How to Eat Healthy When Working From Home

One of the ironic things about starting a blog that deals with weight loss-ish type things is that blogging requires a lot of work. And the majority of that wok is done while seated on your arse. For this reason, keeping up the success you want to help other folks grab for themselves can be… problematic. I’ve been planning on taking up C25K again, but to be honest with taking care of kids, working part time and trying to run my own social channels and create content a lot of my “spare time” (ha!) is spent doing this blog. On my arse.


Eat Healthy When Working from Home

One of the things that I have encountered is the difficulty of keeping up healthy eating in regards to snacking while working from home on my butt on the computer. I have a history of being a Doritos and Goldfish crackers (don’t judge) type of person. And that history sometimes blends into the present day, not gonna lie.

However I have found a few things that can be helpful for keeping up good habits in regards to snacking, even if you work at home and on your butt.

Plan your meals and snacks in advance

Planning is the backbone of any healthy changes. I am the type of person who totally thinks that I can just wing it and things will work out. THEY WON’T. YOU CAN’T. Not with this.

My favorite way to fail is to have fantastic lofty intentions that dissolve when I am faced with needing to eat or snack on something this very minute and have shit options that I can get my hands on quick, or healthy options that will require some effort. The thing about working is that you can justify this to a certain extent… “I am having the chips because I can’t get out of this productive groove I’m in”.

The best way to combat this is to plan ahead, and this is essential if you want to eat healthy when working from home. After my second baby I would plan the next days food (yep all of it) and make sure that I had it ready to go accessible, and would even put up notes or set reminders that these things existed in my cupboards just in case I “forgot” (your mind can play terrible tricks on you when there’s junk food around, trust).

Make sure you have healthy options on hand ready to go

Take your list of things to have prepped and just do it. Half my time prepping is thinking and talking about it… it’s those pesky good intentions again. Just do it and save some time.


Some of my favorite things to have ready to go are smoothies, (blended up in the fridge for the next day even- just shake and go), energy balls in the freezer, nuts and seed mixes, and fruit or veggie bowls. There are so many options.

The most important thing is to have this stuff ready to go.

We all know that junk food is bad for us, but the convenience factor is just too much to resist. Yes its delicious, but so is healthy food, so the real kicker is the fact that it is quick, easy and can be consumed mindlessly without putting in any effort at all. Which brings us to the next point.

Make a rule that you can’t snack while seated where you work

Now this is a pain in the ass, but that is the point. Not eating while seated where you work can help to take some of the mindlessness out of it. Even if you eat while seated somewhere else, you are interrupting your groove, putting the effort into changing your environment and starting a habit that separates work from mindless consumption.

Stay Hydrated

First off I am going to apologize for putting this here because I know that lots of these sorts of lists are all like “drink water and don’t get hungry tee hee”. Except here is the kicker- water is not food so that shit is bad advice.

sassy vintage lady drinking coffee meme- I dont need food I have water said no one ever

That being said, a lot of the time we feel hungry when we are really thirsty and staying hydrated can help this. Additionally, staying hydrated can help with feeling more mental clarity and keeping your body in prime working order. This is all great stuff, especially if you are trying to work.

When all else fails just have the damn chips… life is too short to get weird about food

Is it realistic that you aren’t going to have chips? probably not. I will never be able to give them up completely.

So if you want to have the chips just have the damn chips. The important thing is to remember moderation and try and make it the exception and not the rule.

What are your tips for eating healthy when working from home?


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  1. Cassie October 23, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    This was so fun to read and so helpful! 🙂

    1. MandiEm October 23, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      Thanks Cassie I’m so glad you liked it!

  2. Amy Lee Horton October 23, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    I definitely need to get serious about having fruit on hand!

    1. MandiEm October 23, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      It’s great to have around!

  3. Renee October 25, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Make a rule that you can’t snack while seated where you work — biggest struggle of my life! lol

  4. risakerslakewrites October 25, 2017 at 5:32 am

    These are fantastic ideas! I know that planning my snacks is huge… but I don’t really do it. Easier said than done, right? Thank you for the inspiration to try harder. Ha!

    1. MandiEm October 25, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      Yeah planning is fun… doing.. not so much haha

  5. Jenna October 25, 2017 at 7:59 am

    I struggle with this so much. I’m a food blogger, and I have gained a good ten pounds since I started. I’m very slowly trying to loose them plus the last of the baby weight but DANG. I’m home. I write a blog that requires me to make chocolate buttercream icing. So…. yeah.

