By now, you’ve probably become a true master of remote work. As a matter of fact, you might have become a little too comfortable. You can leave your desk and take a break whenever you want. And the kitchen has never been closer and the food more delicious. So, you’re always munching snacks full of sugar and solid fats. It has become impossible to have a healthy and balanced diet. But, with our tips, you can finally keep your diet and work from home perfectly balanced.
Enjoy Your Meal
When working from home, most people choose to work through their lunch breaks. Without coworkers nearby to share the meal, they rather eat while working than eat alone. It’s a bad habit. You’ll end up eating too little or too much because your work might distract you. Instead, take a break from work, sit down at your dinner table and enjoy your meal to the fullest. If you live with your family or partner, then share your lunch break with them. In case you miss having them with your coworkers, organize a virtual break and connect over a fine meal.
Search for New Recipes
Do you like to cook? If the answer is yes, then searching for new recipes and trying them out shouldn’t be too difficult for you. When you find a recipe and prepare a tasty meal, you’ll be sure it’s made of highly nutritious and fresh ingredients. This way you won’t have to order take out or reach for junk food and consume empty calories. What you can also do is exchange recipes with your coworkers. You might have other passionate cooks in your team, so why not share recipes and cooking tips and tricks. How to connect with your team members, find out more here.
Set Meal Reminders
Remote work knows no boundaries, especially if you don’t have a fixed working schedule. Drawing a line between work and private life is difficult. Checking your watch so as not to miss a meeting has become one of your habits. Meanwhile, more often than not you forget to take a break and eat. Why not set alarms to remind you to eat, drink, stretch or relax? As a result, you’ll have to turn off the alarm and take a few minutes to yourself to rest and recharge.
Reward Yourself in a Healthy Way
Remote work is challenging for a number of reasons. Sometimes, to get through the day, all you need is a little bit of motivation or rewards. For instance, when you complete a tedious task, you’ll eat a bag of chips or a piece of chocolate cake. But, it’s not healthy in the long run. Instead of feeding this habit, you should replace those rewards with more fulfilling ones. For example, take a walk, watch a favorite TV show or movie, listen to a podcast, or spend time with your friends. Since you’re working from home, you have more freedom to get creative with your rewards.
Stay Away from the Kitchen
You can set up your home office in any room you want. Where you shouldn’t set it up is in the kitchen. Why? Because that is the place where you cook and keep all your food. That already sounds tempting. You might feel the need to check the fridge or storage units for unhealthy snacks and junk food. Before you know it, you’ll have achieved three things. To overeat yourself, empty the fridge, and slack at work. The point is to stay away from the kitchen. If possible, try working from another room and visit the kitchen only to prepare and enjoy a healthy meal.
Did you know drinking plenty of water increases your energy levels, relieves fatigue, and improves brain function? Also, it helps digest food, prevents constipation, and regulates your body temperature. Yet, you don’t drink water as much as you should. If you can’t remember to drink it, then set a reminder or use an app. You can also keep a water pitcher on your desk to remind you to hydrate. Apart from water, you can also drink tea, flavored water, freshly-squeezed sugar-free fruit juices. Avoid drinking more than two cups of coffee because you’ll feel dehydrated, anxious, and dizzy.
A while ago, you used to commute every day. Now, you spend most of your days switching from your office chair to your living room couch or bed. Since exercising is highly beneficial to our mental and physical health, you can squeeze workouts into your schedule. For example, you can jog or walk around the neighborhood. If you’re looking for an activity to get your blood pumping, then try using an app for a more vigorous workout. Also, you can stand during the meetings or pace around the room while on phone calls.
Who says you can’t balance work from home and a good diet? With some effort and these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy all the perks of remote work and a healthy lifestyle.