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Ditch the Microwave Meals: Improving Your Diet When You Work From Home

[AD] Working from home can be a tricky thing to crack. Even if you have a thriving business under your belt, adapting to a working lifestyle but from home instead of an office can be a tough transition. It sounds like the easiest thing in the world, right? You just wake up, whack your laptop on and spending the day working from your bed in your pajamas. I mean, certainly there are days where that is the case but on a whole, just like with any “regular” job, us work-from-homers need to find a healthy and balanced routine that separates the “work” and “home”, in working from home.

I’ve been working from home for a number of years now and I love what I do but I definitely still haven’t got it all figured out. There’s definitely things I could improve on and things I should change in order to be more productive and work more efficiently. One of the main aspects of working from home that we need to consider, is food.

Sounds silly, right? But when you’re constantly within walking distance of your fridge or food cupboards, it can be very easy to slip into extremely unhealthy habits, especially as everything is so convenient.

So if you work from home and find yourself constantly reaching for the microwave meals and last night’s Chinese takeaway leftovers, here are some alternative ways we can be eating and maintaining a healthier lifestyle when working from home!

Meal prep

Sometimes, it’s definitely the thought of actually having to make something which can put you off trying to be healthier and eat a more balanced lunch. This is where those handy microwave meals come in! So preparing your food the night before might be a great option. Grab yourself a bunch of tupperware boxes, stick some labels on the top and you’re good to go!

Try something new!

If cooking is your thing but it’s the inspiration that you’re lacking and find yourself coming back to the same old meals, then maybe it’s time to seek inspiration elsewhere. Tools such as The Recipe Matchmaker from HelloFresh can help as it’s a simple but effective way to find meal ideas. You can even specify what sort of meal you’re looking to make, so if you need something quick, they’re got you covered!

Healthy snacks

Snacking is definitely my weakness some days and it’s so incredibly easy to just reach for the chocolate, the crisps or even the Babybels in the fridge as a quick snack! There’s nothing wrong with a few snacks throughout the day of course but if you’re a big snacker, like me, then it might be time to switch it up! Make sure you have plenty of fresh fruit available, yogurts (I love the dairy-free Alpro yogurts the best!), granola, Nakd bars (chocolate crunch are my favourite!) and things like that.

Delete the takeaway apps

Hands up who’s ordered a pizza at lunchtime because it was convenient and they couldn’t be bothered cooking or trying to think of something to cook? *sheepishly raises hand* I know it’s not going to delete the actual takeaway shop but deleting the app is a good place to start. If you spend a lot of time on your phone (like I do), then not seeing that icon on your home screen and feeling the temptation really does help.

Get moving

Although not a food-related point but it’s really important to make sure you get your body moving when you work from home, especially if you work from a computer all day. You don’t get to walk to the bus stop or the train station in the morning on your commute and get that element of exercise in your day but you can carve out time to go for a walk around the block, go for a run or do some Yoga to make sure you get the blood pumping!

Do you work from home? If you do, what ways do you try and stay healthy?

* This post is sponsored by Hello Fresh

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

39 Comments

  1. Healthy snacks and being organised with your snacking really can make a big difference to your work day. This smoothie looks delicious!

    1. It really can 😌 I love to snack on dairy free yogurts and granola. Fills you up and is healthier!

  2. […] always learning about and will continue to learn about for as long as I’m doing this. From how to improve my diet when the fridge is perilously close all the time, my essentials for working from home and what my […]

  3. My eating habits are so strange, especially in winter. As I’m photographing a lot of my food I end up eating dinner for breakfast a lot when the days are short in daylight hours. Literally the only thing I like about summer is the fact I don’t have to stress about that. It’s so easy to snack on easy/ unhealthy stuff when you’re working at home though! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    1. Blimey I’d love to see what you’re eating for breakfast one day 😂

  4. Food is definitely something I struggle with when it comes to working from home, it’s the snacking! It’s so easy to just keep going back for the chocolate! Meal prep is a great tip, I find planning my meals the week before really helps too so I know what’s in to use. I find I actually really look forward to the meals that way too xx

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    1. Yeah good point! When I know I have a yummy dinner – which I don’t have to make there and then – I look forward to it more 😌

  5. I really want to try Hello Fresh at some point since I keep seeing it everywhere and it would help when my mental health stops me from going out! I haven’t used my microwave for so long and I’m actually proud of myself. c;

    Dee xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

    1. That’s great x

  6. I’m a massive meal-prepper and never eat microwave meals, love this blog post darling. Thanks for sharing ! 💜

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | http://www.alishavalerie.com

