Nutritional Chaos

Job Stickiness #4
a series to help you keep jobs or tips to make you sticky in the next one.

I couldn’t even write this post until I ate. I was looking for a food photo and could feel the hypoglycemic response building in me. Irritability, anger… crabbiness, wow, is that all food-related? For me, it is!

The doctor I saw last agreed that the symptoms I have fit the diagnosis of reactive hypoglycemia. If I don’t eat regularly, I end up first feeling very irritable, then I get a headache, and then I feel ill. To avoid all of that, I need to eat within an hour or so from when I get up, eat high fiber, minimal sugar especially on an empty stomach, and eat frequently.

Whether you deal with reactive hypoglycemia or not, nutrition is still critical to your success and your Job Stickiness. Many people skip breakfast, some people find it hard to eat first thing in the morning, others simply don’t make the time. WebMD’s link states that: “”When people skip meals, especially breakfast, changes in brain activity in response to food may hinder weight loss and even promote weight gain.” Not a good thing!

I find that I do better with frequent meals, my metabolism works better, I think better, and I am more productive. When I stall off eating, all kinds of bad side effects happen and for those around me, I am not fun to be around.

In this busy work world where we are often glued to the computer, we may find that it is hard to go get the nutrition we need. We make excuses… “I skipped lunch, I had too much work.” In reality, we may be jeopardizing our jobs because we are not working at our peak energy levels and we are not feeding our brains.

What about you? Do you see a relationship between what you eat and your productivity? My goal is to help you in your job and to help you find career paths you love. If you struggle with nutritional chaos, you might be hurting your career.

As Always, Talk to me, I talk back!


  1. Andrew on January 30, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    By the way on food. I am making a slow-cooker stew for tomorrow night. I explained to Mom that I intend to freeze some of it since the recipe that I am basing this on serves 8. It is all in my game plan to provide her and myself with good nutrition.

    I am not hypoglycemic myself, but I do know that an evening meal gives me an energy boost so I can be involved and contribute to things like the bike/ped committee, church committees, and just basically my own affairs. Without it, that would not be possible.

  2. Davina on February 1, 2010 at 1:57 am

    Julie, that sandwich looks scrumptious! I’ve found this to be true for me in the past when I was working for someone else. Working from home seems to have changed this. I actually eat less than I used to. When I was at work I believe I was a stress eater. I’d have at least 3 coffees a day just as an excuse to get away from my desk. And picking up a muffin used to be a comfort habit on the way in to the office. Things have settled down now.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..This Effortless Brilliance =-.

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