How to eat for maximum productivity

May 21, 2015

Hello from London Piccadilly!

I’m sat in a cute little cafe on Piccadilly Circus watching Londoners and all the tourists busying around, going into and out of shops, smiling, some not so smiling, whilst the sun is shining down. I’ve got that Friday feeling but I’m one day early!

I’ve just finished giving a health talk called ‘Eating your way to the top’ to a lovely media agency just off Piccadilly and the feedback from all the employees was so great that I thought I’d share with you some of the top 3 learnings, incase you too wanted to know which foods to eat to increase your productivity and energy at work. Do you get that mid-afternoon dip or do you struggle to keep that concentration up, especially in the mornings without a strong coffee?

1). GET SOME PROTEIN WITH BREAKFAST

It’ll keep your energy levels more sustained and prevent that mid-morning energy lull which often leads to a biscuit or two. It’ll also supply your body with key amino acids to make up much needed neurotransmitters in your body to fuel thoughts, keep you nicely motivated, alert, happy and generally on the ball!

Not many people know that these neurotransmitters are made up of the building black of proteins so there we go, another reason why protein is so key!

Great options for brekki ideas which I normally have, as they’re so quick to prepare are:
* Eggs and salmon, with spinach
* Protein smoothie with greens (usually spinach, cucumber, half a frozen banana, cinnamon, nut milk and a scoop of protein)
* Frittata (I make this in a big batch and have it throughout the week)
* Mackerel and avocado (odd I know, but it’s yum)
* Chia pudding

2). GET OUT OF THAT SUGAR TRAP 

Sugar is so so soooo addictive, it’s also highly toxic for your brain and all your organs and causes spikes in hormones you don’t want spiking. If you have a middle tyre round your waist which you are looking to get rid of, then this tip is especially relevant as sugar promotes fat deposition round the middle part of your waist.

Once you’re in the sugar trap, it can require a little willpower to get out of it, but your taste buds renew every 21 days so after a few weeks it DOES get easier, I promise! There are obvious sugars in things like biscuits, sugar-filled drinks etc. but there are also so many hidden sugars, so get checking those food labels or better still, go for foods which don’t have a barcode altogether i.e. fruits, veggies, meats and fish. This cuts out the detective work and makes life so much more simple!

3). FEED YOUR BRAIN

So your brain is made up of around 60% fats, so if you want a functioning noggin, dose up on your fats throughout the day and dress your salads with good quality extra virgin olive oil and enjoy eggs, salmon, sunfllowed seeds and coconuts guilt free! Avocados for a snack are also brilliant.

I hope that have given you some food for (productive) thoughts.

What is your favourite tip?

All the healthy best,

Jess x

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Hi, I’m Jess! Nutritional Therapist  & Personal Trainer, sharing workouts & nutrition made simple from my island home in Menorca. My mission? To educate & inspire people to achieve & sustain their personal health & body shape goals. I love to hike, cook, and bring inspiring people together.

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