Being health conscious about what you eat should not only focus on trimming to your waistline. As a writer, taking your nutrition into account should also focus on nourishing your brain. A good diet fuels your creativity. One must be mindful about what passes their lips because, well not to be cliche, you are what you eat. Garbage in, garbage out. If you have an unhealthy eating lifestyle, your creativity and productivity will suffer. There are thousands of studies out there that show the direct correlation of how diets loaded with processed foods, high sugars, and an oddity of chemicals makes one’s body lethargic, unmotivated, and mush-brained.
There are so many lists out there of what to eat and what not to eat. Honestly it is exhausting trying to filter through it all. I am not about to critique out all the diets and fads that are supposed to produce more brain power. Nevertheless, I will list out some things that are beneficial to start introducing in your current diet that will help spur creativity and keep you motivated with writing. From there, do your own research to see what kind of diet will work best for you.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Foods that contain this fatty acid helps grow gray matter volume. Our bodies cannot naturally produce this type of fatty acid, so we must include in our diet a standard intake of Omega-3’s.
- Foods: Flax, Salmon, Tuna, Nut Oils, Fish Oils
Folic Acid: Increases cognitive and critical thinking. Some studies have shown that folic acid also increases memory.
- Foods: Dark Green Veggies and Citrus Fruit
Chocolate: (Just for you, Robyn LaRue) Research from the University of Nottingham shows that “eating chocolate could help to sharpen up the mind and give a short-term boost to cognitive skills”. Now, that doesn’t mean that you can pig out on that 1 pound bag of M&Ms. While chocolate is good for you, it is only beneficial in moderation.
Glucose: In moderation, glucose boosts creativity, concentration, and alertness. Focus on foods that are on the healthier end of the spectrum rather than reaching for those loaded with high levels of fructose and carbs
- Foods: Blueberries, Oranges, Strawberries
Water: Water is like gasoline for one’s brain. A brain cannot function when dehydrated. Not only does a body become sluggish, but dehydration can cause a myriad of other problems like headaches, body aches, and even death. Can’t write when you are dead!
Writer Brain Friendly Noshes:
- Broccoli (not steamed)
- Dark Chocolate (in moderation)
- Black Currants
- Sweet Potatoes
- Popcorn (plain – no butter or salt)
- Green Tea
- Chia / Flax / Hemp Seeds
Disclaimer: I am by no means a doctor. This article is not meant to be medical advice. Please consult with your doctor if you have any questions.
Want to know what your favorite authors ate? Here are Favorite Snacks of Great Writers from the The New York Times.
Nourish the body, nourish the mind. Check out the other posts in The Healthy Writer’s Body Series.