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    How does working remotely impact your diet?

  • Nicole Fu

    At home I have cornflakes, berries, and skim milk for breakfast every single day. I love this combo and never get sick of it. But since I’ve been nomading in Asia, skim milk and berries are hard to find. That and I don’t often have access to a kitchen. So, I’ve been having fruit like apples and dragonfruit for breakfast at home, and heading to my COTD (Coffice of The Day) for brunch. Which is typically western-esque like eggs and sandwiches. Then I’ll have a local (typically fried and oily) dinner. “Eating clean” is hard while nomading. If you live in a hotel or studio, it probably doesn’t have a kitchen; and it’s hard to find meals of brown rice, whole wheat bread, etc. when eating out. It’s also not feasible to travel around with a bottle of olive oil for example.

  • Kelli Neely

    I eat much less at home!

  • Roxanne M. Tamayo

    The moment I started working remotely, I started eating more thanks to my mom’s home-cooked meals!

  • Lauren Antonian

    It can be positive or negative. If you keep your refrigerator stocked, then food is always available and just a few steps away. However, if you have dietary restrictions, then you can control your options at all times, never having to resort to vending machine sustenance.

  • Kat Christofer

    Working remote has no effect on diet, but location impacts possibilities. What I mean by that: How equipped a kitchen is, what ingredients are for sale, whether I can read the language in that country, how far the market is, whether I need to kill/grow it myself.

  • Audrey Fairbrother

    I actually feel I eat healthier. I have time to make a decent breakfast in the morning, and I eat at home more for lunch, which is usually much healthier than eating out.

  • Hillary Heinz

    My partner and I always hated how we used to eat dinner so late (9 p.m.) and we’re so proud (and shocked) when we’re often eating dinner at 6 p.m.! No commutes or surprise happy hours certainly help.

  • Lisette Sutherland

    Working from anywhere gives me the opportunity to eat exactly what I want and when I want it. I’m healthier now than I ever was working at an office where I was constantly being tempted by unhealthy snacks that colleagues would bring in.

  • Taryn Barnes

    Diet is absolutely key. Eating well is essential to the success of your work production. I find that when I keep a healthy diet, I am more focused and more likely to stay on task of my work flow. Conversely, when I eat poorly, I tend to procrastinate and will get writer’s block.

  • Jan Lindborg

    I eat with my wife, and we eat very healthily. I believe I eat better at home than if I had a canteen to go to. I don’t snack much, but when I am hungry, I can choose from anything in the pantry.

  • Karen LaGraff

    I stay in better control of my diet because I have my kitchen at my fingertips versus being tempted to go out and overeat.

  • Shannon O'Donnell

    Well, by working overseas and on the road these past years, I have discovered hundreds of new cuisines and tasty dishes. Southeast Asia is a hotspot for many digital nomads, and it’s easy to find affordable and tasty street food. In places with less ready street food, I often take advantage of local markets and will cook myself a feast.

  • Dawn Pensack

    I use the crock pot very often and try to prepare what I can for dinner early in the day. It’s easy to chop up healthy veggies, prepare fruit and meat when I have a 15-minute break in the afternoon so I’m not rushing to get take out to feed a starving family. I never feel rushed or unprepared around dinner time and can really enjoy hanging out with my kids. Also, dinner is usually ready for us when my husband gets home so it’s nice to have more time together.

  • Conni Biesalski

    I don’t let it impact my diet, as it is my main priority as a healthy vegan. I intentionally tend to travel to places that cater well for a plant-based diet. It’s also one reason (out of many), why I spend so much time in Bali—it is a vegan heaven here.

    When I don’t have access to a lot of vegan restaurants, I buy fresh produce at markets and find organic supermarkets. Since I mostly only stay in Airbnb apartments, I usually always have access to a kitchen to cook.

    Apps like Happy Cow really help to find vegan/veggie places and organic shops around the world.

  • Colin Wright

    I can eat well, if I choose to (and I do). It’s not that easy, even if you want to, when working from an office, perhaps in a part of town with limited (or expensive) options.

  • Jodi Ettenberg

    It allows me to eat on my own schedule, which I find is far healthier for me. I get hungry every few hours but eat small portions, grazing throughout the day. This is easily handled when not in an office environment, and decreases the friction I felt when trying to fit my hunger into society’s ideas of meal times.

    I tend to get hungry at 5 p.m. no matter what, so living in Saigon or Mexico means there are also always street foods to eat then—soups or memelas, as the case may be!

  • Chris Schain

    Great question, because it definitely can. It’s so easy to snack and eat during the day when all you have to do is open the cupboard or the refrigerator. I go back to my standard answer of being disciplined here. It’s a must.

  • Tom Paronis

    Remote work doesn’t impact my diet.

  • Theresa Cramer

    It’s a lot easier to snack when you’re a few feet from the kitchen, but it’s also easier to make a healthy lunch and get dinner started early.

  • Kristen Marano

    Overall my diet has improved. When I worked in an office, it was easy to say at 3 p.m., “Oh, I need a break and a sugar rush to keep going for the afternoon.” That often meant a coffee and a chocolate chip cookie.

    Now, I eat two to three meals a day from home, and all grocery shopping is done on the weekend so the fridge is stocked and it’s quick and easy to make a meal or grab a snack.

    If I’m on the road or on long flights, I always drink a lot of water to stay hydrated, and limit how many airplane meals I eat. When traveling through different time zones I try to correlate my actual time zone to ensure I don’t overeat or eat at a time that my body isn’t used to like 3 a.m.

    When I’m in another city, I’ll look for a local grocery store to grab snacks like fruit or nuts, so I have a healthy option and save money rather than buying something from the cafe or a bag of chips (my weakness and favorite thing in the world to eat). If I’m in an Airbnb I’ll look for a place with a fridge or small kitchen, so I’m not eating all of my meals at restaurants.

  • Mike & Anne Howard

    Our diet is WAY better now that we are in control of our own meals and just eating at the corner deli. Our food is fresher, healthier, and to our tastes.

  • Ben Dodson

    I don’t think it impacts it any differently from working in an office. Logically you can be healthy at home in the same way that you can take a healthy lunch into work. Similarly, you can fill your house with junk food in the same way you could just go to McDonalds for lunch every day when in an office.

  • Jen Hubley Luckwaldt

    I eat much better at home, not least because I have time to deliberately plan my meals. When I worked in an office, I’d wind up scarfing down sandwiches from platters that were leftover from meetings. Not great.

  • CarouLLou

    We do not have a rigid schedule. We eat whenever we’re hungry.

    But in general, we eat quite late (especially since we lived in Spain).

    We eat local as much as possible. Best for health, digestion, and cultural experience!