While working from home, it's easy to retreat to easy snacks or not-so-healthy meals. Here are some tips that will help you to eat healthy while teleworking.
The Woman Post | Carolina Rodríguez Monclou
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If you are a remote employee, there's a high chance that you get to prepare and eat all of your meals at home. Although some people think homemade food is the best, it cannot be easy to fulfill those expectations when you don't have time to cook with all the nutrients your body requires. It's more important to control what you eat and not exactly what goes into your plate.
Even cook lovers try to make their meal prep as quick and simple as possible. You can do batch cook to save time. The most important thing is to eat clean and healthy. But to do so, you need to build up a routine that complements your diet.
To begin with, you can start your day with a glass of water on your bedside table. After taking a few sips, head over into the kitchen to get started with your breakfast. You can prepare everything ahead of time and store it in glass containers in the fridge. This way, all you need to do in the morning is to take them out and pop some yummy food onto your plate.
Here are some tips for healthy eating while working from home from Marissa Duswalt Epstein, Director of The University of Texas Nutrition Institute.
1. Separate Food and Work
Now it's a crucial time to be diligent about separating our work windows throughout the day. If you were in the office, you wouldn't spend most of your time in the community kitchen. You'd be in a place where you could work well and stay focused. The same happens when working from home. A lot of mindless eating can contribute to unhealthy behaviors and unnecessary consumption.
2. Add Eating Breaks Into Your Work Schedule
Take out between 15 to 20 minutes to get yourself out every three to five hours. Epstein recommends having three meals a day and a snack or five smaller meals over the day. Lock those times in your calendar and stick to them. It's a great time to get up out of your seat and avoid that sedentary behavior all day long. Set yourself some reminders to go and grab some food from the kitchen.
3. Stay Hydrated With Food
Many people keep water with them next to their workstations, but you can also be hydrated through fruits and vegetables. So a great way to stay hydrated instead of drinking water all day long and rush to the bathroom every hour is to eat apples or carrot sticks.
4. Use Caffeine Strategically
Maybe you don't have your daily coffee stop anymore, but you do have your coffee machine at home. The expert explains, "Caffeine is a diuretic, meaning that it causes us to lose water. It's also an appetite suppressant." Taking too much coffee is not recommended for your health, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't drink it. Instead, try to make yourself a coffee to wake you up if you get sleepy throughout the day.
By following these pieces of advice from a professional, you'll be able to regularly better your diet at home and stop those food cravings that happen from being near the kitchen.