  7. I gave up on these a long time ago when I realized that you just don’t really know what’s going into them.

  8. I really need to up my game when it comes to food while working at home, I’m terrible for going for convenience over healthy x

    1. You’re not alone there!

  9. I only work from home one day each week, but when I do, I find that I’m actually healthier than when I’m at work. I think it’s the ability to cook up anything I like, with a lot more options in my cupboards (I’m not organised enough to take meals to work with me so normally end up buying something from the local shop). Since the turn of the year, I’ve also been making sure I leave the house at lunchtime for a jog around the local park. I do wonder if this would still be the case if I worked from home more often, but I like to think it would be 😊 great article, thank you for sharing

    1. I’d definitely say that’s because it’s your one day exception and that one day when you’re at home you have the chance to do that xx

  10. I want to try and eat better xx

  11. You are so right when you said it is challenging to work from home when you are within walking distance to the fridge! I’ve seen the ads for Hello Fresh on tv and was considering trying them out. I just clicked on your link and tried the recipe matchmaker. Great idea! Will explore more!

    Trace x | http://www.thefashioncollector.com

    1. Their meals look so yummy and convenient! Especially for people who don’t do an awful lot of cooking because everything is already measured out 😌

  12. lucymarytaylor says:

    I would love to find a passion for cooking instead of resorting to the microwave meals! There’s some great tips here lovely! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    1. Haha it can be difficult to make that switch. Start with something super easy 😌

  13. These are such wonderful tips my lovely! Working from home can make it so easy to just go to the fridge!

    Love, Amie ❤

    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. Too easy sometimes!

  14. What a fab post! I’ve been trying to get better at meal prep, as I’m terrible for just grabbing something and whacking it in the microwave. Definitely need to make a start xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    1. You’re not alone in that! xxx

  15. I haven’t properly worked for quite a while now due to my health so it means I spend a hell of a lot of time at home and it is so much easier to just grab something that’s there rather than make a whole meal. The meal prep is such a good idea as you’ve got all the things you need at home to warm things up etc, too! I really do struggle for inspiration sometimes especially as I’m not the best at pairing flavours so I’m definitely going to have a look at the Hello Fresh recipe matchmaker! Totally agree with buying healthier snacks too, I make sure the fruit bowl is well stocked and if I do have chocolate I make sure it’s fun-sized bars so I can satisfy my craving without over-indulging! Great post 🙂
    Alice Xx

    1. Totally agree – I’d never deprive myself and if I fancy chocolate, I’ll have chocolate! I know microwave MEALS aren’t great but like you said, if you prep a healthy meal the day before it only takes a few minutes to warm up! xxx

  16. Very informative Jenny! Working from home causes you to live quite a highsedentary life as cool as it is to not be in an office. Exercise definitely helps to combat this though, stretching particularly. I think getting rid of all the junk food in your cupboards and fridge and replacing them with healthier alternatives is very good as that’s all you’ll be able to eat when you find yourself slipping into the habit of going to the kitchen and snacking.

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures
    https://johnnystraventures.com

    1. I’d never get rid of all the junk food. I’m never one to deprive myself. But getting that balance right is important.

  17. I used to love to cook, well bake more than cook, to be honest. I really miss baking! All my meals are prepared for me now, which is ok but sometimes I wish I could cook my own meals. 🙂

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip

    1. I can imagine so. But cooking can definitely be a pain in the bum sometimes!

  18. I don’t work from home but being on maternity leave I’m home most of the time and I’m awful for eating junk, It’s a case of grab something while you can because you never know if you’ll get another chance. I meal prep Rhys’ meals for work though so I should probably do some for myself as well. The smoothies in your photo look delicious by the way. I’ll hopefully be able to make more things like that when Mila is on blended fruit and veg.

    1. You should definitely make something for yourself at the same time, as I’m sure it wouldn’t take much longer! 😌

  19. This is really useful because snacking can be such a temptation– just one more biscuit– so healthy snacks sound like a good idea. And meal prep as it can be tempting to just be lazy with meals!! 😊
    Great post!!

    1. Absolutely 😌 I’m much more likely to eat something healthy if I’ve already made it!

  20. It can be immensely hard to stop yourself snacking and grazing while working from home. So I set particular meal times and only snack once mid afternoon

    1. I’m roughly the same now! I always have breakfast and lunch around the same time xxx

      1. This is such a great post. Snacking at home is the hardest habit to break.

        http://littlemissmelanie.com

  21. I’ve been meal prepping over the past few months and it been working out really well x

    http://www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

    1. Glad to hear it’s working well for you!

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