“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” — Virginia Woolf
It’s Day 3 of the Mental Focus Challenge! How do you feel now that you’re well-rested? Do you find it’s easier to focus? Take note of this in your Evernote app.
This challenge is all about changing certain aspects of your routine to enhance your focus throughout the day. Today, we’re talking about one key thing you may have to alter to reach maximum focus — your diet.
The food you eat can impact your ability to focus. Food provides your brain with fuel in the form of glucose. The longer it takes for your body to break down this glucose, the more focused you will be. This is why sugary snacks and food with high fat give you a short burst of energy before you crash. The glucose breaks down quickly and leaves your brain with an empty fuel tank.
Here are some tips for staying productive by eating throughout the day:
- Snack throughout the day.
- Plan your meals ahead of time so you don’t reach for the quickest, easiest option.
- Choose generally healthier foods.
Challenge of the Day: Adjust Your Diet
Today’s challenge is to shift your food intake toward healthier options. Make sure you avoid sugary foods, carbs and excessive amounts of caffeine. Here are some options to keep in mind:
Remember to plan for healthier meals, snack throughout the day, and don’t reach for sugary options.
The first step towards eating healthier is to track your diet. MyFitnessPal is an app with a large database of foods and their nutritional information. Use this app to track what you’re eating throughout the day. You can analyze what you ate and adjust your diet accordingly.