10 Tips For Nurses and On-The-Go Nutrition
With the hectic pace of the hospital, the long shirts and non-stop action, attempting to maintain good nutrition as a nurse working long hours can be challenging! Here is my Top 10 nutrition tips for nurses trying to manage a busy work schedule and still reach their fitness goals:
1. Liquid Nutrition: In the middle of a long shift and ZERO time to stop and actually eat, having a liquid source of nutrition is one of the best ways to keep your body fueled. A Stevia-Sweetened Protein Powder can very easily be mixed into water, milk or juice and provide you a meal you can drink or sip on throughout your shift.
2. Grab & Go Snacks: Keep plenty of options for yourself in the staff lounge such as walnuts, almonds, carrots, yogurt or granola.
3. Sleep! During these long 3 Days On work schedules, the body becomes fatigued and we need to prioritize rest and recovery. Sleep deprivation leads to slower metabolism and a tendency to overeat.
4. Don't Miss Out: Don't skip meals. This will impact your energy, your metabolic rate, and will help you avoid excessive hunger. If pressed for time at least get in a liquid meal I mentioned above.
5. Protein Powder: Many hospital cafeterias are begining to upgrade to more nutritious options and choosing a salad and adding a protein powder drink with it will provide that balanced meal of protein, some produce and water. Again, Stevia-Sweetened is optimal.
6. The Evil Vending Machine: These are simply Fast Food in a box. Although the FDA has stepped in and required by the end of next year that all vending machine producers must clearly label the caloric value on their machines these are mostly unhealthy options.
7. Go Raw: Have a vast array of raw veggies and fruits that you know you enjoy eating. Besides providing with an food option that requires basically no prep time, these can satisfy that crunchy, snack temptation we often crave and will allow you to have a fuel source until you can get a meal in.
8. Goodies & Buddies: When your co-workers, friends or appreciative patients show off their baking skills with the myriad of sugary delights, you don't have to completely abstain from it, but minimize the amount of sugar your body takes in at work and reserve those options as much as possible to before or after high intensity exercise when your body's metabollic furnace is running higher.
9. Brown Bag It: A sandwich can be healthy meal that you can control yourself what you are eating as opposed to wondering what's in that snack bar your munching on. Whole grain breads, condiments with healthy fats, and nutrient-rich meats will fuel and energize your body for long work shift.
10. Hydration: Water with salt or electrolytes and even a bit of fruit juice is possibly one of the easiest ways to mitigate hunger initially. It's not a meal and we can't look at as such but this is a fantastic appetite suppressant until you can eat a meal and will keep your body hydrated.
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