I’m just going to get straight to the point here and tell you that what you eat affects your productivity.
Your lack of motivation or energy is not always just due to lack of sleep or your mindset. Often, low energy and decreased productivity are the results of a poor diet.
Food is fuel and the different nutrients that you receive from food are essential for your body to perform certain tasks.
For example, carbohydrates are needed for energy, protein is needed growth, development, and tissue repair, and fats are essential for cushioning our organs and insulating the body.
When your body lacks a certain nutrient it will let you know, often through unpleasant physical symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, or irritability.
This is a lesson I’ve learned multiple times…
When I was a kid, I constantly had headaches. (I clearly remember my pretty much daily doses of children’s Tylenol.) In high school they were even worse and not a single day went by without one.
It wasn’t until I became interested in health and wellness in college that they finally went away. What changed? I was drinking the correct amount of water for my body! I know for sure that this was the solution to my headache problem because now on the rare occasion that I’m dehydrated the headaches come right back.
The second time I learned this lesson was when I first starting testing out a vegan diet and my skin cleared up! I know now that dairy consumption is the main cause of my acne.
This past week, I learned this lesson once again, this time it was about what happens when I don’t start my day with a protein packed breakfast.
An absolute total lack of energy and motivation, that’s what happens!
I ran out of my Arbonne Protein Powder, which I put in my smoothies every morning, and was at a total loss for a quick vegan protein source.
Side note: This stuff is AMAZING! If you are vegetarian or vegan or just someone who wants to get more protein, I HIGHLY recommend Arbonne. Not only does it taste great, but it is also NONGMO, Gluten Free, Vegan, has a low glycemic index (which means it won’t spike your blood sugar) and is packed with vitamins and minerals.
The first few days without my protein powder I had a banana for breakfast…
YUP... just a banana… yikes.
I can give you a lot of reasons and excuses for why I didn’t make myself a proper breakfast, but none of them would be valid. Self care should always be a priority.
So the first few days of my single banana breakfasts I thought I was just tired, stressed, and emotionally down in the dumps. I had very little energy, no drive to do anything, and I was constantly snacking.
By the fourth day I was getting pretty annoyed with myself! Why can’t I just find the motivation? Why am I so down? I’m having a great week!
It wasn’t until I actually sat down and reflected on my week that I made the connection. Every day I had a horrible breakfast, I had low energy, decreased motivation, and decreased productivity. Duh!
Once again, I learned how strong the connection is between how we take care of ourselves and how our lives play out.
Thankfully I have more protein powder on the way, but until then I’m taking that extra time to make oatmeal or a quinoa bowl in the morning. I know the extra time is worth it to have energy for the rest of the day!
Long story short you have no idea how your eating habits are affecting your life until you change them. You could make one small change to your diet today, that could completely transform your energy levels, productivity, or happiness!
Start taking the time to figure out what your body needs. Don’t forget, YOU don’t allow your body to do things, your body allows YOU to do things. You need to give it what it needs in order to have a happy, healthy, and productive life.
Have you made any dietary changes that have changed your life?
Tell me about them in the comments below!