I unfortunately live in an apartment where grills are not allowed on individual patios and balcony’s. Luckily, this summer, they opened a new pool with built in grills for the residents to use. It has been the best addition for me so far! I have used it at least once a week.
Nothing says summer more than being able to get out and grill some yummy food. I can literally throw everything on the grill from meat to vegetables to potatoes and have minimal clean up in my own kitchen! Not to mention its super quick and makes it just that much more delicious. Before this summer, I never used a grill and at the start of summer I would just prepare everything and have my boyfriend grill it for me. But I am growing in my grilling independence and am learning how to do it. I must say, the chili lime shrimp skewers turned out amazing and they did not last very long in the house!
This paired perfectly with my summer like creamy avocado coleslaw and flavorful mango salsa. Although the shrimp could totally be eatin by itself, Who doesn’t like a good dip right? And avocado dip is a must try!
The most common thing I get from people that are trying the new healthy eating lifestyle is if they have to give up fried foods. Although the answer is yes, there is a way to still enjoy it but in a way that your body will love you much more for!
Working night shift is NOT easy.
Famous quotes from others “Nightshift takes years off of your life” “Working night shift is equivalent to smoking cigarettes” (that one cracks me up) “Ive gained so much weight since I’ve been on night shift” “My depression has been so bad since I’ve been on nights” and on and on..
There could be truth to many of these statements. I’ve personally seen my friends not do well mentally and physically on night shift. Shoot, I was never a night person myself. I truly am a morning person at heart.
I started working night shift at the beginning of nursing school to help me make a little bit more money and to help me schedule my clinical days and class time better. I had to work full time during nursing school, I had no choice there as I was going to nursing school after 25 years of age and didn’t have the option of living at home and having no bills. Once I got my first nursing job, as majority of my other class mates, night shift was where you had to start because day shift positions were never open as the more senior people got the opportunity to choose to work day shift.
Once I moved back to Michigan and was hired into my second nursing job, the only schedule available for new staff was rotating shifts. Fit all the above quotes into the rotating schedule lifestyle because they all stand true! Rotating shift was probably the worst schedule I have had to take on and I did it for 1 year. After a year, i had the opportunity to go to straight nights (again, day shift is not available unless you’ve worked there for at least 5 years) and so I chose to do that. Believe it or not it has been so much better than rotating and I feel much more normal than when I was switching back and forth from day to night.
Working nights is still hard. The hardest part when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is that the shift CAN be quieter (NOT always, especially when you have a very sick or an extremely delirious patient!). The increased down time creates signals in your brain that just say eat, eat all the snacks, eat some more, just taste some things. This is how the pounds can easily add on (along with if you aren’t getting enough sleep).
Being healthy and on nights is 100% possible and 100% in your control!
Here are the things that I do to keep healthy while working nights as a nurse
- Meal planning-write a weekly plan of your meals and snacks and grocery shop to last during your stretch of work shifts
- Meal prepping-cook food ahead of time so in between shifts you just pack it into a container and go
- Pack extra snacks that are healthy in case of emergency hunger moments or when there are a ton of unhealthy options in the break room, you can always grab your healthy snack to eat while everyone else is eating as well. -Rx Bars, fruit, almond butter and nuts are my favorite snacks
- SAY NO. You do not have to give into temptation if you are not wanting to. Eat your yummy food you brought. Its not that big of a deal.
- Drinking plenty of water-Super important and even I need to remind myself regularly to do this!
- Have black out curtains to allow for substantial rest during the day
- Phone on silent during the day-No interruptions. You don’t call your friends and family at 1am, you do not need to be bothered at 1pm.
To my fellow nurses out there stuck on night shift and feeling unhealthy, turn the stigma around. You have full control over how you feel and the health of your body. Don’t make your schedule be the reason, make a plan using some of the tips I shared above and even add some of your own. If there is something you do but I did not mention it above, please share it with me in the comments, I’d love to hear it :-).
Sometimes you just need to take your meals from boring to exciting! Mango salsa is so tasty with salad, fish, and if enjoying food freedom, some tortilla chips!
Guacamole has been one of my favorite things to make lately. The favorite part of my food freedom has been pairing the guacamole with some siete grain free tortilla chips, lime flavor! It has to be lime flavor! Otherwise, the guacamole goes perfectly on grilled chicken, shrimp, sweet potato fries , and with veggies for dipping.
It’s way to easy to be stuck in a rut with whole 30 meals and cooking. The only way i survived was by trying new recipes that were simple yet delicious. Here I will share with you my super easy recipe for loaded sweet potato fries using sweet potatoes, slow cooker pulled pork with tessemaes BBQ sauce (whole 30 compliant), and my guacamole recipe. 3 delicious things layered into one delicious meal.
I am so thankful that I stumbled upon the wonderful, Tessamae’s dressings, in the grocery story. My favorite store at that, Fresh Thyme, where I find most of the latest and greatest whole 30/paleo food items that are perfect for my diet.
Tessamae’s has a BBQ sauce that is 100% whole 30 approved and sooo sooo tasty! I am a person that loves BBQ sauce and having it especially on my chicken or beef. Finding this sauce was a lifesaver.
I have loved making meatballs and tossing them in the sauce and sometimes adding a whole 30 approved hot sauce to add a little kick, making it a delicious spicy BBQ sauce.
This recipe is everything a person could want. Simple, easy, whole 30 approved, paleo approved, gluten free, grain free and delicious!
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. What does this even mean?
A condition in which women have high levels of male hormones, increasing the risk of irregular or absent menstrual cycles, infertility, obesity, ovarian cysts, heart disease, and diabetes. PCOS is associated with insulin resistance. PubMed Health Glossary
(Source: NIH – National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
PCOS is diagnosed by having 2 or 3 symptoms. The 3 symptoms are
- Absence of ovulation leading to absent or irregular periods.
- Excess body hair
- Cysts on one or both ovaries
This means you could have polycystic ovarian syndrome without having cysts on your ovaries but having irregular periods and excess body hair. PCOS is one of the most common reason many women are suffering from infertility today! Other common symptoms you may notice include:
- Weight gain
- Thinning hair/hair loss
- Sleep problems
- Pelvic pain
If you have noticed any symptoms, the best thing you can do for yourself is get checked out, have your blood drawn to check your hormone levels and find the best treatment for you as every person is different.