So many of us fail to eat properly because we’re too busy hustling and then refer to our favorite food app – working hard and trying to make things happen. You’ve got a to-do list as long as your arm and it’s not going to complete itself. So the quality and nutritious value of your food take a back seat; it just needs to be quick, and if you can eat it at your desk, even better.
But the problem is, we have it backwards: ensuring you eat healthy food isn’t a drain on time, healthy food is a precious resource. Eating clean, that is eating more fresh produce such as fresh meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and pulses, makes us more productive. It enables our bodies to do more so that, in turn, we can achieve more each day.
With that being said, here are four ways in which eating clean will improve your hustle by boosting your productivity.
The main way in which eating clean increases your productivity is by providing your body with more energy. This happens for several reasons:
The first is from increasing the amount of slow-releasing, complex carbs in your diet and decreasing the amount of fast-releasing, simple carbs. Processed foods contain large amounts of simple carbs, in the form of sugar, white flour (as found in white bread, pastry, cakes, etc).
Such carbs are easily broken down and converted into glucose, one of your body’s main sources of energy, giving you a sudden rush of energy. This is where the term ‘sugar rush’ comes from. This increase in energy is short-lived, however, as your body releases insulin into your bloodstream to mop up excess glucose and return your blood sugar levels to normal. This causes a sudden decrease in energy, also known as a ‘crash’, resulting in feelings of fatigue. And hunger.
Conversely, eating clean replaces processed food with whole grains, fruit, vegetables, nuts, and pulses, which break down slowly to give your body a steady supply of energy. There are no wild fluctuations between sugar highs and subsequent crashes, and you’ll be far more productive as a result.
The second reason for this increased energy is healthy unsaturated fats. These come from foods like fish, nuts, seeds, and healthy coconut and olive oils. These fats are not only a source of energy but also help to reduce inflammation throughout your body. Inflammation is stressful for your body and saps your energy as it constantly seeks to decrease it. By reducing inflammation, healthy fats decrease your body’s workload and leave you energy to do more do other things.
Thirdly, cleaner eating will provide your body with far more vitamins and minerals. The B vitamins, iron and magnesium are all involved in energy production and help better convert the food you consume into energy for your body.
As well as more energy, eating clean results in better concentration; you’ll be able to focus more on the task at hand and devote more of your mental resources to getting it done quickly.
The first reason for this is having fewer hunger pangs. Being hungry is distracting and all too often your mind is willing but your stomach is weak. Eating better food leads to you feeling fuller for longer. As detailed above, whole foods are broken down slowly by your body which keeps hunger at bay
Secondly, the increased healthy fats in your diet result in better brain function. Your brain is mainly comprised of fats and it needs them to function, particularly healthy unsaturated fats. Consuming more of them is shown to improve neuron connectivity, which causes your brain to work more efficiently.
Lastly, drinking more water, an important aspect of a clean diet, leads to better concentration and improved memory. Staying hydrated, by keeping track of how much water you drink, increases your mental clarity and helps your brain fire on all cylinders.
When you start to eat better, you’ll find you’re able to sleep better too. For a start, with fewer fluctuations in your blood sugar, you’re much less likely to annoyingly jolt awake at night and not be able to get back to sleep. Simply not having your sleep disturbed in this way will help you feel more rested in the morning and more eager to attack the day instead of your alarm clock.
Plus, remember those B vitamins I mentioned earlier? The ones that regulate energy production? Well, they also affect your levels of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep. By increasing your intake of those, namely through leafy green veg, you’ll improve your body’s natural ability to fall asleep.
And lastly, you’ll sleep more because you weigh less. A pleasant, inevitable consequence of eating clean is weight loss and carrying less fat means you’re way less likely to suffer from afflictions such as sleep apnea, insomnia, and general restlessness.
Fewer Days Off
Eating clean will not only make you work, think, and sleep better, you’ll feel much better too. With more wholesome food in your diet, your general sense of wellbeing will increase dramatically and you’ll need to take less time off.
For a start, all the vitamins and minerals in your diet will lead to a more robust immune system. Those B vitamins, alongside vitamins A, C, E, and minerals such as zinc and selenium make your body more resistant to viruses and diseases. As a result, you’ll be less likely to pick up every bug that goes around, and you’ll be able to rebound faster if you do pick something up.
What’s more, decreased inflammation means less stress on your body, and you’ll be at less risk of cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and many forms of cancer.
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