COVID-19 Wellness: How to Maintain Healthy Snacking Habits while Working from Home?
Working from home comes with a lot of eating temptations. You are looking at a packet of chips, a container of candies, and a drawer filled with chocolates. And also with the COVID-19 pandemic escalating in most US states, most of you will be working from home for quite some time now. So, how can you stay productive and resist the temptation of eating packets of chips? Or else how can you work from home while keeping your health in mind? Here are tips that will help you avoid gaining on pounds while you sit inside your home and work.
Stick to a Planned Schedule
Working from home gives you the freedom to change lunch schedules. If you were at the office at the moment, I am sure you would eat at the time decided by the management. But working from home means that you can adjust your eating hours. However, delaying your breakfast and lunch for regular intervals of time will eventually lead to you eating late-night dinners. As per experts, late-night dinners means that you can gain weight easily. This means that whatever time in the day you usually eat in the office, stick to the same routine and eat early in the evening.
Prepare Healthy Snacks in Advance
Work priorities can force you to eat readily available snacks. In your mind, you might think that staying healthy is also important but still some of you can give in to mindless snacking. So, try to mitigate the option of unhealthy snacking by preparing healthy snacks in advance. And most vitally, ensure that you keep the snacks where you can see them. In my personal opinion, replace the junk-containing containers with healthy snacking food. This way each time you reach out for the drawer you will only lay hands on healthy snacks.
Also, try to make your snacks unique and tasty at the same time. For instance, you can place fruits such as guava, pineapple, and strawberries on skewers. Healthy snacking also means that you can eat low-fat plain yogurt, or use cottage cheese for dips to keep you fuller and satisfied.
Keep a Container of Dry Fruits Handy
Let’s face it, working from home will allow us the freedom to eat at our own convenience. So, the chances of eating junk food and ready-made snacks are quite high. This is why it is important to keep a jar of dry fruits handy. You can fill the container with your favorite dry fruits and snack on them when you feel like eating a bar of chocolate. Also, ensure that you keep the jar right next to your working table or else on the table. So that you are reminded of healthy snacking habits every time you reach out for a packet of chips or a bar of chocolate.
Exercise Early in The Morning
I don’t know if you know, but regular exercising motivates an individual to stay away from junk food. According to experts, regular exercising will change your body and your mind will automatically help you make healthier choices. Consider it a psychological change or a change that we consciously take because our body is changing for the better. Whatever the reason, early morning exercises will keep you healthy.
You can do a ten-minute cardio on your best recumbent bike or pace up and down your building stairs. Whatever mode of exercise you choose, at the end of the day, your eating habits will include more unhealthy snacks. In fact, you will consciously make an effort to eat healthy food. Be it snacks, lunch or even dinner. So, make sure you exercise every morning before starting your work. Because not only will exercise keep you away from bad eating habits but your work productivity will also increase.
Change Your Working Environment
If you are addicted to junk food or you stress eat when at work, you have to be extra cautious. Experts suggest that distracting your mind can help you better manage your work stress. So, how will you distract your mind? First things first, change your workstation if required. Take your laptop and move to a quieter place with a perfect view staring back at you from the window. If this doesn’t work for you then take a break for 15 minutes and do something that makes you happy. This way you will not be forced to eat junk food and you can bounce back at work with a positive set of mind.