Writer’s block – we all get it and suffer its creative imprisonment at one time or another. It is like the “E” on a car’s fuel gauge and the overdrawn notice on a checking account. It straps your creative juices down and keeps you floundering like a lost spaceship traveling endlessly into the black holes of space.
How do you break out?
There has been so much written about writer’s block that it would be monotonous to reiterate it all. Every writer has their tricks for escaping the valley of literary nothingness like going for a walk, taking a nap or even reaching for a delicious snack.
Snacks – they always seem to make us feel better – don’t they?
Running for food during one’s literary shortfalls however, may hold more significance than simply using them as an excuse to indulge your passion for certain foods like chocolate or a bag full of pistachio nuts.
The brain naturally needs certain foods and nutrients to keep it running healthy and remain productive.
If writer’s block causes you to run for the refrigerator and seek out certain foods, listen to what your body is trying to tell you. When certain nutrients are lacking in our body, its brain reacts in a physiological way.
Creativity begins to run low as well as other crucial, mental and physical functions that need to be supplied with a continuous source of nutrients.
Remember that “E” on a car’s fuel gauge? Your brain’s creativity mechanism cannot run properly either if it is not getting its daily dose of the required “fuel” capacity.
Here are some of the best and medically proven foods that boost the brain’s creativity and memory functions. Snacking on these and including them in your daily diet will go a long way to keeping your creative juices flowing on a regular basis – and keep writer’s block away.
Best Foods For Preventing Writer’s Block
1. Fruits and Vegetables. Grapes and blueberries are my favorite. They are renowned for increasing circulation to the brain and are also good for your heart.
2. Omega -3 Fatty Acids. Good for healthy brain function and the heart and joints.
3. Egg Yolks. Egg yolks contain Choline, which is great for memory enhancement.
4. Chocolate. Perhaps not the healthiest on this list, but who can resist its calling? Chocolate is a great source for antioxidant benefits. Use sparingly or your waistline will flounder.
5. Green Tea. We all know the benefits of green tea. It can also supply you with the energy you need to get through an important writing project.
6. Wholegrains. Supplies energy to your brain in the form of glucose.
7. Tomatoes. Big source of lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant. I love munching on baby tomatoes while writing.
8. Blackcurrant. Great source for Vitamin C which helps mental agility.
9. Pumpkin Seeds. Just a small portion of these each day supplies a vast amount of zinc which improves memory and creativity skills.
10. Broccoli. Great source of Vitamin K for more brainpower.
11. Sage. Increases mental agility.
12. Nuts. Helps prevent cognitive decline and is a great source of Vitamin E.
Your brain is like any other bodily function. When you keep it well fed and tuned up, it will reward you with an endless amount of creativity potential.
Slash writer’s block away by eating your way out of it – sensibly of course!
© Joseph e. Rathjen – All Rights Reserved – 2014
Written for the WordPress Daily Prompt: Writer’s Block Party
Joseph E. Rathjen is a freelance writer and an Opinion Writer at 1World Online – America’s Fastest Growing Research Engine.