When it comes to focus and energy, it all comes down to what you feed your body. Truth is, there’s nothing more important for energy and focus than your diet. At the end of the day, your body runs on the food you feed it, so it only makes sense that you’d be tired and having trouble focusing on the payroll you’re supposed to be pumping out if you ate a Big Mac for lunch.
What’s The Single Most Important Factor When it Comes to Focus And Energy?
While many of us supplement our lack of a healthy diet things like coffee, 5-Hour Energy, Red Bull, and all kinds of other junk; ultimately all we’re doing is compensating for our bad habits instead of addressing them, which will likely lead to much larger issues down the road.
Although it is possible for one to get all the nutrition you need strictly from food, it is highly unlikely without some supplementation; but we’ll save the supplementation part for a later date.
So what would a strictly food based diet and lifestyle that provides all the nutrients you need actually look like? Well, one would need to:
- Follow a strict whole food, plant based diet.
- Consume 3-4 fist sized servings of toxin-free, uncooked vegetables.
- Consume 3-4 fist sized servings of fresh fruit.
- About 56g of protein per day for men, and 46g for women.
- Half a gallon of natural spring water per day.
- Get at least 30 mins of direct sunlight per day.
- Sweat every day for atleast 30 minutes.
- Spend more time standing and moving than sitting.
- Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night to properly reset your mind and body.
In this modern world we live in; I know exactly what you’re thinking… impossible. That’s why most of us aren’t willing to make the sacrifices to achieve a healthy diet. Not to mention how expensive it would be to do so, which is a large contribution factor to the problem.
Since eating healthy is so expensive, companies like Monsanto set out to create foods that taste good, sell well, and then find the cheapest chemically engineered ingredients to make them profitable.
Breaking Down The Complexity
Let’s be honest, choosing a diet can be complex and finding one that works for you can be even more problematic.
So to break through some of the complexity lets break down what a healthy diet should be and do:
- Keep blood sugar stable while being low in processed foods, sugar, and flour.
- Include a wide variety of vegetables, mostly being green.
- Be as free as possible of chemicals, hormones, GMOs, preservatives, additives, and artificial sweeteners.
- Contain plant based fats and Omega-3’s.
- Provide sufficient protein
It is important to note that everyone has their own issues and allergies with certain foods, many of which they don’t even know about. That said, if you pay close attention to the side affects you experience after consuming certain things many of those allergies should be fairly easy to pinpoint without having to take never ending lab tests.
Determining immunogenic and allergenic reactions is an entire topic in itself which we’ll go into at a later date. For starters, let’s say you eat a calzone for lunch and then feel overwhelmingly drained for the remainder of the day; there’s a very high probability that cheese (dairy) is not your friend.
The sooner you can determine the foods that make you feel tired groggy the better off you’ll be.
So What is The Best Way to Boost Energy And Focus?
Assuming you’re not having any complex immunogenic or allergenic issues, the best way to boost energy and focus is to eliminate the “big 5” from your diet which include:
- Grains (cereal, bread, pizza, pasta, flour, and wheat)
- GMOs including corn, soy, canola oil, and cotton
Finding a healthy diet that works for you and optimizing it to fit your lifestyle can be a daunting task, especially considering how many of us are sensitive to “regular” foods without even knowing it.
Even then, there are a few things that are certain.
- We should be eating organic as much as possible.
- We should be eating more fruits and vegetables.
- We should limit the consumption of sugar, processed foods, and flour.
- Our diet should include plant based fats and omega-3’s
Not to mention…
- We should be getting at least 7 hours of sleep per night
- We should be exercising daily
- We should be drinking at least a half-gallon of water daily.
Bio-hacking your diet is an essential part of living a healthy, fulfilled life, and even though it may seem like a daunting task I promise you won’t regret it.