With the global pandemic, many of us have suddenly found ourselves working remotely – as more companies encourage their employees to work from home. Team meetings and office lunch breaks have been replaced with Zoom chats and midday surprise visits from the kiddos (or furry friends).
Simply put, it’s unchartered territory that can take some getting used to – and eating healthy may be the last thing on your mind. If you find yourself struggling with eating a healthy diet while working from home, we’ve got 8 simple tips you can implement right away!
8 Tips for Eating Healthier at Home
- Start your day with a nourishing breakfast
- Keep a reusable water bottle on hand
- Fuel up with energizing snacks
- Eat mindfully
- Be curious about your cravings
- Load up on leafy greens
- Boost your immune system
- Be gentle with yourself
1. Start your day with a nourishing breakfast
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? For many, it’s checking their phone or pouring themselves a big cup of coffee. It’s fine to plug in and fuel up with java, but make sure you’re squeezing in a nourishing breakfast first. Choose a healthy, balanced breakfast like avocado toast, a veggie & egg scramble, overnight oats, or a nutrient-packed smoothie.
2. Keep a reusable water bottle on hand
When working from home, you may find yourself glued to your desk even more than when you were in the office. Don’t forget to take mini breaks – and bring your reusable water bottle with you to refill when you do! Proper hydration is key.
3. Fuel up with energizing snacks
Struggling with the afternoon slump? Instead of reaching for a bag of chips or sugary candy, go for an energizing snack! A mix of protein and healthy carbs is best like fruit with nut butter, trail mix, natural cheese with whole grain crackers, or a protein-packed smoothie bowl.
4. Eat mindfully
Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you can’t take a proper lunch break! We recommend bringing your lunch outside or at least stepping away from your workspace for a bit. Try unplugging, slowing down, and truly enjoying your meal – embracing the present moment. Eating mindfully is a wonderful way to slow down, tune in, and release stress during the workday.
5. Be curious about your cravings
Cravings got you down? Instead of judging yourself for them, get curious! Dig into what’s causing your cravings – and learn from it. Do you tend to crave salty packaged foods every time you have a stressful meeting or find yourself reaching for sweet treats when you don’t get enough sleep? Once you discover the root cause of your cravings, you can make simple shifts to get them under control.
6. Load up on leafy greens
Leafy greens – like kale and spinach– pack an energizing punch, as they’re loaded with phytonutrients and chlorophyll. And studies show that the consumption of green leafy vegetables may help slow cognitive decline. Win, win. Make a big salad for lunch to get you through the rest of the workday with focus and stamina!
7. Boost your immune system
Keep your immune system in tip-top shape with naturally immune-boosting superfoods like broccoli, mushrooms, berries, citrus fruits, garlic, honey and yes, we’ll say it again: leafy greens. Our Green Vibrance and Immune Defense supplements can also be a great way to give your immune system some extra love.
8. Be gentle with yourself
Last but not least, be gentle with yourself during this time. Whether you’ve gained a few pounds or you haven’t been getting to your favorite virtual workout class as much as you’d like, it’s important to be kind to your body. This is new territory for everyone, so take it one day at a time and do your best.
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