If you’re reading this, you’ve probably heard someone say, “You are what you eat!” at some point in your life. And while there’s definitely some truth to this statement — age-old aphorisms don’t become age-old aphorisms for nothing — what many of us might not have considered is just how deeply its logic applies to some of the more important individual aspects of everyday life.
Specifically, I’m talking about the way diet impacts work and productivity. While it’s true that we are what we eat, it’s also true that we work how we eat. That is to say, diet has a more direct impact on work output and productivity levels than most of us realize.
It’s no secret that, in the simplest possible terms, your digestive system uses up energy to do its job. Your body only has so much energy to go around, which is why it makes sense to pay close attention to what you eat when you’re trying to coax the best possible performance out of your mind and body. Eating too much or consuming the wrong foods during a workday can seriously impair your productivity , but the relationship between your diet and your work output actually goes much deeper.