Antioxidating

by Christina on March 3, 2012

The first week on a new rotation is always the hardest and this week was no exception. I failed to eat or drink during my first couple ED shifts – not ok! I did manage to run to the bathroom and scarf some chocolate covered almonds/espresso beans:

lunch?

I knew that situation had to be remedied ASAP. My locker is now prepped:

emergency snacks

I’ve been working on pre-shift antioxidant boosting:

precooked sweet potatoes = power breakfast

And upping post-shift nutrient density intake:

maxing greenness

with a kiss of turmeric

Now about to start a string of night shifts… tips, anyone?!

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john March 4, 2012 at 3:13 am

some ideas: a runners sugar free solution:
http://www.mazamadesigns.com/Product_Catalog_01.htm
http://shop.nuun.com/mixed-fruit-pack
http://www.vrp.com/stress/adaptaphase-i
and when the day of comes after a long effort-full time i find that magnesium helps
move to muscle relaxation and recovery quicker. And the cognitive supports as simple as ginko can help reduce the ongoing stress… sounds intense. best!

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steve March 5, 2012 at 4:55 pm

this makes me feel really bad about my ER eating habits!

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elise March 9, 2012 at 9:19 pm

man i feel you on the inability to grab things easily…definitely make sure you fix that stat because itll wear you down big time. i cant imagine ED shifts without fuel. actually i cant imagine ED shifts period. i was floated last week to the PACU and i had no time to eat at all…it was horrible and i was a total grump because of it. but i wasnt anywhere near my own floor so i didnt have my locker stash to save me. so sad.
hope night shifts went well!

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