When you get up in the morning, be sure to have a high-protein breakfast before leaving your dwelling. Protein helps the brain make the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine, both of which maintain alertness and the ability to think clearly. This will also build up the brain’s supply of the alertness chemical tyrosine, and shore up its glucose stores.
A light lunch is recommended. I’ve discovered from my own occasional sad experiences that the brain and body will slump in the afternoon if called upon to digest too much at once. Also, it might not be a bad idea to include some form of protein again at noontime. Munching on nuts and seeds helps fulfill this.
And you should especially avoid high protein meals such as a succulent steak or prime rib dinner. Tryptophan (found in carbohydrates) is used by the brain to make serotonin (a calming chemical).
But it competes with the tyrosine in protein to cross the blood-brain barrier, with tyrosine usually winning. So to sleep well at night diet mostly on carbohydrate-rich foods, unless subject to blood sugar disorders like hypoglycemia or diabetes. Then a combination of some protein and carbohydrates becomes essential to physical well-being.
Above all else, DO NOT SKIP MEALS. Better to eat a little but often, than a big meal and infrequently. And stay away from fried and deep-fried foods as much as possible. They’re murder on your liver and wreck your brain, heart, and kidneys for sure!