I don't need to tell you that there are many struggles when it comes to working shift work. In fact there are so many struggles that I even decided to write a book about it.
But let's talk about how to curb those bad eating habits.
Shift workers are notorious for eating badly. We tend to come up with every excuse under the sun to justify our junk food and caffeine addiction.
So what can you do to change this?
By simply making the decision to change- and sticking to it!
It never ceases to amaze me how we often neglect our bodies by filling them up with toxic, unhealthy food. Yet at the same time we would never fill our cars up with toxic, contaminated fuel.
There is absolutely no difference between our body and our car.
Actually let me rephrase that. There is a difference. A BIG difference.
Your car will give you warning signs when it is not feeling well like stalling, breaking down or failing to start. But your body is different. The warning signs will come, but not straight away because our bodies are incredibly resilient. They will tolerate a lot of junk food, alcohol and excessive rich food for quite awhile before eventually sending you those warning signals. For example shortness of breath, high cholesterol, weight gain, sleepless nights - to name just a few.
So if you're serious about wanting to curb those bad eating habits you have to recognise that the more junk food you eat - the more your body will crave this food.
You have to break the junk food cycle because once you begin to eat more nutrient dense, high quality food it will begin to crave more of this food - and then reject the junk food.
Breaking the 'Bad Eating Cycle' is the KEY to curbing those bad eating habits.
So when contemplating your next shift work struggle, focus on eating healthy, nutritious food as opposed to processed, fatty and sugary foods because your body will thank you for it.
As world renowned medico of Nutritional Medicine Dr Greg Emerson would say:
"Be the change you want to see in the world."
Or quite simply - take 100% responsibility for the food that you put in your mouth and those very bad eating habits. At the end of the day, the only person that can do this is you.
Audra Starkey is a Shift Work and Airline Veteran based in Brisbane, Queensland Australia. She is the author and creator of 'The Healthy Shift Worker' - a site developed to help people cope with the perils of working crazy and irregular hours. To get your Healthy Shift Worker Free Report, visithttp://www.healthyshiftworker.com.
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