Working from home can have an impact on your health, however, it doesn't have to be a negative impact. 

The effects of working from home largely depend on the person, and what kind of lifestyle that person leads, said Megan Lingelbach, a clinical dietician at St. Joseph’s Hospital.  

The benefits of working from home include having more time to prepare and eat nutritious foods as well as reducing how often people pick up fast food. 

Another benefit comes from flexible schedules and shorter commute times, so they have more time to exercise.   

The downside people face while working from home is that they may snack or graze more frequently and may partake in fewer physical activities because they aren't required to get up and walk anywhere. 

Eating foods that will help keep you full for longer is the key, said Lingelbach.

Balancing your carbohydrates and protein with some fat in your meals is the best way to do that.

“When you think about a meal, that could be something like chicken, rice and vegetables.”  

If you are working from home Lingelbach offered some tips to help you.  

“Set up a dedicated work area away from the kitchen so you are not tempted to go and grab something every time you look over there.”  

Setting up a plan for mealtimes is also a good option, sticking with a lunch break, coffee break, and snack time.  

“It can help decrease the amount of grazing and help you plan your day out better, so you don’t feel like you’re in a rush when it comes to eating food.”  

It is also important to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.  

“Dehydration can lead to fatigue and headaches, and just not feeling that great. Which makes it hard to do any work at all.  

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