Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Eating for Writers

As I type, I'm sitting here with a plate of scrambled eggs cooked in coconut oil on a bed of fresh spinach and a few marinated artichokes. Two years ago, I would have been sitting here with a sack of gummy peach rings and a Cherry Coke. A pretty big difference, huh?

This isn't to say that I'm a perfect angel all the time. I have my moments. Er, hours. But I've learned something pretty important. See, I used sugar and caffeine to keep me going when I had huge projects to finish up, but they were stripping my brain and actually making it harder for me to concentrate. Then I'd have a hard time sleeping because of all that sugar and caffeine. 

When you sit down to write, think about the parts of your body that are going to be taxed the most. Your brain, definitely. That's where the coconut oil comes in - it's a healthy fat, and because your brain is made of fat, it needs good fat to nourish it. The spinach is also a brain food. The eggs are protein for stamina. And the artichokes are just for deliciousness.

I'm not saying you have to eat this meal exactly. But what I'm suggesting is that you experiment with eating brain food and protein the next time you have a writing session. See if that helps you be more productive. I know it does me, and plus, what I'm eating right now won't lead to weight gain, which is another thing writers can struggle with.

Write healthy!


Canda said...

Apples and baby carrots work for me. It used to be chocolate and buttered popcorn.

Tristi Pinkston said...

It really does make a difference, doesn't it?

Donna K. Weaver said...

I wish I could eat carrots sticks, but they get stuck in between my teeth and distract me. I feel so much better when I eat right. I just forget too often.

Heidi said...

Love it! I think lifestyle discussions are so valuable for writers.

DEZMOND said...

yep, the healthier you eat the more power and creativity you have for working :) This goes for kids too - they give much better results in school when you don't serve them ready meals and junk food.