Eating Healthy As A Nurse
Alright y’all, lets be honest. NO NURSE everrrrr feels like making dinner when they get off of a 12 hour shift. If anything, our mouth is already salivating thinking of fast-food when 6 o’clock comes around because we’re most likely stressed, tired, and hangry from not eating lunch, chasing meds, and wiping butts all day long. Most likely you have to be back at it tomorrow, right? I’ve been there. I get it. I will say though, that Polynesian sauce was some POWERFUL stuff for me!
I do, however, want to caution you that this craving for the junky, greasy, salty stuff is something that we’ve allowed our brains to become ADDICTED to over the years. Well, I don’t want to say WE’VE created it….our food industry has created it. Their lab tested & studied addicting foods are the reason we can’t change. We literally have an addictive psychological repose to them! Did you know that Fast Food industry and other food companies spend millions of dollars on research to learn about the right combination of sugar, fat, salt, and other addicting ingredients that will make our human brains go screaming & crawling back with dripping tongues for more?
How The Food Industry Makes Us Addicted to Food
It’s pretty disgusting when you learn how much goes into making you addicted to this processed greasy stuff. It’s the reason it’s SO hard for people to stop. So many “diets” today also push “healthy foods” that are fat free, sugar free, etc, but contain a TON of unhealthy additives, sugar, fat and processed ingredients. Sure, it’s low fat and low carb, but it’s been replaced with a TON of sugar and other inflammatory ingredients to make it taste better! We’re also learning that fat ins’t a bad thing, and neither are cholesterol and carbs. It’s simply consuming the RIGHT kinds.
Here’s a really great article explaining why Fat Free and Low Fat foods are NO good! What you will start to learn is that so many of our conventional diet recommendations are actually making heart and diabetes conditions worse! Here’s the deal. How could those “health” organizations (ADA, ACS, & AHA) support a clean and anti-inflammatory diet when they are funded by those exact food companies who make the products that their diets recommend! They’d be out a TON of money! So would the drug companies funding them who treat the symptoms of the diseases that these organizations “support.” Healthy people means drugs not needed as much! It’s a sick world people! Literally! Money is the root off all evil.
Easy Meals To Make After A Nursing Shift
So heres the deal. I’m not here to preach to you all, but as Nurses I think it is VERY important to be informed and aware of these health matters! We are the FRONTLINE of care. We are handing out the diet education at discharge with all of these inflammatory food recommendations on it! While many could care less and don’t agree with what I know to be true and share about diet & lifestyle related to our health, you simply can’t deny the science and testimonies of people healing chronic and autoimmune conditions by changing to a clean,anti-inflammatory, and high plant based diet! You just can’t!
So back to that fast-food, sister! I know that sometimes we don’t always prepare crockpot meals ahead of time (which are one of my FAVORITE and easy clean eating hacks for Nurses), but I wanted to share with you 3 Really easy, simple, and CLEAN meals to eat after a shift or even on your day off!!
1.Scrambled Cauli Eggs with Greens, Avocado, Hot Sauce, and Tomatoes
•3 Organic Pasture Raised Eggs
•1/2 Cup of Organic Cauliflower Rice
•A Handful of Organic Greens chopped
•1 Avocado diced
•1/2 tsp chopped organic garlic (I like a lot of garlic)
•1/2 Cup organic cherry tomatoes
•Himalayan Sea Salt & Pepper
You can’t see, but there’s a bed of organic greens underneath all of this goodness! I sautéed up the chopped organic greens, garlic, and cauliflower rice (I get in a bag at Trader Joes) in avocado oil in a pan on medium heat. You can’t even taste the cauli! I added some s&p (about a pinch each) and sautéed until ingredients soft. I then added 3 whisked eggs and scrambled eggs in with ingredients. Once cooked, I plopped on a bed or organic greens and topped with my chopped avocado, cherry tomatoes, and added a little hot sauce! This makes a good anytime meal packed with protein, phytonutrients, and SO much flavor!
2. Eggs, on Greens, on Gluten Free Bread with Goat Cheese & Avocado
•2 Organic Pasture Raised Eggs
•2 slices of Canyon Gluten Free Bread (or Sourdough)
•2 tbs Filtered Water
•Himalayan Salt & Pepper
This recipe is super simple! I toast 2 pieces of bread in toaster. First, bring your pan to a medium heat. Let it FULLY heat. Once your bread is toasted, add some goat cheese to both pieces. I do a little less than a tablespoon on each side. Add organic greens and avocado slices. You can add anything you want really (sprouts, onions, etc). Leave flat on plate. Once pan if heated, you’re going to crack eggs into pan. Immediately add 2 tbs of water and cover with pan top. This will steam the egg for 30 seconds. This will make the yolk runny and semi hard (sorry, the nurse in me just laughed out loud)! Remove eggs once the yolk has a light pink cover. Put eggs on slices of bread. Add seasoning. Serve with a side of grape tomatoes. SO SO GOOD!
3. Sweet Potato “Toast” on a Bed of Greens with Eggs, Goat Cheese, & Hot Sauce
•Avocado Oil & Balsamic Vinegar
•1 Organic Sweet Potato
•2 Pasture Raised Organic Eggs
Alright y’all. This meal is FLAVORRRRR!!! Oh my gosh. Forreal. So start by heating oven to 415 degrees. I slice my medium sized sweet potato into 3 slices. I lather it up with avocado oil and bake for about 20-30 minutes until soft. On a plate, add a bed of greens drizzled with balsamic vinegar. Lay cooked potatoes on top. With same technique in recipe 2, prepare 2 steamed eggs. Once cooked, add on top of sweet potatoes. Add a few shakes each of turmeric, paprika, salt & pepper. Drizzle hot sauce on top and crumble some fresh goat cheese all over. Ladies, ALL OF THE HEART EYES AND DROOLING OVER HERE!!!! So good.
(Just a little hack, you can actually make crock pot sweet potatoes and have them ready when you get home! I use this recipe and cook on low while I’m at work or over night and just heat up later when you make all of this above!)
So that’s it! 3 Easy meals for you to make that won’t break the bank and are actually quite cost effective for a clean meal! I hope that knowing how to make these meals will inspire you and help you start making healthier choices when it comes to how you fuel your body! Let me know if you have any question in preparing or making!