It isn’t a new concept that food fuels both our lifestyle and our brains. In fact, on my podcast show, every single successful entrepreneur I have interviewed can trace back to that point when they fixed their relationship with food first. From that point every other success that followed was a snowball effect.
The food you eat is vital to you functioning and performing at your peak. Here are some reminders about what and how you should be eating:
- Food high in nutrients. Eating energy dense and nutrient low meals like fast and processed foods make you feel hungry quicker and don’t give you long lasting energy.
- Your food should not make you feel uncomfortable or lethargic at any time of the day. If this happens to you, you need to re-evaluate what you ate.
- Eat without distraction. Avoid eating in front of the television or computer. Despite what you think; you aren’t being productive. Pay attention to the food, think of it as daily meditation, 3 times a day.
- Make sure that the food you eat is not beige in colour. Beige food is processed food and not natural. The more colourful your plate, the better it is going to be for you.
- Drink lots of water through your day. I believe that a high performing individual should consume at least 3-5 liters of water through their day.
To achieve the above, here are my top 5 tips:
- Use the weekend to plan your week ahead. Pick 3-4 main ingredients like chicken, mushroom and salmon. Center your week around these ingredients by looking up recipes that are quick and easy to prepare. Google is your friend.
- Technology is your friend. Yummly and Taste.com.au will provide you enough resources to make your next meal an absolute treat. You can also use your phone to access these apps.
- Break your recipes down into preparation items that you can do ahead of time, like the weekend or when you’re waiting for something to cook. These can be actions like preparing a salad dressing, marinating some chicken or chopping up some veggies. If you have leftover chicken, dressing and chopped veggies in the fridge, it will take you under a minute to make a tasty salad.
- Use a slow cooker to make a big batch of stews and soups. Switch it on in the morning and let it work for you through the day. Store the leftovers in takeaway containers in the freezer. Always have backups for those days when motivation is low and you are about to do something stupid.
- Drink Water. When you have missed meals and are really hungry after having worked for a long time, drink the largest glass of water you can find. Then decide on what you are going to eat. This is my ultimate top-tip.