    1. MandiEm October 25, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      Hahaha yeah it’s so funny how blogging totally does that to us! I’m glad I picked writing about healthy food but still… I could use some buttercream icing in my life haha

  6. Kasia Mikolajczak (@KasiaMikola) October 25, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Nice tips here. I definitely try to make a point to sit down at another area and eat properly. I also try to plan out what I’m going to be eating the next day so I’m not scrambling the next day.

    1. MandiEm October 25, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      It works really well!

  7. Bria | Tendril Wild Blog October 25, 2017 at 10:46 am

    I’m not kidding, I think you just become my favorite food blogger!
    I loved the sarcasm in this post, haha. And girl, I would never judge anyone for eating goldfish crackers – those are so freakin’ good. I’ve got a box in the house right now.

    For me, it all comes down to the planning and preparing in advance. That’s what I’ve got to get better at doing. When I have nothing on-hand that’s ready to eat, like, right that second, I down a whole bag of chips.

    1. MandiEm October 25, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      You are my favourite commenter lol that means so much to me you don’t even know! The struggle is real with chips I try and not have them around but they flirt with me at the store with their curved angles and light seasoning and then all bets are off

  8. Michelle October 25, 2017 at 11:36 am

    I just ate chips while sitting on my ass working from home, so yeah this was good advice!

    1. MandiEm October 25, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      I got you 😘

  9. collegeceliackc October 25, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Planning my meals in advance helps me! Not only does it keep me making healthy choices, but it also means I can eat without wrecking my “work flow” 😉

  10. nadaliebardo October 25, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    It can be hard at times, but you’re right planning ahead it a great way from eating the unhealthier choices. I get really snacky at my desk, I just keep a jar of nuts or granola there so that I don’t leave my desk when I need to focus on work and not food.

    1. MandiEm October 26, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      Thats a really awesome idea!

    1. MandiEm October 26, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      Yeah they and the chocolate are fighting each other for my affections and I’m all NOT TODAY SATAN lol

    1. MandiEm October 26, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      Blame the chips they got you shook haha

  11. MandiEm October 26, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Its really super effective for some reason it just seems like a pain in the moment!

  12. aileenluib October 26, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Omg… no snacking while working… this is probably my BIGGEST hindrance!

  13. Seppy October 27, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    I try to avoid having junk food in the house so that already helps a lot because I’m WAY to lazy to get my ass to the grocery store to get a snack HA

    I also have healthier alternatives – if I want chips, I have healthier popcorn instead (lightly salted with avocado oil) and I limit the amount. If I want something sweet, one or two dates with a bit of tahini usually does the trick, or one or two squares of dark chocolate…!

  14. overthehillontheyellowbrickroad January 15, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Before I can start eating healthy foods while working at home, I have to convince myself it’s important. Your DO IT video was most meaningful to me. I can make all the healthy snacks in the world, but if my head is in the wrong place, I’ll eat the healthy snacks and then move on to cupcakes. I appreciate your post since I struggle with the food issue a lot.

    1. MandiEm January 15, 2018 at 11:28 am

      Thanks so much! I struggle as well, I have a post I did on binge eating and I would just watch myself eat things and felt helpless. I had to start a mantra to wake up that I had all the control and I need to just use it. Can be a winding road for sure. Thanks for reading 🙂

        1. MandiEm January 15, 2018 at 11:39 am

          Def not alone. I have been struggling my whole life and prob will continue to. Sometimes I think the meaning of life is just that it doesn’t run in a straight or logical direction

  15. After The Party February 2, 2018 at 4:33 am

    I work from home, so this is something I can totally relate to, and I agree, planning is the most important part. Unfortunately, I, too think I can just wing it knowing full well that that has NEVER worked. Making it harder is having kid snacks in your home (especially when you have a picky little shit like I do who won’t eat anything reasonable) and waiting too long to eat. So I try to eat something reasonable the minute I get hungry, rather than waiting until I am starving and will eat anything I can grab. There’s probably more I could add, but I am still on my first cup of coffee, so instead I’ll just say- great blog! love it!

    1. MandiEm February 3, 2018 at 6:44 am

      Thank you! Sounds like we are in the same boat!


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