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August 8th, 2009

Mind over Matter

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

I like my food. You don’t get to be my size without liking food.

I’ve been doing shift work for over 30 years now & I’ve never been one of those people who has trouble eating outside what most people would consider as a normal eating pattern.

Lots of people I work with can’t or don’t eat a meal in the middle of the night. I can’t go through the night without either a micro-waved meal or a man’s size portion if sandwiches & accoutrements.

In the days of police canteens, a slap-up fully cooked breakfast with chips was the order of the day & on late or night shifts I wasn’t averse to a burger or kebab on top of whatever my sandwich box held.

Early turns were problematic sometimes because it got to between 9 & 10 in the morning & the stomach really started to complain, I just had to have something to eat.

So I can’t understand why things have changed so drastically. On an early shift in the control room I usually get a break around 1 or 2pm which is a good 3-4 hours after my stomach would have been taking me to the European Court of Human Rights, and I don’t appear to be suffering from any ill effects.

Apart from an occasional banana or packet of crisps I can make it from 6am to 1pm without any meaningful food. This would have been completely unthinkable out on shift.

It does make me wonder if I’d have stuck to a similar regime 30 years ago, I might still be able to fit into a size 10 dress (but that’s another story)