I’d like to just get this out of the way first:
It’s better not to eat while you’re working.
Mindful eating – eating undistracted – has the power to improve your relationship with food, your weight, and your body.
But sometimes… it’s just not possible.
Working from home on Zoom has – ironically – afforded many people less time for meals and exercise than when they commuted to a traditional office.
In the last few weeks, I have talked to several clients who were essentially on Zoom meetings from 9 AM to 8 PM on their busiest days. Because of the packed schedule, they struggle to eat healthfully, and sometimes they scheduled workouts over their lunch break because it was the only window of time they had to include movement in their day.
The problem is that when there’s not time to formally eat, what happens is that hunger grows and grows until – at the first moment you can possibly eat – you reach for the easiest, fastest food available… which isn’t always a healthy choice.
During a conversation with a pregnant client last week, we came up a possible solution: making some of her meals liquid, which could be sipped from a coffee mug.
It’s not rocket science. It’s not ideal. It’s not even what I would recommend under most circumstances. But for the many, many people who are currently glued to their chairs on Zoom calls for most the day, a “trick” like this could be an incredibly helpful and realistic solution for healthy eating.
Being able to sip meals from a coffee mug on camera means that breaks can actually be used as breaks to do other things.
Here are the recipes we found online to get her started. You can pull from the same list to start building a repertoire of meals you can eat on Zoom. Leave more ideas in the comments!
For most of these recipes, you need a little time to meal prep and a blender.
Try it out for yourself – let me know how it goes in the comments, or post additional ideas for handling this Zoom dilemma!