Most people have a very strong opinion as to whether it is easier or harder to eat healthy while working at home. Some say it is easier because you have the freedom to prepare fresh meals and snacks whenever you want, and there are no vending machines full of sweet and salty snacks calling your name when your stomach growls. Others find it more challenging because since they can eat at any time, as opposed to waiting for a break, it is easy to overeat. Not to mention, there is nothing stopping you from popping that tray of brownies in the oven for breakfast, just because you can. If you find that you are struggling to maintain a healthy diet, these tips should help.
Plan Your Meals
If you take the time to plan meals and snacks, you will be less likely to reach for something unhealthy. For example, if your lettuce and fresh vegetables are already clean and chopped, then making a salad will take only a few minutes. If you need to invest a lot of time into preparing something healthy then that bag of chips may look awfully tempting.
It is a good idea to have lots of snack-worthy things prepared. Raw fruits and veggies, trail mix, and granola are all very satisfying, and may keep you from robbing your kids’ Halloween stash.
If you actually create a work schedule and pencil in timed breaks then you are less likely to retreat to the kitchen every 15 minutes for a snack. Plus, these unnecessary kitchen visits reduce your productivity for the day.
Don’t Buy Junk
If there is no junk food in the house then you won’t be tempted to eat any. You are probably saying, “I have to shop for the whole family though!” Well, would it kill everyone to grab an apple instead of cookies? Once everyone is used to eating healthier options, these are the foods they will crave.
Don’t Eat at Your Desk
Eating at your desk is as bad as eating in front of the TV. When your mind is preoccupied you are far more likely to ignore the signal from your brain that you are full. Take a break and eat at the table.
Are you really hungry or are you bored? Going for a quick walk around the yard or down the road may be what you really need. When you sit in one place for long periods your metabolism slows down. Start your day with exercise to keep your metabolism revved. If it is raining outside do some jumping jacks or yoga poses. It is not as good as getting fresh air, but it is better than nothing. Plus, if you exercise there is a higher chance that your brain will tell you to eat a banana rather than something sugary.