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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 the most nutrients. Dark chocolate has a high amount of antioxidants, as well as other vitamins and minerals like iron, magnesium and fiber. This article at Authority Nutrition also discusses how dark chocolate has been found in research to improve cognitive function, and it’s also been found to improve mood, as discussed here at Naturally Savvy.

4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Primarily found in certain fish and nuts, omega-3 fatty acids are crucial in sustaining your brain function by assisting your heartrate, blood vessel function, and the inflammatory, cardiovascular and nervous systems. Foods especially high in omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, walnuts and some vegetables like spinach and kale. Read more about the health benefits here.

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5. Green Tea

To fight the stigma of “writers and their coffee,” consider trying out another source for caffeine. Green tea is one of the best ways to get a small amount of caffeine (proven to boost your concentration in very small doses). However, it also offers other benefits like maintaining a stable blood sugar, nourishing the blood vessels in your brain and providing a calming effect with a natural chemical found in it called theanine. Find out more of the health benefits of green tea here, at WebMD.

Whether you’re finishing a first draft or need a final proofread, Midnight Publishing’s editing, marketing, and publishing services can help you through each and every step along the way to publication. Find out why we have been trusted with more than half a million words, contact us today!