When I was working on-site, I did not have time to take a healthy lunch or any lunch at all. I was focused on managing my new role–a working mother.
Once we decided to move and I had the opportunity to work remote, I thought life was going to be perfect. I was going to get enough rest, exercise, eat healthily, and live happily ever after!
I was wrong.
During my conversations with other remote working mothers, I hear the same thing over and over again—no time to eat or exercise, and forget about “me time.”
We need to make a healthy diet a priority. There is enough research to support this statement, but this NeuroGenesis TED Talk by Sandrine Thuret hit it home for me.
Here are some actionable tips to consider:
Pack your lunch: Pack your lunch after your breakfast, just as you would if you were going to work. If you are packing lunch for your family, just make one more lunch bag. Then, when it is time for lunch, all you need to do is grab your healthy lunch and enjoy it—no need to worry about making it.
Enjoy your food: Yes, it seems odd to sit by yourself and eat quietly, and it will take time to adjust, but being mindful while eating is very helpful. Sit at the table and enjoy your meal—no technology, no distractions. After listening to the TED Talk, I am also considering adding some hard foods that you can bite into and chew.
Buy smart: If you don’t buy junk food, you can’t eat junk food. Experiment with this and see if it works for you. I like the 100daysofrealfood blog about keeping processed food out and packing healthy lunches. I’ve used Lisa’s ideas with good results.
Plan your meals: I need to keep working on this, but I have friends who spend Sunday afternoons planning the week, which works perfectly for them. Lisa’s blog, mentioned above, also has meal planners, or use one of these apps. The advantage of using an app is that you can work on your meal plan while you are waiting at your kids’ practices or other activities.
Keep it on the table: Keep the healthy fruits outside and visible, so when you have a minute, you can grab something healthy. When the kids come home, they can also go for the healthy option first (or so we hope)!
Set a time: Have lunch around the same time every day to ensure that you maintain your sugar levels. Put it on your calendar, just like any other meeting. Eating at a set time is especially hard if you are in a different time zone, and will require commitment.
Hope these tips help you and please share any ideas you have used successfully by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.