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Avoid These Foods to Remain Productive

By: Juliana Norton
Jun 20, 2020 • 4 min read

sIt May Taste Good, but it’s Not Good For You

Making your workday the best it can be is essential to everyone. To do so, you should pay more attention to what you put in your body. We want to live up to our full potential, so let’s set ourselves up for success by consuming what will contribute to our productivity- instead of hindering it. Below we’ve compiled a list of foods you want to avoid if you have a long day of work ahead of you. 

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A large part of ensuring your day is as productive as possible actually begins with the night before. Specifically, making sure that you sleep well and get your full eight hours. Though it may be helpful to have a few glasses of wine before bed, it can actually impact how well you sleep. It’s proven that a significant amount of alcohol can also affect the duration of your sleep. An appropriate amount to prevent this is about two or less standard drinks for men and one or less for women. 

White Bread

If you have some toast in the morning with your breakfast or maybe a sandwich in the afternoon, try to avoid using white bread. The goal is to consume whole grains, so white bread (which contains processed grains) is something you shouldn’t reach for. Whole grains help to keep your energy levels constant while processed grains lead to a drop in energy with its lack of B vitamins. In addition to this, white bread can contribute to constipation and bad cholesterol. 

Breakfast Cereals

Instead of going for your Frosted Flakes or Froot Loops, you may want to seek out alternative breakfast foods if you have a long day ahead. Try to stick to eggs and some avocado toast, which actually contributes to your productivity. Though they may be sweet and wake up your tastebuds, breakfast cereals contain a lot of processed sugars and low fiber. Most likely, you’ll experience a quick boost of energy due to their ability to raise your blood sugar and insulin levels, but it won’t last for long. 

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Fast Food 

Everyone knows fast foods aren’t the best for you, but understandably so it can be challenging to cut out of your diet. Rather than stop by a drive-thru on your way to work, try to meal prep and bring your lunch to work. Fast food is not actually fast when it comes to your digestion. The slower digestion causes leads to a delayed entry of energy, increasing nutrients in your body. In addition to this, fast food lacks a lot of essentials like vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. 

Red Meat 

Many people consume red meat because of its abundance of iron. For those with a deficiency, it can be an excellent method to get those levels up. Unfortunately, many people neglect to realize how much fat red meat contains as well. Because of this, it can actually lead to constipation, bloating, and fatigue. 

Energy Drinks

This is another example with a quick boost and a hard crash. As we spoke about with cereal, there’s an abundance of sugar in the majority of energy drinks- potentially even 10 teaspoons per bottle. Because of this boost you experience, it may be difficult to fall asleep depending on when you drank it. If you’re studying for an exam the night before, it’s not the best idea to consume energy drinks if you want to fall asleep before your exam time. Though there have been some studies done showing energy drinks may heighten your concentration and memory, it’s your choice if you want to take the risk!

What foods do you try to avoid on your long days? Tweet us and share! For more helpful content, check out our blog. 

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