Many people enjoy working from home and it is easy to see why. They are in control of their time and movements, no commuting and they dress however they like. Who doesn’t like convenience? Not only do they get to enjoy the previously mentioned but, they also do not have to pack or buy lunch.
The food of their choice is easily accessible in the kitchen; last night’s leftovers, the ice-cream in the freezer, and your favorite snack which you never leave the shops without. They can even choose to order online and have the food delivered. It all sounds perfect, right?
On the other hand, we have people who struggle with time management. They easily get tempted to fix things around the house and do various chores only to find themselves running behind time. What then follows is that they focus all of their energy on catching up, leaving little to no time for proper meals if they do manage to eat. Whatever the case the question is, in the future will you be able to look back and be happy with and proud of what you did every time you got a chance to find your way to the kitchen?
There are a couple of other things that affect our eating habits when we are working from home and if we do not consciously decide to develop good habits, we might find ourselves in battle with various health issues. That includes being overweight, underweight, or dehydrated. Below are some of the most common reasons why people do not eat healthy when working from home;
Relieving stress – regardless of how much you love your job, work can be stressful sometimes and you feel the need for something to distract you. One can also be experiencing other personal challenges and the only way they know how to deal with it is through eating nonstop. At home, one can easily be themselves and let out all their emotions. While at the office they may be forced to divert their attention to other things and food may not always be available, at home it is completely the opposite. It is easy to take frequent breaks for snacks or have your food with you while you are working.
Cravings – sometimes we just can’t stop thinking about certain food. It feels as if nothing else can fill us. When you are working from home it is easy to steal a bit of time just so you can get what you are craving regardless of whether you are hungry or not. In most cases, cravings cause one to snack on unhealthy foods.
Addictions – some people are addicted to food in general and whenever there is food around them they just can’t stop eating. They will just continue to eat despite the consequences. Those who are only addicted to certain types of food tend to eat more of it and more often such that there isn’t much room left for a proper meal.
Poor time management – as mentioned previously, time management affects eating habits. People can fail to plan their day properly which can leave them without a choice but to eat just snacks or not eat at all. It can also lead to dehydration as frequent visits to the bathroom caused by drinking lots of water can be considered to be time-consuming.
Tips to Eating Healthy When Working From Home
- Store healthy and appetizing ready-to-eat food – the reason people then choose to settle for snacks and junk food is that what they see in the cupboards and fridge only gives them the energy to close the doors. Always make it a point that you store healthy food that is appetizing and won’t take much of your time to prepare. This can include leftovers from the previous supper which only need warming up or can be eaten cold. You know the type of healthy food that gets you eating without thinking twice. Do not eat junk food as snacks. Having ready proper food will reduce snacking.
- Plan your day and stick to your schedule – your planning should include breaks. Understand that eating is equally important as everything else or you risk making up for the time you should have spent preparing and eating your food in a hospital bed. You shouldn’t find yourself with too much or too little time to eat.
- Limit your visits to the kitchen – do not unnecessarily visit the kitchen if you have difficulty controlling your appetite. If you need a short break spend it stretching and/or drinking water.
- Do not skip meals – you shouldn’t wait until you are too hungry. If you wait until you are too hungry you may not be patient enough to prepare or warm up your food which can make you grab unhealthy snacks. It also opens the way for cravings to creep in.
- Drink lots of water – drink at least 6 glasses of water. Sometimes we crave sugar or feel hungry only because we are getting weak from dehydration. Stay hydrated.
- Research – you should know the foods that are good for you and those that are not, and ensure that your grocery list has less or none of the food items that are not good for your health. You can also learn how to count calories.
- Eat the amount and types of food that will not affect your attention span – once you lose focus, you can look for ways to have fun including food.