I use to work a normal 8-5 job m-f and I fasted daily until noon when I took my lunch. I would spend 30 minutes doing cardio in a fasted state then come back and have a protein shake and veggies. That was the best I have ever looked! And life was simple because I did the same thing every day and wasnt obsessed with meal planning. Dinner was some variation of protein/veggies/complex carb. Anyway, long story short, I was laid off and now work in a grocery store and have a crazy schedule! I will work 11 am to 7 pm on one day with a lunch break at 3...then the next day work 6 am to 2 pm with a lunch break 10 am. A few days a week I am there 4 pm to midnight working the truck! How can I get back to intermittent fasting with this type of work schedule. If I am not having my scheduled lunch until 3 pm some days Im usually reallllllyyyy hungry by this time. Like I said I work in a grocery store! :/ Any advice? I was thinking when my eating window opens I could just sneak a small snack that was I can make it until my break and have a normal meal.
Maybe ditch the fasting. Fasting is a stresser & you said life was simple back then. You'll be fighting an up hill battle. Don't believe me? Head on over to leangains.com Mark has a post about hormones and the same timing of daily meals.
After the practise you've had, you really ought to be able to handle slightly varying lengths of fast. If you want to try and keep a similar approach then work on having a larger protein/fat serving in the meal if you know it's going to be a long time to lunch the next day. On the other hand those shifts may make it difficult to get decent sleep which may not be helping. You may just have to be more selective about which days you're going to fast. Or maybe kick off the morning with bulletproof coffee. Lots of options depending on your goals. In general though, I'd say try and focus as much around your main meal and eat smaller low impact meals if and when you need to.
instead of daily fasts, maybe you could try a 24 hour fast one day a week. Read this amazing, amazing paper for alternative ideas about how to approach fasting while still reaping all the benefits: http://www.precisionnutrition.com/intermittent-fasting. It's really, well organized, so even if you only have ten minutes to read, you can get something out of it.
I work onboard Amtr@k trains in the cafe car, on two trains that go to Michigan from Chicago. My work schedule is thus:
Day 1: 5:30 am to midnight (no joke!). Chicago to Pontiac, MI and back again. My break occurs in the 3pm to 5:30pm area. Day 2: 2:30pm report time, work until 11pm. Go to hotel for the night in Grand Rapids, MI. Day 3: 6:30am to about noonish (depends on when train gets in and I get home). Day 4: Off of work Day 5: Off of work
I bring lots of paleo or primal goodness to me with work -- I consider myself a grand master of Paleo/Primal travel where food is concerned at least! No so much with the exercise :)
My advantage is I can eat right where I'm working (I don't get breaks, anyways) or right before or after work (and I have access to a heating source).
I personally think it's a good idea to vary when you eat on a day to day basis. What about just eating a really big meal before work? And as other people have noted, intermittently fasting at differnet days would be good, but perhaps you need MORE calories because you are physically working more and that is why you are more hungry?
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