Eat to Nourish Your Brain (at Work)

No matter how hard we try to convince ourselves otherwise, eating a bag of chips at our desk does not count as lunch. Unfortunately, professionals often find themselves struggling with a heavy workload, and lunchtime can be the first thing to go. As a culture, we need to stop seeing a solid, well-balanced lunch as a luxury, and see it as more of a necessity. After all, food has a direct impact on our cognitive function, and eating the wrong meal—or failing to eat at all—can derail our work performance. So what can we do?

Plan Your Lunches

Plan for a lunch that will actually recharge you during your workday. Salads, wraps, and sandwiches are simple main courses, and you can supplement with small, nourishing snacks such as fruit, nuts and vegetables. Try planning out your lunches for the week (and doing the shopping) on Sunday, so you’re not scrambling the morning-of for something to bring to work.

Eat the Right Foods

Research has shown that certain foods can actually improve your cognitive function, so if you find that you feel a little foggy as the day goes on or even want a nap, try to work a few of these food items into your daily lunch. Brain-friendly foods include:

• Wild Salmon
• Blueberries
• Nuts and Seeds
• Avocadoes
• Whole Grains
• Beans
• Pomegranate Juice
• Freshly Brewed Tea
• Dark Chocolate

Salmon and nuts can easily be added to a salad for a delicious, healthy lunch, while blueberries, dark chocolate (in small amounts), and guacamole can be enjoyed as a light snack at your desk.

Eat the Right Portions

It can be difficult to strike a balance when it comes to your lunch portions. It’s important not to overeat, but it’s just as important that you get the right number of calories to fuel you throughout the day. Read a nutrition guide, and instead of guessing, be sure to measure each portion of your lunch. This will not only help you avoid overeating, but it will ensure that you’re eating the correct amount of protein, vegetables, and other foods on a daily basis.

If you aren’t getting enough calories—or you’re eating the wrong calories—your work performance can suffer. Help your brain keep up with your busy schedule by eating healthy, nourishing foods, and you’ll see your productivity and overall health improve.

What foods fuel your brain at lunch? We want to know.

Mind Body Career Balance

While so much has changed in two years, this hasn’t. In 2012 Forbes published this insightful article about working out. We believe it still rings true today and make exercise a central part of our lifestyles. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jennifercohen/2012/05/08/6-ways-exercise-makes-you-smarter/

Nutrition matters

Today millennials need to be more focused on every aspect of their life than ever.  On this day when the Federal Government is shutdown, we need to really make sure that we are completely balanced so we can have the strength to get to the next level.  It’s tougher and harder than ever before so we need to use all the tools available.  The tool I am personally focused on today is my toughest challenge – nutrition.  Seek tools and tips to get you in the right nutritional place.  Your Mom always told you to have a solid breakfast.  And guess what, she wasn’t lying.

Is enough sleep the new black?

With iPads, iphones, kindles, google, internet and every other info-tech distraction out there are our millennials getting enough sleep.  We all know how it feels to try and hit it hard when we don’t have enough sleep.  We are tired, dragging and not on our game.  If life and success and having it all are about what you bring to the table… you need enough sleep.   Millennials get your rest.  Don’t you remember when your ancient Gen-X parents were telling you to get enough rest for the next day.  Well that is probably one of the best lessons you can learn from them.  If you are not well rested and ready to go, well then you are average.  Who wants to be average?  I know you do not, you have things to do, records to break and ideas to contribute to change the world.  Average is not the new black, but dynamic, smart, authentic, aware and on it are the new black.  So get enough friggin sleep and turn off the iphone when you’re in bed.