Do you ever feel like you’re dragging yourself around all day, wishing you just had a little more energy to get things done and keep going? Do you find yourself struggling to focus and concentrate when you need? When you are feeling lethargic, distracted, and unfocused, it undermines how you manage your time greatly, and therefore, the results you get.

Did you know that your brain needs double the amount of energy compared to your other cells? If you want to increase your productivity, you need to fuel your brain and eat the right foods to get more done with less effort. Here are some simple yet effective ways to help you manage your time more effectively and increase your productivity by eating differently.

Do you want more……

1. Energy

Do yourself the biggest favor and start your day out with low glycemic foods for breakfast. Every food you eat has a    different glycemic level and the lower the better because this means you are releasing energy steadily to get you through  the day. Avoid foods with high glycemic levels as these create a spike in your blood sugar level at first, but then drops even further below to what you had before.

Bran or oatmeal for breakfast is the way to go if you want more energy naturally throughout the day.
Here are some great ideas to get you started.


2. Memory

Did you know that drinking water increases your productivity by 14 percent?  It not only helps you to perform and think easier, but it also helps increase short term memory. It is so important to keep your brain fueled and nothing does this better than water! If you are only 1% dehydrated, you will experience a drop in memory and attention.  So keep your bottle close to you and drink water throughout the day.

3. Better cognitive control

Go green! There are numerous benefits to going green and even more for your productivity! Because dark leafy greens are full of minerals, vitamins, and phytonutrients which help with cognitive decline. Cook your leafy greens to get the most iron out it. The more iron, the more oxygen is carried to the brain and there better cognitive control. Cooked spinach or even salads with kale and chard, egg and avocados, all help with improved cognitive control too.

4. Focus

One of the best ways to improve your productivity is to stay focused on the task at hand! Most people complain about not having enough time when you can actually gain hours a day by being more focused on what you are doing. Eating some of the right foods not only provide various health benefits, but also help you to concentrate.

Snack on almonds, drink green tea, and if you have a sweet tooth, eat dark chocolate.  Include more salmon, avocado, yoghurt and blueberries in your diet.

5. Sharper and Smarter.

Do you want to be able to do things quicker, think faster, and sharper? How much more would you get done? Eggplant, or aubergine, enhances communication between your brain cells. If you are a coffee drinker, you will be happy to know that drinking coffee makes you smarter! Coffee releases neurotransmitters like norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine.



Start looking at the foods you eat and how much water you are drinking and see if there are any improvements you can make to help you focus more, to have more energy, and to get things done faster and easier.  Think of your body as a car – you cannot keep driving your car and wanting it to perform at its optimal if you are fueling it with junk. What you put in – you get out.

Eating right is another productivity habit you should have, you will have more energy throughout the day as well and be in better mood because you feel better and you are getting more done! What changes can you make to your diet to help you feel and be more productive throughout the day?



To your Success

Kirstin ODonovan



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