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The home advantage

I'm lucky to have the option of working from home a few days a week. But while I love the flexibility, there's a downside: I eat a lot more when I don't go into the office. Because I'm not packing up my lunch and snacks to take with me, I end up helping myself to whatever is in the refrigerator or pantry that looks good. Plus, I set my laptop up in the kitchen, which makes the food that much more accessible. My nutritionist, Katherine Tallmadge, R.D., suggested a two-part solution: First, I should always separate out the food I plan to eat for the day-no matter what. And second, get out of the kitchen! I decided to turn our spare bedroom into an office, so my husband and I cleaned it out, painted the walls a pale blue (Katherine said cool colors don't stimulate hunger like warmer hues do) and ordered a new desk and chair. Now I can focus on what I'm putting on paper rather than what I'm putting in my mouth.

 

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