Multitasking. I’m guilty of it, you’re guilty of it. We’re all guilty of it. Listening to podcasts while working, chatting on the phone while cooking, texting while driving (yikes). Here’s the thing, multitasking can often feel really good, right? We’re getting more things done at once and all of a sudden we’ve freed up hours in our day for… more multitasking!
Today, I listened to a podcast (yes, while doing something else) that totally steered me away from one of the things I (quite honestly) pride myself on. I learned that there really is no such thing as multitasking. In reality, it’s just doing many things poorly. Doctors Dean & Ayesha Sherzai joined Jason Wachob on the mindbodygreen podcast to discuss why multitasking is actually hurting your brain.
So here’s a quick piece of advice before you read any further… Stop what you’re doing and focus on what you’re reading. If you can’t, bookmark this web page and come back to read this later, when you’re able to dedicate 100% of your attention to it. Deal?
Now that you’re able to focus, let’s discuss! Did you know that memory is not actually the first cognitive function to deteriorate as we age? Focus is! And what destroys our focus? Multitasking, that’s what.
So how much is too much when it comes to doing multiple things at once? A lot of that depends on you, the individual, and the way you’re able to deal with the circumstances at hand, i.e. the time you have, the food you’ve consumed, the quality of sleep you’ve been getting, etc. The most important thing you can do is work to identify the point in time when you start to feel that enough is enough. And then? Stop and focus on one thing at a time. You’ll find that you’re able to complete your tasks with more clarity, thereby completing them well. And we’ll venture to guess that your boss will thank you. Even more importantly, your brain will thank you!
Doctors Sherzai urge 20 to 30 year olds specifically (maybe that’s you?) to maintain vibrant brain activity NOW to prevent poor brain health as you age. Here are their must-do’s:
Eat better. Remember Michael Pollan when he said, “eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”
Exercise (at least 30 minutes 5 days a week… rigorous enough to get TIRED) + move throughout the day (sedentary behavior is the new smoking)
Did you know? Leg strength is strongly correlated to brain health! Our legs are our biggest muscles.
Sleep! We don’t get enough good sleep as there is often too much stimulus around us (especially as it relates to multitasking)
We’ll add one more thing to the list that has been a huge improvement in our ability to focus: MATCHA. More specifically, bulletproof matcha. The first time we introduced this delicious change to our morning routines, you were big fans. And now? We’d like to tie it all together with the topic of brain health. This bulletproof matcha collagen (recipe below) contains a multitude of benefits for our bodies and brains.
Benefits of Matcha:
Matcha is high in a catechin (antioxidant) called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) which helps fight cancer.
Matcha helps boost metabolism up to 40% & helps regulate blood sugar levels.
Matcha does contain caffeine, but as we’ve experienced, it does not result in those anxious jitters that a cup of coffee usually does. We read that the potential negative effects of caffeine (which we discuss often with our friends at Pressed Vibrance) are actually offset by the amino acid L-Theanine it contains. L-Theanine has a natural relaxing and calming influence, and this combined effect is a state of mental clarity, calm alertness and sustained energy.
Benefits of Healthy Fats:
Fat contains more energy per gram than any other dietary nutrient, making it effective in delivering energy to the parts of your body that need it (like your brain!)
Fat has the lowest impact on insulin levels when compared to proteins and carbs.
Fat makes you feel fuller longer.
Not all fats are created equal. Some fats feed your brain and help turn off your cravings, while some cause inflammation and make you crave bad food. Get all the benefits of a high-healthy-fat diet by adding more of the good fats, like grass-fed butter or ghee and MCT Oil, to your meals (or your matcha!)
Benefits of Collagen:
Collagen helps restore the skin’s moisture, tone, and elasticity.
Collagen supports healthy digestion and restores gut health.
Collagen protein helps rebuild muscle, allowing your body to recover even faster after tough workouts
Thanks (or no thanks) to the Standard American Diet and the overwhelming amount of processed food we consume, our diets are significantly low in collagen. By supplementing with collagen powders, we are actively restoring and promoting collagen production in our bodies, which is absolutely essential to muscle and ligament health.
Vital Proteins is our favorite collagen supplement brand, as it is minimally processed and contains natural, clean-label products.
What you’ve been waiting for. Here’s the recipe: