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FOOD & FITNESS / AUG. 28, 2013
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How to Boost Your Productivity With a Good Breakfast

We all know the dangers of skipping breakfast: it causes mood swings, gives you hunger pains, and can make you put on weight. For those missing breakfast in a bid to lose weight, you are not only putting your heath in danger, but you’re not doing yourself any favours with weight loss either! Snapping at co-workers because of your hunger pains and having your mind wander off the job will cause more issues for you in the workplace that you might think, which is why eating breakfast is so important.

Food is brain power

Just like any other organ in your body, your brain needs food to function properly. If you regularly eat sugary and salty foods that are high in fat, you are effectively clogging your brain and making it much harder for it to function. Unfortunately, your diet does affect your mood, concentration, and energy levels. This means that feasting on chocolate all day, or eating a MacDonald’s burger several times a week will not only damage your health, but it will cause your work to suffer. Whilst eating breakfast is important, you need to ensure your diet is well balanced and healthy.

Why skipping breakfast can affect your job

Starting the day on an empty stomach will affect your concentration levels, energy and productivity – this is a scientific fact. According to research by WHO (World Health Organisation), eating nutritious food can raise productivity levels by a staggering 20%. Knowing this, it seems foolish to start your day off without a good hearty breakfast in your stomach.

Opting for a ‘quick fix’ such as a donut, chocolate bar or sugary drink will undoubtedly give you an energy boost, but with such a rapid release of glucose into your body, your initial alertness will wear off in a matter of 30 minutes. You need to eat foods that release glucose at a much slower rate to keep you full for longer. Cereals such as Weetabix and oats are perfect examples of slow energy releasing foods.

If you continually start your day off in a bad mood, with a lack of concentration on your job, you will soon come under the radar of management. First thing in the morning is when most people are at their best: full of energy and productive. If you turn up for work looking tired and unfocused, it will soon because obvious to everyone around you.

Eat your way to productivity

Look out for low glycemic index foods. These slowly release glucose and give you an energy boost for much longer than high glycemic index foods. For those who can’t handle eating a big breakfast in the morning, you can try vegetable or fruit smoothies full of vitamins and antioxidants to keep hunger at bay and keep you energetic throughout the morning.

Don’t restrict yourself to 3 meals per day either. You will maintain a better balance of concentration, energy and productivity if you allow yourself to eat 5 small meals throughout the day. If that’s too much for you, you can always take some healthy snacks to work to keep you satisfied. Some healthy options include: nuts, seeds and dark chocolate.

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