It’s so simple. If you want to start — and end — your day on the right foot, watch what you put in your mouth.
We’re all busy, and the temptation to hit the drive-thru or grab a prepackaged meal is almost overpowering. But if you make a few simple tweaks to your eating habits, you’ll have so much more energy throughout the day, and energy leads to productivity.
Vitamin C: Shortly after you wake up, give your body this crucial nutrient. Try dissolving the juice of half a lemon in a glass of warm water. This has been proven to flush toxins, aid digestion, boost metabolism, and give you more energy than a cup of coffee!
Bananas: It’s considered the perfect food for a reason. A banana is loaded with fiber and antioxidants, and it can help regulate blood sugar, support heart and kidney health, and even aid in weight loss — no magic pill or crash diet required!
Carrots: Try snacking on these and other low glycemic foods such as yogurt, almonds, and soybeans. They take a long time to break down in your stomach, allowing them to provide steady energy to the brain and help you feel full for longer.
Dark chocolate: Go ahead and have a piece! But remember — the darker, the better. Dark chocolate is crammed with antioxidants and is known to lower blood pressure. Plus, it releases endorphins, which make you happy!
Don’t eat these:
Cereal: It’s no longer the best way to start the day. Most popular cereals are high in glucose, which gives us a burst of energy that ends in a crash and slump.
Tryptophan: The myth that Thanksgiving turkey puts us to sleep holds true for other foods too. When eaten on an empty stomach, these foods — dairy, eggs, spinach, mushrooms, and chia seeds among them — can cause drowsiness.
Caffeine: Crashes exist! Too much coffee or any other caffeine-rich food creates stimulation, which is followed by a crash as it leaves the body, resulting in less energy and sometimes even sadness.
Be sure to:
Make a plan: If you decide what to eat ahead of time, you’ll be less inclined to veer off the course, so schedule your meals in advance.
Leave your desk: Rather than join the ranks of sad desk lunch, take a midday walk with a coworker. Going for a stroll and having a chat will both improve your mood and make you more productive when you return.
Drink water: If it’s been said once, it’s been said a thousand times. Stay hydrated all day — drinking lots of water can relieve fatigue, treat headaches, flush out toxins, and help with weight loss.