Work from home (WFH) has become a glaring reality for millions of people worldwide for over a year now. Many of us are facing issues with respect to our health and fitness goals, and often gravitating towards unhealthy dietary choices, due to stress and unpredictability of the situation we find ourselves in.
Many nutritionists use social media to share insights on food and fitness, and recently, celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar shared a video post on healthy dietary choices. Rujuta often uses her social media handles to raise awareness about fitness, wellness, and health issues. In her Instagram post, she threw light on food recommendations for those who are working from home.
She captioned her post as, “3 foods for #WFH. Everyone working from home must eat.” Rujuta began her post by stating that if you are working from home, and facing issues with digestion, increased sugar cravings, and weight gain, then her three food tips will help you out with consuming a diet that is affordable, accessible, and tasty.
1. Fresh fruits
When choosing a fresh fruit, Rujuta recommended to be mindful of three factors:
i) The fruit grows in your region;
ii) It is seasonal; and
iii) It has a name in your local language.
Fresh fruits such as chikoo or sapodilla, contain prebiotics, which provide good bacteria to your gut, and comprise of fibre, that helps with digestion. Rujuta added that fresh fruits are also full of antioxidants, which are molecules that help fight free radical damage. In case you are experiencing lethargy or noticing signs of ageing during WFH, then Rujuta explained that it could be due to free radical damage.
2. Handful of chana
Her second tip is to add a handful of chana to your diet. Rujta said that because of excessive time spent sitting in one place, the gravitational force on our lower body takes a plunge. This reduces the bone mineral density, causing flabbier appearance without apparent weight gain, and also adversely impacts menstrual health in the form of excessive bleeding.
So, she suggested adding locally sourced roasted chana to the diet, in order to arrest the loss of bone mineral density. Chana is full of minerals, amino acids, and vitamin B. She also advised adding some jaggery to the roasted chana, to manage sugar cravings. So, have it with your tea or coffee sessions, recommended Rujuta!
3. Ghee or clarified butter
Many people who are working from home have lost their sense of how much to eat and when to eat. This indicates a loss in satiety. To tackle this issue, Rujuta recommended adding ghee to the diet, as it contains prebiotics that bring back satiety signals. She explained how it contains short chain fatty acids that aid digestion, and will also help reduce stubborn fat buildup around waist and thigh area. As it is an essential fat, ghee can help ease strain on the eyes, which is extremely helpful considering our heavy reliance on electronic devices for entertainment and work. So, keeping in line with age-old wisdom imparted by the elders in our family, add a teaspoon of ghee in all three meals.
Check out her post here.
So, ladies, try adding these easy to source foods in your diet, and boost your health and wellbeing while working from home!