Productivity killers are masters of the sneak attack and come in all shapes and sizes. From your cell phone, to getting stuck in an Internet vortex to that pesky co-worker that can’t seem to take a hint, they’re all sure to bring your momentum down to a screeching halt. But did you know that one of the biggest productivity killers of all is the food you’re eating? It’s true! You really are as productive as what you eat.
Think back on your most productive day you had last week. Did you show up to work ready to seize the day and dominated every project, email and phone call? Those are seriously the best days ever. Now ask yourself: what did you eat?
Chances are, it wasn’t a greasy burger and French fries with a heavy shake on the side. Meals like that will leave you feeling sluggish and ready for a nap and hardly ready to keep attacking the day with full force!
Our brains consume 20 percent of all the calories we eat or drink in a day. Which means the quality of what we eat has a direct impact on how productive we feel—and are! Keep on optimizing your workspace and stay inspired with some killer productivity quotes, but don’t forget to optimize your meals and snacks, too!
Don’t Eat These 4 Productivity Killers
Red meat has a high fat content which could leave you feeling drowsy. That’s because fat takes a lot of energy to break down and need a more elaborate process than other nutrients. Your body’s energy focuses on the source of digestion which leaves you feeling zapped.
Here’s the problem with nuts—they’re easy to overeat, which, in turn, can leave you hitting that mid-afternoon slump big time. Nuts are high in fat and can be taxing on your digestion and may even boost hormones that contribute to sleepiness.
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If you want to go bananas on that project due before 5, maybe skip the banana for an afternoon snack. They have high levels of potassium and magnesium which make your muscles and nervous system relax.
Who knew popping some cherries could leave you yawning? Cherries are a natural source of melatonin and are actually a great option for insomnia and improving the quality of sleep. But sleep and work don’t go hand-in-hand so leave these delicious fruits for a nighttime snack.
Keep these foods on your do-not eat list the next time you’re wanting to set your productivity into overdrive:
- White bread
- Processed foods
According to Fast Company, there are rules to follow when eating at the workplace and we couldn’t agree more! Here are 11 Distractingly Stinky, Productive-Killing Lunches to Never Bring to the Office.
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References: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/food/tiring-foods, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/6-surprising-foods-that-make-you-tired_us_55b0f6bce4b0a9b94853c8a1, http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/diet-nutrition/g796/sleep-inducing-foods/?slide=2, http://www.prevention.com/food/8-foods-making-you-exhausted/slide/2