Tips for Healthy Eating during Working From Home Days (part 2)

Drink plenty of water.

Dehydration can lead to headaches and fatigue, which are both not good for your productivity. Just as you’d fill up a water bottle at the office to keep at your desk, keep water next to your work station at home too. If you have water readily available, chances are you’re more likely to drink it, helping you reach your goal of at least 64 ounces per day. (And PLEASE stay away from sugar-loaded soda and juice, both of which can cause you to crash later.)

Focus on real food.

Balanced, nutritious food makes us more productive. Think about this the next time you’re feeling hungry and just want to grab a handful of chocolate from the pantry. Focus on fruits and veggies, protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Planning a menu ahead of time will make it easier to avoid noshing on whatever looks tastiest and quickest at the moment.

Be careful of too much caffeine.

Too much coffee is known to cause headaches, anxiety, digestive issues, and even fatigue – none of which are ever good, but particularly not good when you’re trying to work. Therefore, aim for no more than two cups of coffee each day.

When you eat, just eat.

You might be tempted to continue working through your lunch break now that your co-workers aren’t physically there. But don’t do it! Being distracted while you are eating can cause over-eating and decreasing satiety from the meal. Instead, take a break from work to sit down at a table to enjoy your lunch and relax for a few minutes. You’ll enjoy the meal more, and it may even help you feel more prepared for the rest of your work day.

Portion out snacks and meals before eating.

Never eat out of the bag or original container, as it’s much harder to control portions that way. For meals, try the healthy plate method: Fill half a 9-inch plate with non-starchy vegetables, one-fourth the plate with a lean protein (poultry, seafood, beans, eggs, tofu, cottage cheese or Greek yogurt) and one-fourth the plate with a high fiber carbohydrate (fruit, whole grains or starchy vegetables).

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