For most of us, our working day has changed drastically and we’re dealing with various pressures, stressors and commitments. Here are my top tips to help you work well from home.
Get some good routines in place
A great place to start if you're new to working from home is to simply stick to regular meal times. While stress and anxiety can lead to a loss in appetite, sticking to set mealtimes is important for our mental wellbeing.
Skipping meals can trigger a drop in blood sugar and this can really interfere with our mood, increasing anxiety levels (especially if we add coffee and sugar to the mix) - so please do not skip meals.
A nourishing breakfast, lunch and dinner will help you work more efficiently from home and keep you feeling energised and upbeat. Keep a jug of water on the table so you stay hydrated, and keep coffees to 1-2 per day.
Cannot stay away from the fridge while working from home?
If you’re prone to grazing or boredom snacking while working from home, keep healthy snacks in the house. The quality of the snack really counts so choose something that contains a little protein to help curb your appetite and keep you feeling satisfied for longer.
Some examples of healthy snacks could be:
Back to those good routines:
Wake up feeling hungry, not sluggish
Spending more time at home increases the chances of late nights, and mindless snacking while watching Netflix.
Consider fasting for 12-14 hours overnight. For example, finish dinner by 7pm and eat breakfast between 7am and 9am.
Structuring your meal times and fasting overnight for 12 hours will:
Fasting overnight has shown to improve blood sugar response, weight loss and reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, including type two diabetes. Why not commit to it for one week and see how you feel?
Want to create healthy habits and routine at home?
NOW more than ever is the time to prioritise your health. With time spared from commuting, why not use this extra half hour for creating a delicious wholesome meal for yourself?
Flick through those recipe books and check out some recipes online. I'd love you to join my free online cookery demos for more inspiration and tips.
Use this as time to unwind and listen to your favourite podcast or music. Far more uplifting than the news channel!
How to meal plan and save money
To prevent unnecessary trips to the shops now is the perfect time to get back into meal planning. If you’ve not tried meal planning before, I challenge you to trial it for two weeks. I promise you will:
You’ll find loads of helpful meal planning tips, templates and ideas, as well as healthy cookery demos in my Facebook group, The Gut Health Club. Come join us here.
New to meal planning? Start by:
Meals like stews, soups and roasted vegetables make convenient yet deliciously healthy choices that serve multiple portions.
Take your list with you to the supermarket and stick to it. It’s a great way to limit impulse purchases on multipack buys and treats you don’t really need.
Nourish your body with all the right foods
If you have lots of tinned beans and pulses in your cupboards at the moment look for creative ways to use these. For example:
Focus on injecting these cupboard essentials with flavoursome herbs, spices and vegetables (fresh or frozen). You’ll easily:
If you're looking for more inspiration and help with meal ideas, join my Facebook group The Gut Health Club. I'll be running free cookery demos each month. If you can't make them live you can still receive the recipes and watch the replays here.
You may also be interested in my up-coming online nutrition classes. The next one is all about supporting our immune system. Further details of all my online events can be found here.
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