I bet you won’t find this too surprising: Working moms eat like crap, according to a new study reported on Time.com. A survey of working parents in low to moderate income communities found that “more than half routinely resorted to unhealthy eating options because of their work circumstances,” the article said.
Let’s see if any of these options sound familiar:
- skipping meals
- eating at work
- eating in the car
- ordering take-out on the way home from work
- choosing easy and quick-fix meals to serve
- overeating after a missed meal
Check, check, and check. I’ve definitely resorted to all of these at various points in my working mom life, much more than I ever did before I became a parent. As we become busier and work harder, we sacrifice good nutrition for keeping our heads above water.
The study’s author hopes the results get employers to do something about on-the-job eating habits, so their employees can be healthier (and therefore more productive). Personally, I think workplace flexibility and respect for work-life balance are a big part of the solution. If you get to structure your day and work at a reasonable pace, you can fit in nutritious meal preparation and time to actually eat.
Of course, it wouldn’t hurt to have healthier options in workplace snack machines and cafeterias … if I had the choice between a fresh salad and a nasty heat lamp burger, I’d go for the salad every time.