What we eat can affect our creative energies. The usual suspects—processed foods high in trans fats, artificial ingredients, and excessive amounts of sodium and sugar—can drain us of energy. Those foods can leave us feeling foggy, uninspired, and downright bored, not to mention lethargic, sick, and disease-prone.
In the short amount of time we have here on earth, “I’m bored” seems to be one of the harshest ways to spend a precious, fleeting moment. Whether it’s singing and dancing while we clean the house, creating a piece of art, or changing our approach to eating, thinking outside of the box is a fulfilling and healthy part of the human experience.
Give some of these healthy creativity-boosting foods a try and see how they may help you find more inspiration and clarity.
Foods rich in complex carbohydrates provide the brain with a steady stream of glucose throughout the day. Unlike simple carbohydrates (we’re talking to you, refined sugar and flours), complex carbs take longer to break down and can be better regulated by the body and the brain.
1.Whole grain bread
4. Brown rice
Essential fatty acids (the omegas) play a crucial role in proper brain function. They help our brains process and understand information, which is critical for creative thinking and problem-solving. Try getting a well-rounded variety of foods in your diet that are rich in all of the omegas.
9. Hemp seeds
10. Chia seeds
11. Flax seeds
14. Olive oil
15. Coconut oil
Antioxidants keep our cells healthy by protecting them from free radical damage, something that’s especially important for the brain. Antioxidants also boost our immunity and help us stay healthy—a huge bonus if we’re looking to avoid listless time spent on the couch. Try these foods rich in a variety of potent antioxidants, including beta carotene and vitamins C and E:
16. Berries (any kind will do!)
17. Citrus fruits
18. Dark leafy green vegetables (kale, chard, mustard greens)
23. Chocolate (dark, or better yet, raw)
28. Bee pollen
29. Green tea
Jill Ettinger is the managing editor and contributing writer at Naturally Savvy. This article was originally published on NaturallySavvy.com