Dr. Daniel G. Amen found “… that eliminating all simple carbohydrates at lunch (sugar, white bread or other products made from white flour such as bagels and white pasta, potatoes, and rice) can make a dramatic difference in energy and focus in the afternoon. An additional benefit of skipping sugar and simple carbohydrates at lunch is that most people do not feel hunger until dinnertime.”  He recommends eating lean protein, complex carbohydrates, and food rich in omega 3 fatty acids such as large cold water fish, walnuts, Brazil nuts, olive oil, and canola oil.

Skip sugar and simple carbohydrates and don’t feel hunger until dinnertime.

We all know how important sleep, rest and physical activity are for staying focused and maintaining your energy level.  But how often do we think about our lunch and snacks as tools for staying energized and focused for the rest of the day? For interpreters it is critical in order to perform their job well. It is not an easy task to eat well when you are always on the go.  But it is possible with some planning and fine tuning.

If you boil eggs, boil extra that way you can grab a high protein snack that will sustain your energy and feed your brain. It is a good idea to have some raw almonds, fruits or healthy bars with you at all times. That way if you only have 5 minutes between appointments you can feed your brain with quality food and be better at your job.

Eat well with some planning and fine tuning.

Let’s s say you get a salad for lunch – say “no” to croutons and bread and “yes” to grilled chicken with lots of colorful vegetables, raw almonds or walnuts. Use olive oil as dressing and your brain will thank you later as it is 60% fat. Fine tune your sandwich by choosing lettuce wrap. Drink water instead of soda as our brain is 80% water (not sugar and chemicals).

Try little changes like these and see how much better you feel!