Eating well is always important, and now more than ever in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. A nutritious diet can not only help support your immune system, but may also provide some benefits for your mood and mental health, and maintaining a healthy diet when working from home is no exception.
In theory, following a healthy diet should be easier when you’re working from home. There’s more time to prepare home-cooked meals and no office treats to tempt you. However, the reality is that keeping on track can be a challenge. Telecommuting, although it has its benefits, can also create a lack of structure within the working day which can turn meal times into chaos. And, with the refrigerator only steps away, it’s too easy to procrastinate work by making delicious treats!
So, below, we’ve broken down some of our top three articles of the month that discuss why it’s important to follow a healthy diet when working from home, what foods you should be including to maintain a healthy diet and some quick tips to help you stay on track.
Why nuts and seeds make for the perfect snack while you work from home
As mentioned in our previous article on healthy snacking, eating in between meals does not need to be associated with having “over indulgent treats” and done the right way can even help you get your everyday intake of essential nutrients. This, article, published on Times Now News, provides you with five reasons of why nuts should be included as part of your working for home snacking routine. Check them out.
The world’s most nutritious foods
Although for some it may be difficult to maintain a healthy diet when working from home, it has also been said that as a result of the pandemic many of us are paying more attention to our diets and how the food we eat can support our health, especially our immune system. As said, eating well is key to maintain a good overall health. Published by the BBC, this article goes through 100 of the world’s nutritious foods, calculated and ranked by scientists. And, of course, no list would be complete without including nuts and dried fruits with almonds, walnuts, dried figs, dried apricots and prunes making the cut.
The good fats that need to be part of one’s food
Fat is one of the three essential macronutrients the body needs alongside proteins and carbohydrates. As stated in this article by the Times of India “A balanced diet should include healthful monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which include omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids”.
The intake of foods that are high in unsaturated fats otherwise known as “good fats” such as, nuts, may help reduce bad cholesterol levels. As well as this they may also help to make you feel fuller for longer which means you’ll probably be less likely to reach for unhealthy foods.
5 tips to help you stay healthy when working from home
- Don’t work in (or near) the kitchen
- Plan out your snacks and meal for the day and take an actual lunch break
- Eat “real food”! Keep healthy snacks on hand, like nuts and dried fruits
- Drink plenty of water
- Don’t buy junk food, then you won’t be tempted to eat it
Well that’s all for this month. Hope you have enjoyed the reading and we’ll be back with another Nutfruit News Round-up in September.