We all know that what we put in our bodies can impact our shape. But did you know that it can positively or negatively shape our performance and productivity habits?
This can work in several ways – food and beverages can give us a surge of energy when we need it, or it can cause the 3 pm energy slump. It can improve our feelings or wellness or cause us to become run down and off work sick, or worse long-term health conditions.
Here’s you food and drink affects your productivity and focus:
The harder you think the more glucose you need
The brain and sugar have a funny relationship. Our body needs glucose to function, and glucose is a form of sugar. Our brains need a constant supply of glucose, but when we’re concentrating or thinking, it needs a higher rate.
When our glucose levels are low, our brains can’t work correctly. Too much glucose can cause problems with memory or make you feel a bit distracted. So really it’s not about quick hits of sugar, it’s all about a steady and consistent level of it throughout the day.
Keeping fruits and nuts around as a snack to keep your energy up and help you achieve your optimal performance. Keeping fruit or nuts nearby as a snack will help keep your energy up and keep you out of the 3 pm slump.
Find a caffeine balance
How many cups of tea or coffee do you drink a day? Caffeine can have a positive impact on your productivity, gives you higher energy levels and makes you feel more alert. But the effects are only short term.
Consuming too much caffeine can make you feel jittery or anxious, making you a bit distracted. Have a caffeine allowance so that you don’t overindulge in caffeine. As it gets later in the day start to switch to decaf. YOu want to ensure that caffein doesn’t impact your sleep routine.
Keep the cranky at bay
Hunger can kill your productivity and irritable. When you have food on your mind, you get less done. If you are hungry, your glucose level will be low, and your brain needs glucose to work.
Eating foods that fill you, like protein and high in fibre foods, early in the day will keep hunger at bay and keep the cranky you away. Skipping breakfast will set you to fail. Eat something filling with protein and fibre in it to sustain you, like eggs on brown bread or whole-wheat toast.