Building Confidence As a… Writer (3)

Here’s the third installment in a series to help you build confidence as a writer (or anything you want to be).

The first week I talked about doing something for yourself every morning that made you feel good. It doesn’t have to be writing-related.

Last week it was the ever-important tip (particularly for writers) about writing as often as possible. As writers, we write!

This week is the equally important notion/rule/recommendation of eating as healthy as possible.

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Our bodies need the proper fuel to help our energy levels stay steady and our minds stay alert. I’m not saying change your diet dramatically, but if you can avoid sugars and refined foods you’ll be on the right track.

Cooking and food prep are at the bottom of ‘Lisa’s Favorite Things To Do’ list, so don’t think I have it all figured out in this area. I do believe breakfast is important and I start the day with Greek yogurt with granola. The particular type of yogurt because it has more protein than others and there are several options to choose from now! (In the winters I switch to steel grain oats with blueberries.)

Protein is the ingredient I strive for at each meal – so for lunches and dinners and snacks I’m looking at chicken breast, eggs, pork chopswild caught salmon, hamalmondsbeans, steak (now and then), cheese, and a daily protein shake.

High-protein foods include: tofu, oysters, cottage cheese, minced beef, lamb, and swiss cheese. (The items in bold come from a Daily Health Lifestyles article.)

And it is the season for pumpkin seeds – which are a great protein snack option. Yum!

Tips that work for me, and might help you – or give you ideas:

  • Keep junk food out of the house so when cravings hit, it isn’t easy to grab a ‘bad’ treat
  • Write down everything I eat and drink. There are so many apps, such as MyFitnessPal (I only mention it because it’s the one I use), that after a little work at setting up recipes and selecting most-commonly purchased items, it’s a breeze to record everything – even from restaurants!
    • Benefit to using an app is that it most likely will tell you calorie, protein, sugar, fat and other content so you can keep a strong handle on what you’re eating and drinking
    • You can also have friends connected to your apps — and have them help you stay accountable to eating healthy by giving them the ability to see your food diary.
  • Drink a lot of water. I have a 24-oz cup with a lid that I keep full of ice water handy when I’m home. Bottled waters work well in a cooler when I’m out and about during the day.
  • Don’t eat after 7PM — or at least stop eating 3 hours before you’re going to bed.

Does your diet need to change at all? Do you notice you have higher focus after eating certain types of foods (or lack of energy after eating junk food)?

Lisa_2015 Lisa J. Jackson is an independent writer and editor who enjoys working with businesses of all sizes. She loves researching topics, interviewing experts, and helping companies tell their stories. You can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

23 thoughts on “Building Confidence As a… Writer (3)

    • I was addicted to Ring Dings in my 20s, had to go cold turkey, and boy was it tough! I’ve given up sugar in my daily iced coffees – the taste certainly isn’t the same, but giving up the sugar is a good improvement to my overall health. I do have a small piece of dark chocolate or mini peppermint patties now and then. Fun-size treats are also a good way to cut back — as long as it’s one (or two) at a time! But, honestly, as long as you are aware of what you’re eating, I bet you’ll start to find it easier to cut back on the bad things. 🙂

  1. Oops !

    I’m comfortable with your first two suggestions…..but this one. Cooking isn’t my favourite either–usually what I’m going to eat is the last thing I think about…and this is a good reminder that there is a connection between healthy eating, physical health and energy to write…or to do anything in life.

    Thanks for the reminder

    • You’re welcome. I’m glad the post connected with you in some way. I try to think about meals a day in advance and breakfast tends to be the same thing each day. If I could figure out a good meal I could eat most days, it’d be great! A day at a time for both of us. 🙂

  2. I second your recommendations. But I think ideological food is more important that physical food. Unhealthy food for mind (Negative Thinking) is more dangerous and saps more energy and vitality. To stay active, alert and focussed on our daily work, we must be able to close all background files and folder running in our subconscious mind as Junk, and clean this junk regularly with positive thinking (Healthy food).

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    https://positivementalityconcepts.wordpress.com/

  3. Very good points. What I eat has definite impact on my energy, focus … and laziness. Which obviously impacts my writing. I only disagree with one of your habits: the iced water. It’s a very American habit 🙂 but room temperature is best for the body, or warmish (with some kind of herb to make it palatable ) after a meal …

    • I keep trying to drink room temperature water, but most times I just can’t do it, except first-first-first thing in the morning. I leave a cup near the bed, and drink it when I first get up to kickstart my body in the AM. After that it’s a quick transition to a cup of iced coffee. And then iced water throughout the day. I appreciate your comment, though, as it puts the room temperature water back on my mind. thank you!

  4. I think this is great! I do want to mention, not in contradiction, but for those of us who are athletes, growing teens, etc. This is not exactly what you should follow. I do like the protein heavy diet, but if you do athletics like I do mine, eating after seven is completely and totally understandable and acceptable. Just wanted to note that! I hope everyone has fun not drinking soda like I am! lol

    • Thank you for the tip/tidbit. I’m certainly not an athlete, and find if I eat or drink after 7 I’m up too many times during the night, so disturbing my sleep and that’s not great for me. Each of us has to find what’s best for our lives and lifestyles. I appreciate the comment – thank you for being a reader, too!

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