Whilst the UK looks to adapt to life after the coronavirus lockdown & people search to establish what the ‘New Normal’ will mean for them….
One thing for certain is that many of us will be abandoning the office & will be given the continued flexibility of Working From Home, and with that, we’ll enjoy the many benefits & pitfalls that WFH brings with it.
Some Benefits of WFH
- Flexible start & finish times….as long as you get the work done does it matter what time your working day starts & ends?
- More free time to pursue activities outside of work….the morning fitness regime or the homecooked evening meals
- More focussed working conditions…..no unnecessary meetings or uninvited interruptions
- Easy access to a fully stocked kitchen….meaning you actually eat during the day
- Having time to do the morning/afternoon school run…as soon as schools open again!
Some Pitfalls of WFH
- Less of a structured routine….who cares if you get up 15 mins later or don’t get dressed properly in the morning? No train to miss…no colleagues to impress
- The diet goes out of the window….constant grazing with easy access to the kitchen & no office snack monitors keeping you in check (‘Eeeeh, is that your 3rd packet of crisps today?’ you know the people we mean!)
- Social isolation…for many people, be it through self-isolating or living miles away from friends and family this can be very stressful & emotional as humans are social animals and need company.
- Loss of productivity….not that you will do this, but, for many their home offers a plethora of distractions & ‘what the boss don’t know, won’t hurt them!’
How is working from home affecting our daily habits?
Now that the structure of the work day has been thrown into disarray, what is also becoming apparent by thousands of you revealing on social media …
Is that you are now snacking more than ever and grazing constantly through the day.
Between the stress around uncertainty, working from home, and reduced social interaction, emotional eating has become apparent for most people.
Emotional eating occurs when food is used to suppress negative emotions such as isolation, anger, boredom, or stress. Often comfort or emotional eating ignore feelings of physical hunger that come from quite simply an empty stomach.
The most common foods craved are usually ultra-processed, high fat snacks such as biscuits, crisps, chocolate, and ice cream. These foods are scientifically engineered to quickly target the pleasure receptors in our brains.
But focusing on food as a pillar of energy and health and not as a crutch for emotions, is a path worth following.
The Working From Home diet is a polite way of describing the panicked, disordered, often gluttonous disordered eating patterns adopted by so many recently. Hands up, who's guilty?
So what type of Working From Home snacker are you?
Do you need gluten-free snacks….or are you just looking for healthy snack ideas packed with protein and not too much sugar….or can you not get enough of the welcomed rise in the Better-For-You Indulgent snacks?
Whether you’re a purist who only eats superfoods from small craft brands, a foodie looking for new ideas, or a busy professional muncher on the goer, there’s a healthy snack on this list for everyone.
- Apple Chunks with Pip & Nut’s Crunchy Almond Butter
- Almonds portion controlled by I Love Snacks
- Baked gluten free crackers by Deliciously Ella
- Bear Fruit Nibbles
- Cheeky P’s roasted chickpeas
- Cheese popped lovingly by Cheesies
- Doisy & Dam dark chocolate Diddies
- Deliciously Ella’s gluten free oat bars
- Eat Real Supergrain Chips
- Ember Biltong
- Flower & White Meringue Bars
- Froosh fruit smoothies in recyclable paper cans
- Gato Cookies ‘n’ Cream
- Grenade Carb Killa Protein Bars
- Huel ready to drink meals
- Hullaballo reduced sugar chocolate bars
- Indie Bay Vegan Pretzel balls
- Itsu Seaweed Thins
- Jealous Sweets Sugar Free Happy Bears
- Jude’s Craft Milkshakes
- Kind’ Breakfast Biscuits
- Kabuto Gluten Free Noodle Pots
- Larabar vegan fruit & nut snack bars
- Love Corn roasted corn snacks
- Mister Free’d Gluten Free & Vegan Tortilla Chips
- Mighty Fine Skinny Dipped Chocolate Almonds
- Native popped lotus seeds
- Nakd fruit & nut bars
- Oatein Protein Cookies
- Olives portion controlled by Oloves
- Proper lentil chips
- Prodigy Cahoots Bars
- Qwrkee Vegan Jerky
- Quick Protein Porridge by Stoats
- RXBAR natural protein bars
- Rhythm 108 gluten free & vegan biscuits
- Snact fruit jerky in compostable pakaging
- Squirrel Sisters raw energy bars
- The Curators Original Beef Jerky
- Tribe naturally nutritious protein bars
- Ufit protein shakes
- Urban Fruit dried coconut chips
- Vive indulgent vegan protein bites
- Wat Kitchen microwave noodle boxes
- Well & Truly baked crunchy corn snacks
- Wallaroo organic mango slices
Tips to keep you snacking healthy!
- To help fight hunger between meals…it is recommended to snack on options that deliver a healthy dose of protein and nutrients.
- Snacks with less than 200 calories per serving are considered good choices.
- If you want to feel full & help reduce your appetite until the next meal seek out snacks with High-fibre
- To satisfy your sweet tooth snacks with about 10g of sugar or less can satisfy your sweet tooth without having to worry about a sugar-filled crash. An apple might contain 11g of total sugar, depending on the size of fruit selected, the variety & stage of ripeness.
- Always read the back of pack nutrition labels and learn your required macros
- It is best to snack about one or two hours before your next meal to decrease hunger and avoid overeating during meal times.
- Plan your snacks & meals in advance so you know what you're eating when and this will help you stay on top of your fridge raids and reduce the urge of searching for food when hungry...which inevitably ends with your body demanding high sugar & high fat foods.