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Working from home can be both a blessing and a curse. You can attend a conference call in your jammy-jams, choose your own laptop-friendly work venue and keep your fur babies company all day. But it can also mean less social interaction, not leaving the house for days and a confused boundary between work and home life. This can affect both physical and mental health—unless we face these challenges head-on.

One especially difficult aspect of working from home is finding a groove with eating the right food at the right times. Hours can go by before remembering you haven’t consumed anything but coffee. And there’s also the trap of endless access to the pantry equating to all-day mindless snacking. Finding a healthy balance can be rough. But rough paths can be conquered. Here are some ideas to start and maintain healthy eating habits from your home office.

1) Meal prep as if you’re leaving the house for the day

If you were commuting to work, you’d more than likely be bringing along a packed lunch and enough snacks to get you through the work day. If you’re finding yourself scratching your head in front of an open refrigerator every day at home, why not do the same thing? Take some time over the weekend to plan some big batch meals (think soups, wraps, stir-frys, pastas, enchiladas, etc) and then portion them out into Tupperware as if you were going to haul them off to the office each day. Knowing you have lunch prepared and waiting can help to streamline your day.

2) Set alarms for meal times

At most work settings there are designated times for employees to take a lunch break. Working from home? Not so much. Often people will have to remind themselves to take a break, which may happen at completely different times throughout the work week. To address this issue, take a look at your week ahead and schedule alarms in your phone to signal it is time to eat and take a breather. And then, most importantly, don’t snooze the alarm! Go eat!

3) Portion out snacks ahead of time

Bring a full-sized bag of chips into your cubicle to nosh on and you might have a few curious stares from co-workers. But, if you’re working from your home office nook, who is there to judge? It can be easy to find ourselves mindlessly snacking whenever we get into a groove, but not so great for our appetite and health. Get back on track by portioning out healthy snacks ahead of time.

4) Schedule lunch dates with friends

Working from home doesn’t mean you always have to eat there. Get out of the house once in a while for a much-deserved break. This could be in the form of a lunch date with friends, a solo picnic in the park or a walking lunch with a sandwich and your pup. One of the biggest attractions of working this way is that you can change up your venues—and this means for break times, too.

5) Find easy dishes that are customizable

Just because you work at home doesn’t mean you’re not busy! And you probably don’t have time for endless recipe searches and experimentation. In that case, find some easy and enjoyable dishes that can be customized every week so your taste buds are kept on their toes. Have a basic overnight oats recipe on hand? Great! Throw in some cinnamon & agave syrup one day and walnuts & blueberries the next. Make a big pot of brown rice to customize with baked tofu and stir-fried veggies for the beginning of the week and cumin-spiced black beans for the end of the week. Get creative using just a few staple ingredients. Un-complicate your lunch and you will un-complicate your life.

SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-healthy-eating-tips-for-working-at-home.html

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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