The international health crisis has prompted a significant shift in lifestyle for many. No longer are the lengthy commutes we have been so accustomed to commonplace. Instead, our daily routines revolve around the home as professional roles are transformed into remote working positions, thus saving us more time and allowing greater freedom.
Logic dictates that having more significant control over our working environment, and being close to a home kitchen, should lead to a healthier diet. However, as many are now experiencing, our food consumption can actually become more erratic and even less nutritious. There are a number of reasons why this may be the case, including excessive snacking and the tendency to rely on food deliveries. It seems that, when individuals are not prompted to leave their homes for professional reasons, some are likely to neglect their cupboards as a result.
Eliminate The Snacks
We may not like to admit it but having easier access to snack foods, such as crisps and biscuits, when working at home increases the likelihood that we will develop habits of eating them regularly. As such, we can find ourselves becoming more lethargic during the afternoons and even experiencing weight gain. Even if you are confident that you can abstain from snacking, eliminating snacks from your home is the best way to ensure ongoing health.
Remote workers will often find themselves inclined to ensure tasks are done and even answer emails outside of working hours, since having personal and professional spaces within a single property can lead to overlap. Interestingly, this even leads to individuals neglecting to cook proper meals even though they have the facilities and time to do so.
To ensure this doesn’t happen, preparing meals in advance is recommended. It allows nutritious and flavourful dishes to be readily available even when you’re caught up.
Stock With Inspiration
Your fridge and cupboards are under your control and, as such, should be filled with ingredients that make you excited to eat well. Be sure to have a staple of long-life foods, such as grains, pulses, and spices, all of which can be used to create a range of meals or spruce up simple microwave rice. Having more variety of fresh fruits and vegetables will also allow you to feel inspired when it comes to making meals, avoiding the pitfalls of regular sandwiches that most take to the office.
A break from work is not necessarily a time to eat. It can be quite dangerous to make this association and even more difficult to disassociate from the habit. The many breaks you are likely to take when teleworking, since distractions occur more readily, are quickly associated with food and this can lead to unhealthy habits, as well as an increase in caloric intake.
Instead of eating, turn any moment away from your computer into a moment to drink. Water, for example, will not only quench thirst and keep you hydrated but it will also stave off hunger!