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This post is Part 2 of How to Stay Laser Focused and Calm Your Mind. You may want to tap the green link for Part 1, How to Stay Laser Focused and Calm Your Mind, and find out why this is important to achieving your health goals and exactly how to go about it easily (and some of the ways are really fun!) This post covers to keep your mind focused on the task at hand whatever you choose that to be!
Now that you are up on the impact your state-of-mind can have on achieving your health goals from Part 1, How to Stay Laser Focused and Calm Your Mind and you have seen some actions to take to improve it, please don't stop there as I have more! Check this out! Here is another tool to help you get more focused as well: the food on your plate!
It's true that the food choices you can make may make a difference in how sharp you stay and how chill you are. Scan on down to see what I mean.
How and Why Foods Keep Us Focused . . . Or Not
See below some information to help clarify why the foods we eat impact how our brain functions and our level of productivity as well as keep us healthy all around:Feed that power organ. The brain requires and consumes an immense amount of energy so it makes sense that a healthy diet can ensure it has what it needs to keep you functioning at our best all day. Ever notice how the lunch room at a school cafeteria gets louder after the children have eaten? The food they ate just fueled their energy! I often see that on days I don't necessarily feel that hungry and may I skip a meal, my tummy may not notice, but my brain sure does. I frankly just don't feel as sharp and with it when I have not eaten in a while!
Hold back disease. The food choices we make can slow down the aging process of our brain and keep it sharp according to many studies. Two diets are specifically mentioned often: the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet and the Mediterranean diet. It is probably not a coincidence that both contain lots of vegetables, fruits, some fish, nuts and healthy fats. Stick to those for a healthy, long lasting brain function.
Don't miss this: Here is what a day of eating the Mediterranean Diet looks like and tastes like with recipes too.