Mindful Eating: Eating Mindfully by Minding What You Eat

The average adult human has a sustained attention span of 20 minutes, but some researchers are saying that’s been reduced to 5 minutes, with the internet to blame. If you’ve got a particularly long training session or meeting coming up, your brain needs all the help it can get. Mindful eating. Recent research says that certain foods improve cognition, while others are harmful to your brain. By minding what you eat, in other words, mindful eating, you can lengthen your attention span, retain information better and even decrease your risk of getting Alzheimer’s Disease as you age.

1. Skip the Pre-Meeting Carb Loading

The morning of a meeting or training, avoid simple carbohydrates like bagels, donuts, waffles or anything not labeled “whole grain.” Simple carbohydrates begin breaking down into glucose (sugar) as soon as you start chewing. Glucose goes right into your system and spikes your cortisol levels, which impairs your memory, makes it hard to concentrate, and makes your brain misfire, meaning your colleague will say one thing, but you’ll hear another.

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