Eating For Productivity – Ep. 141

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Today, the 22nd, as I record this, is my birthday. Along with birthdays comes…  birthday … cake.

Wow, I can NOT focus after that piece of birthday cake. 

I’m telling you, I’m distracted and unable to finish what I’ve started. It’s a struggle to do the outline for this show. 

Let’s talk about why this happens and what we can do to not only avoid it, but reverse the scenario, and it doesn’t just come from cake. 

Glucose is Our Fuel

Glucose is what most of our food turns into and it’s what we need for energy.  Without it, we crash and burn. We have zero energy.

Research indicates the optimum level of glucose in our blood stream is 25 grams.  That’s about what you’ll get from one banana but keep in mind, that glucose is consumed over time. So you have to work at keeping your levels balanced.

Too high and you suffer, too low and you suffer.

You can do that by regulating your intake through grazing or by eating foods that are low on the Glycemic Index, which means they release glucose more slowly… 

Amino Acids

Tyrosine is an amino acid that makes you feel energized and alert. It is one of the ones that can cross the blood-brain barrier. 

Tryptophan is another one, which has a calming effect.

Foods that are high in Tyrosine and are Low GI foods:

  • Seaweed
  • Salmon
  • Turkey
  • Egg Whites
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Shrimp / Crab / Lobster
  • Pork
  • Mustard Greens
  • Fish, Tuna
  • Spinach
  • Pumpkin Seeds

High Glycemic foods (AVOID):

  • White Breads
  • Corn Flakes, Puffed Rice
  • White Rice
  • Pretzels
  • Popcorn
  • Potatoes
  • Mac & Cheese

Think about what most kids are eating today in the West.  Is it any wonder we think they all have ADHD?

I would love to know if you have a snack you enjoy which doesn’t cause you to crash and burn in the afternoons.

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A formerly frustrated entrepreneur who has learned how to go from dreamer to doer to done. I help you discover your purpose, explore your psyche, maximise your productivity, and grow your platform so you can bring your unique gift to the world and live the life you deserve.