Cutting Those Work From Home CarbsBy Ruby M
For many people, working from home has become the new norm for the foreseeable future. And let’s be honest, it’s tempting to grab yourself a few extra snacks when the fridge is only a few steps away from your home office, especially when feelings of stress and uncertainty are heightened. But all those extra nibbles you’re indulging in can lead to a lot of weight gain and unhealthy eating habits. Here are some expert tips on how to maintain a healthy eating routine while working from home.
Stick to a Routine
Developing and sticking to an eating schedule can help you lay the right foundations for a balanced and healthy eating routine. Make sure your schedule includes a hearty and healthy breakfast with a 4-5 hour gap before lunch, and try having a lighter dinner. It’s important to try to avoid snacking on sweets or junk food snacks in-between meals. If you’re really feeling peckish, snack on fruit instead. Try to make sure that your dinner is finished at least 3 hours before going to bed so that your food has enough time to digest properly. This will also help you to have a better night’s sleep.
Focus on Just the Food
A lot of people will eat their breakfast and lunch whilst typing away at their latest deadline. This is a must-avoid as distracted eating can lead to overeating. Think about it – taking a break to focus on your food and not your emails or even the TV or Facebook will allow your body and mind to process your meal properly and know when you’re full rather than eating distractedly and not knowing when to stop.
Plan Your Meals
Planning and prepping your meals around whole foods like lean meats and veggies will help you avoid gravitating towards convenient microwave meals and comfort foods. Sure, it might be easier and more convenient to grab yourself a takeaway fried chicken for lunch rather than spending time prepping your meal, but a perk about working from home means you can put a healthy and hearty meal in your oven. While you work! So there really is no excuse for fast foods and microwave meals that are highly processed and bad for your health when you have your entire kitchen at your disposal. Try prepping lunch the night before or in the morning before work, so all you need to do is put your veggies and healthy meat or protein in the oven close to lunchtime, and have a nice fresh meal ready for your lunch break.