Updated: May 15, 2022
Are you finding it challenging to prioritize healthy meals while working from home?
Do you feel like you reach the end of the day without having managed to achieve half the things that you set out to do?
In one of my previous posts, I mentioned that I would elaborate on some healthy habits to avoid the weight gain trap of a lockdown. In another recent post, I gave some tips for starting the day on a healthy note. In this post, I will be sharing some tips for creating a structure for meal times.
In a time like the lockdown where normal workdays and routines are no longer set out for us, it can be challenging to find a groove and to manage work time, meal time, social interaction time and clean up time. Creating new routines/habits can be really helpful in increasing productivity, feeling more in control and staying healthy.
Here are 3 ways that you can prioritize healthy eating by creating more structure in your day:
Set meal and snack times in your calendar. If meetings need to be set up for the day, make it a rule that no meetings can occur over your lunch or snack calendar slots. This will help to plan other tasks for the day around meal times. Setting meal and snack times can also prevent you from doing multiple trips to the fridge or pantry and continuously grazing when you know you have set times for snacks or meals to sit down for and enjoy.
Avoid bringing your laptop or phone with you to the table. Your meal and snack times should be break times from work to rejuvenate for the rest of the day and when you eat- you should be focused on the food that you are eating, chewing properly and actually taking the time to enjoy the meal (I will elaborate further on this in my next post). Use meal times as “you time” or family time and try to focus on just eating or having conversation around the table.
To avoid losing time during your day, plan and prepare lunches and snacks the night before just as you would if you were going to the office. This will allow for more time to sit and enjoy the meal/snack as a break from work as well as help to control portions and better plan meals and snacks that are balanced and nutritious.
Use these healthy habits as a guide. Remember, what works for one person is not the same for the next person. So pick and choose what works for you.
I hope that some of these habits can help you out over this time :)
Stay healthy and safe xxxxx
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