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Wake Up Call

Hey. Remember me? That girl who was complaining yesterday about being bored and wanting to cook everything and anything for something to do. Well this morning that girl got a phone call at 6:30 to come into work. Having not worked in almost two weeks, I was glad to pick up a shift and help out my co-workers, who have been run off their feet this weekend with flu season.

The flu not only effects patients in the hospital but workers as well. Oftentimes people perceive healthcare workers as invincible, when in reality we too are susceptible to any lingering germs and bacteria. I myself picked up an infection in the hospital last year when on placement that still effects me to this day, almost a year and a half later. Remember when I told you about having previous gut issues that I hoped to conquer with my Whole30 experience? I have the hospital to thank for that one.

That being said, I have never regretted my career path once. As a new graduate, things are tough. Still not in the groove of things, I find myself lost and asking questions in many instances. Some days I want to cry out of sheer frustration with myself while other days I am proud of the smallest achievements. But those patients who thank you for the simplest of things like providing a warm blanket or cup of ice chips? Those patients are what make my job worth it. Even when I feel like I am drowning in stress, a patient can turn your whole world upside down with the slightest smile.

Sweet Potato Bowl? Why Not?

Unbeknownst to me that I was working, I thankfully prepared a new recipe for breakfast last night: the sweet potato bowl. Having seen it on the internet numerous times, I had always wanted to test it out. My aunt always makes a sweet potato casserole during the holidays that my sister and I LOVE, so I knew this would be a winning dish instantly. img_1690

As an avid recipe-alternator, I made some tweaks to this one such as adding only one tablespoon of almond butter rather than three. My thoughts here was that it would taste too much like almond butter and not enough like sweet potato. I additionally added two tablespoons of coconut milk instead of almond milk, just because I had some in the fridge to use up. Next time, I would like to try the almond milk as this bowl was rather sweet for me. Overall though, it fueled me up for my busy morning on the floor. img_1692

Whole30 on a Work Routine

As my first day working while in Whole30 mode, I didn’t know what to expect. Having a break at 9:30am and 12pm, I worried that my internal clock would be off balance. For lunch I finally (!!!) finished my stash of spaghetti squash pasta, but found myself fading fast come 2pm. This may not be related to the Whole30 at all. It could have been the patient who had me running back and forth all day, or the little sleep I was running off of. That being said, it was a different kind of exhaustion than that of what I usually experience during my twelve hour shifts.

Come 330pm, I was drained. Thankfully, I had slid some snacks into my lunch pail this morning for an emergency and an emergency this was. I still had three and a half hours left on my shift. Now, I could have had an apple or a bag of vegetables, however those are not recommended in the Whole30 guidelines to be consumed alone. These snacks fill the need to eat, however are not substantial when eaten alone. Had I brought almond butter to go with the apple or guacamole for the veggies, perhaps those would have been good options. But I did not. What I ended up eating was one of my chia seed pudding jars. Not only does this jar have protein (the chia seeds), but also some berries and walnuts for fat. I certainly found that filling and it carried my through until I returned home at 730.

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Sneaky Sneaky

Sorry, No Exciting Meals Here

Having used up the last of my meal prepped food, I came home from work and was not very inventive in my meal. Using the leftover grilled veggies, I made a grilled-veggie, spinach omelette and stuffed it with avocado and the bruschetta sauce. Now something that I have never been able to successfully make is an omelette. It almost always tastes good, but fails in appearance. For some reason, it always crumbles on the flipping point. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to let me know!

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