Can a Good Diet Really Keep You Focused and Ready for Success 70

Can a Good Diet Really Keep You Focused and Ready for Success

This is a guest post by Helen Sanders, chief editor at Health Ambition.

We are all well aware of how important it is to consume a nutritious and well balanced diet.

It plays an important role in maintaining your physical health, but it was only during my research on the benefits of fasting that I realized how much impact it could also have on your mental health.

Perhaps you’re studying for an important test or the day has arrived for that life-changing exam. There’s so much information out there with suggestions on how to boost your brain power it can be somewhat mind boggling to say the least.

So can a good diet really keep you focused and ready for success? I thought I would do some mind training myself to see if this one is a no brainer.

There are many contributing factors to a lack of concentration, but a poor diet can be one of them.

We’ve all been there.  The clock arrives at the dreaded hour of 3pm, the afternoon lull sets in and you’re finding it a struggle to keep your eyes on the monitor.  You become restless and morale hits rock bottom.

In today’s fast paced world, many people’s diets are filled with TV dinners or fast food purely because of convenience. These processed foods are notorious for being high in trans fats without much nutritional value.

So let’s see if boosting your diet could slow down the brain drain.

The “Brain Diet”

The brain needs nutrients to function, just like any other part of the body.  Just as you fuel your body for energy, you also fuel the brain. But which nutrients are most important and how exactly do they benefit you?

Fatty Acids 

Fatty acids, in particular the polyunsaturated variety like those from omega 3s, promote brain health and improve memory.

Glucose 

The brain converts the foods (with the help of insulin) we eat into glucose, which is then used as its main energy source to allow the brain to work at its best and stay alert.

Some food sources are converted more quickly than others which can lead to a rush of energy followed by a total downward spiral. This is where the phrase “crash and burn” takes its meaning.

Amino Acids 

Certain amino acids, namely those found in protein, are the building blocks for neurotransmitters in the brain which are renowned for their controlling effects on mood, motivation, anxiety, learning and memory (source).

Antioxidants

These powerful little guys are famous for their fight against free radicals in the body. Free radicals are created when glucose is processed into energy. 

This is a natural and important process, however, too high a number of free radicals can be harmful to cells and can cause numerous diseases including cancer.

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Keeping your Brain Alert

By eating the right kind of brain foods, your energy levels should be working at the optimum levels so your mind will be as sharp as a razor when it comes to that quick fire question and answer session.

It’s not just what you eat, but also when you eat that could improve energy levels and performance.

Breakfast is known for being the most important meal of the day, but the harsh reality is that up to 30% of the population skip it. Research suggests that breakfast consumption may improve cognitive function related to memory, test grades, and for children even school attendance (source).

Which Foods Are The Best For Brain Boost?

  • Fish – Salmon in particular has massive brain boost potential.  It’s packed full of omega 3 essential fatty acids and is also a good source of vitamin B12 which is vital for a healthy mind
  • Eggs – Eggs are full of protein and the amino acid called tryptophan which helps make serotonin – the happy mood enhancer. Eggs also contain vitamin B12 which is important for memory and concentration.
  • Blueberries – Rich in powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory constituents, blueberries are beneficial to memory and learning. Labelled as one of nature’s superfoods, blueberries not only taste great but can protect the brain from stress and damage.
  • Leafy greens – Kale, spinach and friends are packed full of nutrient dense stress relieving B vitamins and folic acid which is said to fend off memory loss.

Conclusion

Eating the right foods can have so many potential benefits when it comes to a healthy mind, I have no doubt it’s an important piece of the cranium jigsaw puzzle.

Either way, leading a happier, healthier lifestyle is definitely food for thought.

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Becoming Your Own Boss: Tips on Getting a Business Off The Ground 7

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Becoming your own boss is a complicated process, and not everyone does it the same way.

I got lucky. I was still working when I got my business off the ground, so I had a source of income while I was working the kinks out of my business. I did most of my work for the new business when I got home or on the weekends. I asked for a change in job responsibilities at the office so that I didn’t have as much on my plate.

This all gave me a chance to start earning money without going into debt. When it was feasible, I stopped working my regular job and transitioned into working for myself full time. It took about a year and a half.

Establish clear boundaries.

 

Sometimes people don’t take you seriously when you tell them that you work for yourself. They think you are always available to chat or have lunch.

I had a number of friends that would call me at all hours, assuming I was available because they wanted to talk. Granted, it was nice to have that freedom at first. But, I soon realized that if I was going to be successful, I couldn’t let those kinds of distractions interrupt my workday.

Save before you start working for yourself full time.

I was in pretty good shape when I made the transition, but looking back, a few more months with a paycheck would have been wonderful.

When you start your own business, money can be very tight. You never know what you are going to make month to month.

I had one customer that initially made up most of my revenue. That customer only paid on a quarterly basis, which meant that times were tough in between payments.

I had to spend money to build the business, which meant there wasn’t a lot left over. If I didn’t get a payment right on time, it was very difficult to deal with.

There were times when I had to ask for a loan from family members simply to pay my bills.

Reach out and build a support network.

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It can be really difficult to adjust at first. You have great days and you have terrible days. You meet goals some months, while other months you are left wondering where you went wrong.

If you make a mistake, you alone are responsible for it and your business and reputation can suffer. It is easy to feel depressed at times. You may even start to feel like you can’t handle running a business and that you made a big mistake when you left your office job.

Remember that you are not alone. All entrepreneurs have these moments, which is why it is so important to connect with others in the field.

Take time for yourself.

I had a honeymoon period of about half a year. It was really exciting to see the business get bigger. Each milestone that I met was a reason to celebrate.

However, heading into the second year, it was more difficult. I was tired. Things weren’t as exciting because they weren’t new anymore. And then, year three came along. I was done with working such long hours.

I was done with having no time off. Burnout is certainly an issue in this business, so you have to figure out how to balance your personal and your professional needs.

It took me a long time to get where I am today. I had to do a lot of research. I had to educate myself on business. I had to find an SEO expert. I had to figure out who my main competitors were and keep an eye on them. I also had to stay current with what was happening in the field so that I didn’t fall behind.

No matter how hard I worked, it seemed like I could never get caught up. Running a business is a big responsibility.

If you are interested in starting your own business, you want to set yourself up for success. Try to cut back on your living expenses. Make sure you have substantial savings. Set up an area in your home where you can work, free from distractions.

If you are married, get your spouse on board. He or she can help pay bills while you are getting your business off the ground.

Your business is only as good as you are.

Make sure you have a support system of other business professionals. These people can help you acknowledge your weaknesses, encourage you to keep moving forward and advise you on common mistakes.

You can try and go it alone, but it will be very difficult for you. As with anything else in life, your support network has a lot to do with your success. You are probably strongly invested in your business; after all, it is something that you created. Make sure you have people that you trust to help you along the way.

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Grace Lee has been practicing in the field of digital marketing for several years now. She has already brought numerous sites in search engines’ first pages in search results. In her spare time, she loves listening to podcasts about Google algorithm updates and other matters related to SEO.