What is in your lunch box? - page 4

What do you bring for lunch? I work 12 hour days, and seem to get so low on energy around 5pm. What are the energy generating secrets- is it coffee, energy bars or something else?... Read More

  1. by   perfectbluebuildings
    this thread is making me really hungry!! i work 12-hr nights, usually eat something like a bagel or PB sandwich and Coke on the way to work (or sometimes fast food if I didn't eat anything else all day, since I usually don't get lunch till close to 2 am), then during the night one of those soup-to-go's or a sandwich, and an apple, baby carrots, or crackers; and more coke (I drink wayyy too much Coke...). I like graham crackers and PB, or a bowl of cereal, for a pick-me-up snack about 4 or 5 am...

    Time to go get myself something good to eat...
  2. by   nightyngale
    I LOVE Costco!!! :-) I buy pretty much everything there...
    I'm known for bringing Lean Ole burritos - I love those things. They come in Chicken or Steak, and are full of rice and beans. Very yummy and cheap. I also bring snack cups of fruit (I finally gave in to the pre-packaged stuff), baby-bel cheese, and some kind of carb, like triscuits, wheat thins, baked chips, or something like that. I down coffee and a bagel on the way to the hospital and drink 1 can of soda while there. I grab a drink of water whenever I can throughout the day.

    Not exactly the healthiest thing on the planet, but better than the congealed food in the warmers in the caf.
  3. by   AprilRNhere
    I cut out soda, and lowered my carb intake and have noticed a sudden jump in my energy level. I no longer get into that 3 am slump. I drink plenty of water..and eat healthy snacks between meals.

    I eat 1 full meal during the night- like I would any other shift. THen..between, I snack on a variety of foods exp.- fruit, boiled eggs, veggies, yogurt- my favorite snack right now is strawberries dipped into vanilla yogurt. MMMmm
  4. by   Diary/Dairy
    Trying to bring in more healthy foods - cucumber, tomatoes, yogurt, salads - Still on the low meat diet....and doing well, I feel better! I still drink a 20 oz diet pepsi every night here, but I need the caffiene.
  5. by   november17
    A sandwich bag full of lettuce/spinach and a few black olives, a tub of no-fat refried beans spiced with cumen (cumin?), a sandwich bag of pieces of celery and carrots, a banana or an orange (depending on what I have handy from the grocery store), and a can of red bull. I eat this same meal every single day for lunch (I'm one of those people). I drink water or black coffee while I'm on shift instead of soda. Once a month or so I treat myself to mcdonalds or taco bell. On the bright side, since nursing school ended 9 mos ago, I've managed to lose 20 lbs.....20 more to go!
    Last edit by november17 on Mar 25, '08
  6. by   Diary/Dairy
    Sounds like you are doing good November!! Keep up the good work.
  7. by   november17
    Quote from diarygirl512
    Sounds like you are doing good November!! Keep up the good work.
    No joke...I literally gained 30+ lbs during nursing school sitting on my butt studying all the time. Ridiculous. It makes a huge difference. It's like carrying around a couple of bowling balls around all day...tiring
  8. by   AprilRNhere
    Same here. I dropped 21 lbs in the last month..and have another 10 I'd like to lose.
  9. by   ~FloridaCCRN~
    This thread has inspired me to start taking lunch to work (instead of ordering out) and eating healthier. Thanks
  10. by   RNperdiem
    I have gotten a lot of helpful advise reading this.
    I have become a fan of soups for lunch. They reheat easily, are filling and provide some extra hydration.
    Of course a day would not be complete without a nice hot cup of tea.