[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!
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!
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.
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