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Maintaining a healthy diet can prove surprisingly challenging when working from home. While some cynical offic...
Maintaining a healthy diet can prove surprisingly challenging when working from home.
While some cynical office-bound workers assume that homeworkers spend their time slacking off, numerous studies prove that this is far from the truth. In fact, thanks to a lack of “water cooler chats” and other distractions, home-based employees often remain glued to their keyboards, and find it hard to stop for appropriate rest-breaks, let alone a healthy lunch.
In this article, we present five great ways of ensuring you eat well when you work at home. All it really takes is a little planning. Follow this advice, and you should find it quite straightforward to
eat healthily AND economically when working from home.
If you have a freezer full of unhealthy ready meals in the house and little else, you will inevitably eat these while you’re working. So think ahead and buy healthy items over the weekend so you have them on hand when the working week begins.
In addition, think about leftovers when you cook your main meals. A handful of excess roasted vegetables will make a perfect lunch for Monday stirred through a portion of couscous with a squeeze of lemon on top.
Using your leftovers like this cuts waste, saves money and stops you from eating expensive, “easy” meals that take as much effort to produce but have little nutritional value.
Many nutritionists believe that “little and often” is a good way to eat, and it certainly keeps your energy levels steady.
Despite this, many homeworkers remain at their desks nursing a hunger that only a large bar of chocolate will appease.
Get around this by planning your snacks in advance: Put a bag of trail mix or a bowl of almonds by your desk or spend five minutes in the morning cutting some fruit into bite-size pieces. Even if you don’t feel like eating these morsels at the time, you’ll reach for them as soon as you begin to feel hungry, reducing the risk of dashing into the kitchen for crisps and chocolate.
If you have a tendency to work through your lunch, dropping crumbs and food-splashes over your laptop keyboard, you need to slow down!
Lunchtime is a good opportunity to regroup and let your subconscious plan the rest of the working day. Stopping for a traditional “lunch hour” may not be a realistic proposition for you, but at least move away from the keyboard while you’re actually eating.
Everyone has experienced the “mid-afternoon slump,” when energy drops (and takes enthusiasm with it) – but there’s no need to turn to coffee or sugary snacks.
The key to avoiding this slump is to ensure you eat foods throughout the day that release energy to your body slowly. Ideal examples include dried fruits, nuts, avocados, beans and bananas.
Eating healthy when working from home isn’t just about the daytime. Sometimes it proves hard to define a clear end to the day, and if you’re one of those people who struggle to keep from working “just a bit longer,” you are just as at risk of feeling shattered at the end of the day and ordering a takeaway as an office worker after a gruelling commute.
So try to set yourself some boundaries. Make sure you stop in time to source ingredients and prepare a healthy evening meal. If you choose wisely, you could even ensure there are some healthy leftovers for lunch the next day – and there the cycle begins all over again.