I am not sure where the advice to eat “three meals per day” comes from, but it’s existed for as long as most of us remember. Indeed we need regular food for energy. Breakfast is often said to be “the most important meal of the day” because, supposedly, it fuels us after an extended overnight fast and sets us up for what’s to come.
Hunger, we know, can do strange things to the brain. Even if it does not lead to the ogre in you making an unwelcome appearance, it’s very likely to get you thinking about food. The problem is, it’s harder to concentrate on your work when your mind keeps being dragged to the interior of the local sandwich shop as you fantasize about the damage you’re going to do later. While we can try to put thoughts about food out of our minds, getting hungry is usually distracting.
The cure? Don’t allow yourself to get into this state if you can possibly help it .During the day, we use often our willpower muscle to achieve our targets (either in work or personal life, such as dieting, alcohol).
However, willpower should be something that you should be able to rely on in times of need. You can use it, to maintain your focus on a piece of work when faced with a tight deadline, or to keep your lip buttoned when part of you would like to tell a client where they can shove their unreasonable and ridiculous requests. Depleted will can impact negatively on all sorts of behaviours including attentiveness, emotional control and our ability to cope with stress, as well as impulsivity and aggression.
Well, but what’s all this got to do with eating? Well, evidence shows that our “willpower muscle” is actually weakened by hunger. When blood sugar levels are lowered, willpower ebbs away.
And it gets worse because, in addition to hunger’s ability to sap the willpower, there is also evidence that exerting willpower can lower blood sugar levels.
Research has found that if individuals are given a sugary drink between two tests of self-control, they do better in the second one.
Many of us run into problems with hunger on almost daily basis and benefit massively simply by adjusting their food intake to counter this.
If you would like to sat for a bit your hunger, fruits are very recommended. But do they really work on you? From the feedbacks I have from my friends and myself, they chill us only for about 10 minutes.
If you’re looking for a practical and effective alternative, I suggest NUTS.
Their relatively protein-rich and blood sugar-stabilizing qualities should give nuts superior appetite-sating properties. Nuts may not be the cheapest of foods, but they offer a fantastic return of investment.
NUTS – fatty but NOT Fattening
I will share with you some ideas that I found about nuts:
1. Those who eat nuts generally weigh less than those who don’t
2. When people are fed nuts, they usually don’t gain weight
3. When individuals increase their nut consumption, they actually lose weight
4. People who eat nuts, focus better and are more productive (especially walnuts and almonds)
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