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How Do You Eat Healthy When You Work from Home?

How Do You Eat Healthy When You Work from Home?

I have a confession. An eating confession. It’s 1:30 p.m. and I’m munching on leftover pizza at my desk in my home office. As I stare at the cheese and ponder what to write about this week it strikes me. You know, it’s staring me in the face – the answer to my writer’s block and my pizza problem. I need to solve the riddle of how to eat healthy when you work from home.

I know all the reasons it’s beneficial to eat healthy and exercise on a daily basis, especially as a working mom. In fact, I go through prolonged periods of time where I make it a point to eat a balanced breakfast, healthy lunch and include a mid-day walk with the dog. And, I feel happier and less stressed as a result. But there are times, like recently, when the “to do” list is endless, deadlines are staring me in the face, and my wellness routine gets shuffled to the bottom of my daily agenda.

I work from home only two days a week. I typically have good intentions of starting the morning off right with a healthy breakfast. This morning, in fact, I had yogurt, a banana and granola. Fairly nutritious – right? Except I left the granola on my desk and snacked on it until well past 11 a.m. Then I was consumed by a project until 1:30 and instead of taking the time (2 minutes) to cut the fresh tomatoes and mozzarella I had planned for lunch, I popped some pizza in the toaster oven and went to fold a load of laundry while it cooked. And sadly this is what my eating habits look like recently.

eating pizza in front of computer

I’ve read up on some wellness tips for when you work (and eat) from home. And I recognize that the first simple step is committing to eating healthy and exercising. But I could use some practical tips.

So, working moms, how do you do it? How do you eat healthy and exercise when you work from home? What do you think about the idea of packing a breakfast and lunch as if I were going into the office? Is this truly sustainable when you are already tired of packing kids’ lunches? How about those of you who take a technology-free lunch? How do you do that? What do you do instead? What about snacking – is it reasonable to put a lock on the snack cabinet? And how about those of you who squeeze in a daily walk, yoga, or visit to the gym? Do you schedule time on your calendar? And do you schedule something daily or every other day?

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One comment

  1. Mary

    Organized Mom October 5, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    For physical exercise, I schedule something twice a week. I used to just try to “squeeze” it in, but inevitably I would have some reason why I couldn’t even get out with the dog for 10-minutes. As for lunch, I became so frustrated with being in your shoes that I finally settled on the same lunch every day. Well, at least the days I work from home. I happen to LOVE avocados so just knowing they are in the house and if I don’t eat them in a certain amount of time they will go to waste, motivates me each day. I make a giant salad, lettuce, carrots, celery, cucumbers and top it with sliced avocado and chopped up ham. If I’m well organized, I may add some chopped up eggs. I use the same dressing each time too – a homemade olive oil and vinegar. I’ve found that by not having to think about what I’m going to eat, I actually just make it. The only thing I struggle with now is that half the time I make it, I don’t have time to eat it. It’s very hard to speed through eating a salad. I wish I could get over the bad habit of eating lunch in front of my computer but one problem at a time. Good luck. Perhaps you can find a go to lunch.

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