A common thread throughout the creative world for centuries has been that writers and other artists subsist on diets of coffee, alcohol, melancholy and poor decisions surrounding one’s health. While that is the case at times—and some of the most famous authors in history were “tortured souls” known for their delinquent health choices—nowadays, a healthy diet is something that simply cannot be shirked when creating art. Routines, a full night’s sleep, exercise and a diet rich in vitamins and whole foods are some of the easiest and most efficient ways to ensure your brain is alert and fruitful while writing.

Midnight Publishing is a company that assists in all stages of the publishing process, and with our professional editing services we can polish your manuscript until it shines. But that doesn’t mean we don’t want you to first come to the page with a positive, healthful mindset. Listed below are some of the best dietary items to look for when you’re fueling your creativity:

Best Dietary Items to Fuel Your Creativity

1. Natural Sugars

Natural, unrefined sugars found in whole fruits like oranges, berries and bananas are all great ways to jumpstart your energy and concentration. Glucose, the natural sugar found in fruits and some vegetables, keeps your body energized while also regulating your blood sugar. Without glucose your blood sugar can dip to low levels, resulting in shakiness, headaches and a weakened state. Read about how glucose helps memory function here.

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2. Protein

Lean protein is another way to feed your brain and body. White meat and skinless cuts like chicken or turkey are options with the lowest fat. They also provide important B vitamins, selenium and long-lasting fullness. Beans and lentils are another easy and inexpensive protein option, and a top choice for vegetarians. Find out more tips about adding protein to your diet here.

3. Chocolate

Yes, chocolate! It needs to be dark and high-quality, however, to get