Most of us have been Working From Home since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although WFH may come with many benefits – like skipping the tiresome commute or sleeping in a little more – it may also mean trouble for our waistline. If you find that you’ve been snacking a lot more since WFH started, you’re probably not alone.
Here are our top tips on how you can stop yourself from over-snacking when working from home.
5 Easy Ways to Stop Work From Home Snacking
1. Hide your treats
Place your snacks in inaccessible and hard-to-reach places. The key is to keep them far away from where your workstation is at home. The further away they are, the better. This reduces the temptation to snack since they are not in easy reach.
Or even better, go one step further and not buy any snacks at all!
2. Distract yourself
Typically, the urge to snack is just a temporary one. This just means you need to take your mind off it for a couple of minutes, and you’ll forget about it.
Instead of snacking, why not try doing a breathing exercise or a quick stretch instead? You can try the ones we’ve shared above to start with. It’ll help you feel more refreshed and energised. Most importantly, it will distract your mind for those crucial minutes.
3. Stay hydrated
Drinking water will help you feel full, and stave off any hunger pangs that may bring on WFH snacking. Besides, we all should take in about 2 litres of water a day, so this is a good habit to adopt regardless of your snack cravings.
While plain water is the best option, you can always switch it up with healthier beverage alternatives too.
4. Take regular breaks
Most times, the urge to snack is not due to hunger. It could be because of boredom or even brought on by stress. Work From Home arrangement has caused the lines between work and play to be increasingly blurred. Even if you don’t feel it, fatigue does set in, and could be a reason for why you’re snacking so much as well.
Make time in your schedule for little breaks and give yourself a little room to breathe. Of course, make sure to steer away from the kitchen when you’re having a break, so you don’t get tempted to sneak a bite.
5. Choose healthier snacks
Honestly, it’s impossible to stop WFH snacking entirely!
These are strange new times we live in, and sometimes, we just need a treat to lift our moods. All we ask is to choose healthier snacks instead. Nuts and fruits are full of nutrients and fiber that our body needs, and are also delicious and satiating. You can also prepare your own snacks from online recipes.
No time to meal prep? Check out our in-app Marketplace for a variety of yummy and healthier treats that are kinder to your waistline.
As Singapore enters our next phase of managing the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to continue doing our part. This includes staying at home and maintaining good personal hygiene. If you’re feeling ill, there’s no need to step out of your home. You can reach our doctors over video-consult, 24/7, any day of the week, and have medication delivered to you within 3 hours.