"You are what you eat" is a saying that has stood the test of time. After all, what we consume become our fuel to function daily, contributing to how much energy we can use up for our many tasks. But how much does that chocolate cake really help in increasing the chances of you finishing the task at hand? Before you head to the pantry to munch on that afternoon snack, join us as we uncover the truth on how your eating habits really affect your productivity.
Cliché as it may be, eat your breakfast
We've all learned about this in primary school: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, as adults, it can be easy to pass this one up as we have to deal with the morning rush. But did you know that what you eat (or not eat) in the morning affects how you significantly perform for the day?
Just a refresher from our school days: our body breaks down food to release sugar or glucose, which gives us energy and helps us stay alert. But not all foods are broken down at the same rate. Some that are quick to be processed are types of bread, cereal, vegetables, fruits, milk and caffeine. One thing these have in common: they're all typical breakfast foods. The body easily chops 'em up and converts them to energy boosters that help you be productive even so early in the morning.
Still, not every food can be consumed during breakfast as heavier, high-fat meals like cheeseburgers or subway sandwiches are broken down into 'stored fuel' rather than 'immediate fuel' by the body. These food items also require more energy from our digestive system to process, which is why you would often feel drowsy instead of energetic after eating them.