Eating to Improve Focus at Work
The food we eat can have a huge impact on our ability to focus and get work done. Think about it – how gross you feel after caving and eating the fast food versus how you feel after eating your healthy packed lunch full of ‘brain food’. You’re more productive, focused and pleasant after the healthy lunch, aren’t you?
So, here are some quick and easy lunch ideas to keep you energized, happy, healthy and productive at work!
Leafy Greens– Full of antioxidants and carotenoids, leafy greens are a staple of any healthy lunch. Generally, the greener the leaf, the more health benefits!
Avacados– Full of healthy fat, fibre, and 20 different vitamins and minerals. They are incredibly versatile and can be a replacement for less healthy condiments. Add some dark chocolate and they make an excellent dessert!
Fatty Fish– Contains omega-3 fatty acids which aid memory, mental performance and behavioral function. The main sources of fatty fish are salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, pilchards and kipper.
Dark Chocolate– Speaking of dessert, dark chocolate contains a small amount of caffeine, which has been proven to heighten mental alertness. It also contains magnesium, which helps you de-stress, and stimulates the release of endorphins and serotonin, which make you feel good and heighten your mood.
Water– Hydration is very important. Every single function of your body depends on water, so it is critically important that you get enough of it.
Planning your meals ahead can be a pain, but the boost you’ll get to your focus and mood throughout the day is often worth the 15 extra minutes in the morning to make sure you fuel your body the right way.