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I have gotten a lot of questions about how I eat when I work night shift. Do I eat more, do I eat less, WHEN do I eat? I get it, it’s weird to work nights and it definitely takes some getting used so today I am going to share a basic what/how I eat (and drink!) during night shifts!
The first thing to know about night shift is that it’s just like days, except backwards! I wake up around 3pm on the nights I work and immediately chug some water. Staying hydrated is crucial to your health (and skincare!) and for some reason I just always wake up super thirsty. The next thing I do is find caffeine! Depending on the mood I’m in I may drink a cup of coffee or make an energy drink. I tend to lean towards an energy drink more in the spring/summer and coffee in the winter so here lately I’ve been on a energy drink kick. In my morning caffeine I always add my collagen peptides! YUM!
After I am properly caffeinated I jump in the shower and then get ready for work. Just before I leave the house I will make a protein shake. I have never been a big breakfast person and so shakes just work for me in the morning. I drink it on my way to work and I am good!
My protein shake will hold me for a couple of hours and then it’s time for lunch! I tend to eat my biggest meal of the day for lunch just because I’m trying to lose weight and so I try not to eat big meals before bedtime. So lunch time for me is around 10 or 11pm. For lunch I usually make a sheet pan meal like this one or have some sort of chicken and pasta or chicken and rice. I try and stay away from lots of carbs but they are necessary for energy so I do still eat them, just not as many as I would like, LOL!
Around midnight I am usually in need of more caffeine so again I go for either coffee or an energy drink depending on what I have on me and if I’m hot or cold. Cold = coffee and hot = energy drink.
I haven’t been eating dinner lately, instead I opt for a lots of small snacks throughout the night but if I did eat dinner it would be around 2am. Since I am on a snack kick I will usually eat a small snack around 1:00 am and another around 5:30 am. I am usually home by 7:30 am and in bed asleep by 8:30 am so I really try not to eat anything after 6:00 am.
For snacks I tend to go more savory versus sweet so I have been eating a lot of sriracha cashews, popcorn, a protein snack pack (with a meat, nuts and cheese), cheese and pepperoni sticks, etc. When I am craving something sweet I usually eat oatmeal. YUM!
Now onto drinks! I am a self-proclaimed water-a-holic and drink it all day ‘err day but sometimes even the most voracious water drinker can get bored with the same water all the time so here lately I have been switching it up. I was at Sam’s Club last week and was in the drinks aisle (that’s the main reason I even have a Sam’s Club membership, the drinks!) and stumbled across smartwater® sparkling water!I have been a smartwater® fan for a few years now (it’s one of the few bottled waters I actually think tastes good) and was excited to see the sparkling version at Sam’s because let’s be real, everyone needs a little bubbly water in their life!
The smartwater® sparkling water gives me the fizzy feeling that I miss! Since I found it last week I have been drinking it up! I carry a bottle in my bag, I usually have one in my lunchbox and I have even been mixing it in to my energy drink. Talk about a refreshing pick-me-up! YUM!!
So in answer to what I drink all night, I drink water. Regular water, smartwater® sparkling water, an energy drink and occasionally coffee (but only if I’m cold). What can I say, I know what I like and I like water in whatever form is available to me!
So there you have it folks, that is what I eat and drink when I work night shift. As you can see, it’s pretty much just like what you would eat during the day but at night! If you have any questions please email me or leave a comment.
Have you tried smartwater® sparkling water??