Whether you’re WFH or at loose ends, being stuck in the house all day can lead to grazing. That often results in overeating or snacking on foods that aren’t going to supply you with nutrients you need, like fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and may contain high levels of things you don’t need, like sodium, sugars, and additives.
Developing a schedule for your meals and snacks can help. “My general recommendation is three meals at minimum, and many benefit from snacks, too,” Corsica says. It’s easier to delay the urge to eat from boredom or anxiety when you know you have a snack planned in 45 minutes, she says. (If making that many meals feels intimidating, work out a few reliable go-tos, advises Keating. “Keep things simple. With breakfast, for instance, identify some healthy foods that you like, such as fruit, yogurt, eggs, and whole wheat toast, and stick to those,” she says.)
Having a set place in your home where you do your eating can also help you maintain boundaries. “It’s classical conditioning,” Corsica says. “If you eat on the sofa or in bed, you wind up pairing those places with the act of eating, and in the future, being in bed or on the sofa may prompt you to want food.”