients. Hang in there!

Check out my nutrition tracker if you want some ideas for snacks or meals that meet those requirements. I've been on a pretty good roll lately. ;)

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5/24/08 4:15 P

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I'm not surprised that you aren't losing weight. since you are eating so few calories, your body is in starvation mode. You need to consume AT LEAST 1200 calories a day to keep it from doing that.

When I first started here I only ate when I was hungry which we all know is NOT good, nor is it going to help us meet our objectives.

I think if you ate in your caloric range you'd have more energy to do your job. All I can really suggest is eat more calories in your three meals since you really don't have time for snacks. I'm not sure what your calorie range is, but at a MINIMUM you should be eating 1200 calories and don't forget about your water!!! That will also help with losing weight.


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5/24/08 4:12 P

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You're probably not losing weight because your body has gone into starvation mode. Working hard... no food... must be winter.

Have you considered Ensure, Slim-Fast, or carrying protein bars in your pocket? Maybe, when you have your approved pee break (one per shift, I assume?), you could consume one. This is what our residents do.

By the way, THANK YOU for being a CNA. It is a thankless, messy, but very necessary job.



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I feel your pain. Even though Im "just a student" Im in the RN program. Being on the floor gives you no time to eat or think about anything but your patients. Im not sure how it works at the hospital you are working at but can you split your breaks into smaller halves? Maybe turn your 30 min. into two 15s and then have 2 really healthy fulfilling snacks ready? I know when I wasn't paying attention to what I was eating I would go to the cafeteria every day and end up eating very unhealthy. Try and plan your meals ahead on your days off and calculate your nutrition info from there and see if you can at least get close to your range.

I hope this helped a little, and good luck!

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5/24/08 3:55 P

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I know this probably sounds completely insane but I am not meeting my daily nutritional needs. I work 12 hours a day 4-5 days a week as a CNA(nurses assistant) which requires me to be on my feet all day and do a lot of intense walking, lifting, etc. The problem is I am not able to snack while I'm there. I get my breakfast in the morning, lunch and dinner if I don't fall asleep as soon as I get home. I'm going to be honest though once I get home at 7:30 or 8:00 at night I'm exhausted and not in the mood to eat.
So...what do I do? Yesterday I barely made 500 calories. This is NOT good and NOT healthy but I can't find an alternative.
I feel stupid for having to ask all of this but I could really use some advice!
Oh and I should add that I am NOT losing weight eating like this which is twice as frustrating.

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