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Hello - I started nursing school with a Whole30 and I'd like to finish nursing school with a Whole30. Why? My first one was to ensure my head was clear of all fog while I was learning all of this amazing information. This one? My sugar dragon reared its ugly head, and my bad habit of using sugary treats as a coping mechanism has crept back in. Not cool. I am aiming for an April 2nd start date, and will average 4 - 12 hour shifts each week (one day as a CNA, three days as a Student RN). In my previous life, I worked 5-8's and managing the dinner timing was much easier. Right now I do not get home until 8 and have to immediately shower the hospital off of me, which has me eating dinner closer to 8:30 and then crawling in bed at 9. This is NOT ideal, because eating this late makes it hard to eat breakfast within the first hour of waking the following day, and by hard I mean I can't. And by can't, I mean my gag reflex engages, and I struggled to even choke down 1/2 my breakfast, and then I am starving by mid-morning. Currently, on days I work I am up at 5am, and eat closer to 6:30/6:45 once I get to work. This seems to work, as I sip on coffee with the Vital Proteins Collagen Powder during my drive to work. This usually carries me pretty far into the morning. So while it's not within the first hour, it seems to work. But, I digress, back to dinner... I have attempted doing the Mason Jar salads for dinner, as they don't give me that same overly full can't eat in the am feeling. BUT my problem is that eating too many salads actually makes me feel like I am on a diet, and that makes me crabby. Here is my go to Mason Jar Salad (adjusting for Whole30 obviously) https://www.organizeyourselfskinny.com/2014/01/10/greek-chicken-mason-jar-salad/ But I just don't want 16 of my 30 dinners to be this salad! So to all of you Whole30 alums and long shift workers, do you have any ideas? Thanks!
So coming to the end of the first day of my January whole30. There has been so much temptation already. My husband is a big "whole30" skeptic and isn't very helpful when I mention I cannot have something he is having. (He's a picky eater so my love of my new fav whole30 recipes, like cauliflower fried rice is not shared. He is also very pro-dairy, pro-rice and wheat). Also, I feel like I am snacking on nuts between all meals so I stay full. I feel this might be a bad sign? I work the next two nights: I'm a night shift RN so it should be interesting how cravings play out. I'm taking a lot of pointers from paleobailey although she just announced she's leaving her job to become a full time blogger. (Congrats Bailey!) I'm going to lunch with my family tomorrow (CAVA. Anyone have one near them?) and I am not sure how to approach ordering. Do I need to ask about seasoning on the meat? I hate to be that person...Does anyone go to CAVA and can you tell me what I can order?!?! Basically I just need to feel normal and feeling pretty abnormal.