I truly love working at home. You have the privacy of your own space and the convenience of having all your items in one place (and the comfort of staying in your pajamas if you want haha!). BUT, I also have an entire apartment's worth of food at my disposal, and when I'm stressed or bored, I find myself scrounging in the kitchen for snacks and reaching for just one more handful of... whatever's closest!
Here are six tips that work for me & my clients - to help you stay on track with your health goals while working or studying at home!
1. Have set times to eat
When you have a schedule, there's less room for unplanned grazing (which leads to overeating). For example, you could plan out your day to eat breakfast at 8 am, lunch at 12 pm, dinner at 6 pm, and snacks in between at 3:30 pm and 9 pm if you're hungry.
2. Remove yourself from the kitchen
When you're working in the same environment as your food it's tempting to become distracted or bored - and reaching for a snack instead of your pen. By removing yourself from the kitchen environment, you'll eliminate the problem.
3. "Out of Sight Out of Mind"
This tried & true saying works well for me. I literally put my snack BEHIND my computer a lot of the time haha! Subconsciously, the sight of food can make you want to eat. Put that food in another room or location!
4. Pre-bag Snacks or Buy Single-Serving Snack Packages
It's hard to guess portion sizes without measuring, and without having a defined portion size, it's VERY easy to overeat. Even if you're snacking on healthy foods, the calories can easily add up. Before you accidentally eat a whole jar of nuts or an entire chocolate bar, portion the snack out into snack baggies or buy single-serving snack items like 100-calorie packs of nuts, individually wrapped chocolate squares, etc.
Here are some of my faves:
5. Keep Tempting Snacks Out of Reach
If you keep sugary, calorie-dense foods at eye level, those will likely be the ones you most often reach for. Instead, keep tempting treats higher up on shelves and out of your immediate line of sight and replace them with healthier options to ensure better snacking.
6. Keep Your Hands Busy with a Drink
When I'm stressed, I'm inclined to eat. But I'm not really hungry! If I need some kind of oral fixation, sipping on healthy drink options like water or a seltzer really does the trick for me. Try it!
Here's some of my favorites!