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I work night shift. I’m trying to lose weight, but I use food to keep me up. What can I eat for dinner at night or should I eat at night?

First of all, be sure you get enough sleep during the day. Use your working hours at night just as though you were working during the day.

If you wake up just before you need to go into work, let that be your breakfast: cereal, fruit and yogurt would work fine. At break, have a snack (fruit, pretzels, low-fat popcorn). Eat a lunch when you have your lunch break — bring a turkey sandwich with lettuce and tomato, fruit and baked chips. Then, either before you leave for work or when you get home, have another meal. Again, include 2 or 3 starch servings, 3-4 ounces of meat, vegetable, fruit and milk.

If that is a lot to eat, since you may be going to bed soon, have your bigger meal before you go into work, and eat light once you get home.

You can take frozen meals to work, or pack a cooler with leftovers. I would suggest that you see a dietitian who can work on a meal plan to help you achieve your weight loss goals.

Nutrition counseling services are available at several BJC facilities including:

BJC dietitians also can be located by calling Help For Your Health at 314.747.7234.

If you live outside the BJC HealthCare service area, you can find a nearby registered dietitian at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

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