Your food choices are making you sluggish at work, do this for more energy & focus

Your food choices are making you sluggish at work, do this for more energy & focus

Health & Lifestyle

ExecFuel Editorial Staff

ExecFuel Editorial Staff

15 Jun 2016, 10:33 — 5 min read

Motivational speaker and business philosopher, Jim Rohn said, “Your income directly relates to the value you bring to the market.”


You would love to increase your income, right? But, in order to do that you have to increase the value you bring to your company. This is where the energy bottleneck presents itself. You are driven to achieve more. You are ambitious and goal oriented. However, at the end of the day, you are left with an annoying feeling, “I could have done more.”


What if you could make the feeling go away and never come back? Think of the difference it would make to your professional and personal life if you had all the energy you needed and more. Life would be a blast. That life isn’t a pipe dream. The solution lies in making well-informed food choices.


A simple switch that jumpstarts your body

According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), your Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range (AMDR) for carbohydrates is 45 to 65 percent carbohydrates. Consequently, carbohydrates are a critical part of your diet.

But your choice of carbohydrates is critical.

The first move you must make is to substitute foods rich in simple sugars with foods rich in complex sugars. Simple sugars lead to unstable blood sugar levels, causing you to feel lethargic. On the contrary, complex sugars help you maintain a steady blood sugar level, making you feel energized throughout the day.


Cut out this energy depleting habit

It takes your brain 15 to 20 minutes, starting from your first bite, to receive the full range of satiety signals from your stomach. If you’re a fast eater, your stomach will get full much before your body realizes it. As a result, you overeat.

Since you are no stranger to the laziness that overeating induces, you must slow down and practice mindful eating, which means becoming sensitive to your satiety signals. A useful strategy is to split your meals into smaller portions, thereby preventing over consumption. Also, increase the frequency of your meals so that you don’t fall prey to hunger pangs.

Here are some amazing tips for mindful eating.


Doing this will elevate your energy from day one

Try to recall all the things you ate during the last few days. Did you include nuts, seeds, legumes, fruits, and vegetables in your diet? Once you begin eating smaller and more frequent meals, you can easily incorporate different varieties of food in your diet. For example fruits for the mid-day meal, nuts and seeds for the evening snack and vegetables for dinner. Getting your nutrients from different sources improves the quality of your intake. This will not only grant you amazing energy levels but also prevent weight gain and help weight loss.

An effective tool to negate power drain

Even mild dehydration affects your ability to perform at your peak. Unfortunately, people don’t follow a systematic hydration plan.

Firstly, don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water. Secondly, don’t gulp down a large quantity of water in one go. Instead, take a couple of sips every 20 minutes. Lastly, carry water with you wherever you go. You can even flavor your water to make it more palatable.


Start now

Food impacts men’s health and women’s health directly. Being wise about what you eat has a positive domino effect on every other aspect of your life. A sensible diet eliminates psychological and physiological energy vampires, freeing you to live a life of high productivity, success, and satisfaction.

Think of the gap between right eating and wrong eating as two points on a hill. Wrong eating is at the base and right eating at the peak. The journey from the base to the peak needs to be covered step by step. It isn’t a leap from one side of a chasm to another. So, keep one foot in front of the next and reclaim your power.


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