Healthy Eating Tips for Doctors Who Work Long Hours
Medical careers require dedication, a competent attitude, and a lifestyle fashioned around long hours and overnight shifts. The latter can cause both physical and emotional stress.

Doctors don’t often receive long meal breaks, if at all. And, they are understandably exhausted from long shifts. This disrupts the circadian rhythm, which can cause headaches, gastrointestinal issues, fatigue, and other problems.

However, with these healthy eating tips and tricks, you can stay on track with your diet and manage your nutrition for a healthy, happy work-week at the hospital.

#1 Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated is an essential part of overall nutrition for everyone, but, for individuals with high-intensity work shifts, it is even more critical. Keeping your body hydrated helps to decrease the likelihood of headaches and diminish fatigue, as well as improve digestion, circulation, and body temperature.

Pro Tip: Add slices of cucumber, lemon, mint, or other fruits and berries to your water bottle to infuse it with a refreshing taste.

#2 Skip the Caffeine
While coffee is a natural stimulant that will increase your alertness and ability to concentrate in the short term, it also has long-term addictive qualities that can lead to caffeine dependency, nervousness, restlessness, muscle tremors, increased heart rate, upset stomach, and even insomnia.

As an alternative, reach for water instead. Or, if you are partial to the taste of coffee and tea, insist on the decaffeinated varieties. Green tea is an excellent option because it is low in caffeine and contains an amino acid called theanine which is said to improve mental alertness.

Pro Tip: If you do continue to consume caffeinated drinks, try to limit them to the first half of your shift, so the effects of the caffeine wear off before you go home and sleep.

#3 Eat regularly
No matter what shifts you are working, make sure to maintain a regular eating schedule. Even if your “morning” is at 3 p.m. when you wake up, make sure to have “breakfast” and base the timing of your following meals and snacks off this first meal. Aim to eat your meals every four to five hours with small snacks in between.

Pro Tip: Remember, eating regular, small amounts of food are better for maintaining a healthy weight then eating one large meal to get all of your nutrition and calories, as this often leads to overeating and weight gain.

#4 Healthy eating tips for doctors
When we think of the word “diet,” we conjure up images of people unhappily restricting themselves to small amounts of tasteless and unenjoyable foods. What “diet” really refers to is our pattern of food consumption.

Make sure meal times include some form of protein, as it helps you to feel fuller for longer and provides the body with much-needed energy during busy shifts.

Pro Tip: For healthy snacks between meals, pack protein-heavy items such as nuts, healthy protein bars (check the label for calories and sugar), and yogurts that will make you feel full and provide much-needed energy. But remember, snacks cannot and should not replace full meals.

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It is making me read through with interest for balanced diet for health and personality. Avoid Sugar or eat at beginning of full meal. Fruits and veggies in abundance. Increase protein and fiber for taste too. A lot of yogurt or fat free curd for calcium. Since Sugar is less, fat and oil less, some carbs for energy and cereals and increase water intake.
Mar 22, 2020Like