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Feeling scattered? 5 Foods To Get You Focused


Ginseng? Omega 3’s? Ginkgo?

If you listen to the hype about foods and supplements,  and you’ll believe they can do everything from sharpen focus and concentration, to enhance memory, attention span, and brain power. AND even get us rock-hard abs (nothing to do with the topic, but just sayin’).

But do they really work? There’s no denying that as we get older in number, our body ages right along with us. AND we are in luck. There are certain foods that really can help with that scattered thinking. Also, if  Adult ADHD is something you are concerned about, then these foods will help you feel more alert, awake, and aware.

Here is a list of the top 5 super foods  for brain power:

1.  Sugar. I know, I know. I just ranted about the sugar thing ! Sugar is your brain’s preferred fuel source — not table sugar,but glucose, which your body metabolizes from the sugars and carbohydrates you eat. That’s why a glass of something sweet to drink can offer a short-term boost to memory, thinking processes, and focus. Watch what you drink, though. Make sure it is natural. Check those labels! Also, if you consume too much, your focus can be impaired as well as lead to weight gain. Keep the balance on this one.

2.  Fish. A protein source associated with a great brain boost is fish — rich in omega 3 fatty acids, essential for brain function and development. These healthy fats have amazing brain power: higher dietary omega 3 fatty acids are linked to lower dementia  and may play a vital role in enhancing concentration, especially as we get older. For brain health, try to eat two servings of fish weekly.

3.  Nuts and seeds. Nuts and seeds are good sources of the antioxidant vitamin E, which is associated with less mental decline as you age.

4.  Whole grains. Every organ in the body depends on blood flow, especially the heart and brain. Eating a diet high in whole grains (and not just the bread…see my latest post on the right carbs to eat) can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and lower bad cholesterol. This reduces your risk of plaque buildup and enhances blood flow, offering a tasty way to fire up brain cells.

5.  Blueberries. Great antioxidants! AND can keep you looking and feeling young.

Plus you gotta eat a good breakfast. I know, I know. You heard this before, but it is so crucial for keeping your brain working properly during your busy day.  Check out my power breakfast:

Oatmeal with Bananas, Walnuts, and Blueberries

Serves 1


1 1/2 cups water

3/4 cup of rolled oats

1/2 tsp. of ground cinnamon

Pinch of sea salt

1/4 cup frozen blueberries

1 banana sliced

2 Tbsp. unsalted walnuts (you can roast them if you want)

Bring water to boil in a small pan.  Add oats, cinnamon, and salt.  Reduce to a steady simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until oats are tender, about 5 minutes.  Add blueberries.  Top with banana and walnuts.

In order to prevent that foggy brain, what food will you add to your diet? Comment below and let me know how you regain focus and what food from the list above you will pump into your diet today.

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11 Responses to Feeling scattered? 5 Foods To Get You Focused

Liz DiAlto

Lisa, this is almost the exact thing I make for breakfast! I do fresh blueberries, almond milk and almonds though and pop it in the microwave 🙂 I can 100% attest to the clarity and focus of a solid breakfast though and these foods-one of the reasons I kick off the day with this meal is because I’m usually up and out the door to train clients by 6-645am and nobody wants a tired ass trainer showing up …that’s not motivating!

    Lisa Consiglio Ryan

    Oh, Liz, that almond milk sounds good. I am gonna try that for tomorrow’s breakfast. Thanks for that tip! AND you are totally right…no one wants a trainer that nods off to sleep while you are doing your bicep curls (I know how you just LOVE that exercise!). I, too, am up early for work so getting a good satisfying breakfast is a must to stay focused all day long. So happy to get your message, Liz!


Yum! I love everything listed in your post. So why is it so hard not to just eat those foods and look like you for doing it??? Bad freaking habits. Boy, habits are like superglue for the psyche. I guess that’s why your coaching is so helpful to me! Steering me toward my new habits so I can fully enjoy the things I actually like. Thanks.

    Lisa Consiglio Ryan

    You are a hoot, Kathie! Love you! As for the habit thing, research states that it takes 21 days to form a habit IF, and a big IF, you implement the strategy everyday on a consistent basis. I just read a great blog post on “Don’t Be Fast, Cheap, and Easy unless You’re Selling Tacos” by Bridget Pilloud. Freakin’ hilarious on how she describes Meredith on Grey’s Anatomy and how she had to take it step by step in order to cut someone open. They just didn’t hand her the scapula and let her go for it. She needed to watch, practice (and of course have sex with a few doctors) before she could form her habit or craft. The same thing goes for food and lifestyle. Step by step, Kath. Thanks so much for your message!

Liz Longacre

Lisa your oatmeal looks delish! Lately I’ve just been having a green juice for breakfast. Maybe that’s not enough, not sure!

    Lisa Consiglio Ryan

    I am eating the oatmeal creation right now! So yummy! I think the juice is excellent for breakfast. Lots of fiber, antioxidants…but you mentioned not enough. Do you feel full? Listen to that beautiful body of yours. AND so happy to see you Sunday…still dreaming of the food! yum!

      Liz Longacre

      Was so great seeing you too hunny!! I do feel full usually, but not feeling as energetic as I think I should…

        Lisa Consiglio Ryan

        Maybe adding Vega (plant-based protein powder) to the green drink might help OR some blue green algae. AND so good to see you, lady. My soul-sister!

Sara Ashe

I don’t think to make oatmeal often for breakfast but I’m re-inspired. I’m giving it a try for breaky tomorrow. Thank you.

    Lisa Consiglio Ryan

    Hey there, Sara! Let me know how the breakfast goes tomorrow…I swear, I am off to such a good start with that oatmeal! Thanks for your message!

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