Grew up in North Carolina, have 2 beautiful daughters and a German Shepherd.
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My Occupation is
Nurse at WakeMed Hospital
My hobbies/interests are
I run, hike, kayak, garden, and of course yoga.
One secret that helps me to stay healthy is
My wellness goals are
To shed the 5 pounds I gained from menopause, learn better coping techniques for 12 hour shifts, and get better sleep.
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May 15, 2011 at 7:45am
I struggle with having regular movements. My digestive systems seems to be sluggish. My diet consists of mostly unprocessed foods (only the occasional eating out) with vegetables, fresh fruit, flax seeds (approx 2 tbs a day), and very little meat. I do well when I am not working but any change in my schedule seems to through me off. I work 12 hour shifts and therefore I get up very early on those days and find that I need to try to rise at least 1.5 hours before I have to leave to give my body a chance to regulate. My fiber intake is well over 25 grams a day and I try to consume water (which is my main source of fluid intake), I do not drink sodas, etc. Do you have any other suggestions?
An example of what I may eat in a day: Breakfast (4:45 am) 1 slice of sprouted whole grain bread, Smoothie (almond milk, yogurt, banana, berries, whey protein, and flax) and 8oz of black coffee. I also drink 1 glass of water with lemon each morning. When working I have a snack around 10:30 of nuts or a Lara bar. Lunch may be a salad or chicken with broccoli or other vegetable, piece of fruit. Then supper (7:30) is either yogurt with whole grain cereal or rice with lentels, etc.
Even when I do not work I need to spend about 1 to 2 hours relaxing for me to be able to have a bowel movement. If I do anything active it will not happen and I will be bloated and have flatus throughout the day. I can also feel the fecal material in my colon on my left side. I have had a colonoscopy which showed a very healthy colon.
Good Morning Everyone,
I am a nurse that works 12 hour shifts and am looking for ideas to lower stress and increase the ability to sleep without sleep aides on my work days. I have recently changed jobs which has helped, my commute is much shorter, but I am still exhausted after my three days. I get home around 8pm and need to be asleep by 9 to get 8 hours of sleep and I also have to eat supper! I try not to work the three days in a row, but that is not always possible. Any advise on how to relax, eat, and get exercise into a 12 hour shift?