Skipping breakfast, going longer than 4 hours between meals and/or cutting out entire food can deprive your brain of precious fuel. As a result, you may be soldiering through fatigue, headaches and poor concentration—you may also get really cranky at times.
If you would like to do even better work and show up for the activities and people you care about most with more energy, focus and creativity, consider trying any one or more of the following suggestions:
Eat breakfast: it can be as quick and easy as having some nuts and a piece of fruit or toast and a hard-boiled egg. It can also be a full breakfast—whatever sounds appetizing and satisfying to YOU.
Don’t run on empty: have a snack/meal no later than 4 hours after your last meal or whenever you start to feel hungry (whichever comes first).
Aim for balance: eat a snack/meal that contains protein (e.g. turkey, eggs, cheese, nuts), carbohydrates (e.g. bread, rice, fruits, beans) and fat (e.g. avocado, salmon, nuts, butter).
These are not meant to be hard and fast rules or “shoulds”. Always follow your intuition (and treatment plan if you are under the care of a healthcare provider) when it comes to your health and wellbeing.
Take what works for you and leave the rest. The important thing is that your nutritional practices provide you with the fuel you need so you can do more of what makes you come alive.