Nurse eats

Happy happy Monday! Feels like Spring in Boston, which makes for perfect running and ice cream weather, which makes me a happy pup. I worked at the hospital allllll weekend. Friday 7am-7pm, Saturday 7am-3pm, and Sunday 7pm-7am this morning. I haven’t worked that many days in a row in months since I was full time. I was totally pooped and the fact that I was in the “I just wanna nap” stage of Whole 30 wasn’t helpful. Find out what yesterdays night shift and night shift prep looked like below!



10am: Wakey wakey, eggs and bacy!!

11am: Meal planning and grocery list making with G

1pm: Grocery store! G was so kind to help me make a better menu this week as last week I wasn’t psyched about some of my eats. We totally crushed the grocery store and I got some yummy stuff to eat this week!

230pm: It was 60 degrees outside so we went for a walk on the community path!


4pm-5pm: Nap. I usually try to nap for at least 2 hours before a twelve but it just didn’t happen. Ugh.

5pm-6pm: Shower and pack my work bag. I made a smoothie to drink on the way to work with spinach, frozen fruit and coconut milk.

7pm-9pm: Get report, chat with day shift friends, put some eyeballs on all my peeps, medicate, draw labs, all sorts of good stuff.

915pm: There was a birthday on a floor and when I walked into the break room to heat up my dinner I was faced with this…..


930pm: Heated up some spaghetti squash with meat sauce and ate it in front of my computer since the cheese and chips and guac and kit kats wouldn’t stop talking to me.


10pm-12am: Another round of medications, repositions, walks to the bathroom, juice delivery, chatting with patients, and note writing.

1230am: Snack time. 2 blood oranges.


2am: Still hungry. Granny smith apple with a packet of Justin’s almond butter.

230m: They over headed a code on another floor saying they needed compression assistance for CPR. Another nurse and I went over but there were already so many people in line that we decided it would be smarter for us to head back to the floor so we were safely staffed.

3am: More notes. More bathroom trips. More meds.

345am: Hungry again. And have to pee. And super tired. One of my patients goes into Afib w/ RVR. (Their heart was beating very fast in a different rhythm.) We were able to give them some medication to get their heart rate down and they were ok.

430am: Medications. Vitals. Lab draws. Repositioning.

5am: Finally get to the bathroom. Lemon lara bar and a cup of tea to try and keep me awake. Wrap up some notes and documenting.


6am: Feel like I’m a rockstar for keeping everyone alive and do some final rounds, repositions, meds, and bathroom trips. I’m greeted by pee on the floor and an almost pulled out feeding tube.

715am: Run to my car. Windows down and music up to stay awake on the drive home.

745 am: Crawl into bed after the standard pee, brush teeth, wash face routine.



Since I don’t work multiple nights in a row anymore, I try to only sleep until 1 to still make the most of my day off. This way I am also still able to fall asleep at a normal time despite being up the entire night before.




Whole 30, day 4 down. We’ve passed the hangover phase and now are in the KILL ALL THE THINGS phase. My hangover was gnarly and I was a complete grumpy pants. My Whole 30 hangover was worse than that time I had a total of 10 tequila shots on cinco de mayo and went to a dance (at night) in sunglasses.


Thankfully Christina is basically in an opposite mind set as me and has been calling me out and telling me to toughen up. The Whole 30 rules are harsh and say something along the lines of “Quitting heroin is hard. Eating healthy for 30 days is not hard.” So every time I act like a wuss she tells me “quitting heroin is hard” and threatens to throw an avocado at me. Doesn’t stop me from sending her pictures of ice cream….


Anyways, day 4 was a little bit better than 2 and 3. I scooped ice cream and then went to the gym and did this work out! I haven’t been feeling motivated this week which is why it’s called the “I don’t wanna” workout.

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I actually only did 12 reps of each exercise and 2 rounds since I was late to meet Shanny to see Deadpool. You should all go see it, absolutely hilarious. We went to Burger Dive after for dinner and I tried to make it as Whole 30 compliant as I could. I ate a burger topped with tomato, a fried egg, and avocado with a side of sweet potato fries.



And then here are a few more Whole 30 eats from week 1!


Our duck, Henry, eating some chicken salsa from the crockpot with some cauliflower rice. (Don’t ask me why the duck was eating my dinner. End of day 3 craziness.)


Leftover chicken salsa with roasted broccoli for lunch today.


Tuesday lunch with sautéed kale and spinach, avocado, and smoked salmon.

I also want to share some cute fitness fashion finds I’ve been eyeing….those hot pink sneaks are amazzzzzing and I think this tank top would be perfect for hot yoga!

running leggings / sports bra / running sneaks / back close tank


Any other Whole 30-ers out there? Meal planning tomorrow and could use some inspiration!

I threw up at Tabata today.

(Warning…this post talks about vomiting and uses like 5 different terms to describe it.)

Yup. That’s the truth. I tried to be a good doobey and went to a 7am class. It was only 45 minutes so I figured I’d get a quick and good sweat in and be set to enjoy the rest of the day. Well…..that instructor made us jump around for like 15 minutes straight. After my 1,000th burpee/squat jump/hop I felt like I was about to throw everywhere. At first I started laughing because in my whole 23 years of life I have NEVER thrown up from working out. Not even during field hockey in college, and that sh*t was brutal.


I stopped laughing once I realized I needed to leave the room before I actually vommed everywhere. So I scooted to the bathroom and something awful happened… Someone was in there! Isn’t that the worst? So I did some deep breathing in the stall until she left and then proceeded to dramatically spit up water and cry since I’m physically incapable of not crying when I throw up. I chilled in the bathroom for a second and had an internal battle of “Do I Irish goodbye this workout class and sacrifice my water bottle I left in there? Or do I toughen up and keep jumping around and risk ralphing again?” I decided to take the boot and rally route since I knew I didn’t actually have anything in my stomach to throw up and I needed a good workout since I was on vacation last week and only worked out twice. (And ate at Paula Dean’s restaurant.)

