We’ve all been there – you’re sitting at your desk, trying desperately to get some work done. You’ve devoted a few hours to being productive! Yet why is it, that after several hours, you’ve only managed to get minimal amounts of actual work done? Curiosity killed the cat, and procrastination killed the scholar. But what exactly causes us to sometimes be so distracted? There are many different answers to that question, but I’ll tell you one of the most prevalent reasons – and luckily, it also happens to be one of the easiest ones to fix! Curious to know where I’m going with this? Keep reading!
To start off, I’m going to try and relate this back to my own personal experience, as I imagine it is one that will be familiar to many of you. You’re a night owl. Your best work comes after 9 PM. You ate dinner at 5 PM. It was a big dinner – lots of rice, chicken, veggies, something like that. It filled you up at the time! Except now it’s been hours since you’ve eaten anything, and you’re still up stirring with no intention of going to sleep any time before midnight. This brings us back to the initial opening of this blog – you’re trying to work but you can’t seem to get anything done. You feel lightheaded, bit of a headache, vicious cravings, shaky, irritable, the list goes on. Well, well, welcome to the wonderful world of hypoglycemia folks!
In this case, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) was likely brought on by a big meal with lots of carbs causing a rapid spike in blood glucose, which evidently led to a very big crash in blood glucose. Yeah, sure, people fast all the time. But it takes time to train your body to work well with that adjustment! Glucose is the main source of fuel for the brain, so what happens when blood glucose gets too low? You guessed it, cognition becomes impaired.
So what can we do as a healthy alternative to reaching for sugary snacks to improve focus and stabilize blood sugar? Luckily for you, I’ve got some pretty great, easy tips!
- Eat smaller meals, more frequently! Remember what I said about big spikes leading to big crashes in blood sugar? I’m not saying eating your standard 3 bigger meals a day is bad in all scenarios, but it certainly makes things harder for those who are trying to stabilize blood glucose levels. Instead of eating 3 big meals per day, have 6 smaller ones. This is going to help regulate blood sugar and help control cravings!
- Snack on foods high in fibre and protein! Foods high in fiber and protein are digested at a much slower rate, keeping you satiated for much longer and preventing spikes in blood sugar.
- Drink lots of water! This probably isn’t the first time you’ve heard that the body can often mistake thirst for hunger. Stats don’t lie! Drink at least 8 cups of water per day, whether it be from pure water, herbal teas, or watery veggies!
I have implemented these tricks into my life and have noticed a world of difference. However, like many things in life, sometimes we need a little extra help to get to where we want to be. Trying to study but still can’t focus, despite having tried all of these tips? That’s where MindGain comes in! MindGain is used to improve memory and cognitive function. Simply mix it in with some water and sip it while you’re studying/getting work done! And to top it off, this stuff tastes GOOD. A citrusy, summery beverage to fuel your brain.