Finding your superpowers through eating habits.
A lot of people have been talking about superheroes recently – it might have something to do with a huge movie that just came out? We promise we’re not going to give you any spoilers here – we’re just going to give you some tips on how to improve your eating habits and spoil yourself.
There’s an easy way to get those boosts you see in the big screen, and it starts with finding the foods that make you tick. It doesn’t have to be as extreme as taking on an entirely new diet – sometimes it’s as simple as just adding in some new flavors and vitamins to what you already eat. Nothing crazy, it’s all stuff you’ve had before. But remembering to eat some of these meals regularly can make you feel unstoppable, and give you a leg up during the day.
Discovering kryptonite can be a good thing
We won’t sugar coat it – it can suck to find you’re allergic to something. But, when you do discover your kryptonite (whether it’s diabetes, celiac disease, or one-off allergies like peanuts or lactose), you can modify your eating habits to promote a healthy and happy life. Oddly enough, knowing your dietary restrictions is a great way to make everybody healthier and more productive.
For example: basically everyone can benefit from minimizing how many carbs they consume. We’re not saying to totally cut out bread and the like, just that you should keep an eye on how much you have. Too much causes your body to produce more insulin, in turn sending sleep hormones to the brain. Every had that 2 o’clock “crash” feeling? Carbs are likely to blame.
On the flip side, it’s important to stick to a good eating schedule and never skip meals. If you do skip meals, you’ll experience a similar (though much, much lighter) effect of a diabetic having hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. Low blood sugar directly ties into your willpower and ability to stay focused. So basically, to sum it up: a low blood sugar means less ability to focus and stay on task.
So tell your body when to power up.
Do you often eat a huge dinner right before bed? Subconsciously, that tells your body it’s time to get to work, which makes it harder to sleep. There’s a reason you’ve heard the old adage “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” They are all important, but having the right food, and the right amount of food, in the morning tells the rest of your body, “Hey guys, let’s get to work.” Sticking to an eating schedule and practicing good eating habits while you follow that schedule also helps you maintain that focus and energy throughout the day. The results? You’ll end up knocking out tasks like Superman (and not Clark Kent).
So what are the right foods?
1. Over easy, sunny-side up, and everything in between
If the morning meal is the backbone of healthy living, eggs are the spine. Try this on for size: eggs contain all nine essential amino acids, which makes them a complete source of protein. If you need any more reason to go poaching in the morning, consider the following. Being filled with the B vitamin choline helps eggs spark reactive sensors in your brain, meaning increased memory and reaction times. How’s that for a superpower?
2. When in doubt, channel Aquaman
We’re talkin about water. Yea, yea, it’s technically not food, and everybody knows it’s vital. So we won’t dwell on this too much – just going to drop some quick knowledge bombs on ya.
Over 70% of your body is composed of the ol’ H2O, so make sure you’re constantly replenishing the supply. A common best practice is to drink 16 ounces of water every three hours.
Eight glasses a day is more than it seems, but it’s a lot easier to stay on top of your game when you pace yourself. Some people like keeping a large water bottle on their desk to sip from throughout the day. Or if you feel like being social, the water cooler was the original social network – take a few trips throughout the day and talk to your coworkers IRL.
3. Go nuts
Specifically, grab some almonds and walnuts. These delicious little guys are filled with antioxidants, vitamin E, and amino acids. All that science jargon basically means your body is getting the nutrients it needs to help with memory. And if you’re looking to Hulk out and get swole, they’re a great protein source, too. Granted, it’ll take a lot more than eating some nuts to be the next Schwarzenegger. But who needs that anyways.
4. The avocado is extra
Who cares if something seems a little too popular nowadays – that just makes it easier to consume. So if you ever were, stop scoffing at avocado toast. Scarf it instead. The green fruit famous for its dipping sauce actually has more potassium than a banana, and is stuffed to the peel with the good kind of fatty acids. Helping blood flow to the heart and brain, powering your thinking about what you’re passionate about.
5. Brooding? Get Dark
Too many processed sugars are a huge problem in many people’s diets, but that doesn’t mean you have to ignore your sweet tooth. Dark chocolate is actually one of the better snacks to nibble on. The magnesium helps relieve stress, while the caffeine and fatty acids can give a little boost of energy when the to-do list starts to turn to an “oh crap I can’t” one. See? Told ya it’s all pretty tasty. Here’s another:
6. Be fishy
When you find yourself looking to really boost your energy levels, try one of humanity’s oldest secret formulas: omega-3 fatty acid. Usually, we just call it fish. Here are some benefits to weigh when upping your pescatarian participation: the nutrient helps prevent heart disease, arthritis, aids people asthma and ADHD. The super swimmers have even been proven to help treat depression if you’re down in the doldrums.
But remember – no hero is exactly the same
The most important point in all of this is that you find the foods that fight for you. If you aren’t sure what that is, try cutting some foods and adding others to see what works. Play around with your eating habits until you feel 100%
Still not sure where to start? Try a program designed to cut and re-introduce food back into your diet, like Whole 30 or FODMAP. These programs cut out all but the essential foods, then slowly reintroduce them. If something makes you feel unwell, it might be time to think about removing it from your diet – permanently. Does something else give you a burst of energy to go all day? Welcome back old friend.
At the end of the day, what we put in our bodies should always go beyond taste. It should provide the energy to be who we really want to be. After that, what you accomplish is all up to you.