CRNA Fitness: Nutrition

by admin on January 7, 2012 · 5 comments

The Gas Range
By Liz Sanner Davis

Think of the food on your plate as Fuel.  Think of the container it comes in as the Gas-can.  And label the inside of your body as The Tank.  At every meal you must carry the fuel in a gas can and deliver it unpolluted to the tank if you want to have enough gas to live life and to give life in the OR.  When the patient is short on gas, he crumps.  When you are short on gas, you crump.  And when low-grade gas is delivered to the tank ( think  paper bags with famous logos, cardboard boxes with grease-covered bottoms, and paper cups with sippy devices), you and your patient may both wind up driving on empty.  During the month of January, try making this change in your nutrition habits at work.  Bring fresh lunch foods to work prepared in your own kitchen – last night’s leftover salmon is a worthy protein, light yogurt and low-sugar granola, a crisp apple, a ripe avocado big enough to share are all perfect pick-me-ups. Or stack your own turkey sandwich made with whole grain bread, lettuce and tomato.  Avoid saltyfoods from the cafeteria and resist the urge to send out Smiling Samantha for pepperoni pizza with stuffed cheese crust, “double-the-olives.”  Fill your tank with superior grade fuel delivered in a pollutant-free gas-can.  You’ll sustain two lives – yours and the patient’s.

Liz Sanner Davis is owner and trainer at Body Firm Integrated Fitness Solutions, Temple, TX.  Visit Liz online at and read her humorous and motivational Lizlines or Lizlimericks published daily.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Nancy, South Dakota January 8, 2012 at 9:21 am

Better nutrition is on my list of New Year’s resolutions. Do you have a specific diet like Weight Watchers or South Beach that you recommend?


Ms Liz January 8, 2012 at 10:54 am

Hi, Nancy.
Go to and visit my web site to contact me on my e-mail. I have been teaching fitness coupled with wellness for nearly fifteen years…will happily answer your question. My girlfriend in Yankton sends rave remarks about her huge veggie garden..perhaps that’s in your future, too!
Ms Liz


Jenny January 25, 2012 at 2:53 am

Great tips, thanks. I need the motivation to follow through.


Carley January 27, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Good fuel is the foundation for good health. If we are to role model, we must role model in the lunch room by eating good food.


Justice January 24, 2012 at 7:39 pm

You’ve really impressed me with your commitment to anesthesia provider fitness. It is an area that we should do better role modeling.


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