Balancing Nutrition is not as easy as it sounds and most of us know this to be true. We hear so much about what to eat, what not to eat, food trends, healthy, fat, carbs, no soda, no snacks, "eat all you want and still lose weight", etc. It goes on and on and on! Its not surprising that we say "screw it" and eat what we want when we want. Its understandable. Mostly, this decision of essentially giving up is because of failed promises from quick fix food trends, minimal results, and the love of foods that taste "magically delicious", as a leprechaun from a cereal box might say, but hold no nutritional value. Whats the answer? Its simple. It REALLY IS SIMPLE. Eat well with discipline, knowledge, and self-control. Thats it. There are no secret fads, no gimmicks, no lies. It is about you. Do you have enough control to say no to cakes at work and large pizzas? (That was not meant to sound good). Think about what you are doing to your body. Think about the consequences. What does your future health mean to you? What does your internal and external health mean to you? This isn't meant to sound accusatory or to bestow guilt but simply to open ones eyes. Once you realize where you stand on the subject, then you can work from that perspective. Always remember that the choice is yours. Balancing nutrition IS easy. The difficult parts are the barriers we put up in our minds that keep us from eating well.
A Personal Story of Balance from one of our ED Nurses.
"I recently switched to the ED, and although I've been a RN for 5 years, I have never experienced the amount of stress as I have these past 6 months. It truly is functioning in chaos. I will be honest, the first couple months on my own I struggled. I was lost between crazy work shifts where the only chance you get to take a break is filled with stuffing your face with food for fear of not being able to eat again during your 12 hours, to sleeping literally 16 hours on my days off. I lost the balance that my life once had; where I was a functioning nurse, wife and dog mom who enjoyed outside activities and cooking delicious food.
I decided if I was going to make it in the ED, I needed to find my balance again. Also my husband politely told me I wasn't as pleasant to be around as of recent :) (can't lie- I was a hot mess)
One of the things I did, which I think is something all of us could try to do, is take 5 minutes (or longer if you're able) in the meditation room each shift. During my breaks now, I eat, then RUN into the meditation room for as long as I am able. I turn the lights down, use the foot massager and let my mind go. Sometimes I play my headspace app, which is a guided meditation, other times I play music rap and let it out. Either way, those few minutes where I am away from all the beeping, call lights, people asking questions, or any distraction for that matter, brings me back into balance. I find that I am a better nurse, co-worker, and am happier with myself.
If you find yourself unsure of going to the meditation room, just DO IT. All you can do is try, and trust me, some time away from the chaos that is our job, is well worth your time.
Some other practices I put into my life to regain my balance were: increasing my yoga to 5-6 days per week, buying a ninja nutra bullet and drinking a 40 oz green smoothie the size of my arm each morning, allowing myself to sleep without restrictions (ie no alarm if possible& locking my dog out of the room), getting outside everyday regardless of weather, and increasing my TREAT YOURSELF days (confused? google parks and rec).
Basically, whatever you're into, try doing it even just a little bit more. Giving yourself more you time or time where your focus is on something you WANT to focus on, will put your life back into balance. Besides, YOU deserve it."