Nutrition does more than feed the body, it also gives the mind the fuel it needs to make every day as successful and productive as can be. We're going through the alphabet from A-Z to bring you brain-boosting foods that are not only healthy, but full of all the good stuff that makes our minds work at their peak performance.

From avocados to lentils, delicious foods that make our bellies happy are also giving our brains something to signal our mouths to smile about. Here are more mind-boosting nutritious foods to add to your grocery list – mackerel, nuts, and oats.

Mackerel

Holy mackerel! Eating this fish is not only something to entice your taste buds, but it will have your brain fishing for another bite. BBC Good Food recommends oily fish like mackerel to enhance brainpower. "The main sources of oily fish include salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, pilchards and kippers." The DHA in these fish is, "important for healthy brain function, the heart, joints and our general well-being."

People with low levels of DHA have been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease, as per BBC Good Food. Plus, DHA, "is thought to help us manage stress and helps make the good mood brain chemical, serotonin."

So order the mackerel at your favorite seafood restaurant or grill or poach a filet at home. You'll not only love the flavor, but the favor this omega-3-packed fish will do to scale things up in the intellectual department!

Nuts

If you're nuts for nuts, then you're in luck, because nuts are brain food that are fun to munch and snack on. According to Forbes, "Nuts, especially walnuts, are extremely good for the brain and nervous system. They also contain vitamin E, which has been shown to prevent many forms of dementia by protecting the brain from free radicals."

There are so many variety of nuts to choose from, so mix and match or find a favorite to stick with. A handful of nuts is satisfying and easy grab any time of day. You may feel nuts, but at least you won't lose your mind!

Oats

Start your day with a warm bowl of oatmeal and you'll set yourself up for a productive and energized day to come. As per Shape, "The primary fuel for your brain is glucose, which comes from carbohydrates such as those abundant in oats. Since your body breaks down the carbs in whole-grain oats very slowly, they help keep you sharp for several hours."

Go for whole grain oats and reap the best of their benefits from head to toe. You'll be filled up and fueled up for a day that's sure to be a success. A bowl to stay on the ball is a meal worth digging your teeth into!

Want more? Check out these tasty and good-for-you treats. And if you missed the last installment, check out how java, kale, and lentils make the grade.

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Over two years into the most momentous event in our lives the world has changed forever … Some of us have PTSD from being locked up at home, some are living like everything’s going to end tomorrow, and the rest of us are merely trying to get by. When the pandemic hit we entered a perpetual state of vulnerability, but now we’re supposed to return to normal and just get on with our lives.

What does that mean? Packed bars, concerts, and grocery shopping without a mask feel totally strange. We got used to having more rules over our everyday life, considering if we really had to go out or keeping Zooming from our living rooms in threadbare pajama bottoms.

The work-from-home culture changed it all. Initially, companies were skeptical about letting employees work remotely, automatically assuming work output would fall and so would the quality. To the contrary, since March of 2020 productivity has risen by 47%, which says it all. Employees can work from home and still deliver results.

There are a number of reasons why everyone loves the work from home culture. We gained hours weekly that were wasted on public transport, people saved a ton of money, and could work from anywhere in the world. Then there were the obvious reasons like wearing sweats or loungewear all week long and having your pets close by. Come on, whose cat hasn’t done a tap dance on your keyboard in the middle of that All Hands Call!

Working from home grants the freedom to decorate your ‘office’ any way you want. But then people needed a change of environment. Companies began requesting their employees' RTO, thus generating the Hybrid Work Model — a blend of in-person and virtual work arrangements. Prior to 2020, about 20% of employees worked from home, but in the midst of the pandemic, it exploded to around 70%.

Although the number of people working from home increased and people enjoyed their flexibility, politicians started calling for a harder RTW policy. President Joe Biden urges us with, “It’s time for Americans to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again.”

While Boris Johnson said, “Mother Nature does not like working from home.'' It wasn’t surprising that politicians wanted people back at their desks due to the financial impact of working from the office. According to a report in the BBC, US workers spent between $2,000 - $5,000 each year on transport to work before the pandemic.

That’s where the problem lies. The majority of us stopped planning for public transport, takeaway coffee, and fresh work-appropriate outfits. We must reconsider these things now, and our wallets are paying

the price. Gas costs are at an all-time high, making public transport increase their fees; food and clothes are all on a steep incline. A simple iced latte from Dunkin’ went from $3.70 to $3.99 (which doesn’t seem like much but 2-3 coffees a day with the extra flavors and shots add up to a lot), while sandwiches soared by 14% and salads by 11%.

This contributes to the pressure employees feel about heading into the office. Remote work may have begun as a safety measure, but it’s now a savings measure for employees around the world.

Bloomberg are offering its US staff a $75 daily commuting stipend that they can spend however they want. And other companies are doing the best they can. This still lends credence to ‘the great resignation.’ Initially starting with the retail, food service, and hospitality sectors which were hard hit during the pandemic, it has since spread to other industries. By September 2021, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4.4 million resignations.

That’s where the most critical question lies…work from home, work from the office or stick to this new hybrid world culture?

Borris Johnson thinks, “We need to get back into the habit of getting into the office.” Because his experience of working from home “is you spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee and then, you know, getting up, walking very slowly to the fridge, hacking off a small piece of cheese, then walking very slowly back to your laptop and then forgetting what it was you’re doing.”

While New York City Mayor Eric Adams says you “can't stay home in your pajamas all day."

In the end, does it really matter where we work if efficiency and productivity are great? We’ve proven that companies can trust us to achieve the same results — or better! — and on time with this hybrid model. Employees can be more flexible, which boosts satisfaction, improves both productivity and retention, and improves diversity in the workplace because corporations can hire through the US and indeed all over the world.

We’ve seen companies make this work in many ways, through virtual lunches, breakout rooms, paint and prosecco parties, and — the most popular — trivia nights.

As much as we strive for normalcy, the last two years cannot simply be erased. So instead of wiping out this era, it's time to embrace the change and find the right world culture for you.

What would get you into the office? Free lunch? A gym membership? Permission to hang out with your dog? Some employers are trying just that.

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