Community//

How to Eat Healthier While Working from Home

Beth Pradelli, Co-Founder of NatureCity, shares her advice for staying healthy while working from home.

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.

Many people are working from home for the first time due to the current COVID pandemic. Working from your house instead of an office comes with many challenges: difficulty focusing, an off-kilter work-life balance, and new eating habits. 

Perhaps you’ve been so caught up in your work that you find yourself reaching for premade junk food, or forgetting to eat meals entirely. Or now that you’re in close proximity to your fridge all day, you may find yourself snacking more than ever before. Working from home makes maintaining healthy eating patterns difficult. The following are a few strategies for sticking to healthy eating, even when you’re stuck at home. 

Plan Ahead for Meals and Snacks

Chances are, you’ve already created a schedule for yourself. This may include when you get up, work out, or attend meetings. Why not incorporate meals and snack breaks into this schedule? If you have set times for breaks, you’ll be less likely to graze all day long. Think about what it was like in the office. You likely had a set time for a lunch break and didn’t snack all day long.

Applying this mentality will also keep you from accidentally skipping meals altogether. Your body needs you to eat regularly. Eating will help you stay focused on the tasks at hand and feel less tired. 

Prepare Lunches Ahead of Time

If you had a meal prep strategy when you went into the office, utilize the same process when working from home. Although you may think it will be easy to cook yourself lunch every day since you’re already close to your kitchen, chances are you won’t feel as motivated by the time noon rolls around. 

Your lunches don’t have to be fancy. They could be leftovers or even a pre purchased salad mix with some extra protein. By having a premade lunch, you’ll be less tempted to order unhealthy takeout. 

If you do want to cook something, chop everything up and lay out the ingredients ahead of time. 

Stay Hydrated

If you regularly fill up a water bottle at work, do the same thing when working from home! You can limit breaks to get more water by having a glass or bottle on your desk at all times. You’ll also be more likely to stay hydrated when you have water within reach. Dehydration will lead to a loss of focus, headaches, and feeling tired. 

Stay away from sugary beverages and excessive amounts of coffee, too. These may cause you to crash partway through the day or feel overly jittery. 

This article was originally published at NatureCity.info.

    Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

    You might also like...

    Well Yes You Can//

    How to Create and Stick to a Meal Plan When You Work Odd Hours

    by Katie Di Lauro
    Community//

    How to get more done when you Work from Home

    by Thomas Griffin
    Photo by Mariana Medvedeva on Unsplash
    Thrive Global on Campus//

    You Are What You Eat: How to Eat Well in College

    by Claire Nunez

    Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

    Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

    Thrive Global
    People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

    - MARCUS AURELIUS

    We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.