Do you have a food or beverage vice? For many, it’s a caffeine or sugar-related item. Makes sense, especially since a cookie or cup of coffee can boost your energy (and your productivity) temporarily. But most entrepreneurs need more than a temporary boost to get through their busy days. Long office hours and endless details to tackle can lead you down the path to nutritional purgatory and if you’re not well, neither is your small business.
Here are six tips on foods and drinks to help you maximize your productivity and focus:
1. Spice Up Your Life
The right combination of spices can boost your metabolism and aid in digestion. Think about adding pepper spices (and real peppers) to your meals. Cinnamon has shown to have a positive effect on blood sugar, as well. Mix up a batch of this spice blend (try grinding them yourself for max effect) and add to soups, veggies and grains:
Spice & Herb Blend:
- Ground cinnamon
- Dried kelp
- Garlic powder
- Ground mustard seed
- Red chili pepper
- Ground cumin seed
2. You Can Still Get Your Chocolate Fix
Just make sure it’s dark chocolate and you eat it in moderation. The darker the chocolate, the less sugar and more energy boosting advantages it has.
3. It’s All About the Protein
No, we’re not talking about eating a steak. Before you head to the office, pack small baggies of raw almonds and containers of plain Greek yogurt to give you sustained energy throughout the day. Other foods high in protein include tofu, egg whites, pumpkin seeds, edamame. Premade protein drinks are usually high in calories, so if you’re going to do shakes, it’s better to buy the powder and make your own.
4. Feed Your Brain
If you’re looking to boost your brain power, there are certain foods and drinks that have been shown to help with stimulating blood flow to your brain and fire up brain cells. Blueberries, green tea, avocados and leafy vegetables all have excellent antioxidants and encourage the brain to do more.
5. Superfoods? How Super Are Superfoods?
Pretty super, it turns out as long as you use common sense about how much you use and take. Superfoods are really just foods richer in vitamins, minerals, nutrients, electrolytes and phytonutrients. Top superfoods we haven’t mentioned yet include flax seeds, spirulina, goji berries and hemp seeds.
6. Water, Water Everywhere
While you may not need eight glasses of water a day, you do need to match your water intake to your water output. If you do strenuous exercise, you may need more, especially in hot weather. Water helps maintain your body’s fluid balance and that means digestion, circulation and the transportation of nutrients to name a few.
All of these tips can help you sustain and even recharge your energy levels, so that you can be more productive and focused throughout your long work days. Also, keep in mind that exercise and a good night's sleep also play a huge role in your overall health and productivity, so don't just rely on eating healthy.
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