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Traveling through a small town in South Carolina, I saw an interesting tagline for a restaurant. It read: Fish is brain food, bring a dumb friend and eat often. At first, I thought the sign was just plain funny. What a way to get people to eat fish. Then, when I told friends about the restaurant, I started to think that there was more to it than humor. I have read articles touting that eating fish does increase brain activity. This restaurant was promoting good heath in a veiled, humorous way. The more I thought about the message they were promoting, the more I thought about how important it is to feed your body the right things. I realized that eating the right foods is not only important for your heath, it's also important for earning you wealth. We all know the saying: You are what you eat. Pink Flamingos are pink because of the shrimp that they eat. In the same way, people who eat a cheeseburger and fries twice a day begin to resemble a cheeseburger and fries. Another truth is that the most successful people are fit and they work at it just like they work on their careers. In an era of convenience, fast food, and drivethrough drug stores, I challenge you to eat right as a way to feel and look better and as a way to gain success in your profession. Here are four quick tips for changing the way you eat in order to promote increased intellectual output and productivity. Firstly, instead of having two eggs and bacon in the morning, try a homemade fruit smoothie with a scoop of lean protein - you won't taste the protein, but you'll get the benefit of a breakfast that suppresses your hunger, allowing you to work hard without thinking about running out for a snack, while going easy on your waistline. Secondly, buy frozen fruit and vegetable packages in bulk at your local grocery store. Frozen foods can be cooked quickly and don't contain all the sodium found in canned food. In addition to using the frozen fruit in the smoothies, it also makes for an easy, guilt-free desert to quell your sweet tooth cravings. Thirdly, for dinner, rather than swinging buy a fast food chain, keep frozen chicken and fish on hand and use those frozen veggies to round out the meal. Lastly, to prevent yourself from succumbing to candy or chips as an afternoon pick-me-up, keep healthy snacks on hand, like almonds and soy nuts (salt-free and raw are healthiest). Because they're high in protein, they'll cinch your hunger more effectively than empty calories. Eating the right foods and drinking plenty of water can significantly increase your brainpower. Cleansing your body goes hand-in-hand with purifying your mind of toxins and replenishing it with nutrients. For more information on how you can improve your lifestyle and your business, visit

Elizabeth W. Gordon, founder and President of The Flourishing Business, LLC, is a visionary leader who has a passion for helping others achieve their entrepreneurial dreams and enjoy more

of the best in life. With a vast and diverse background in many business arenas, Elizabeth regularly has the opportunity to share her business acumen with clients, large and small. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Atlanta and the Board of Directors of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Atlanta. She is an Accredited Executive Associate of the Institute for Independent Business (IIB) and a certified Life Coach.

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Food for Thought and for Work