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Fuelling for

optimum

performance

Nutritionist Kate Taylor provides insight into the

importance of fuelling for optimum performance

both at work and at home.

With productivity being a buzz word in almost every

corporate environment, is our lack of focus on fuel letting

us down when it comes to being at our best.

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It’s common theme now that many of us

work more than we should. Forget how

many hours we are contractually obliged

to do, that went out the window a long

time ago, yet in this age of working longer

and actually being less productive what

are we doing about fuelling for optimum

performance? Add to that the ever increasing

number of us suffering with stress and the

picture is bleak.

We have the ability to fuel ourselves in

two ways, one through physical energy,

calories, food and drink. The other through

mental ability, strength and determination.

Couple the two and you have the makings of

a winning team, sport is perhaps the perfect

example. However when we look at the

workplace, where many have the mental

capabilities, they are let down by failing to

fuel themselves in line with the day ahead.

How many of us think about what’s ahead

of us and how our food for that day, week or

month, needs to sit within it? How many of

us feel we have the time do so? And yet with

the constant demands for more output this

should be our number one priority.

Education must underpin the above, there

is a responsibility of every employer to ensure

their teams are being provided with the right

information and the right sustenance, but

there is an onus on the individual themselves

to take the action. After all, we can be provided

with all the information available, but it’s up to

us what we do with it.

How many of us think

about what’s ahead of

us and how our food for

that day, week or month,

needs to sit within it?

How many of us feel we

have the time do so?

All of what I’ve mentioned above was

brought to the forefront of my mind whilst

running a recent weekend escape with the

premise of getting people to make positive

changes and build healthier habits which

will support them in achieving their goals.

The consistent theme from all was around

stress and how to fit the simplest of things

into their already busy schedule. These are

things like, walking, thinking about food,

controlling boredom and funnily enough

putting themselves first. The standout for me

10 | Insights & Action | October 2017

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