How our minds and bodies feel is an important factor in how productive we can be at work (and in life). If you put the wrong fuel in your car, it will have less power, less acceleration, and you’ll damage the engine. Fueling humans is a bit more complicated than fueling cars, but the same principles apply.
Below is a great infographic from HubSpot on eating better.
Here are some simple rules I’ve found make me more energetic and productive:
- Have a glass of water first thing in the morning. A lot of the feeling of fatigue is just dehydration.
- No simple carbs (pancakes, waffles, cereal, bread, pasta, rice) for breakfast or lunch. I’m not 100% religious about this but I notice a huge change in my energy levels. I’m not struggling to keep my eyes open a few hours after lunch, begging for another cup of coffee.
- Have healthy, yummy, craveable snacks available, so you don’t reach for processed foods. (I have a giant jar of unsalted mixed nuts from Costco. Add in a few raisins if you like.)
- Avoid processed foods. We all know this, but it’s hard, especially on the go or when you’re trying to juggle work, family, etc. So we started making batches of food on Sunday, so we’d have healthy, craveable food for the week that we can heat up quickly.