Working from home can allow you to create a more flexible schedule. It can also put you close to the kitchen and that can lead to endless snacking. At the office, you might not snack as much as you would at home and that can lead to some unhealthy choices.
This is why you need to be proactive when it comes to making healthy choices when working from home.
Here’s what you can do:
Plan Your Meals
Sunday is a good time to plan out your meals for the week. This will help you lock down those healthy choices and not just for dinners. You should also plan out your breakfasts and lunches, too. This means setting yourself up for leftovers. For instance, the pot of chili you make for dinner on Monday can also be part of a breakfast scramble on Wednesday. This meal planning will also help you set up your grocery shopping list. Whether you’re going to go out shopping or will be ordering in, you’ll be better off if you can do it all in one trip.
Get Produce Out Front
After you get your fruits and veggies washed, you want to put them on display in front of your fridge. If these are the things you see when you open the fridge door for a snack, then those are the items you should snag.
Stock Up on Fruit-Infused Water
Adding fruit like lemon or orange slices to water is a great way to stay hydrated. You should bring back a glass of that water to your work zone every time you step out.
Create a Distract for 20-minutes
When you feel the urge for a snack, try to distract yourself for 20-minutes. You can take a walk, listen to music or catch up on your reading. What you might discover is that the distraction will help your hunger dissipate. If you’re still hungry, then those feelings are genuine and you should grab one of your healthy snacks.
Cook Healthy with Your Family
The more meals you can make from fresh foods, the healthier you’ll be eating. Cooking these healthy meals should be a family activity. This is when you can learn to make pasta or create fresh salad dressings and marinades.
Move Out of the Kitchen
Finally, it will help if you put some distance between your work station and the kitchen. Working at the kitchen table might be too tempting to reach for those snacks. The goal should be to stay on a regular and healthy eating schedule.