Healthy habits can quickly go out the door when working remotely. Here are my top 4 tips for eating mindfully and maintaining healthy wellness habits during a mobile desking day.
Like me, more people are working from home than ever. But while I find WFH incredibly convenient, from time to time, I also love working in hybrid environments for a change of scenery. When I work out of shared works spaces and cafes, eating properly and staying productive can be tricky if you’re not prepared.
One of the biggest challenges I face when working remotely is making sure that I’m taking care of myself nutritionally. Eating well is essential for maintaining energy and focus, especially when trying to get stuff done.
Planning is everything, especially when working on the go. I’m a big proponent of stocking a work-ready backpack. This bag has everything you need to work remotely so that I can simply pick it up and go, and set up my remote office from anywhere.
Some of the things that I pack in my bag are pretty predicable like:
- Noise-canceling headphones
One essential item that often gets overlooked by “us” busy working types is healthy snacks. Most of the items listed above will stay in your bag, so you don’t have to think about them. On the other hand, snacks have to be replenished, so it is vital to consider nutritious, shelf-stable snacks. Shelf stability is important because, like the rest of the items in your bag, they can stay put, so you don’t forget about them.
If you are working from a cafe that serves food, packing snacks may not be necessary; however, planning what you each should remain a priority. Quickly scanning the menu before arriving can help you identify healthy meal options in advance. This easy step does wonders in helping you avoid less healthy, onsite temptations.
Have your favorite snacks ready at your disposal
When on the go, having a stash of your favorite go-to healthy snack helps you power through your workday. This will help stave off any hunger pangs and keep you focused on your task at hand.
The key to doing this well is finding a snack that is easy to grab and go and has a relatively decent shelf life without all those crazy preservatives. And here’s where I take the guesswork out and tell you EXACTLY what works for me. Alright, so the tea is, these Bob’s Bars by Bob’s Redmill fit the bill.
First and foremost, they are delicious and not in an overly healthy trying to compensate for flavor type of way. They just taste good in a traditional, “oooh girl, can I have another one,” type of way. You know what I mean?
Secondly, they have substance, and by that, I mean they aren’t one of those bars that you eat and are looking for more food 5 minutes later. These Bob’s Bars help me stay satiated to take my attention off food and instead towards the work I need to get done.
Thirdly, I find joy in being able to recognize all the ingredients on a nutrition label. Dang near everything on the nutrition label I can find in my kitchen, which gives me a lot of confidence in my choice. Plus, this bar is non-GMO, gluten-free, and uses whole grains. Jackpot!
Fourth and final point, I don’t get bored because they come in a variety of flavors. But right now, the peanut butter honey & oats bar has a choke-hold on my tastebuds, and I’m obsessed.
These points are important considerations as you find nutritious snacks that are flexible for your remote work life. Planning the right snacks ahead will help you make better choices and stick to your goals.
Make sure that you’re staying hydrated. It’s easy to get dehydrated when you’re working remotely since you’re Make sure that you’re staying hydrated. It’s easy to get dehydrated when working remotely since you’re not moving around as much, and you may not be drinking enough water. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, and avoid sugary drinks.
Take Walking Breaks
Third, take breaks! It’s important to step away from your work every once in a while, even if it’s just for a few minutes. During your break, take the time to eat mindfully. Sit down at the table, focus on your food, and savor every bite.
Finally, listen to your body. If you’re feeling tired or sluggish, it’s probably because you’re not taking care of Finally, listen to your body. If you’re feeling tired or sluggish, you’re probably not taking care of yourself properly. Eating healthy foods and staying hydrated will help you feel your best. If you find that you’re still having trouble concentrating, take a walk outside to get some fresh air.
Mindful eating is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and it’s especially important when you’re working outside of your traditional environment. By following these four tips, you can ensure that you’re staying on track and getting the nutrients your body needs to stay productive.
(Brands like Bob's Red Mill, who sponsored this post, help keep the kitchen lights on. Help me show them some love by supporting their brand. These grab & go bars come in 5 delicious flavors and can be found here.)