National Nutrition Week: Follow these tips to help you stay healthy and fit as you work from home& |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- Meal timing is supposedly important for overall health and well-being, although it’s far from convincing
- Developing a sensible routine and sticking to it can help you keep your mind and body strong during these testing times
- If you’re working from home, the following tips will help you eat healthy and stay in shape
New Delhi: There’s no denying the fact that the changed work paradigm has impacted the eating habits and fitness routine of many working professionals. Although some professionals have transformed this opportunity into an avenue to pursue a healthy lifestyle and follow an exercise plan, many of us have felt the pressure of these unprecedented times. This lockdown has, perhaps, brought along extended working hours, the additional responsibility of household chores, continued child-care with the children being at home constantly, and restrictions to movement.
The convenience of working from home has inversely affected the physical and mental health of many ‘work from home’ professionals, with no or changes in meal timings and constant connectivity to work. To counter the ill effects these irregular habits have brought along, a balanced nutrition, adequate sleep, stress management, and some form of exercise should be included in our everyday routine.
How to eat healthy while working from home
The best way to do this is by setting a goal and planning to achieve it. These can be achieved by keeping a routine for eating with fixed meal timings, maintaining a food diary that would give an insight into what one has consumed everyday, and choosing healthier food-items over unhealthy and packaged foods, said Dr Mitul Thakker, an independent practitioner of general medicine and chief people and compliance officer, IKS Health. As we observe National Nutrition Week, Ms Jyoti Bhatt, senior dietician, Jaslok Hospital & Research Centre, shares a few tips that will help employees make healthier food choices and stay fit as they work remotely:
- Hydrating your body helps to eliminate toxic elements from the body and prevent infection. Choose healthy options like water, lime juice, coconut water, smoothies, and not soft drinks that can add to empty calories and can lead to other health issues.
- Long stressful work hours can trigger munching of easily available processed foods. Make a healthy choice like bajra puff, makhana, or dry fruits over junk.
- Plan an entire day’s meal that includes small meals instead of large meals to avoid overeating those extra calories and putting on weight.
- Aim for no more than two cups of coffee per day. Having access to endless cups of coffee might seem like a great idea. Too much is known to cause anxiety, digestive issues, etc.
- Make a nutritionally balanced meal plan that keeps you fuller for long, helps to focus, makes you more productive.
- When you decide to go grocery shopping, choose healthy options like protein bars, dry fruits, etc. Never buy junk as a treat.
- Remote working makes us physically inactive. Correct food along with fitness is necessary to stay healthy. Try to add some resistant activity, brisk walking to keep your body active.
- Maintain food dairy which will help you understand your eating pattern to stay healthy.
This remote working pattern due to the pandemic can take a toll on health. Eating healthy along with other healthy lifestyle changes is essential to keep the mind and body in good shape, especially in these difficult times that can otherwise prove to be stressful.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.