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Grab a cup ‘o Joe and share what’s on your mind for an hour on this THURSDAY, JULY 24.

Many of us need a boost during the day to keep it going. What most of us do not realize is that what we DO eat is as much important as what we DO NOT eat. The foods make us what we are. They make us feel good or even not so.

Each person is unique and should listen to her body’s signals to adjust lifestyle, foods, activities.

But let’s stop for a moment and point out the FOODS that actually are prone to increase your FOCUS to accomplish tasks. Obviously, give it time to work and be consistent and persistent in your endeavor!

 

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  1. CoffeeTime says:

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    – Do you need some boost to your energy level to stay in focus of what you do?
    – ANYTHING You do to stay in focus during your day?

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  3. CoffeeTime says:

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    Water

    Seriously, sometimes all you really need is a glass of refreshing water to kick off the day, especially if you had a rough night. “Thirst and dehydration can cause fatigue,” says Moustafa.

    “If you reach for a cup of coffee or an energy drink, it will actually dehydrate you further, causing you to feel worse later. So before you do anything, drink a tall 10-ounce glass of water. Squeeze some fresh lemon in it for a little extra kick.”

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    • Karen Hinkle says:

      that is some great advice I should start doing this

    • wendy c g says:

      I mostly drink only water. Add some mint, fresh fruit and you have a refreshing drink.

    • Katrina A. says:

      I drink water non stop. Became a habit when I was pregnant and it stuck. I do like my Redbulls but that’s just a guilty pleasure I allow myself when we do our monthly grocery shopping (PS…..energy drinks do not give you a boost at all….at least me!)

  4. CoffeeTime says:

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    Oatmeal

    They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and with good reason. Not only does it give you the first boost of energy to start your day, but studies have also shown breakfast eaters are at lower risk for obesity, hypertension and diabetes, in comparison to those who prefer to skip it.

    While it might be tempting to savor sugary cereal or a doughnut, it’s crucial to start your day on the right note so you can stay focused, fight hunger, and avoid packing on the pounds easily. Experts recommend eating oatmeal, which is low in calories and will help you feel fuller longer. To jazz up your meal, load up on fresh fruit for a touch of sweetness or cinnamon for some spice.

    oatmeal with berries

    • Karen Hinkle says:

      I am not a oatmeal person I cant stand it but I do eat it in my gronaloa bars lol and yes eat breakfast it will help you start your day

    • wendy c g says:

      I love oatmeal, add some fruit and yum.

    • Katrina A. says:

      I’m horrible at eating breakfast. Always have been. Just not hungry. I need to work on it. I wish I liked oatmeal. It’s so good for you but reminds me of being a kids trying to swallow something you really don’t like but have to eat to get dessert…lol

  5. CoffeeTime says:

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    Blueberries

    Not only are blueberries wonderfully tasty and rich in antioxidants, but they’ve also been said to be a memory booster. A 2010 report published by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry revealed those who drank blueberry juice every day for two months significantly improved their performance on learning and memory tests.

    Whenever those snack cravings kick in, consider enjoying some fresh, ripe blueberries over sugary sweets any day.

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    • Karen Hinkle says:

      I am eating a blueberry breakfast biscuit right now I don’t care for them but I know they are good for me

    • wendy c g says:

      I just ate a bunch last night. I love them.

    • Katrina A. says:

      I used to kind of like blueberries but something happened in recent years and I just cannot stand them. Maybe it’s the sweetness? Not sure but something else I have to choke down.

  6. CoffeeTime says:

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    Bananas

    If you’re in a hurry, make sure to grab a banana to consume while on the go. Not only are they sweet and delish, but they can also help boost your concentration. A 2008 study found that students who ate the golden fruit before an exam actually did better than those who didn’t. Bananas highlight potassium, an essential mineral crucial for keeping your brain, nerves, and heart in tip-top shape.

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    Beets

    “This dark red root may be the new kid on the block for promoting better memory, focused concentration and overall cognition,” says Shemek. “Beets contain nitrates that can dilate blood vessels, increase blood flow and oxygen to the brain, thereby improving mental performance. Add beets to salads, roast them or add to juices for optimal brain health.”

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  8. CoffeeTime says:

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    Spinach

    You could have crunchy, nutritious kale as a salad for lunch, but if you’re looking to change things up, consider trying another dark leafy green whenever the mood strikes. Spinach is known as brain food and there’s a reason why.

    “Spinach is loaded with lutein, folate, and beta-carotene,” Florida-based dietitian Tara Gidus tells Real Simple. “These nutrients have been linked with preventing dementia. I know neurologists who recommend eating spinach at least three times a week.”

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    Eggs

    You may be tempted to ditch the yolk when preparing eggs, but some experts actually insist on keeping it. “Whole eggs, yolk included, are a dense source of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA,” says Shemek. “Research has shown that adequate omega-3 intake has a favorable effect upon memory and mood.

    Eggs also contain choline, a compound that can help maintain healthy brain cell membranes.” To save time, Shemek recommends boiling a batch of eggs for the week ahead to have them on hand.

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  10. CoffeeTime says:

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    Dark Chocolate

    Need to perk up in the AM? Enjoy some feel-good dark cocoa rather than coffee. “Dark chocolate boosts serotonin and endorphin levels, which are associated with greater concentration,” says Natalie Stephens, clinical dietician at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

    “It’s also a source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, such as potassium, copper, and magnesium, which can work with a healthy diet to control blood pressure. It’s also lower in fat and sugar than milk or white chocolate, which is better for diabetics and really anyone interested in cutting back on sugar intake.”

    A 2013 study even concluded that those who drank two cups of cocoa every day for a month had improved blood flow to the brain, performing better on memory tests. But just like with any treat, be mindful of the calorie count and always aim for the highest quality. Experts say one square of dark chocolate during the afternoon slump should be sufficient.

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  11. CoffeeTime says:

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    Salmon

    “Salmon is a concentrated source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help rebuild brain cells, slow cognitive decline, and also strengthen the synapses in your brain related to memory,” says professional health coach Lori Shemek. “The protein in salmon contains amino acids, which are essential for keeping your brain focused and sharp. Look to add salmon where you can to maximize your brain power.”

    Need to jazz up your eggs for breakfast? Shemek recommends pairing them with some salmon for a satisfying meal to start your day.

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  12. CoffeeTime says:

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    Green Tea

    If you’re feeling drained by mid-day, think twice before grabbing that extra cup of coffee. With those extra sugar additions, it can easily rack up your calorie intake during the day and cause unnecessary jitters. Also, too much consumption of caffeine can cause headaches, which will only hurt your concentration.

    While green tea has always been hailed as a coffee alternative, no two brands are created equal. Some may have less caffeine than a regular cup of coffee, which can actually be a good thing.

    “Green tea does contain a more modest amount of caffeine balanced by the amino acid theanine,” says celebrity nutritionist JJ Virgin. “Studies show theanine improves mental alertness and focus. If you need that afternoon pick-me-up, green tea is your ticket.”

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