It would be fair to say that the abbreviation ‘WFH’ has certainly come into its own over the last couple of years. In fact, one only has to cast their eyes on this Google Trends graph to show its popularity in full force; since early 2020, its popularity has soared.
Today isn’t about looking at all of the advantages that working from home supposedly brings – plenty of other resources have attempted to do this in much greater detail over recent times.
Instead, it’s about looking at one of the principal side effects – your diet. If you were to ask most health insurance companies what some of the biggest causes of conditions were, diet would most certainly be up there. From heart disease to joint issues – it certainly has a lot to answer for.
Unfortunately, when we’re working from home, we almost get lost in the moment. We’ll stay at our desks, start eating, and not remember to stop. Before we know it, we’ve consumed three portions of our go-to unhealthy snack without realising (or even being hungry!).
Bearing this in mind, today is all about how to eat mindfully in the new normal. Try and keep on top of the following suggestions, making your work from home life a lot better on your body.
Designate a ‘break’ area
This is absolutely vital. If you’re working from home, you can easily get lost in the moment. You’ll be working away on a project, and before you know it, you’ve consumed an entire packet of biscuits.
If you have a desk, try keeping your snacks and drinks as far away from this as possible. Gone are the days when you have to hide your stash of supplies to guard against invasions from hungry colleagues! Nowadays, everything somehow finds its way onto your desk and stays there, which is a problem.
Designate a specific area for food, and keep it separate from your work area. You’ll be surprised at the impact, and it’ll make you far more mindful of the food you’re consuming.
Eat at the table
Instead of consuming your food at your desk, try and sit at the dining table (or kitchen bench, if that works for you).
You’ll find that you’re far more mindful of the food you’re consuming. It’ll be much easier to monitor how much you’re eating – after all, it’ll be right in front of your eyes, rather than a mouse and keyboard getting in the way.
Ensure you drink enough water
We could pen an entire dissertation on the wonders of water and without the famous (or infamous, depending on how you view it) water cooler in the communal office available, there’s every chance you’re not drinking enough anyway.
Aside from the obvious hydration benefits, this is a natural appetite suppressant as well. In other words, if you drink enough water, it will take up space in your stomach and allow you to feel fuller. The result? You’ve just lessened the chances of reaching for unhealthy snacks whilst staying hydrated. It’s a big win!