Protein-rich foods improve alertness by increasing the body’s dopamine and norepinephrine levels. Executives must be alert and focused during working hours, and as such, should opt for protein-rich foods such as whole grain toast, hard-boiled eggs, lean meat burgers, chicken, turkey and yogurt.
Foods such as walnuts, almonds, blueberries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and wild salmon improve memory by nourishing the brain with micronutrients and chemicals. Such foods also help to prevent cell damage and inflammation. Consumption of pumpkin and sunflower seeds may also help to reduce anxiety. Include these foods on a regular basis on your daily menu.
A diet that is filled with fresh fruits and vegetables will help to maintain acid-alkaline balance. Opt for alkaline foods such as broccoli, carrots, cabbage, cucumber, eggplant, sprouts, tomatoes and wild greens for increased energy levels.
The naturally occurring simple carbohydrates in fruits and vegetables are a healthier alternative to complex carbohydrates found in whole grains, legumes, and vegetables. Foods such as beans, sweet potato, bananas and walnuts contain simple carbohydrates. They are are rich in fiber, which helps to improve digestion and provide a feeling of fullness for a longer period. Most of these foods are also tasty snacks or meals in their own right.
Foods rich in complex carbohydrates, such as potatoes, pasta, vegetables and rice will help you to sleep well. Consume such foods for dinner for a sound sleep after a busy day.
Grab a quick snack at periodic intervals, especially before meetings or starting a major assignment. Make sure to stack up on healthy choices, such as a granola bar, bite-size vegetables, fruits and dry fruits rather than unhealthy cookies or candy. Pack a sandwich or salad as a mini meal or a between-meal snack.