03/06/2014 12:01 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

14 Shameful Eating Habits of People Who Work From Home


To those who toil away in offices, people who work from home must seem spoiled, as they get to eat gourmet lunches pantless. The reality is shoveling handfuls of dry cereal into your gullet and drinking microwave coffee. Pantless, probably. That part's correct.

So to give a window into the often pathetic world of withering away at a dining table that's rarely used for dining, we've compiled a list of 14 habits that most telecommuters will be able to shamefully relate to. And if we missed any, let us know in the comments. We won't judge.


You eat by the handful

Cereal, peanuts, and chips are all consumed while walking between the kitchen and workspace. You've convinced yourself that these handfuls are somehow a meal.

Your dining table is now a desk

Pocket notebooks, stray pens, iPhone charger cables, and business cards litter the area where you're supposed to be eating. There is also a cereal bowl encrusted with salad dressing or oatmeal. Whenever anyone comes over, all of your work stuff gets shuffled elsewhere. It doesn't move for weeks.

More: The Essential Guide to Dining Alone


Putting peanut butter on everything

Clif Bars! Apples! Stale bread! Crackers! A spoon! Your hand! There's no greater satiating commodity than peanut butter. The average American has eaten 1,500 PB&Js by the time they're 18, but there have yet to be any studies on the telecommuter's diet, as no scientist has been brave enough to explore their terrifying habitats.

Making a leftover medley

One slice of 2-day old frozen pizza, a small clump of pad Thai, 10 leaves of wilting spring mix, and a hard boiled egg does not make for a complete meal. It does make you depressed.

Forgetting about food until it's cold

That soup sure did sound like a good idea an hour ago when you put it in the microwave. Then you ran back to your computer to send emails during the 2 minutes it took to cook the damn thing and forgot all about it. Good thing you can just microwave it again!

There's still plenty more shameful habits you've picked up if you work from home, including cleanliness being a low priority, drinking coffee cold, and lunching alone, and it's all on!

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