It’s fairly common sense that if we eat low quality foods, our performance and productivity will be hindered. However, do you know why? And do you know an actual solution to this problem?
See, I believe that awareness isn’t the issue here. We’re all aware of the facts I stated above, but it doesn’t stop people quickly grabbing a fast-food meal at lunchtime because:
A) It’s cheap
B) It’s fast (d’uh!)
But, in saving those extra 10 minutes, what have we “lost” in productivity for the rest of the day? In my mind, taking a little more care and time over what I eat throughout the day is far more productive time wise AND for the results I achieve than a quick fix.
Everything we eat is turned into glucose, which stimulates the body and brain to function properly. However, certain foods release their glucose quickly, whereas others slowly. For example, pasta, bread, cereal and fizzy drinks release glucose quickly, giving us a boost in energy, but then shortly after leave us feeling lethargic.
Foods high in fat such as burgers, fries, chicken etc, release their glucose slower, giving us a more sustainable amount of energy, but they also leave us feeling unfocused and “off our game”.
Again, knowing the above still doesn’t really solve anything. It’s more awareness based information. Don’t get me wrong that awareness and information is vital for creating a better diet that enhances your productivity levels, BUT, it won’t solve the issue by itself.
Your Eating Habits
Most of us have got into “eating habits”. When I say eating habits I don’t mean snacking or anything negative, it’s literally the daily routine we use to eat food.
Let me give you a few examples of common eating habits, however, I will aim these more towards the “negative” side of things, so be warned:
- A parent who finds themselves constantly rushing around with chores on their hands, never finding any time. They eat “as and when” they can, and it’s usually something quick like “toast”. They don’t really eat their “three meals per day” as is the norm, and what they do eat isn’t that nutritious.
- A gym enthusiast, who eats multiple meals per day, usually more than the typical “three” we just spoke about. They find themselves struggling to eat everything in their “diet plan”, and this often leaves them feeling overwhelmed and “clogged up”… yuck…
- An office worker, who has an hour break at lunch, but they’re relatively busy with work most of the time, and find themselves working through breaks. They tend to graze on sweets, eating fast-food at lunch and quick fixes for breakfast such as “biscuit bars”.
The above three examples are not what I’d call healthy eating habits. The foods that are consumed in examples 1 and 3 are not nutritious, and will have a negative impact on the performance and productivity of those individuals.
Number 2 on the other hand may eat some healthy meals, but there’s just too many of them…
Science and studies show that in order to remain productive and healthy, we mustn’t led our blood sugar levels spike and drop rapidly throughout our day. For example, looking at scenario number 1 above shows a parent who’s blood sugar levels are low most of the time, but then they “spike” when she shoves 2-4 slices of toast down her throat when she finds the time…
It’s better to do the exact opposite, and include healthier options. To remain productive, and induce productivity into our routines, we need to eat nutritious options, over the course of the day. Better to “graze” and keep our blood sugar levels healthy, than to let them drop and feel starving.
When we feel ravenous, we often get lazy with our food choices, and think of consuming something high in fat, as that’s what we “need”. However, if you take the time to maintain a steady flow of glucose around the body, you won’t make those bad decisions.
Also, if you’re thinking, “but if I’m grazing throughout the day, won’t that make me unhealthy too?” Good question, and the answer is NO. Not if you graze on healthy options. If you grazed on milk chocolate and crisps all day then yes it would be unhealthy.
Options such as almonds, salads, fruits and vegetables are all healthy choices…
Now that you know what type of food to eat, and how to program your daily routines to include healthy eating habits, it’s time to talk about food accessibility.
I believe this is the real “game-changer” when it comes to changing your diet to become more productive. You need those healthy options to be present with you, so that you can keep your blood sugar levels steady.
Carry your foods with you, stock them at work, or anywhere else you find yourself regularly. Prepare food in advance, have it around your computer when at the office (if applicable).
Leave no room for error. If you don’t have those healthy options easily available to you, the likelihood of you sticking to them will be much smaller.
Remember, awareness and information are NOT the issue here. I believe success with this concept comes from having those healthy options near to you at all times, so that you can “graze” on them and maintain a good flow of glucose around the body at all times, without hindering your health!
Wrapping things up…
SO, I’ve now armed you with a great understanding of how you can become more productive through changing your eating habits and diet. It's obvious that your diet affects your productivity, and knowing that or the solution alone will NOT likely create a transformation.
BUT, through using my “food accessibility” technique, you should be able to battle out those unhealthy eating habits, and replace them with something more beneficial.
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