Working from home can be a challenge, but it can also be great for our productivity and it may be a challenge for our waistlines!

We pulled together some tips for ensuring you eat healthy as well when working from home. Snacks can be tempting and so can caffeine! We may even start bingeing on some foods without realizing it too.

Top 7 Tips for Eating Healthy When Working at Home

One: Work away from the kitchen

If you can, work as far from the kitchen as possible. It can be awfully tempting to wander over to the fridge for a quick nibble. Staying out of eyesight of the kitchen can help.

Two: Beware the caffeine

With instant coffee makers, grabbing an additional cup, especially with so many video conference calls, it can be too easy. Or maybe you’re getting back into the groove with a French press? Be aware of your caffeine intake. Too much caffeine can spike anxiety levels and lead to headaches and water loss.

Three: Keep up the water intake

Make sure you drink a good amount of water during the day. Water intake and staying hydrated is important. It also helps you think more clearly. A beware of sugary drinks like too much juice and soda. A great replacement for soda is naturally flavoured carbonated water. All the fizzy, none of the sugar!

Four: Prep healthy snacks

If you’re going to be snacking, take some time in the evening to make some healthy snacks in little containers or baggies. Cut up some veggies with a favourite healthy dip like hummus, or some fruit, make some granola bars. Choose foods that help your digestion and increase energy.

Five: Take lunch breaks

As in, when you go to eat lunch, step away from your computer screen and eat lunch away from where you work. Eat foods that won’t bog you down mid-afternoon. It’s important to step away from your workspace. 

Six: Buy real food

This is a great time to try out some new healthy recipes made from whole foods, not processed and packaged foods which can be very hard on inflammation in your body. Buying lots of veggies can help ensure you eat them as you won’t want to waste them.

Seven: Plan snack and meal times

If you can, set times during the day that you’ll have snacks and when you want to eat meals. It’s all part of setting daily routines. It also gives you something to look forward to during the day.

Remember too, to get your exercise in! It doesn’t have to be a big workout, but doing some cardio and stretching with some weight lifting can make a big difference. It helps your digestive system and combined with healthy foods, boosts your immune system!

Author: Alexa Hurst is a staff writer for HUM@Nmedia, the brand parent for Optimyz Magazine and Silver Magazine based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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