By Kelly James-Enger
Like to write first thing in the morning? That’s great, but make sure you fuel your tank beforehand. Your mom was right about eating breakfast-not only does it help you maintain a healthy weight, it also improves your abilities to concentrate and remember, two important skills when you’re putting words on the page. Not surprisingly, regular breakfast eaters also report they feel better mood-wise and perform better on the job than breakfast-skippers.
It’s good if you have time to actually sit down and eat a hearty breakfast, but if you’re pressed for time, forgo the typical hot breakfast for fruit and yogurt or peanut butter on a whole-wheat bagel. In a pinch, an energy bar and a big glass of water is much better than nothing. Some protein, fat, and complex carbs will give you the energy your body and brain need first thing in the morning.
Author, speaker, and consultant Kelly James-Enger is a certified personal trainer and the author of books including Small Changes, Big Results: A 12-Week Action Plan to a Better Life (with Ellie Krieger, R.D.). Her book, Ready, Aim, Specialize! Create your own Writing Specialty and Make More Money, is aimed at novice freelancers; Six-Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money helps experienced writers boost their bottom lines. Visit www.becomebodywise.com for free articles about freelancing and more information about her.