“You are what you eat,” as the adage goes. But…there is truth to this! What you eat throughout the day directly affects your mood, energy levels, cognitive functions, creativity, and overall productivity. Here are a few ways to change up your diet to drive productivity during the workday.
Spread Out Your Meals
Rather than waiting around for your next big meal, spread your eating into smaller portions and snacks throughout the day. This will keep your productivity levels high (without those dreaded dips in energy). Look for nutritious, high-protein snacks like nuts, an apple with peanut butter, and yogurt.
Incorporate The Right Carbs
Carbohydrates have a bad rep, but they are important in ensuring that your blood sugar levels stay balanced. Carbs are also natural energy boosters that can give you the brainpower you need to be productive. However, be mindful that carbs have also been linked to negative impacts on your energy levels, so make sure you’re not overdoing it on sugary snacks and instead incorporate complex carbohydrates.
Eat Your Largest Meal in the Morning
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for a reason! Breakfast sets your energy level baseline, providing yourself a nice cushion you can build upon all day long. Beginning with your biggest meal ensures your snacks just need to maintain you, not set you up again.
Ditch the Caffeine
Although caffeine may give you a short-lived boost of energy – and may seem to improve your productivity in the short term – it could plummet your energy in the long run. Your body feels the effects of caffeine withdrawal, causing you to be even less productive as it wears off. When caffeine-free, you are more clear-headed and likely to work at more consistent peak levels.
Whether working from home or in the office, what you eat makes a big difference in your productivity. These tips can help you make the most of your day, regardless of what’s on the agenda.