We know that food provides nutrients for growth, general wellbeing and even sports performance. But did you know you can improve your energy and ability to focus at work with some similar food choices? In a time when caffeinated beverages and high sugar options are common ‘pick me ups’, buck the trend and consider some of the below!
Brain food- foods containing omega 3 fatty acids are essential for optimal brain function. Theses healthy fats have been linked to cognitive performance and memory. They are also anti inflammatory and can potentially help prevent conditions such as Alzheimer’s and heart disease.
The best sources of omega 3 fatty acids are oil fish; tuna, salmon and mackerel. 150g of these fish three times per week will provider you with the recommended amount of omega 3s. Plant sources include canola oil, linseed, flaxseed, chia seeds and soy beans.
Energy food- once we have flooded our brains with the powerful omega 3s, we can make sure that the energy we get from food is the long lasting kind. Carbohydrates are our brains prefered source of energy. High GI (glyceamic index) foods such as white bread, biscuits, cakes and soft drinks are digested very quickly and give us a spike in energy (and blood sugar levels) followed by a crash. This can lead to fluctuating moods and cravings. Low GI foods such as whole grains, fruit, legumes and yoghurt release their energy gradually and help sustain focus and concentration at work. They also keep us full for longer and reduce cravings.
Putting it all together- some great choices for busy work days include;
Tuna, rocket and beetroot salad
Salmon, avocado and ricotta on ryvitas
3 bean salad with corn, capsicum and balsamic vinegar
Hummus and carrots/snow peas and vita wheats
Greek yoghurt, berries and crushed hazelnuts
Smoothie with banana, chia seeds, and peanut butter
Popcorn, nuts and dried fruit snack mix


Top tips to gain lean mass!

by Steffani on November 3, 2017

Been working hard at the gym? Don’t feel like you are getting any stronger? Not seeing the results you are after? Maybe you need some nutrition advice to help with gaining lean mass?


We have all heard that fitness is 30% exercise or training, and 70% nutrition. And that is 100% right. You can train as hard as you are physically able to, though won’t see physical results if you do not fuel or re fuel your body appropriately. So here are out top tips for gaining lean mass!

  • Eat at least 4-6 meals/snacks per day – you need to take in more kilojoules from food and drink than you expend or burn.
  • Include some protein at each meal and snack to assist muscle maintenance and growth.
  • Before any training session, have a carbohydrate based snack.
  • After completing every training session, you need carbohydrates for recovery, plus protein to provide amino acids for growth and repair.
  • A great option for immediately after a strength/resistance session would be 20-25g of whey protein (fast absorbing). Carbohydrate to complement this could come from adding milk to the whey protein or by including a carbohydrate food as a snack or within your meal.
  • Have a big glass of milk (400ml) before bed to help build muscle overnight – this provides a slow release source of protein.
  • Make use of all your fluids – instead of drinking only water, maybe have an extra milk drink.
  • Make sure that your diet is still not too high in saturated fat, so that you don’t gain extra body fat.  But you certainly don’t need to be on a ‘no fat’ diet! Healthy fats (good oils, avocado, nuts and seeds etc) may be included to add extra kilojoules as well other important nutrients.
  • Last but not least…. unfortunately you have to ensure you are training hard!!!!


If you need any help with designing a nutrition program to suit your training goals, contact an Eat Smart Dietitian!


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