Have you been feeling a little sluggish lately? Perhaps it seems harder to get up in the morning or to get the things on your to-do list done. Don’t chalk up your bad feeling to laziness just yet. You may be feeling this way because you are not fueling your body with the proper nutrients. To be more productive throughout the day, you have got to eat the right foods. Here are three quick tips to boost your productivity through what you eat:
Pump up the Protein:
Do you frequently feel sleepy at the office as soon as ten a.m. hits? It’s most likely due to a carb-loaded breakfast. Ditch the cereal and bagels and fuel your mornings with egg whites or Greek yogurt. If you have to have a carb in the morning, make it steel cut oatmeal with almond butter mixed in or with an egg on the side.Protein is a crucial dietary element to include in every aspect of your day, especially right before you go to bed. When we sleep, our blood sugar levels tend to dip. This can lead to a disturbed REM cycle and feeling groggy when your alarm goes off. You don’t need to eat a steak right before bed to fix this problem, though. Try something small, such as a tablespoon of peanut butter, a handful of almonds, or a hard-boiled egg.
Hydrate All Day:
Feeling fatigued? Chances are you are dehydrated. Many of us underestimate the power of water. Being well hydrated helps us feel more energetic and keeps our minds sharp. Don’t wait for thirst to come before you take your first sip. Instead, start with a glass of iced lemon water right when you wake up. Then sip continually from a BPA-free bottle throughout the day. Limit caffeine – from coffee, green or black tea, and soda. Caffeine can dehydrate the body.
If you are a parent, you can probably recall the days of feeding your new baby. Like a well-scheduled clock, babies cry in hunger every 2.5-4 hours. It is very rare for them to want to go more than 4 hours between meals except for bedtime. Even though we are adults, why do we think our bodies are any different? Adults would greatly benefit from having food every three to four hours while awake. Eating small and healthy meals frequently will keep the body’s blood sugar up and fight the midmorning or afternoon slump. Regular meals also help you to think quickly and work more efficiently.
Next time you are having a hard time tackling your to-do list, look at your diet. Is it full of junk food? Make a quick change by eating small frequent meals, drinking water regularly, and upping the protein and healthy fruits and veggies. You will be amazed at how much more work you will accomplish and how much better you feel.