The celebrity dietitian shows us how to craft meals that deliver a nutritious boost
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When the midday slump hits, almost everybody reaches for a quick snack or a dose of caffeine to help get through the afternoon. Filling yourself with low-fiber foods at that point, though, will only set you up for disaster, by causing you to be hungry and distracted from your work or even from your leisure-time activities.
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“There are so many variables that play into concentration, such as how much sleep an individual gets, if they exercise or not, and even the mood they are in,” says Bridget Bennett, nutritionist from Indie Fresh. “As always, a healthy, balanced diet is the foundation that we start with.” A balanced diet involves a wide variety of whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and good fats.
Consistency with a balanced diet is key when you are trying to maintain your concentration throughout the day. “It is important to feed the brain a steady supply of real foods, containing proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, starting at breakfast and continuing throughout the day,” Bennett continues. “Too much food can make us tired and sluggish but too little food and the brain just won’t work. Luckily, there are a few foods that have actually been studied and associated with brain function.”