By Irene Ross, CHHC, AADP, Certified Nutrition and Wellness Coach
I once worked with someone who would come back from lunch sleepy—in fact, she’d often put her head on the desk to nap—and awaken irritable, snapping and shouting at co-workers, clients and, eventually, the company CEO. Not surprisingly, she was first in line to be laid off when the company downsized.
Yes, food is powerful and it can seriously affect your moods and energy level.
Emily Koltnow, president of the executive recruiting firm, Koltnow & Company, says: "All companies look for both enthusiasm and professionalism. If you’re not feeling your best, you won't be as energetic. Being healthy is a critical component of the interviewing process."
So whether you’re job-seeking or employed (and hoping to stay that way) consider these 5 nutritional tips for maintaining optimum energy throughout your day.
Water: This substance transports nutrients and oxygen throughout the body, so you’ll feel fatigued if you don’t drink enough. Divide your weight in half—that’s the number of ounces you should drink per day.
Whole foods: grains, vegetables and fish and lean proteins: These foods are packed with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and fiber. Grains are a complex carbohydrate, absorbing into the bloodstream at a steady rate, providing long-lasting energy. They also increase serotonin, the substance that makes you feel less stressed. As for veggies, the more
colorful the assortment, the better, because each color contains a different set of phytonutrients, thought to promote health.
Protein provides amino acids which are building blocks for many things in the body including playing a role in alertness. It also helps build and maintain body cells and regulate body processes. Fish provides important omega 3's which appear to have many health benefits for body and brain, including reducing risk for heart disease and improving mood.
.Superfoods: Some foods, such as berries, citrus fruits, oats, pumpkin (100% pure—not the pie filling), walnuts, and yogurt have ultra high levels of nutrients. Greens, such as broccoli, spinach, kale, collards, bok choy, etc., have been linked to everything from improved circulation to promoting healthy immune systems and lessening depression.
Sea Vegetables: Kelp, dulce, seaweeds, hajiki and nori are loaded with minerals, and are an excellent source of iodine and vitamin K, as well as some B-vitamins and, calcium. Find them in supermarkets or health food stores. Nori also makes a great substitute for bread when creating wraps.
Other foods: Sometimes what isn’t on your plate is as important, if not more so, than what’s on your plate. If you still feel tired, despite good nutrition, it may be time to take a look into other areas of your life.
Want to know more? My blog covers wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit: http://www.irenefross.com/blog-irene-ross
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