How food affects your productivity

Food, like anything else, has its own way of affecting how productive we are. Food is considered fuel and fuel is essential for the body to keep running effectively. But how much impact does it have on our productivity? Well as it turns out, it has a big impact.

Think back to a day that you felt really productive, can you recall what you had eaten just some moments before? If you are like me, then the answer is unlikely. This is because you multitask as you eat; you either are on your phone, on your computer or doing something else while you eat. This multitasking tends to take your attention off the food you eat and sometimes the quantity but the effects of this hit you later in the day.

I want you to think about a particular week where you had an up and down kind of workday. One day was very productive while the other wasn’t as productive. You would be surprised to know that the difference in these days may just be the kind of food you ate before work and the quantity. You’ve probably heard of the saying we are what we eat, this means that everything we eat affects the way our bodies function and perform. When you eat a healthy meal, your body has enough nutrients to give it energy for the day. With an unhealthy meal, however, the body doesn’t get enough of the nutrients required leading low productivity.

But why is there such a difference? Well, it all comes down to how glucose is processed in your body. For example, a piece of cake may give you the glucose you need to be productive, but since it’s made up of nothing but sugars and carbs, you burn through it quickly and need another glucose fix to stay productive through the day. But with a meal like brown rice or oatmeal, the body takes longer to process the sugars giving you longer lasting energy without the crash that you experience when you use quick sugars.

Energy levels, however, aren’t the only thing affected when you don’t eat right. You may find yourself being more irritable when you consume processed foods. Overtime, bad eating habits may increase the risk of anxiety and depression. Anxiety and depression make it hard to concentrate at work and in some severe cases; they may make it difficult for you to get out of bed in the morning. What we eat also affects our creativity so next time you can’t find some inspiration, check if you’ve had a decent meal, it may be the problem.

So with this in mind, how do we improve our eating habits to ensure more productivity during the day? Eat a healthy breakfast. Start your day with a good meal to keep you active through the day… or at least until lunch. Don’t be tempted to grab a piece of cake as this will work against you more than for you. Instead grab a fruit, an egg or drink some milk.

Avoid skipping meals. Some days may be busier than others and one may opt to skip a meal to get more done in the office. This may work for the moment, but could mess you up later by lowering your energy and overall productivity. Make eating decisions before you get hungry. Instead 0f waiting till the last possible moment to decide on what to have for lunch, plan it earlier in the day. Studies have shown we are better at resisting salts and fats in the future than in the present. This means that it will be easier for you to resist the urge to eat something unhealthy early in the day than when you are hungry.

Be mindful of what you eat. This goes back to the point I made in the beginning. Try as much as possible not to multitask as you eat. This will help you know when you are full so that you don’t over eat and end up sleeping through the afternoon. Another great tip is eating smaller frequent meals. Rather than eating three meals a day, try to eat something small frequently throughout the day. It may not be ideal for most work settings but if you can make it work, it is a great idea.

I hope this helps you change your eating habits and has helped you figure out how to make your day more productive.  Incorporate these tips in your day and become more productive.

Thank you for stopping by and have great day ahead :).

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