Nutrition in Business: Think Like an Athlete

Tip of the Day – Wednesday 13th June

If you want to be an elite performer in business, the performing arts, or any other walk of life, you need a nutrition strategy. According to the dictionary strategy is ‘a plan of action designed to achieve a long-term or overall aim’. Elite athletes in any sport have a nutrition strategy that takes into account fueling up prior to training/competition, fuel and hydration strategies for during training/competition, and recovery meals that make sure they are ready train or compete again quickly and successfully. The phrase ‘nutrition strategy’ suggests forethought and planning, which will include fine details such as how to meet nutrition needs when traveling and competing away from home.

So in business what’s your nutrition strategy? Let’s say you’ve got a planning meeting later today. You know it could go on all afternoon. How are you going to maintain focus and concentration among the attendees? Or perhaps you are going to be on the road for three hours before a client meeting. Will you arrive hydrated and fully focused?

A bit of planning on the nutrition-front can be the difference between being focused, creative, attentive, and fully engaged in your work, or not. If you are leaving the office for a long journey, take water and some snacks. That way you are less likely to wind up in the services grabbing a sugar-laden soft drink and a fatty muffin when your energy starts to dip. For long meetings provide some fruit and nuts, plenty of water, and take regular breaks. I know this stuff sounds obvious, and it is, but I’ve rarely seen it being done. Business can learn from sport in so many areas, especially when it comes to nutrition strategies, so when it comes to food, try thinking more like an elite athlete.

About Paul Chamberlain

Paul Chamberlain MSc is a performance nutritionist based in Hertfordshire supporting athletes in a variety of sports and offering weight loss and general nutrition coaching to anyone looking to improve their health and well-being. Paul has lectured extensively on nutrition and is former Technical Director at Solgar Vitamin & Herb, where he gained extensive knowledge of the supplement market. Paul uses a functional approach to promote improved performance and long-term health.