Suddenly you're working from home with around the clock access to the pantry and fridge – what could go wrong? Pretty much everything since the freedom you feel means the rules against eating an 8 ounce block of cheese for lunch feel like they are out the window as well.
But there is a way to stay on a food plan even if you’re the kind of person who forgets to eat lunch. Here are a few work from home diet challenges with tips on how to solve them.
If you can’t wake up early enough to make a proper breakfast, consider portioning out bowls of cereal in airtight food storage containers. Grab one, unseal it, pour the beverage of your choice, and you have a meal-to-go-to-your-home-office. Alternatively, hard boil a dozen eggs and keep them in a bowl in the fridge for a quick and satisfying hit of protein in the morning.
Endless grazing is another risk when left on your own. Try portioning out healthier snacks ahead of time in a particular cabinet or zone in the fridge. Granola bars, trail mix, fresh fruit, and single servings of yogurt are some ideas to get you started. The goal is to make sensible choices in advance so that you’re not tempted to treat the whole pantry like a vending machine.
Take it a step further by packing your lunch to take to your home office. If you’re cohabitating, mix it up by packing each other’s lunch and adding a surprise item or dish. Keeping a routine doesn’t mean it has to be boring.
If you are the sort of person who forgets to eat, set an alarm on your phone or laptop. Again, keep with a routine so that it’s the same time every day, even if you have to hit snooze to finish a call or a task.
Think critically about the food you put in your body because it’s an insurance policy for your health when working from home. You deserve nourishing and satisfying food even if you never leave the house to get it.