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Working from home has its perks. But it also has its own set of unique distractions – and
many of those distractions are in the kitchen. Need to start a new project? Why not start
first with a little brain food? Have to power through a last-minute deadline? Why not
reward yourself with a snack when finished?
From yesterday’s leftovers to tomorrow’s dinner plans, being in close proximity to your
favorite comfort foods can make it hard to eat healthy while working from home. But
don’t worry. If you’re looking for some inspiration to help with working from home
temptations, we have you covered. Here are some straightforward ways to mind your
weight while working from home.


Don’t Work Close to the Kitchen


The first step is to stay away from temptation. Set up your home office in a bedroom,
living room, or even the basement – essentially any room that’s far from the kitchen or
pantry. It especially helps to not have your refrigerator in your line of sight so you can
avoid mindlessly wandering over during down time.
Be strategic and avoid the kitchen when you can. For example, bring your coffee pot
and some snacks to your workplace. That way you won’t feel tempted to go to the
kitchen every time you want a quick break.


Eat on a Schedule


Just like you would on a regular workday at the office, eat your meals on a schedule.
Start the day off with a big breakfast. A hearty, healthy breakfast fills you up, keeps you
satisfied, and helps hold off cravings later in the day. Include foods that are high in lean
protein and fiber to help fill you up.


The same goes for lunch – take lunch during a set time each day.


Treat it as you would if you were at the office. If you had a set time for breaks at work, then set that same
time each day for a break at home. By sticking to a regular routine, you can help avoid
mindless grazing throughout the day. Sticking to a daily routine is a great strategy for staying productive when working from
home (here are more tips on working successfully from home).

Portion and Plan Out Meals


Another simple step to avoid snacking during the day while working from home is meal
prep. It’s easier to stick to a healthy diet when you pre-plan the portions of each meal.
Planning healthy portions helps avoid spontaneous temptations and controls your
choices so you don’t overdo it. If you’re looking for healthy recipe inspiration, then check
out these quick and delicious protein shake recipes.
Also, when snacking, portion out your snacks. Never eat directly from the bag or
package, because it usually results in eating more than you intended – or wanted.


Supplements to Help with Weight Management


In addition to a healthy diet, several nutritional supplements can help with weight
management, especially when you’re working from home and surrounded by
temptation. For example, Thorne’s Relora Plus contains a blend of botanicals plus B vitamins to
moderate stress-eating and occasional anxious feelings.* Studies have demonstrated
that the active plant constituents in Relora – Magnolia Officinalis and Phellodendron amurense
– can help maintain a healthy cortisol level (cortisol is a marker of adrenal
stress) and help minimize the over-eating related to stress, thereby helping support
weight management efforts.*
Another supplement that can help with carbohydrate cravings is chromium picolinate.*
Chromium is often lacking in our modern diet because it is stripped from refined flours
and sugars. A high-quality supplement, such as Thorne’s Chromium Picolinate,
supports healthy blood sugar levels and helps lessen carbohydrate cravings.*
If you are looking for an all-in-one supplement to help keep you full throughout the day,
then try Thorne’s MediBolic® – a rice and pea protein-based nutritional supplement for
weight management support.* The MediBolic formula includes soluble fiber (as
Sunfiber®) that helps decrease hunger cravings.* It also contains unique botanicals and
nutrients that support:


●Healthy blood sugar*
●Healthy blood pressure*
●Healthy lipid levels*
●Building lean muscle mass*
●Fat burning (thermogenesis)*

Increase Hydration


Staying hydrated is another simple weight management strategy that can be easy to
forget. But just as you would fill up your water bottle at the office, keep a water bottle
next to your at-home workstation to remind you to drink water often.
Avoid sugary or highly caffeinated options, because they’re likely to cause you to crash
and crave more sugary snacks later in the day.


Stay Active


It doesn’t matter whether you work from home or the office – it’s no secret that staying
active and moving often does more for weight management than being stationary.
Slip in ways to stay active throughout the workday – even set alarms on your phone to
remind you. Be sure to get up and move around from your workspace, do some
stretches, stand up while working, and use your lunch hour or break time to take a quick
walk outside.


Manage Stress


Working from home presents new challenges and causes extra stress. And unchecked
stress can lead to unhealthy habits like overeating (especially junk food), skipping meals
entirely, and messing with sleep schedules – all of which adversely affect weight
management. Here are some tips for effectively managing stress during times of
uncertainty. And if your stress is related to social isolation, check out these
tips for helping you deal.


Get Some Extra Guidance


If you’re worried about keeping your nutrition in check and maintaining a healthy weight
while working from home, then there are always extra steps you can take.
For one, get started with our free weight management guide, a convenient resource to
get you where you want to be when it comes to weight management. You will find
information on diet and lifestyle changes in it that you can make to manage your weight,
plus recipes and ways to supplement your diet with Thorne’s Weight Management
And if you are serious about weight management, then take Thorne’s
at-home weight management test. This unique test uses a sample of your blood and saliva to show how
various factors inside your body impact your metabolism. The results include a
personalized lifestyle plan to help you with your weight management goals.
How are you staying healthy working from home? Share your tips, ideas, recipes, and
strategies by tagging @ThorneResearch on Instagram
​and using the hashtag #onlyThorne to have your ideas featured on our page.

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