The Writer’s Diet

I read once that you should never exclusively wear elastic-waist pants because you can get quite fat before realizing if you never have to put on real pants. I am telling you this, as I sit here in my elastic waist pants. Although, I do plan on putting on real pants later today!

The point is working from home and being a writer, is not a friend to the waistline. You don’t really need to get dressed, although I suggest you do. Makes it feel more like an “official” work day. You also don’t really need to get off your butt all day, since sitting on your butt means you are “working”. But, maybe you do occasionally journey over to the kitchen when the mood strikes.

That’s where you can get into trouble, the journey to the kitchen, what choices you make when you get there, and what you end up consuming…at your desk, completely mindlessly, out of boredom, while you scroll Instagram for the 100th time today while avoiding work.

Clearly, I am NOT talking about me when describing this event because I do not ever get bored or scroll my Insta avoiding work. Seriously, I never do this. Right….

But, I wanted to give some advice for those who have a tendency to abuse the easy access to food while working from home (or being a stay at home mom!) and are seeing some extra, unwanted pounds creep on. Here are some things that have worked for me:

1. Don’t buy snack food. Seriously, I used to occasionally purchase “organic” cheese puffs from Trader Joe’s. I FREAKIN LOVE cheese puffs, I justified it because they were “organic” and therefore healthy (they are not). Don’t lie to yourself, because I had to stop lying to myself too. Keep any “trigger” foods that you can’t stop eating out of the house. These types of foods cause you to overeat because that’s what they are designed to do, keep you hooked so you purchase more. Your kids also don’t need these foods in their diet so stop using them as an excuse for buying chips, cookies, or whatever.

2. Take breaks for meals and snacks. I always give myself a “lunch break” when working from home. I start to get hungry around 12:15 most days, so I stop working, prepare my lunch, and watch about 15 minutes of TV (usually the news). This helps you refuel and refresh, so you are ready to get back to work for a productive afternoon.

3. Plan ahead. Just like having unhealthy choices in the house sets you up for disaster, having healthy things you can easily prepare or grab as a snack, helps set you up for success. I tend to eat a lot of dinner leftovers for most work-day lunches, I always make enough to have some extra. When there isn’t any available, quinoa bowls are another go to. Quinoa is versatile enough you can add pretty much anything to it and make a quick meal.

Here are some ideas for healthy(and quick) quinoa bowls.

Hope these simple tips give you a little direction to keep you in those regular pants. There is nothing wrong with elastic waist pants, they are SUPER comfy to write in, but sometimes you do unfortunately have to wear something else. So, put those non-elastic pants on from time to time to see where you stand. And maybe stand up too. Yourwaistlinee will thank you.