8 Healthy Eating Tips for Travel Nurses
We all strive to eat healthily, but it can be hard to be successful. Eating healthily on a regular basis can take quite a bit of time, planning, commitment, and often, money. For those who are always on the road, like travel nurses, it can be even harder. However, there are healthy eating hacks travel nurses can implement to make it easier to eat healthier when on an assignment. The goal is to not feel stressed and overwhelmed by the idea of eating healthy. It is all about progress, not perfection.
We may not have the motivation to plan our meals every day, but we can find the motivation for just one day. Take one day out of the week and plan your breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for the next week. You can either physically prepare every meal, or simply write it all down. Knowing what you are going to eat for each meal will also be a huge stress relief.
Eat more, not less
We are all conditioned to eat three meals a day. This is not the best strategy for proper nutrition. Eating 5-6 small meals throughout the day will help keep your metabolism moving and prevent hunger. When we feel hungry, we are more likely to make poor food choices. Also, when you wait several hours before your next meal, your body is more likely to produce acid, leading to things like heartburn and discomfort. Smaller meals can include a small piece of fish, peanut butter and celery, or a veggie burger.
We often tend to slip from our meal or diet plans when we get bored with what we are eating. Keeping things fresh will increase your chances of sticking to your goals. Tired of eating chicken every day? Try a pork loin. Do you like fish? Find a local fish or farmers market and try something new from the sea. This can also be tied to exploring a new city as a travel nurse. The important thing is to keep your taste buds on their toes!
Spice it up
Moreover, marinades and spices can be your best friend when trying to eat healthily. The internet is an endless treasure trove of healthy recipes and marinade ideas. Putting a delicious and healthy marinade together could take a little as five minutes to prepare. To increase the flavor, leave your marinated creation in the fridge overnight. You can even make enough for the next week to solve your meal prep dilemma.
Have an accountability buddy!
When it comes to eating healthy, you never have to be in it alone. Chances are there are tons of people in your life who are also doing their best to make better food choices. Join forces with your friends, family, co-workers, spouse, etc. and take on the challenge together. Ask your buddy how they are doing and make sure to tell them how you are doing. Meet up once a week to share recipes or cook together. Try some of their creations and let them try yours to keep up the diversification. When you feel like you are falling behind, lean on your accountability buddy to bring you back up.
Take it slow-cooker
A slow cooker or crockpot can be the best friend of a travel nurse. After a 12-hour shift, the last thing you want to do it worry about what to have for dinner. You also do not want to get into the routine of picking up fast food on the way home from every shift. With a slow cooker, you can quickly set your meal before you leave for the day and leave it on low. When you come home, dinner will be ready and waiting for you. Another slow cooker strategy is to make one big meal and spread it out over the next few days or week. The internet is jam-packed with easy, delicious, and healthy slow cooker recipes.
Water, water, everywhere
The key to eating healthily and losing weight is staying hydrated. It is recommended to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Thirst and dehydration can lead to poor eating choices. As a travel nurse, you are most likely on your feet all day. Keep a reusable water bottle within reach and take a drink whenever you can. When you drink enough water, you will also feel better both physically and mentally.
This may be the least desirable tip on here, but also the most effective. When we write down everything we eat, we are more likely to change our behaviors. There are several free food tracking apps you can download or you can pay for tracking services like Weight Watchers. You can even experiment and start small. Start by tracking your lunches every day for a week. When you feel like you have mastered lunch, add your breakfast. Lastly, add dinner and daily snacks between your main meals. This will take some time to get used to, so don’t be hard on yourself. Again, it’s important to focus on progress, not perfection!
Let us be your accountability buddy
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