Nutrition and Productivity
Posted by coachkimcollins on May 3, 2012
Poor nutrition is associated with low morale and decreased productivity in the workplace. Think about the last time you were starving… how productive were you?
Whether you are skipping meals or eating poorly, your nutritional choices have an impact on your health and productivity.
Studies show that when your blood sugar drops, your brain is less able to focus and control your impulses. So, when you have ADHD, eating right is even more important to help manage your symptoms.
1. Make sure to eat a brain-friendly diet:
- Fewer simple carbohydrates (candy , sugar, white flour)
- High in protein (beans, cheese, eggs, nuts)
- More complex carbohydrates (vegetables, oranges, apples, pears)
- More Omega-3 fatty acids (tuna, salmon, walnuts)
2. Remember to eat. Let’s face it – when you get caught in hyper-focus sometimes it’s easy to forget to eat. That’s why establishing certain times of day that you consistently stop what you are doing and eat, is a good idea. Set an alarm to remind you to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. In addition, make sure that you always carry a healthy snack with you so that you are never caught without an energy boost.
3. Make meals simple. Don’t make meals more complicated than they need to be. Make a list of the foods you and your family like and create a meal plan around them. It can be as simple as having chicken on Mondays, pasta on Tuesdays, fish on Wednesdays, and then adding a vegetable and a side. If you don’t to cook or are short on time, try using a food preparation service like Let’s Dish or Dream Dinners. You can have them prepare a month’s worth of meals for you to pick up and stick in your freezer. If you like to cook – focus on simple 3-ingredient meals during the week or prepare big batches over the weekend to eat throughout the week.