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Is A Proper Diet Plan Really Important While Working From Home?

While telecommuting and remote work was already common in many fields and was in fact getting increasingly popular, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated it. If a business was to even have a small chance of surviving the aftermath of the pandemic, management was forced to switch to the ‘work from home’ (WFH) model.

The WFH Health Challenge

Employees who were initially thrilled to be able to get the job done without braving daily traffic, now had to struggle to balance family and work – some with more chores added to their daily routine, inquisitive parents eager to see what their kids were up to, or noisy toddlers embarrassing them during all-important meetings. Needless to say, this new experience has led to several unhealthy habits – a sedentary lifestyle, undesirable routines and emotional eating!

The existence of convenient, food-delivery apps has added to the challenge of eating healthy, with several WFH menus being marketed galore, and restaurants offering massive discounts on fast food – after all, it’s business for them. In fact, a survey of sales of FMCG products during the year 2020 was astounding – Nestlé India, for example, reported that in just the first quarter, they had recorded the best quarterly sales in the last five years, and that too, globally! And what really were their fastest moving products? The survey showed that it was packaged food – condensed milk, noodles and chocolates!

The Repercussions Of Unhealthy Eating

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), in August 2020, published a study that highlighted the fact that people were more likely to die of a severe heart attack after the onset of the pandemic than in the months before. The reasons they focused on were stress and unhealthy eating, which combined, could be the perfect recipe for disaster! In addition, a sedentary lifestyle has expanded the waist-line and is reducing the life-line with obesity on the rise, along with high cholesterol, high blood pressure and blood glucose levels.

Staying Healthy While Working From Home

Taking the right steps for better health is never too late, but it can admittedly be quite difficult. Your employees may have spent weeks or months during the lockdown curled up in front of the TV with their favorite shows on, while boxes of pizza lay in front of them, and Coke bottles littered the floor. The weighing scales may no longer be their friend, and their favorite jeans refuse to button at the waist. While this lifestyle may be a ticking time-bomb, it’s not too late to diffuse it.

Start off by advocating a healthier lifestyle from management levels. Encourage fixed work hours so that employees have a clear, work-life distinction. Some businesses have a virtual, weekly workout session –yes, there are bound to be goof-ups, but it’s a great way to keep your team fit. And most important of all, you can take the initiative to drive home the importance of good nutrition to your employees. Rather than just sending them a diet chart you’ve picked off the Internet, or boring booklets that drone on, get them face-to-face with a dietitian.

‘Face-to-face’ you may ask? Well, let’s talk ‘screen-to-screen’ instead. Several reputed nutritionists offer virtual sessions, and you may opt for one of these sessions for your entire workforce. Some of these professionals may even extend their sessions to one-on-one interactions with your staff with personalized attention to help them make better choices.

In conclusion, a healthy employee is the lifeblood of your business. The numbers show that unhealthy diet habits, combined with a sedentary lifestyle, are taking a toll on even young, relatively healthy folk. Being proactive and getting your team professional guidance on how to cope with WFH will help them stay balanced and perform better too!

How Gayathri’s Nutrisolutions can help your workforce

Gayathri is a sought after nutritionist and a wellness coach who associates with corporates as part of their nutrition and wellness awareness programs. Her nutrition programs are exquisitely designed to educate and empower employees to adopt healthy lifestyle and behaviors. She conducts bespoke nutrition consultations, counseling and wellness programs to your employees via virtual platforms.

Nov 29, 2020

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Do you think you should buy the next size jeans for a comfort fit post the pandemic lockdown? You are not alone! This is a common feeling of many across the globe.

The lockdown, thanks to COVID-19 has brought in a new realm of life to people worldwide. When laptops shifted from office desks to homes, new habits like increased snacking and overeating also followed us. Many of us had shifted from our regular fitness routines due to the closure of gyms, experimenting trending food recipes and skipped medical check-ups. These factors in turn contributed to those extra pounds gained during the quarantined period. Studies show that increased levels of stress, anxiety, boredom and more sedentary time also accounted for weight gain during the quarantine periods.

Return to the new normal

Even though second and third waves are underway in some countries, the world has slowly started resuming to the new normal. Weight loss has now become a major concern. We have started trying our fad diets and various exercise regimes compatible with the new lifestyle post COVID-19.  People mostly rely on internet for such sessions. However, there is less chance of obtaining the promised results of the so-called exercises and diets, unless you are under the supervision of an experienced dietitian.

Why do you need a dietitian’s support?

Being overweight or obese can land you in various health issues, such as diabetes, high blood pressure cholesterol and heart diseases. A dietitian helps you plan your diet in such a way that it brings all the essential nutrients in the right quantity at the right time. The quantity, quality and timeliness of your eating habits matters in bringing out the results. A majority of the people keeps unrealistic weight goals like they need to have the weight they had 10 years before. But an expert dietitian can support you with setting realistic weight loss objectives.

If you read that whole grain foods like oats can help you in weight loss and you end up preparing oats with more butter or sugar than needed, then the result would be reverse. So a nutritionist or a dietitian is the right person to calculate the correct proportion of calories based on your body mass index and physical as well as medical conditions.

Adopt changes that matters

If you are planning to seek help from a dietitian, then be ready for a change. They will support you with the tips, tricks and tools to sustainably manage your weight. Along with the meal plans, you will have to embrace lifestyle changes that will help you to reach your weight goals. Life style changes includes quitting bad habits that you had been practicing since years, improving the quality of sleep and cultivating new routines that makes you feel good. Practicing meditation and yoga can also bring in the desired solutions to your weight goals.

Other reasons to visit a dietitian

Apart from weight loss, there are various other reasons where you would need the support of a dietitian. We hope you make an informed decision after reading the following reasons to visit a dietitian or a nutritionist:

1. You couldn’t gain a few pounds to reach the target weight after trying every possible methods
2. You experience digestive issues like bloating, constipation, flatulence
3. You overeat when you are emotional
4. You are pregnant, trying to be pregnant or dealing with infertility or a new mom
5. You are looking for a practically healthy life style
6. You want help in managing chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol
7. You find it difficult to follow healthy eating habits

How we can help you

At Gayathri’s Nutrisolutions, we focus on providing custom-tailored diet plans based on your individual physical and medical needs (if any). My meal plans include locally available food items, rich in all essential nutrients. I will be with you to ensure that every step forward is a step to achieving your weight loss goals. Each consultation aims to keep your motivation levels high while working towards your goal.

For more details, contact 9947257776 or

Nov 24, 2020

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