As entrepreneurs, we often put our business before ourselves. But it’s important to remember that the perks of working for yourself means you should have time to take a coffee break and have a healthy lunch! Taking care of your health and well-being will benefit your business drastically in the long run.
One of the great perks that comes with working from home is the freedom, time and tools to cook your own meals. You won’t have to plan around which meals are best cold, or warmed up in the shared microwave at the office.
However, too much freedom can be overwhelming. Some days you will have the time to cook a healthy, well-rounded meal for yourself. Other days could be spent being so busy that you will grab anything that is currently ready and waiting in the fridge. Working from home takes all kinds of discipline, and your meals are no different.
Perhaps the biggest key is planning ahead. What are your meal habits? If you are the kind of person who snacks from the fridge all day long, make sure to fill it with healthy snacks you can grab quickly and easily on a busy day. Surround yourself with healthy food and your eating habits will follow.
Some days though, the carrots and hummus just won’t cut it. Portioning other snacks like chips ahead of time is a great way to avoid emptying the whole bag by the end of the day.
As for meals themselves, planning and prepping ahead of time is applicable here as well. This could mean many things. Make a little extra food at dinner the night before. Or simply make sure you have the ingredients available to make the lunch you’ve been thinking of. Or wash and cut your lunch ingredients the night before. Or go all-in and fully assemble your entire lunch just like you would if you were taking it to work the next day.
Make sure to change your meals up, so you don’t get tired of having the same food over and over. Even if you are meal-prepping the whole week in advance, make sure it is food you’re excited about, and that it isn’t the same meal week after week.
Another good idea for providing structure to your meals, and consequently your work day, is scheduling your meals. When do you want to eat lunch? Write it down just like you would a conference call. Scheduling your snacks and not eating while working can also help improve mindful eating. Enjoy your meal breaks! You have your whole home at your disposal, so leave the monitor and try eating your lunch at the table, or curl up in your favorite chair for a few minutes while snacking.
Rosemary’s Go-To Lunch & Snacks:
Homemade Buddha Bowls: Usually half a can of chickpeas or lentils, some avocado, edamame, any veggies you have in the fridge. You can even light grill or bake some veggies to mix it up. Top with your favorite sauce or dressing. Tahini is great or even tzatziki adds a fresh flavor.
Veggies & Hummus: Cut them the night before so it doesn’t seem like a chore. A great afternoon snack.
No Butter, Lightly Salted Popcorn: Love this snack because you can snack away without the guilt. It’s low in calories and high in fiber. Win-Win!
Rice Cakes: Topped with thinly sliced apple and almond butter. I also love them topped with a bit of shredded cheese and microwaved for 30 seconds.
Afternoon Tea & A Cookies: I won’t give this up! Life is supposed to be enjoyable. I’ll make a cup of black tea and a couple grocery store gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. (Usually only around 120 calories for 2 cookies). A great treat and afternoon pick me up!
Article By Maryanne McFarlane, Graphic Designer at RMCS