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In-School Productivity Campaign | Nutrition, health and productivity: Is there a connection?

Published:Monday | March 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMKrishta-Gay Lewis-Harewood
Krishta-Gay Lewis-Harewood
Much research now extoll the benefits of regularly fasting for one or two days out of your week. I have provided basic guidelines in a previous article.

What comes to mind when you think of productivity? Maybe you think of how well you do something, and words such as 'efficient' may jump out at you. But have you stopped and given thought to the things you need to do in order to be productive? This may include things such as writing a to-do list at the end of your day to prepare for the next; scheduling a specific time to read and respond to emails separate from other job duties; and applying productivity tools such as 5S to organise your workspace might be the popular responses. But what about your diet and health? Have you ever thought about how the foods you consume affect your health and, consequently, your productivity?

A productive day doesn't start when you get to the office but rather the moment you awake. From getting up, having a few stretches, having a shower, brushing your teeth and having breakfast, all these pave the way for a productive day. However, the most important of these is having a healthy breakfast. Can a car run without fuel? So, too, the body cannot function optimally without being properly fuelled.

Starting your day with a healthy breakfast will give you the fuel you need to power through your day. Countless studies have elaborated on the effect of eating a healthy breakfast on health and cognition; through research, it has become known and accepted that eating a healthy breakfast makes you more productive. Think about the last time you skipped breakfast? What was your morning like? How much uninterrupted work did you get done? Were you slower than usual because of low energy levels? More tired and lethargic? Now think about how you are when you've had breakfast. How was your performance then?

In order to ensure you have a healthy breakfast, you want to try to get foods that provide nutrients such as carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, and minerals. This may sound daunting at first, but it is quite easy. Having a quick and easy meal of LASCO Breakfast cereals, whether Corn Flakes, Frosted Flakes or Raisin Bran, with milk will provide these. Not a cereal fan? How about a quick, easy, and nutritious smoothie made with Instant Oats and your choice of fruit and milk? These are just a few of the many options LASCO has to suit your breakfast needs. From our canned Salted Fish for quick and easy fritters to Instant Chocolate Mix for your hot beverage, there is no shortage of breakfast options to choose from to make your healthy breakfast. Don't forget to hydrate with LASCO iCool water; drinking eight glasses of water daily is best achieved when you start at breakfast

Remember, the link between eating a healthy breakfast and productivity is proven, so do the right thing and start your day the right way to ensure you have a productive day.

- Krishta-Gay Lewis-Harewood is brand manager at LASCO Distributors