Working from home does not mean we need to let our nutrition go. If anything, it’s more important than ever to fuel our bodies and minds well, so we can get up each day feeling energetic and positive, and show up for those (virtual) meetings as the best possible version of ourselves. Here are our three top tips for eating healthy while working from home.
1. Get organised
Our biggest tip for maintaining your nutrition while working from home is to continue with your meal planning. It’s kind of easy to fall into the habit of flying by the seat of your pants; you tell yourself you’ll go to the shops later, but predictably another call or meeting pops up, or you get tired, and then suddenly you find yourself in that app ordering takeaway… again! Meal planning means you’re organised and prepared ahead of time. It saves time and effort because you know what you’re going to be eating for your meals and snacks, and your ingredients are there ready to go. Planning your meals and snacks also means you are only shopping for what you need; the excessive biscuits and lollies and chocolates are less likely to find their way into your basket when you know exactly what you’re looking for as you make your way through the aisles.
2. Nail the elements
Make sure you continue to include the five elements of a healthy meal. Working from home can feel like a massive deviation from our normal routines. No commutes, fluffy socks on under the desk, more coffee breaks… you know what we’re talking about. We often hear from clients during these times that their nutrition is another area that tends to go sideways.
Take it back to basics and remember the five components to include in your meals to support your general wellbeing:
1. Colour – fruits and veggies.
2. Quality protein – legumes, eggs, tofu, fish, seafood, meat, poultry.
3. Nutritious carbohydrates – oats, brown rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, bulgur wheat, freekeh, quinoa, wholegrain or wholemeal pastas/breads/cereals.
4. Healthy fats – extra virgin olive oil, avocado, olives, nuts, seeds.
5. A sprinkle of something tasty – guacamole, hummus, sundried tomatoes, fetta, halloumi.
3. Have healthy snacks on hand
And finally, for many of us, increased snacking will feel like an almost inevitable part of working from home; whether it’s emotional, a form of procrastination, or just the pure temptation of having the kitchen so close by! So, arm yourself with healthy and nutrient-dense options. Have things on hand like fruit, nuts, natural yoghurt, smoothie ingredients, veggie sticks, homemade muesli bars or snack balls. We don’t know about you, but if we have those yummy but not so nourishing options sitting on the shelf staring at us, we’re probably going to eat them! Hey…we’re only human.