Advice on the perfect food for meetings and conference delegates
alert for a long meeting or conference can be a challenge for any
delegate. However, attention and energy levels can be significantly
improved by making a few sensible food choices throughout the day.
of the most important factors to consider is how to keep blood sugar
levels steady throughout the day without any sudden peaks or troughs.
The early morning buzz after those tempting Danish pastries is
inevitably followed by a slump as the body releases a surge of insulin
to deal with the sudden rush of sugar. Instead of pastries, a healthy
breakfast can be topped up with slow releasing energy foods as required
through the morning. Snacks made from whole foods such as nuts and seeds
can ensure a constant level of energy is maintained to keep you fully
engaged and productive.
At lunch time, delegates should actively
avoid heavy meals that are high in carbohydrate and high in fat which
are associated with the post-lunch dip and the infamous graveyard shift
in the early afternoon. Where possible, chose lighter, fresh and freshly
prepared foods to provide the essential nutrients for brain function
It is also well worth paying some close attention to
the overall nutritional value of the lunch. Essential fatty acids, such
as omega 3 fatty acids are particularly important as they are closely
associated with brain health. These fatty acids are found in cold-water
fish, nuts, seeds and green leafy vegetables and should regularly be
incorporated into a diet. Protein quality is also important to ensure
the right balance of essential amino acids. Ensure vegetable proteins
such as pulses and nuts are combined to ensure a complete mix of amino
acids are present if meat or fish are not eaten. A range of salads and
vegetables need to be included too in order to ensure the lunch is rich
in vitamins and “phytonutrients”, the plant chemicals such as
antioxidants that promote good health.
Finally, drink plenty of
water throughout the day. Keeping the brain hydrated is absolutely
essential for sustained concentration. Don’t just rely on caffeine.
Russell, Chairman, founded the strategic food consultancy, Russell
Partnership, in 1989 and now has with over 400 global clients and a
permanent team of 50 specialists.
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