With so many people around the world now working from home, many of us have seen a big shift in our diets. While we may not be grabbing lunch at our favorite fast-casual restaurant or a coffee to get through our mid-afternoon slump, we have a lot more access to snacks and other goodies that we tend to keep at home.
Here are some tips on how to maintain a balanced diet while working from home:
1. Don’t work in (or near) the kitchen
Try to set up your desk in an area that’s not near the kitchen. You may be tempted to wander to the kitchen if it is in your line of sight.
2. Plan your snack and meal times
Just as you would schedule your day, establish times throughout the day that you will get up to eat meals or snacks.
3. Make sure you actually stop to eat
It is important to make sure you take a break to eat throughout the day. Try not to get swallowed up by the work and take a moment to eat and decompress.
4. Meal prep your lunches
Although there is something freeing about being able to get up and make your own meal while at home, try to meal prep your lunches ahead of time for your work week even though you are working at home. Sometimes too much freedom can be distracting and lead to poor meal decisions.
5. Focus on real food
Balanced, nutritious food makes us more productive. It keeps us fuller longer and helps us stay focused. Make protein, fiber, healthy fats, fruits, and veggies the center of your meals.
6. Drink plenty of water
Dehydration can lead to headaches and fatigue, which are both detrimental to productivity. Keep a water bottle at your work area instead of soda or energy drinks so you are more likely to drink it. Aim for at least 64 ounces of water a day.
7. Avoid too much caffeine
Having access to endless cups of coffee might seem like a great idea, but be careful when it comes to caffeine. Too much can cause headaches, digestive issues, and even fatigue—none of which are beneficial when you’re trying to be productive.
Easy Healthy Snack Options
½ cup of edamame
Get some greens into your system by snacking on this crisp veggie.
Almonds are a great source of protein and a crunch snack that can help subside your cravings for salty, crunchy chips.
1 cup of blueberries
A little something sweet to brighten your day. Plus, blueberries are high in antioxidants and vitamins.
1 tablespoon of peanut butter
Need a quick snack in between meetings? Grab a tablespoon and scoop some peanut butter out of the jar.