It’s a new year and a goal for many people is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, for the many people continuing to work from home, keeping your nutrition in check can prove to be a difficult challenge. Here are some strategies to ensure you sustain healthy eating habits throughout the workday.
Make a Plan
Creating a healthy eating schedule and preparing your meals and snacks ahead of time is a great way to set yourself up for success. Before starting the workday, take inventory of what food you have and create a meal plan for the day. If you can, avoid going into the kitchen unless it’s to eat.
Don’t Forget to Eat
Keeping your appetite satisfied is the key to staving off the bad decisions we sometimes make when we’re hungry. Once you start working, don’t forget to take advantage of your scheduled meal times and actually eat. It can be easy to start a task or project and get caught up, so try setting alarms throughout the day as a helpful reminder.
Focus on Nutritious Food
It’s important to prioritize nutritious foods when planning your meals for the day. Eating a healthy, balanced diet can actually improve everything from productivity to mood. The next time you’re tempted to go for a sugary snack, consider opting for protein, fiber, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats instead. By preparing your meals in advance and keeping them close by, you can reduce the risk of eating something unhealthy.
Drink Plenty of Water
Dehydration can cause numerous challenges, including headaches, fatigue, and a decrease in productivity. It’s recommended that you consume around 64 ounces of water every day, so make that your goal. A great way to ensure you’re staying fully hydrated is to keep water near your workstation throughout the day so you’re more likely to drink it while you work.
By prioritizing your health and well-being as you work from home you in turn boost your mood, productivity, energy levels and overall happiness.