Nurses work long shifts and they’re busy and often have stressful shifts. 12 hours is the normal shift, and that’s assuming that you’re able to leave on time (which rarely happens). It’s an environment that is rife with eating challenges. You either don’t have enough time to eat or you’re grazing on crap all day. You get home and all you want to do is make up for the calories that you didn’t get during your shift, and then you go to sleep. None of this is good for your health, hormones, or waistline.
The Ketogenic Diet May Be the Answer.
Before we talk about why Keto may help you achieve better health, let’s talk quickly about what it is. The Ketogenic Diet is a nutrition approach that embraces low carb, moderate protein, and high healthy fat. The ratio is usually 5-10% of your calories coming from carbs, 60-80% of your calories coming from healthy fats, and the rest of your calories from protein.
This nutrition approach has been shown to help people with neurological problems, epilepsy, autism, and it reverses Type II Diabetes in most cases. Numerous studies have been conducted on the impact of this diet and cardiovascular health. You can find a good collection of these studies at https://www.virtahealth.com/research. (And these studies are just a small sampling).
Okay, now that you have a general idea about what Keto is, let’s talk about the benefits.
With Keto you will be able to:
- Eat two meals a day, feel satisfied and not hungry
- Have enough energy to get through those long shifts
- Get rid of cravings
- Lose weight!
- Enjoy better sleep
- And much more
I’ve been mostly Keto for a few years now and it really helps me get through my nursing shifts, I am able to avoid eating those donuts and pastries that well-meaning patients and family provide, and I sleep like a baby.
Here’s the thing about Keto, actually there are two things:
- It’s super easy to eat shitty Keto. I mean you’re eating cheese and bacon all day long and calling it Keto. Not healthy!
- It’s easier to succeed with Keto if you prepare yourself the right way. By that I mean that you take a few weeks to ease into Keto. Mark Sisson has created an amazing three-week program called the Keto Reset Diet that gets you ready to succeed with Keto. In addition to day-by-day steps, you also get a ton of Keto recipes and all the resources you need to succeed with keto once you’re through the course.
And if you have any questions about Keto, let me know! I’m so happy to help you find the program that works best for you and your health and fitness needs.