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Health@SAP: Eat Smarter, Think Better

March 13, 2017 by Anik Roy, Angela Klose

Physical exercise has positive effects on the body and the brain. But what we eat impacts our brain too. In fact, inadequate nourishment can cut productivity by up to 20%. So, what we have for lunch can significantly impact your afternoon’s cognitive performance, energy levels and decision-making ability in the afternoon.

Check out this health tip in a minute and get the dos and don’ts of brain food.

Eating good food leads to a better functioning brain – sounds simple. But applying it in real life is more complicated. Here are some simple tips for a healthier life.

Make It Smart and Easy

  • Planning your meals and snacks in advance will help avoid “on the go” low nutritious meals or trips to the vending machine – and can take your work performance to the next level – especially if your life is filled with meetings and deadlines.
  • Cook meals on weekends (a lot of food items can be frozen for later use).
  • If working from home or on the road, prepare your own lunches and invest in appropriate containers (nobody likes a squished sandwich or a soggy salad).
  • Bring healthy snacks to help maintain energy levels and boost brain power between meals
  • If you eat out, make healthier choices.

Make It Regular

  • Eat smaller meals and snacks, five times a day, to help prevent energy dips and cravings.
  • Don’t skip breakfast.  Eating in the morning – and what you eat – is important for setting your blood-sugar pattern for the rest of the day.
  • Drink enough water throughout the day; thirst also causes hunger and decreases mental performance.

Make it Colorful

Different nutrients give different colors to the foods they’re in. And each array of colors has different benefits, so eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables is the best way of knowing that you are doing something good for your body.

Finally, don’t beat yourself up for cheating once in a while. Eating should be fun and moderation is key. So bon appetit for a longer, healthier, life.

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