I spoke with author Graham Allcott about his latest book, Work Fuel: The Productivity Ninja Guide to Nutrition, which he’s co-authored with nutrition expert, Colette Heneghan. It’s not the usual “foodie” or recipe book. Instead, it’s about getting the most energy from your food, whether you’re vegetarian, vegan or omnivore, so you can use that energy to be more productive. Life-changing, right?  Don’t worry, you don’t have to make too many changes all at once. Here’s how you can start:

Follow the five-ingredient rule.
When you’re shopping, try to avoid those foods with a long list of strange-sounding ingredients. Graham suggests a limit of five with a general rule: the simpler the better.

Teach yourself Ninja preparedness.
If you have good food in the house, you’ll eat better so keep your cupboard stocked with basics like lentils, kidney beans and coconut milk or whatever suits you. You can add these to your fresh ingredients and have a quick, healthy meal even when you’re tired or stressed.  Also, think ahead when you're cooking and make a little extra for lunch the next day or to freeze for another time.

Learn about good snacking.
Graham and Colette are big believers in eating three healthy meals a day and recommend that you try not to eat in between, which promotes good digestion. Travelling can be disruptive though, so try taking some energy-boosting foods with you like mixed nuts. Graham’s secret tip is to take an avocado along. Slice and add it to your airline meal to ramp up the nutrition and flavours. And don’t forget to hydrate!

The book is full of practical ways to change your diet and energy levels for the better.  You can find it in bookshops, at hive.co.uk, or on Amazon.



For more tips, check out Graham’s book, Work Fuel: The Productivity Ninja Guide to Nutrition

or Graham's  website

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