Maintaining a consistent eating schedule as you work from home will help you to eat healthily and make meal preparation easy and straightforward, leaving more time for you to get your work done and enjoy time with your family.
For a lot of us, working from home is new. The environment is new. The distractions are new. Many of us may still be figuring out this brand new work schedule.
The last thing we need to think about is what we’re going to eat. And, eating the right foods can help you lose weight, reduce stress, and feel good.
Here are the best foods to eat as you work from home according to Samantha Cassetty, a New York-based nutrition and wellness expert, who recently spoke with Business Insider.
6 basic foods you need to eat
Cassetty recommends buying six different types of food, including fruits and vegetables, dairy, meat, fats, and grains. She added that it does not matter if they are frozen or fresh. The more important thing to do is make your groceries last by planning your meals and understanding when you’re really hungry, verses being thirsty or bored.
When buying fruit, she recommends apples, pears, and frozen berries as well as dried, unsweetened mangos.
With vegetables, opt for cabbage and carrots, Brussels sprouts, and frozen green beans.
Milk and Greek yogurt are good dairy options. And, yogurt can make an excellent snack.
Chicken breasts are a good source of lean protein, along with eggs, chickpeas, and lentils.
If you’re a nut eater, peanuts and pistachios are great options. Consider throwing in Chia seeds, flaxseeds, and sesame seeds for a little variety.
Lastly, grains like oatmeal, quinoa, and brown rice provide a long-lasting feeling of fullness, which will help stave off hunger and keep you focused on work and being productive during the day.
Cassetty also cautioned against eating too often. Eating several times a day may reduce your ability to feel when you are actually hungry because constant food intake reduces hunger cues.
“Hide your snacks,” she added.
To help control your hunger throughout the day, eat protein and fiber-rich foods like beans, eggs, nuts, avocadoes, and lean meats. Also, consider chugging a big glass of water right before a meal to help fill up your stomach with liquid, which can make you feel more full.
And, several studies have found that exercise can suppress appetite hormones, making you feel less hungry during and immediately after the workout.
Cassetty also suggested switching up your routines so they work better for your eating schedule. “Focus on developing a new routine by doing things like waking up and going to bed at the same time, eating three regularly scheduled meals every day, and carving out time to both stay active and relax,” she said.
“If you’re stressed, take a bath or read a book. If you’re missing social connections, call or FaceTime a friend or organize a larger, virtual meet up. If you’re bored, do a lap around your house, go get the mail or just take a stroll down the driveway, or fold a load of laundry.”