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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2012

    IF and shift work

    Not sure if this is the right place to post this (sorry if it isn't).

    A couple of times per week my partner works long intensive shifts and will only get a break to eat around 6pm for 20 minutes. Where he works the only available kitchen equipment is a microwave.

    He's just started a 16/8 eating pattern and is thinking of making these intensive days his true fast days with just one bigger meal later in the day.

    Does anyone have any ideas for what he can take with him that is calorie dense and requires little to no prep?

    He works with the public so can't snack.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Assuming he's macro cycling as well as IFing, are these low carb days?

    I work in EMS and often have to eat on the run... but 20 minutes would still be a stretch to get in all his calories for one day. However, hard boiled eggs, nuts, and stews tend to be the best for quick meals. Eggs and nuts for obvious reasons, but I find stews are great because the meat falls apart in your mouth, making it easier to down large quantities in short periods of time. Just throw 4 pounds of stew beef, veggies, spices and a little broth in a slow cooker and he'll have food for a few days (at least.)

    Hope this helps a bit, and good luck to my fellow shift worker!
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Washington state
    How long is his shift? I work ten hour night shifts and just eat either before or after work, usually once every 24 hours once the week sets in.

    Typical meal:
    Pound of bacon or steak or fish, liver, heart or other meat cooked in tallow or bacon grease
    Four eggs, with turmeric and black pepper and cumin
    Two avocados
    If I have time, a veggie mush in the pan with the fat left in there (mushrooms, spinach, onions, etc.)
    Coffee with 1 cup coconut milk
    Some dark chocolate
    Nuts if I have any around, usually don't
    Apple, pear or sweet potato if I'm not low-carbing it.
    Bring kombucha with me to work if I have any brewed up that day.
    Last edited by Knifegill; 10-11-2012 at 07:17 AM.
    Steak, eggs, potatoes - fruits, nuts, berries and forage. Coconut milk and potent herbs and spices. Tea instead of coffee now and teeny amounts of kelp daily. Let's see how this does! Not really had dairy much, and gut seems better for it.

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