How can diet intervention improve our productivity?

Our lives are already 100% full of things that we have already prioritized as most important. For most people this includes sleep, work, preparing meals, eating, daily errands like groceries, taking children to school or appointments, and perhaps exercise. If we decide that we want to embark on a new journey to wellness whether it be yoga classes, online meditation videos, or dietary changes- we need to somehow work this into our already 100% packed days.

For this reason we often don't make the changes that we need to make to see the results that we desire and deserve. We say that we are "too busy" or "it's not a good time" to be focusing on making changes that we know will benefit our health and wellbeing. We don't often consider how making diet changes and focusing on improving our diet and lifestyle now can actually improve our productivity long term.

I wanted to share with you a client journey. This client was studying full time and working in a part-time role some evenings and most weekends. When I met with her she initially just wanted to lose weight. However what she ended up achieving was alot more than this!

When it came to diet intervention- all she wanted was a meal plan that told her exactly what to eat. I could have just given her a diet plan for weight loss, however this wouldn't have taken into account the lack of sleep she was getting, her rising stress levels, inability to focus during lectures, or her ongoing battle against hunger hormones. She was studying long hours and barely had any time to sleep let alone take a break from her computer screen! If she only had worked on diet changes for weight loss then it's likely that she would have ended up with less energy, worse sleep, and overall poorer quality of life.

The intervention that I did with this client focused alot on improving her sleep, reducing stress hormones, balancing hunger hormones, and boosting her energy levels. We also talked alot about self care, managing stress, and scheduling her day to prioritise the tasks that she dreaded most. After 6 weeks- not only did she lose weight, she also was able to focus more on her study and actually reduce her time spent studying due to improved productivity and ability to focus. She completed my women's wellness program so was provided with weekly shopping lists and meal plans and didn't need to go to the supermarket every second day anymore, and also found that sleeping more soundly meant that she was able to complete her exercise first thing in the morning rather than leaving it to the end of the day when it was less likely to happen at all.

She reflected with me recently about her experience and described how she initially was reluctant to focus on anything additional to a simple meal plan when she first met me because she was under the impression that she didn't have time to do this. She wanted the easiest, quickest results possible! She then went on to say how she was amazed that by taking only ~2hrs/ week to learn more about food, her body, and how to eat to address the poor sleep and hormone imbalances that she was experiencing could make such a huge difference to her life long term.

So often we look at achieving quick, short-term results because we live such a fast-paced and busy life. I really encourage you to look at what it is you are wanting to achieve. What symptoms does your body experience that you need to take notice of? How much time are you spending going back and forth to the supermarket or settling for meals with poor nutritional quality because you don't have time to cook something better? If we wait until a good time to focus on our health and wellbeing- then we will be waiting forever.

So how can you improve your productivity through diet and lifestyle intervention?

  1. Stop wasting time going to the supermarket or wondering what to cook for dinner. Take some time to plan your meals and spend 10 minutes of your week getting organised on what you plan to cook. Complete your grocery shop online or do one big shop once each week and this could save you hours! Take advantage of my 9 week meal plan which gives you 9 whole weeks of meal ideas, recipes, and shopping lists so that you don't have to think about dinner at all! (Included in my not a diet/ women's wellness program). I also cover meal planning and show you how to meal plan moving forward at the end of the program too.

  2. Get better sleep! You already probably know how a bad sleep makes you feel. More lethargic, slower, less productive, and less likely to get tasks done efficiently- if at all. Prioritise getting better sleep and aiming for no less than 8 hours each night. Your diet can have alot to do with this too! Eat melatonin producing foods in the evenings if you struggle with sleep and allow a 1-2 hour gap between food and bed time. There are plenty of other things that you can do to improve your sleep which you can learn more about in my women's wellness / not a diet program.

  3. Improve your energy levels. Our energy levels influence not only how we feel but also what we eat, how we behave, how much we achieve during the day, the quality of work that we produce, and much more than this! Food is fuel for our body so it not surprisingly plays a huge part in how energized we feel. You can boost your energy through food by making sure that your meals are balanced, limiting caffeine and alcohol, staying hydrated, and ensuring overall diet nutritional adequacy.

  4. Learn about food now so that you don't need to keep googling, reading, or researching what to eat. Legit food information is such an important part of diet intervention that often gets missed! Spend some time upskilling with legitimate food information and you will learn how to eat well forever without wasting time googling or researching what you should be doing.

These are just a few of the many ways that spending a small amount of time on your diet and wellbeing now can save you a huge amount of time long term! Complete my "Get Healthy" checklist- week 2 of my free program- and identify what it is that your body is trying to tell you.

Prioritise yourself and your health now to actually achieve the results that you know you want to achieve! If now isn't a good time to work on your health- then this tells us that now is probably the best time to prioritise yourself and your health. Spend some time this week working through my free program to get you started on your journey.