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    Just wondering if anyone out there had any information re night shift nutrition. The way I do it no is simply eat what I do for day shift but it always leaves me feeling overly full, bloated and just feeling quite ordinary. My question Is should I eat differently on night shift as opposed to day shift? Any why??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukef2000 View Post

    My question Is should I eat differently on night shift as opposed to day shift? Any why??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukef2000 View Post
    Just wondering if anyone out there had any information re night shift nutrition. The way I do it no is simply eat what I do for day shift but it always leaves me feeling overly full, bloated and just feeling quite ordinary. My question Is should I eat differently on night shift as opposed to day shift? Any why??
    Here's my question; what do you eat on day shift? Here's my take from a former night shift guy.

    During the day I typically eat a lot of red meat, rice & sweet potatoes. My meals would be considered "heavy"

    When I worked nights, I really had to keep it light. Regardless of whether I was rested or not, my body KNEW that was sleepy time, and if I had a heavy meal I was immediately tired.

    I did a lot (a LOT) of grilled chicken on big mixed green salads, casein shakes with almonds, or string cheese sticks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JudoJosh View Post

    No.
    Well I don't now, was just curious if I should be. I always feel like ****, bloated, fat when I eat as I do on day shift.

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    You should be sleeping at night. Working at night completely destroys your circadian rhythm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Bone View Post
    You should be sleeping at night. Working at night completely destroys your circadian rhythm.
    But instead he's working, supporting himself and possibly a family.

    Irrelevant post is irrelevant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swanson52 View Post

    Here's my question; what do you eat on day shift? Here's my take from a former night shift guy.

    During the day I typically eat a lot of red meat, rice & sweet potatoes. My meals would be considered "heavy"

    When I worked nights, I really had to keep it light. Regardless of whether I was rested or not, my body KNEW that was sleepy time, and if I had a heavy meal I was immediately tired.

    I did a lot (a LOT) of grilled chicken on big mixed green salads, casein shakes with almonds, or string cheese sticks.
    Yeah i eat plenty of red meat, chicken breast, sweet potato etc etc so what I've been doing it just having the same on night shift but other than the reasons above it just really hard to eat chicken breast at 4am lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swanson52 View Post

    But instead he's working, supporting himself and possibly a family.

    Irrelevant post is irrelevant.
    Not to mention the $150k a year tends to make life a little easier

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swanson52 View Post
    But instead he's working, supporting himself and possibly a family.

    Irrelevant post is irrelevant.

    You make a good point, however if there is a chance he can switch to days that would be ideal. I agree, you do what you have to to survive and pay the bills. I wouldn't say my post was irrelevant though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukef2000 View Post
    Yeah i eat plenty of red meat, chicken breast, sweet potato etc etc so what I've been doing it just having the same on night shift but other than the reasons above it just really hard to eat chicken breast at 4am lol.
    I totally understand. If you're not adverse to dairy, try some cottage cheese or maybe a Quest bar.
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    I work a job where I'm up all day, then possibly screwed out of a full nights sleep, and my sleep schedule can get all jacked up. Just eat how you normally would. Pack some pre-made meals, something quick and easy & always appetizing-whatever fits the bill for you. I'd run night shifts as well and catch sleep beforehand, and ate how I normally would.
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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Bone View Post

    You make a good point, however if there is a chance he can switch to days that would be ideal. I agree, you do what you have to to survive and pay the bills. I wouldn't say my post was irrelevant though.
    Yes that would be ideal but not really an option as my role is a 24-7 job. Coverage has to be supplied on a 24 hour basis.
    Quote Originally Posted by Swanson52 View Post

    I totally understand. If you're not adverse to dairy, try some cottage cheese or maybe a Quest bar.
    I will definitely look into this thanks man. I dont have any issues with dairy whatsoever you have any ideas on what's quite light yet heavy in calories? Bulking at the moment lol :P

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    I work a job where I'm up all day, then possibly screwed out of a full nights sleep, and my sleep schedule can get all jacked up. Just eat how you normally would. Pack some pre-made meals.
    Looks like ill keep doing what im doing I pre prepare all my food whether I'm at work or on days off.

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    I used to boil up rice and then throw in a pound or so of ground turkey, chopped up peppers and onions, cilantro, and random spices and dump it into a big tubaware bowl and spoon eat it over a few hours. Chopped up sweet potatoes mixed with beans and whatever meat is laying around packs up easily as well.

    Light and has calories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean1332 View Post
    I used to boil up rice and then throw in a pound or so of ground turkey, chopped up peppers and onions, cilantro, and random spices and dump it into a big tubaware bowl and spoon eat it over a few hours. Chopped up sweet potatoes mixed with beans and whatever meat is laying around packs up easily as well.

    Light and has calories.
    That's actually sounds not too bad! Might give that a shot next round of nights. Thanks man.

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    Milk! If you're bulking and have no aversion to dairy, start putting down milk.

    I've thrown cottage cheese & boiled eggs on a big ass salad too. Throw on some bacon, and you've got yourself a meal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swanson52 View Post
    Milk! If you're bulking and have no aversion to dairy, start putting down milk.

    I've thrown cottage cheese & boiled eggs on a big ass salad too. Throw on some bacon, and you've got yourself a meal.
    Haha this reminds me of when I tried the GOMAD diet. Damn that was not fun lol. Yeah I guess I could make a salad or some thing and add calories by olive oil and eggs

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    I've worked night shift for over a year now. What i've noticed is that i don't really have what you would call breakfast anymore. I work 11pm till 8am for 5 nights on 2 off. When i wake up before work i'll have chicken/sweet potatoes etc, i'll eat on my breaks at 00:00, 02:30, 04,30 and when i finish at 8am i'll go home and have steak or something lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chub View Post
    I've worked night shift for over a year now. What i've noticed is that i don't really have what you would call breakfast anymore. I work 11pm till 8am for 5 nights on 2 off. When i wake up before work i'll have chicken/sweet potatoes etc, i'll eat on my breaks at 00:00, 02:30, 04,30 and when i finish at 8am i'll go home and have steak or something lol.
    Well technically you do have breakfast but its at night time before work lol. I eat a ****load on night shift but I find it quite difficult to get down my required bulking calories on night shift opposed to day shift. Steak at 0730 FTW lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukef2000 View Post
    Well technically you do have breakfast but its at night time before work lol. I eat a ****load on night shift but I find it quite difficult to get down my required bulking calories on night shift opposed to day shift. Steak at 0730 FTW lol!
    If im working near the night or early morning I'd have to time it just right so when Im about to lift I'm not bloated, but yeah I would eat what I normally would and taper it down slightly probably, unless I'm lifting later in the morning or sometime during the day.

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