New Challenge – Back to Work

After 11 years spent caring for family members, I am about to start full-time work. It’s going to be a shock to the system – 9+ hours on my feet per shift, and nights!! Not that my caring role wasn’t work, it was just a different kind of work. I’m simply talking about my own situation here, and in no way diminishing the role of a carer. Im just wondering if I’m fit enough for the task. Also, getting used to eating and sleeping at different times feels like it’s going to be a challenge. In a previous job, many years ago I worked 24 and sometimes 48hr shifts. This involved sleeping nights (not that I slept much). This was in the days before the working time directive. Any tips on how to survive this change in routine would be very welcome. Or am I making it a bigger deal than it is?

Having said that, I’m 2 years in to following a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle and I haven’t felt this healthy in years. I imagine though that I’m going to be using muscles that have long laid dormant. I’ll probably ache in places I didn’t know I had body! I’m sure you’ve worked out that the job I’m about to start is more physical than intellectual. A vast departure from my previous job. But that was in another lifetime.

Feeling surprisingly nervous about rejoining the work force – but nothing ventured, nothing gained!

So, in preparation, I am intending to batch cook so I have plenty of meals in the fridge and freezer to grab and take with me to work. What’s the saying, “if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail”. Don’t want to put myself in a position where I start making poor food choices , purely because my situation is changing. I’ll no longer have the luxury of time to whip up meals as and when. So, I’ll be cooking plenty of chickpea curry Whole-food plant-based and health benefits , Instant Pot Spaghetti Appliances – Saving Time! , Cauliflower and tomato coconut curry Cooking, whole-food plant-based style!

Just click on the links above which will take you to previous posts of mine where the recipes mentioned are detailed.

The internet of course is awash with a plethora of amazing plant-based vegan recipes, including tutorials on how to prepare and cook. My mantra when wondering how to make something is “Google it”, or check out YouTube. It’s almost as if we don’t have to think for ourselves any more because we have all this information at our finger tips. I imagine, until I get used to my new routine I’ll be sticking to what I know rather than experimenting.

That’s all for today. Please like, share, follow and/or comment, your input is very much appreciated. I’ll be back soon with an update on how the work situation has gone.


Published by smith57angel

Passionate about a Whole food plant based lifestyle. After years of yo-yo dieting I decided to tackle my weight problem once and for all. The difference this time being I focused on my health in terms of what I was putting in to my body. Health improved and weight reduced.

2 thoughts on “New Challenge – Back to Work

  1. Exciting stuff!!
    I can’t wait to hear how your food ideas suit your routine and am very interested in what you make.
    I’m sure I can share this around a lot of carers on night shifts.
    Here’s to the new…


    1. Thanks Nikki. It’s definitely a challenge and will take some planning but I’m determined To make it work.



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