WIAW: Eatius Habitus

Hey, hey lovebugs!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

Join me in shouting out a huge THANK YOU over to Jenn from Peas & Crayons for hosting our weekly foodie shindig!

Now onto this title…

I’ve been doing the night shift thing for a while now. While I can’t really say that I’ve “mastered” the art of zombie-conversion, I CAN say that I finally have a sense of what my body wants and needs to survive night-walking.

For months I tried to fit myself into a certain schedule…sleep from THIS time to THIS time…eat at THAT time…only to stress out when I wasn’t still asleep at THIS time and I hungry hours before THAT time.

So I just stopped trying.

I started going with the flow of things and before I knew it, I had developed a few habits…habits that ended up helping me get to a point where I now sleep better, have more energy, and actually feel like I’m in control of my body…you know, instead of walking around brain-dead half the time!

Must I remind you of the cinnamon-garlic toast incident of 2011?

To show you what I mean, allow me to share a typical day in the life of a working zombie girl!

I usually wake up around 2-3pm and I immediately get up, throw on workout clothes and make my way to the gym (because if I don’t go as soon as I get up, it’s just not hap-nin’), but NOT before throwing back a morning cocktail…hey, it’s almost 5 o’clock! 😉

Emergen-C and a shot of Jack ACV*

I swear by this stuff! Emergen-C boosts my immune system, puts pep in my step, and has just the right amount of sweetness/fizz to counteract the yuck-factor of apple cider vinegar (which I’m STILL claiming as my acne cure-all from God!)

After a good sweat sesh, it’s back home for some grub…which most of the time is of the no-cook/throw-stuff-in-a-bowl-and-call-it-a-meal variety since I’m about to chew my own arm off…

Note: lifting heavy makes you HUNGRY!

1 cup Greek yogurt + 1/2 cup pumpkin puree + 1 teaspoon maple extract + pumpkin pie spice and stevia to taste topped with granola and FIGS!

After that, I jump in the shower and then start getting me, myself, and my lunchbox ready for work.

And then I grab some tea for the ride!

Not a huge fan of the pumpkin spice flavor on its own, but throw in a bit of almond milk and it’s a LATTE better! 😉

Dinner is usually anywhere between 10 and 11pm, and while I love having leftovers from a weekend of meal-prepping, most days, I’m more than happy to dive into a
“clean out the fridge” type salad!

Monday’s winner: Spinach, peas, red onion, roasted beets, roasted pumpkin, cranberry-cinnamon goat cheese, and toasted pecans…

All drizzled with the last of my beloved roasted garlic & fig spread mixed with a little balsamic vinegar.

Around 1am, which is half-way through my shift, I typically have a big mug of tea to thaw me out from the sub-arctic hospital temps AND help keep my energy levels up.

Which isn’t hard to do when you’ve got SUPER CAFFEINATED tea!*

*Without the side affects that come with coffee…Numi #ftw!

The rest of the morning, I play by ear…sometimes I have one big snack around 3am or I’ll have a few little snacks like I did the other day…

Fuji apple and 1/2 a Clif Builder’s Bar (for the record, the cookies ‘n cream flavor is neither cookie nor cream)

Mrs. May’s Almond Rice Stix (#funfind from TJ Maxx)

Roasted edamame and baby carrots

At 6:30am, my relief comes in and I pass out PEACE out, head home, and then whip up something delicious for breakfast dinner!

Like Breakfast “Sushi”!

And then it’s off to dreamland in 5…4…3…2…


Do you have any “habits” when it comes to meals/snacks?

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten this week?  

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