At the core of every high performing CEO and/or boss babe is their daily routine. We all know that your success in life and business is made up of the small everyday pieces of your daily routine, but the most important part of that routine is the way you fuel your body. Success in life comes from the inside out, so make sure you are putting effort into healthy eating just as you would work on your mindset, routine, and rest. Knowing what to eat for high performance isn’t so much learning something new about food as much as it is reminding yourself that the foods you already love can propel you into higher energy, performance, mental clarity, and happiness. Check these off your list when you’re ready to boost your eating and take your success to the next level:
I drill this into every boss babe I help because not only is it an essential mineral for good general health, but entrepreneurs and high performing people are also likely to suffer from overwhelm and anxiety. Having giant goals and so much to do can put unnecessary stress in the body and mind. Natural forms of anxiety relief such as foods high in magnesium can help support your mental health simply by what you eat every day. Spinach, almonds, avocado, and brown rice are just a few of the many foods high in magnesium that can be used in plenty of easy recipes for your daily routine.
5 Ingredients or Less
Although many of the foods you eat may have more than 5 ingredients, this simple rule is an easy way to help keep track of how many “whole” foods you are eating. In this case, “whole” simply means less ingredients, more nutrition, food that is as close to its natural state as possible. Many of the foods you eat are less than 5 ingredients, anyway – fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and more. The key is to eat as many of these as possible to keep your physical and mental clarity at their best. This means less brain fog, less cravings to distract you during your work day, more satisfaction after your meals, and more results from the food you already eat.
Complex Forms of Your Faves
One common challenge I see among hardworking people who put in many hours in a day is dealing with cravings and unusual amounts of hunger. If you ever get overworked, overwhelmed, or simply begin looking for a quick fox for energy, you can easily get caught in the cycle of cravings and crashes. For energy purposes, make sure you are making simple healthy swaps for complex forms of the foods you love. Whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, multigrain bagels, fortified nut milks, spiralized veggie pasta, homemade granola, veggie pizza are all easy examples of swaps that help your energy levels stay powerful and stable.
Veggie-Heavy for Energy
Most foods will give you some form of energy, but vegetables are the ones you can rely on for a “clean” fuel through your entire day. Making sure you eat for high performance means going back to basics, such as vegetables you already like. You can add vegetables to breakfast (like spinach in a smoothie), lunch (protein-packed salads), and dinner (stir-frying, pasta meals, roasting veggies). Vegetables are nutrient-dense, meaning they contain a high concentration of the essential vitamins and minerals you need to stay focused, energized, satisfied, and in good general health all day long. There are plenty of ways to begin planning your meals, but I want to challenge you to think of the vegetable as the star of your meal when you plan and see how easily your meals turn into fuel from there.
Knowing what to eat for high performance is more about why you eat than what you eat. If you begin the day knowing you NEED energy and focus, aren’t you that much more likely to grab whatever fruit, veggie, or grain in your fridge than before?
Eat what makes you feel great, eat what you KNOW will give you energy, and let food be your easy fuel for a powerful day of high performance, every day.