Working from home may be a new concept for many of you, but for many of us, this is normal. I have been working from home for the last 6 years (this October, it will be my 7th year), and it came in with many ups and downs. One thing I have always encountered is that how you can easily neglect your nutritional needs (note: not craving-urges). We often indulge in junk or easy to eat foods without thinking of nutritional value. For a couple of weeks, it may seem like you are doing nothing wrong. But when you work from home for an indefinite time, the wrong nutritional choices take a big toll.
This is why it’s important that you make conscious choices about your nutrition and maintain a lifestyle for optimal health.
Here are some great tips quoted from HUEL, whose mission is to make nutritionally complete, convenient, and affordable food, with minimal impact on animals and the environment.
I know some days all we want is junk food, and it’s okay to have cheat days. But try to follow a healthy nutritional routine as much as possible. You will thank me later.
Work From Home Nutrition Tips:
1. Look for nutritious alternatives
If you’re worried about not being able to continue to eat well as particular ingredients are no longer in stock, try exploring other foods that could offer similar health benefits. We have put together a shopping list of alternative food options to ensure you’re not missing out on your essential vitamins and minerals. The key advice here is nutrition should still come first, but you may have to switch up some of your routinely used ingredients.
2. Stick to your routine
Spending more time at home can also impact when you eat. Whether or not you’re working from home, try to create (and stick to) a routine. This will help you avoid snacking on unhealthy foods. Eat your typical set number of meals a day and around the same time each day. If you don’t cook much or have more time on your hands than previously, now is a great time to start.
Looking for easy work-out ideas you can do at-home? Check these 10 Fun At-Home Fitness Routines for those who don’t like “Workouts”
3. Stay hydrated
Keeping well hydrated is important for overall well-being, particularly cognitive function. If you’re working from home, keep a glass of water by you and drink throughout the day. Drink several cups of fluid each day including water, tea & coffee (though not too much!), fruit teas and sugar-free drinks.
4. Don’t forget your fresh veg & fruits
Fresh fruits and vegetables may have taken a back seat for you. Fruit and vegetables provide loads of essential nutrients and there are ways to extend their shelf-life and make them more convenient. For example, soups and sauces can be made straight away and then frozen. You can make a concentrated stock which you can then freeze in ice cube trays and, voila, homemade, low salt stock cubes!
5. Keep your stress at bay
There are many ways to reduce stress. Try to minimize the amount of alcohol you drink, especially during the week, which will also help you stick to a routine. Keep an eye on the number of caffeinated drinks you’re having and try switching to decaf options during the afternoon. This can help you sleep and focus better.
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