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Paleo for shift work

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Created January 29, 2013 at 7:49 PM

I am in my final year for my psychiatric nursing course and as part of it, I have to do 3x 13 hour shifts a week. I will be starting crossfit for the 2nd time and want to do it properly this time by adopting the paleo diet. I was kinda hoping on cooking my meals for the days I am on duty. Has anyone had any experience with this, i.e. what containers to use etc.

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on February 27, 2013
at 12:13 AM

Check out Nom Nom Paleo. She does hospital shift work, so reading her blog might give you pointers as to how she plans her meals. http://nomnompaleo.com/

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on March 13, 2013
at 06:03 AM

I think Laura has a great idea for simplicity's sake, but I couldn't eat the same thing on my shift without going bonkers. Before my 3 shifts I usually cook up a bunch of ground beef or chicken, then make a big salad that keeps well, such as http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2011/07/tuscan-kale-casear-slaw (my favorite, with or without parmesan).

So I usually eat before work, then have a snack, then a 2nd meal. It might go like this: eggs, bacon, vegs for breakfast, jerky and apple for a snack, chicken with paleo pesto and red peppers and kale salad for lunch

I can take the same chicken the next day, but make a chicken salad really quick or something else. I also recommend Melissa Joulwan's "Well Fed" cookbook. She recommends doing a weekly cooking "WOD" where you cook up a ton of food so you can quickly throw things together. She's got some good suggestions on how to mix things up, as well as some really creative recipes.

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on March 13, 2013
at 01:10 AM

I do 12s at a hospital. I'm on a 3 day stretch right now.
Yesterday I made a big fritatta and pork chops with vegetables to eat for my 2 meals at work the next 3 days. On the way out the door this morning I put a big roast in the crock pot and that will be dinner for after work. If you are making one meal it is very little additional effort to make 4. I think you have to be the type of person who can eat the same thing a bunch of times in a row for it to work. I put it in plastic containers and don't worry about it. Lots of people like mason jars and there are nice glass containers out there if you are iffy about plastic.

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on February 12, 2013
at 09:47 PM

Hard boiled eggs for a simple, fast and delicious protein/fat option

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on January 29, 2013
at 08:29 PM

Mason jars are easy and safe. Salad-in-a-jar, meat-and-veg-in-a-jar...

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