Thor's Thoughts: Brain Food

Greetings once again, people of Earth.

Today our topic is health, and mainly, food. I know that for myself, it helps my writing and my focus if I have food nearby. If I can eat as I write. I asked the Twitter-writer-hive-mind what they ate while they write, and got many responses.

Frozen chocolate chips (I do this, and it was mentioned multiple times. I was surprised others were so specific.)
Hot Tamales
Sour Brite Crawlers
Life Savers Sour Red Gummies (again with the specific...)
Hot Chocolate (some add whipped cream, mmm)
Jelly Beans
Soda (most named Coke)

Nuts (mainly almonds, apparently)

We tend to go for sweet rather than savory, us writers. I should mention, only one person named fresh fruit, and one named string cheese. It was the same person.

But just because these are the things we eat, doesn't mean they're the best for us. I found a site for the Brain Food Pyramid. It names four things we can eat to get our brains working quickly and properly. (Click on each topic to read more.)

1. Fatty Acids. These are healthy fats that help assist in the transfer of data from one part of your body to another. Things such as avocados, chicken, and fish give us these good fats and help us process our thoughts and feelings quicker and more efficiently.

2. Amino Acids. These are what form the transmitters between your brain and your cells. Fish are a good source of this also, along with protein rich vegetables and cheeses.

3. Glucose. Glucose is a type of sugar our body gets from carbohydrates. Healthy sources include vegetables, fruits, whole wheat breads, pastas, and milk.

4. Micronutrients. These are antioxidants. They help battle the oxidation, or breakdown, of your brain and body. Basically they protect you from harm. You can never have enough antioxidants. Fruits and vegetables, especially those high in vitamin C, with bright colors, are going to give you the most. Oranges, strawberries, blueberries, spinach, tomatoes, carrots, all of these will provide you a healthy dose of micronutrients.

Side story: This weekend, my alter-ego went to a family reunion and spent days trying to keep up with her children. It wore her down so fast, I wept for her. She does not have my strength, rarely exercises, and does not eat well.

As writers, we often neglect our health, our very lives, to work on our craft. Please, friends. Take good care of yourselves. Eat healthy foods, get out and move around at least once a day, and take time alone to refocus your mind without the pressure to write or do anything else, if only for a few minutes.

Your work will thank you for it.

Until next time,


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