Ever heard of the saying, “you are what you eat?” It is true because as research documents, people who take time to make and eat a balanced diet are less likely to suffer from lifestyle diseases. With the current fast-paced business world, it is becoming increasingly difficult to eat a balanced diet, let alone create one. The problem worsens as you up the corporate ladder. Business owners are always busy trying to meet deadlines, managing teams or making up for all the time spent building their empires. Most of them have improper eating habits which include, but are not limited to, intermittent fasting, skipping breakfast, powering through the day on caffeine, binging on calorie-dense foods, and so on. The list is endless. But is there a solution. Renowned online fitness coach Damen Griffith says there is, and this article is all about that.
Quit Skipping Breakfast For Once
For most busy entrepreneurs, the last thing on the mind in the morning is their breakfast, let alone a healthy one. Damen Griffith, a professional online fitness coach has for years listened to busy entrepreneur clients tell how they often skip this important meal. He says it can have detrimental effects on focus, concentration, and decision-making abilities.
While it might be tempting to go without breakfast because you are in a rush, trying to lose weight or trying to follow an intermittent fasting plan, studies show that such practices have a negative effect on alertness and productivity. According to Damen, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and you should make an effort not to skip it.
Although Damen’s regimens do not involve following through a strict diet plan, it is a fact that high-carb sugary meals for breakfast will only put you in a slump. As an alternative, find an in-between and be sure to include a little protein, fat and an option that is low in carbs and sugar
Run on Water, Not on Coffee
A recent study that was published in the Journal of Nutrition found that being dehydrated causes headache symptoms, loss of focus, fatigue, and low mood both at rest and during exercise. If you are an entrepreneur or professional, such issues are not good for business. We all know the proverbial eight glasses a day, and it is for a reason. Human bodies are made of water, and drinking enough of it replenishes our brains, muscles, and other internal organs. Even so, it is common to find most people on the go like to drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages instead of water. Damen advises that you should drink your coffee with intention as opposed to just refilling cup and after cup. It is important to prioritize proper hydration which we all know is essential for productivity and optimum health.
But why should you avoid caffeine in the first place? 85 percent of Americans depend on it to be more alert and focused during the day. However, too much of it and not enough water can affect productivity by making you too jittery and bringing along, an afternoon energy crash.
Make Your Own Food
By this, Damen does not mean just the regular smoothie you fix when not busy. Make an effort to prepare just about every meal at home. If you think this is a difficult thing to do, remember that you are the only one who can take care of your body the way it deserves. Cooking your own meals also saves time and money as well as loads of calories. If you are not sure what to make, ensure you have something that is largely built around protein and high-fiber carbohydrates, and vitamin-loaded foods.
Your diet has an enormous effect on your mood, concentration, and energy levels. A good combination of nutrients will keep you full longer, help you focus, and even prevent mood swings related to blood sugar fluctuations. Damen has been helping his clients with meal suggestions and fitness plans that resonate with their lives. It is important to have such a fitness coach, as fitness should be a goal that is fun for everyone to attain.
If you are short on time and don’t know how to squeeze in time in your schedule, take some time to check Damen Griffith’s online fitness programs for entrepreneurs. Some of the things you will be required to do can be as simple as boiling some eggs or whipping together overnight oats — convenient and filling — which can be packed conveniently and taken to the office, where he will also show you how to exercise even with as little space as is available. Take a look at his Instagram and website to learn more.