6 workday diet tips - Women's Health & Fitness

The day you ask for 
a pay rise
Could there be anything more stressful? No-one would blame you for knocking back a stiff drink or supersize coffee in a bid to shake the nerves. But major stress already toys with blood sugar, and alcohol or coffee will only amplify the effect, leading to sub-optimal focus on concentration as your brain screams for glucose. Er, I deserve it because last year I did… is that a new pot plant?

Instead, try chamomile or lavender tea. Nutritionist Dr Rebecca Harwin also suggests increasing your intake of foods rich in Vitamin B, omega-3s and magnesium in the days leading up to your review – think sunflower seeds, and nuts and fish, which will help to reduce stress, improve brain function, and get you to chill the frig out. Of course, even if food is the last thing you feel like, it’s important to load up on quality fuel for optimum focus.

What the pros recommend

Nutritionist Zoe Bingley-Pullin recommends starting with a small portion of complex carbohydrates to help give your body a steady stream of sugar for the day.

“For breakfast, try some yoghurt with low fat muesli with some blueberries or strawberries.” For lunch, go a sandwich on brown or wholegrain bread with plenty of leafy greens and lean protein. For the rest of the day, eat regularly. And, Dr Harwin says, lay off refined foods and stimulants like coffee and cola, which are dehydrating. Drink water instead.