I managed to make it through the rest of class okay but did modifications and moved pretty slow. The instructor kept yelling (nicely) for everyone to move faster and I almost stood up and screamed “B*tch, please. I just threw up and CAME BACK for you.” If only that were appropriate…. Anyways, I felt 10000x better with just walking out of the studio knowing no one was going to yell at me to jump for the rest of the day. I got home and ate some egg bake with fruit. (Xtina and I know ketchup isn’t whole 30, you don’t have to tell us.)


I’m scooping this afternoon and brought along some snacks to have for lunch including tuna+guac+pepper and the cabbage I made last night.

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Can’t forget the bucha….




Ever throw up during a workout? Do you cry when you throw up? Just a me thing? Okay, cool.

Whole 30

It’s happening. We’re doing it. Whole 30 up in here.


Christina and I are actually doing Whole 28 because I refused to start until after G and I could celebrate our 2 year anniversary (with wine and cocktails) and we are hosting a St. Patricks Day party. So that gives us 28 days! (Because you can’t host a St. Pattys party sober.) If you don’t know about Whole 30 yet, check out their website.



I’m writing you after day 1 from my kitchen floor. I’m waiting for some cabbage to cook. Honestly, the hardest part of the day was mental. I eat, and enjoy, mostly paleo foods. But I also have zero will power. I drink too much on the weekends and don’t shy away from a bomb-ass sammy or scoop of scream. But the thought of cooking and preparing “whole” foods doesn’t scare me. But I had to scoop at the store tonight and the ice cream was talking to me and I was basically drooling into all the tubs. And then I started freaking out that I can’t eat dessert. Well, the kind of desserts I’m used to. And then I learned, once again, sugar is in freaking everything. Sugar is all up in my grill and I’m sick of it. It took me over an hour to grocery shop yesterday….WITH A LIST….because I couldn’t stop reading labels and being pissed.

All I have to say is thank goodness Xtina is doing this with me. It already has made it so much easier to have a buddy.

Off to stir some cabbage and hit the hay…..7am tabata!

Come on….who wants to Whole 28 with us?! You know you wanna……

Easy weeknight dinners

Hey scoopers! Rough day for ice cream up in Boston since it’s been snowing since 6am! The store will still open later this afternoon, curious to see if people still come in. Good day for a brownie sundae…mmm…

I’ve been on a “treat yo self” kick. I got a pedicure yesterday, just got my hair cut and then a massage later today. I wanted to stop in first and share my weeknight eats from this week. They were so easy, tasty and clean! All the meals below took anywhere from one minute to thirty minutes to make. Check ’em out!

Chicken Salsa Paleo Tacos


These suckers were so easy and fan-flipping-tastic. I will share my not so secret chicken salsa recipe on the blog next time I make it. I topped the chicken with some Wholly Guacamole and stuffed it all in a tortilla made from my new fave cookbook. (Tip of advice: don’t eat these in front of people. I got lucky and had an empty apartment when I made them.)

Tuna & Guac


I think I saw someone do this on Pintrest one time so I’m going to take zero credit. But dang, what a quick and tasty lunch. I literally just threw these two guys in my bag when I was running late the other morning and found a can opener at work. Next time I wanna try it with some lettuce wraps! (Also, shout out to Wholly Guac’s ingredient list….it’s my newest obsession.)

Salmon with Brussel Sprouts


Send help! Court doesn’t know how to cook Salmon!! It took some googling and pacing around the kitchen and drinking and roomie moral support….it was stressful. It came out OK, but wasn’t like making me jump outta my pants with excitement. Anyone have any tips? I also paired it with these Brussel Sprouts (another amazing cookbook find) which was a little weird combo. Alas, a quick, easy, and healthy meal!

Burger, Sweet Potato Fries, and Brussel Sprouts


So I follow a bunch of fit and paleo ladies on instagram (and A LOT of puppy accounts) to keep me inspired when it comes to food and exercise. Anyways, those chicks are all about the burgers. And guess what? I am too. I was bummed about not putting cheese on it but I just threw some mustard, ketchup (ugh, not paleo. go ahead, shoot me. I DON’T CARE.), and banana peppers (because banana peppers are the bomb) on top and it hit the spot. I also ate some more “brussel sprout salad” (this is probably the point where I should admit that I called this side dish a salad all week but really it was like apples and walnuts with bacon fat and herbs. Don’t care, it was delish. I think I’m gonna start calling bacon salad. Like that time my dad told me chickens were cows. Ha.). I also had some of these spicy sweet potato fries that were good but would have been better with some dip that wasn’t ketchup. I made double of this dinner and had leftovers for lunch the next day.

Chicken Sausages with Spaghetti Squash


‘effing GOLD STAR SHOUT OUT to my friend Kim from work. (Hey, Kim, you just won my first born! 😉 ) She saw my instagram post b**ching about cooking spaghetti squash and told me to try it in the crock pot. I stabbed the crap outta my squash and then threw it on high for 4 hours in an inch of water just like Kim told me to. It was magic. No almost cutting my finger off. No being sad I couldn’t get all the strands out. SO EASY. (Sorry for all the swears, I’m just so excited.) I topped it with marinara sauce and then these chicken sausages. I love Al Fresco products because I can read everything on the ingredient list. This flavor had mango in it which was a fun twist!

What’s your go-to easy weeknight dinner? Anyone out there know how to cook salmon? Bueller?