Eat Well, Work Well: The Connection Between Nutrition and Productivity
We’ve all heard the phrase “you are what you eat.” But did you know that proper nutrition can help you be more productive in life? The food you put into your body has a direct effect on your energy levels, focus, and overall productivity. I truly believe you can eat your way to more productivity.
You guys know I like education and knowledge (because it’s power), so let’s start with some facts.
Research has long suggested that diet plays an important role in overall productivity. That’s because when we consume foods that are packed with nutrition, our bodies get the energy they need to stay energized throughout the day. If we don’t provide our bodies with the nourishment they need, it can lead to fatigue and impair our ability to think clearly and concentrate on tasks.
To help with your productivity, eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins are all great choices as they contain vitamins and minerals that are essential for proper bodily function. Additionally, making sure you’re getting enough food by eating a balanced snack between your main meals helps ensure that your body is getting a steady stream of nutrients throughout the day. This will help keep your energy levels up, which will in turn make it easier for you to focus on tasks at hand.
It’s also important to watch out for certain foods that could be having an adverse effect on your productivity. Foods high in sugar or carbohydrates may give us an initial boost of energy but can cause us to crash shortly after eating them. Additionally, processed foods tend to be low in nutrients and often contain unhealthy ingredients like trans fats or preservatives which can make it harder for our bodies to absorb essential vitamins and minerals. You also may digest some foods better than others and this all depends on each individual. You have to find what works for you and the best way to do this is experiment and to notice how you feel. For a long time, I couldn’t eat almonds because they made me bloated. When I realized that bloat was leading to fatigue, I switched to a nut mix that didn’t have almonds (turns out, that was hard to find by the way). When you pay attention to how the food you eat makes you feel, you will be so much more productive because you will be more comfortable!
If you want to start eating better but don’t know where to begin, there are plenty of resources available online or through registered dietitians that can help guide you in the right direction. I love our fit-flavors nutrition blog. We also have a whole website page dedicated to nutrition counseling resources. We also just opened up our fit-flavors community app (iOS and Android, search “fit-flavors”) where you can tap into our network of resources for all the things to help you build a healthy lifestyle.
If you have a goal to get more shit done this year, start with your nutrition. I promise it will result in more productivity!!
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