I’m thinking of you whilst here in this warm Virginia weather, and I’m inspired to share my get-focused tip for September.
And this tip is all about what to fuel ourselves with to be focused.
This fuel – namely, the nutrients we eat – is powerful: The World Health Organization itself says that adequate nutrition can improve national productivity by 20%, which means that when we eat well, we can be more attentive and intentional in daily tasks and activities1.
The nutrients and especially the micronutrients in the foods we eat are considered either adequate or optimal, depending on their quality. So here’s a thought; would you want an ‘adequate’ brain surgeon, or an optimal one? And if that seems a little strong as an analogy; it’s worth asking ourselves how many bodies we get to live in, and if it’s worth taking adequate or optimal care of the one we do have?
Now that we know we can be more productive and focused based on the type of fuel we choose for our bodies, it’s also worth knowing it makes sense eat foods with slow-release of glucose and some healthy fats. Many of these optimal nutrient foods are common ones, and easily found.
An effective starting point is to routinely eat these foods:
- Presoaked nuts and seeds (in the form of milk, nut butter, or eaten straight)
- Fresh avocado
- Dark Chocolate (without added dairy, sugar and flavors)…not so much ‘routinely’ for this one; more that when we do savour some choc; to select this type!
Take away – When we have optimal nutrients (with low Glycemic Index (GI) ratings), we can experience greater focus and productivity.
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1Adnyana, Rachel. “The Productivity Diet: What You Eat Affects Your Productivity and Concentration.” Specific Feeds. 6 Nov. 2013. In this article, Adnyana quotes The World Health Organization estimation that “adequate nutrition could raise national productivity levels by 20%” and calls it “a figure too high to ignore”.
Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O, is a Lifestyle Consultant, with over 26 years experience in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified osteopath, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, speaker, health mentor and Health Brand Ambassador. She loves to globe-trot with her husband Chris (NZ, Australia, USA, UK + Europe and Indonesia are current favourites) relishing an outdoor lifestyle and time with family and friends.