5 Tips for Healthy Eating When You Work From Home
Even though working from home allows you to generally eat whatever you want anytime, sometimes that can make it a struggle to stay healthy! In a traditional work setting, the issues usually revolve around takeout and convenience foods, while working from home can create poor eating habits and all day snacking. Read along for some tips to stay healthy as a home based worker.
Keep healthy food
Keep healthy food options in the house – and visible. Buy a nice fruit bowl and keep fruit right at the kitchen entrance, or purchase pre-cut fruits and veggies for the week. As long as you have healthy options available, it’s much easier to stay on track.
If you struggle with all day eating or simply snacking on the wrong foods, do your best to keep temptations out of the house during the week. It doesn’t have to be painful! Think of what you can include in your diet – fresh fruits, veggies, whole grain crackers, protein – versus what you have to eliminate. You can always have whatever you choose, it’s just better for health and productivity to make most of that food healthy.
Find something fun
Find something fun to look forward to! This doesn’t have to be food, but it certainly can be. Why not plan evening trips to a new park with your kids, or another healthy activity that teaches them good habits. You can also meet a friend at a new healthy eatery – this is something to look forward to that fits your goals and allows you to socialize as well!
Make a plan and stick to it! It’s much easier for your time and productivity levels to have meals planned out as well. On Saturday or Sunday, make a plan for the week, create your grocery list, and head to the store. You can do all of the cooking for the week in a few hours, and then everything is pre-packaged and ready to go. When you make a plan with anything in life, your goals tend to get met and unexpected challenges that come up are much less likely.
Meal plans are also incredibly helpful for families, as your kids can also participate and give healthy meal ideas. This also allows them to learn about cooking, clean eating, and fun snacks that are always available.
Remember your goals
Your goals do not need to have anything to do with weight loss, but feeling good while working from home is a noble one. When we eat better, we feel better! Shift your focus from “bad” foods and deprivation to really fueling your body for a productive, happy workday, and feel free to include treats whenever you choose. This process is really about what you’ll do most of the time, and what will allow you to feel your best when it would be easier to simply avoid healthy eating in the home.