Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Food for Thought

           "Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them." - Washington Irving
After spending hours upon hours in the library, I thought that I would share some of the food and beverages that keep me going, even when I think about leaving. There are few things that one needs when planning on spending several hours at the library. Besides the obvious assignments and readings that you will be working on, you will need FOOD. Food is usually the first thing on my mind, when I plan on being in the library for quite some time. 
I am the most productive during the day. Emphasis on day, because once night takes over, I have less motivation to keep working. Although, I am productive during the week, I am my most productive on Saturdays and Sundays, only when I am at a location where distractions are to a minimum. Usually the library is not that busy on the weekends, especially Saturdays. Therefore, I take advantage of the quietness. 
The foods that I will list, are the the foods that keep ME going. I refer to them as my POWER FOODS. You may like them, You may not and that's okay

Bananas: It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin B6. 
Nuts: almonds, pistachios, and cashews. I love this trio because they are a great source of dietary fiber, calcium, energy, and other essential minerals such a zinc, magnesium. In addition, they increase HDL cholesterol, which means they lower the bad cholesterol or LDL cholesterol.
Teas: My all time favorite are peppermint and green teas. I usually stay away from coffee (simply for taste) and sugary drinks, like soft drinks.
And for something sweet: dark chocolate. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants, which aids in the destruction of free radicals in your body, causing premature aging among other disasters. 

Water: Must stay hydrated. 

Grilled chicken sandwich
. I specifically go for sandwiches because they are not messy, its filling and delicious.

Important to note is that I stay away from greasy food, because they often leave us feeling lethargic and at times when I need to be productive for long periods of time, I cannot afford to feel sleepy or sluggish.

I hope this helps. Please share some of your power foods.

Happy studying,