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The corporate world is no less than a running track and top executives need the nourishment  of athletes to win.  Nutritionist Ryan Fernando suggests four meal ingredients  for maximum  workplace efficiency

Bharti Enterprises founder and chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal’s colleagues often claim that they can’t keep up with their 61-year-old boss. His energy levels, they say, are those of a person half his age. A similar story is narrated by those working with Tata Sons chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran, who is over 50 years old. It is said that even after travelling extensively for 20 to 25 days in a month, Chandrasekaran is up and running at 5 am every morning. So what is it that keeps these honchos going? I would say, their regular fitness regime and
their diet. 

Performance-enhancing diets are not the requirement of sportspersons alone. Everyone needs a balanced diet for sufficient nourishment. From performing at office to keeping our family happy, we need a complete diet.   

When I work with athletes, I recommend diets that boost their performance and help quicken their recovery process in case they are injured. With corporate executives, I follow the same philosophy, except that the latter’s performance is required for workplace productivity. Today, corporate honchos are constantly pushing the envelope not only to stay on top of their game but also to be fitter, more energetic and brimming with energy. Sometimes, this is required for continuous performance at work and, at others, to keep up with their younger team members.

Here are four food items that can enhance your performance at  the workplace. For more details you can refer to my eBook Eating Secrets of Champions :

Beetroot: If long working hours are leaving you exhausted, this is your go-to vegetable. Apart from packing a healthy punch, beetroot is also known to reduce exhaustion caused by exercising, by up to 15 per cent. Not just that, the juice of this vegetable or its curry aids in better blood circulation, which in turn enhances productivity. Beetroot is also said to reduce the chances of ovarian cancer and is, therefore, highly recommended for women.

Personal tip: I have beetroot halwa three times a week around 5 pm. Prepare the halwa with jaggery instead of sugar.

Green Tea: We know how green tea aids in weight loss. But it also contains an amino acid called theanine, which is known to promote calmness. Green tea also protects the eyes from cataract, making it beneficial for the new generation workplace as most of what we see, do and execute are on a screen. 

Personal tip: I prefer light green tea. I dip a tea bag only five times so as to avoid turning my tea bitter. I also believe a cooler cup of green tea is easier on your taste buds than a piping hot one.

Walnuts: This nut is well known for its essential good fatty acids, especially DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Did you know that 25 per cent of our brain is composed of DHA? A handful of walnuts, therefore, is excellent for enhanced creative performance and jogging up a tired brain.

Personal tip: Buy walnuts that are vacuum-sealed as this allows the essential oils in the walnut to remain fresh and not turn rancid. Stale walnuts lose their nutritive and protective value. Crack the shell with a nut-cracker at work; it is a great stress reliever.

Beans: Beans, of all kinds, are known to reduce LDL (low-density lipoprotein), a bad cholesterol which shows up in blood tests of several executives today. Find the kind of beans that suit you and do not upset your stomach. Include a cupful of beans in your daily diet and try to consume a different kind of bean every day.

Personal tip: I have recently switched to baked beans in the morning and my bad cholesterol has drastically dropped by 40 points.

The author is a celebrity nutritionist and the views expressed in the

article are his own

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