Hi Nurse Eye Roll! I’m about to start my grad year and was just wondering- what do you usually take for meals? I know what I took for nursing school placements, but I often came home starving or too tired to feel hungry! Do you have any advice about eating properly while working shift? Thanks! PS (I love the blog!) xx
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Good question – it’s so easy to eat like crap when you’re a nurse. If you don’t plan, you eat whatever is quickest and easiest (crap).
#1 – I always make my lunch and bring it. Otherwise, I end up getting something not great for me. Plus, when I spend money to eat out, I want it to be when I can actually enjoy the food and not eat it cold during a 4 minute lunch break at 1600. I’ve learned not to waste eating out by ordering food at work.
#2 – Make it the night before. You’ll always be too tired before work.
#3 – I bring a small morning snack, lunch, and small afternoon snack – and I make sure to eat them!
Morning snack: usually one of my homemade granola bars (or any granola bar, really!), a piece of fruit, or some cheese + Triscuits
Lunch: I typically do a Boar’s Head turkey and white cheddar sandwich (I bring all the parts of the sandwich separately and assemble it during lunch so it’s fresh + yummy), full-fat greek yogurt + fresh fruit + raw honey, and some kind of veggie (usually a cut-up bell pepper), and some tortilla chips
Afternoon snack: natural peanut butter and natural milk chocolate chips. Just a few spoonfuls and I’m full and my sweet tooth is satisfied.
I usually bring a water bottle and drink 1-2 of them. I try not to use styrofoam and I especially try not to drink hot coffee out of it (there are lots of articles on how bad it is for you; here’s one). Sometimes I’ll bring dinner left overs, but I always make sure I bring it in glass so that I’m not heating my food on plastic in the microwave (here’s an article from the Wall Street Journal about this).
Basically, break up your food. A small snack a few hours in, eat your lunch a little less than halfway through, and have another snack 2 hours before your shift is done.
I also try to plan meals with my husband so I don’t eat badly when I get home. If he gets home after, we usually have a meal prepped that just needs to be baked. Then I just enjoy my post-work glass of red wine while it’s baking!