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Friday, September 1, 2017

Smart Eating Tips When Working From Home

Smart Eating Tips When Working From Home
Remember to take breaks and eat when working from home!

Working from home has its perks: talking to clients in your PJ’s, setting your own hours, taking off mid-day to meet a friend and working without interruptions. 

But that ability to focus and work without interruptions can often result in missing breaks, and forgetting to eat. You get immersed in a task, the hours fly by, and suddenly your tummy growls making you realize you haven’t eaten all day.

This is when your productivity slumps, your concentration wanes and you find yourself continually re-reading information because you don’t understand it. 

Food is fuel. It gives us energy and helps us think smarter.  

So here are some tips to help keep you on track to eating right when working from home.

Start With Breakfast

You’ve probably heard this many times, but breakfast breaks the fast and sets you up for success for the rest of your day. 

We have many choices when it comes to breakfast. 

Smoothies

Save yourself time and portion out smoothie ingredients into ziplock bags ahead of time and freeze them.  This way you can pop a bag of ingredients into the blender and literally have an instant breakfast.  Add protein to your smoothie to sustain you longer.  This could be peanut butter, almonds, walnuts, hemp seed, or tofu. 

Oatmeal

Cook a big batch in your slow cooker on Monday and enjoy it during the week by reheating in the microwave.  Add nuts or seeds to get the fibre you need to fill you up. 

What Else?

Some people just don’t like breakfast. It takes too long. You just don’t feel like eating that early. If this is you, then maybe grab a banana first thing and plan on eating a hardboiled egg or a bowl of cereal later.

Next is Lunch

Lunch is easy to forget when you’re working hard. However, if you don’t take a lunch break, you’re at risk of binge eating later when you realize you’re hungry. 

Sandwiches are super easy to make and can be prepared the night before or in the morning. Leftovers heated in the microwave are a no-brainer. Perhaps heating up some soup and eating cheese and crackers is your go-to meal. 

The key here is to take a lunch break. It’s easier to do if you set a time each day to stop work. It could be anywhere from 11 am to 2 pm. Set a goal and see if you can stick to it. 



Smart Eating Tips When Working From Home
Keep Hydrated

Fill up a water bottle in the morning and keep it on your desk where you can see it.

You need to replenish the water you lose each day to stay hydrated. About 60 percent of your body weight is made up of water. Every system in your body relies on it.

Aim to drink 1.5 litres of water a day (roughly about 6 cups) plus 2 cups of other beverages, such as milk, juice and even coffee or tea.

Grab a Snack

When you find yourself hungry in the day, it’s a good excuse to get up, walk around, and grab a healthy snack.

Avoid junk food as a quick fix. You’ll just be looking for more an hour later. A better option is to grab some nuts like pistachios, almonds, or peanuts. Trail mix works or homemade granola bars. Other great options are fresh or dried fruit, veggies, hummus, cheese and crackers.

Take Breaks!

Set yourself up for success when working from home and remember to take breaks to eat. And yes, it’s okay to eat lunch in your PJ’s when you are working from home.


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