10 Superfoods for Copywriters

If you really want to make it big as a copywriter, you might want to think twice the next time you order a bacon double cheeseburger, curly fries, and a jumbo-sized, sugar-loaded soda-pop at your neighborhood greasy spoon.

Why?

The foods you eat can have a dramatic impact on your writing performance.

That’s right.

What you eat can affect your energy level, your thought process, your attention span, your decision making, and other key cognitive functions.

The good news is … there are certain foods that can turn your brain into an unstoppable machine.

Here are 10 “superfoods” that can help you think and write like a superstar:

  1. Strawberries and blueberries. Studies have shown that a diet that includes strawberries and blueberries helps promote improved levels of dopamine – a brain chemical that boosts memory, attention span, and problem-solving skills. Blueberries may also reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
  2. Whole Grains. Whole grains provide the brain a constant supply of glucose – giving it the energy it needs to run on overdrive all day long. Not only that, but whole grains like brown rice, whole-grain breads, and whole-grain cereals are rich in fiber, which helps reduce the risk for heart disease, promote cardiovascular health, and promote good flow to the brain.
  3. Iron-rich meats and meat substitutes. Iron deficiency has the potential to become a copywriter’s worst nightmare. Why? Because it can contribute to an inability to concentrate, a shorter attention span, fatigue, and irritability. Not good. To ensure your iron levels are in check, dine regularly on lean beef, organ meats (especially liver), soy products, and spinach. Also, try to eat foods high in vitamin C (like tomatoes, orange juice, strawberries, and red bell peppers) with iron-rich foods to boost iron absorption.
  4. Peanut butter. Peanut butter is a rich source of vitamin E, a potent antioxidant that protects the body’s cells – including brain cells. Peanut butter also contains thiamin, which helps metabolize carbohydrates. The brain then uses these carbohydrates as fuel in the form of glucose.
  5. Eggs. You might consider eggs to be one of those evil “high cholesterol” foods, but more and more research shows if you just eat an egg or two a day, it won’t significantly raise your cholesterol level. Why eggs? They’re high in protein, which keeps the brain working smoothly and properly. They’re also a good source of choline, which promotes increased memory capability.
  6. Mackerel, salmon, tuna, trout, sardines, shark, swordfish, and oysters. All are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to brain growth and function. Omega 3s are also found in nuts, seeds and oils such as hemp oil and flaxseed oil.
  7. Oatmeal. Oatmeal is loaded with fiber, which not only makes you feel full, but is also a good source of vitamin E, B-vitamins, potassium and zinc – which helps make your brain function at full capacity.
  8. Navy Beans, black beans, white beans, soybeans, pinto beans, chickpeas, and lima beans. All of these beans are excellent brain food, since they can help keep your energy and thinking level at peak all day. And some beans – like kidney and pinto beans – contain omega-3 fatty acids as well.
  9. Extra-colorful vegetables. Tomatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, spinach and other vegetables with rich, deep color are good sources of antioxidants – which combat free radicals and help keep brain cells strong and healthy.
  10. Yogurt and milk. Dairy foods like yogurt and milk are packed with protein and B-vitamins – essential for growth of brain tissue, neurotransmitters, and enzymes. Yogurt also contains an amino acid called tyrosine, which helps improve memory and alertness.

Make these foods a regular part of your diet, and your unstoppable machine of a brain will love you for it.

By the way, to help you remember these foods, I came up with an acronym for you …

Simply take the first letter of every brain food listed here, and you’ll notice that it spells “SWIPE MONEY.”

I know, probably not the greatest acronym ever invented … I should’ve eaten my oatmeal this morning.

But hey … if it helps you remember these 10 power-packed superfoods the next time you’re at the grocery store, then all the better.

Bon appetit!

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Published: October 27, 2008

1 Response to “10 Superfoods for Copywriters”

  1. Thank you, Jason, for this invaluable information. I "simply love" the acronym you came up with as a trigger to use in boosting our recall of the brain foods. "Swipe Money," too ingenuous. Thanks, again!

    Lady RhondaAugust 23, 2009 at 5:29 pm


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