City & Angel’s Jenny White on how to beat energy slumps

Jenny White discovers just how much the foods we eat directly affects the performance of our brains by signing up to The Pure Package.

Do you often experience a slump in the middle of the day? Where tiredness hits and you are left struggling until home time? This is something that has always affected me, hitting my ‘wall’ about 3.30pm; I find it hard to concentrate on the task at hand. Well, it seems I have found the solution to the problem by simply changing my diet. When you think about it, it’s not rocket science, but it has been proven that by eating the right food, you can boost your IQ, improve your mood, sharpen your memory and keep your mind young. By combining portions of protein, complex carbohydrates and essential fats, you will be able to think quicker, have a better memory, be better coordinated and have improved concentration – just what I need.

However, with little knowledge about the difference between good and bad fats and not much time to cook proper meals everyday, I decided to enrol some help in the form of The Pure Package. Based on the principles of the ‘perfectly balanced diet’, The Pure Package is the leading UK company of its type to offer freshly prepared, ethically sourced and convenient meals direct to your door. Taking away the need to plan, shop and cook, The Pure Package provides you with a team of nutritionists, dietary therapists, and chefs who design a programme full of tasty, healthy food that can be tailored to your specific health goals. So, whether you want to lose that baby weight, detox or need support while training for a marathon, The Pure Package knows exactly what you need.

Opting to do the programme for ten days, I talked through all my likes and dislikes with one of the consultants over the phone and then eagerly awaited my first delivery. Placed outside your front door every morning before 6am in a temperature controlled bag, it couldn’t be any easier. With breakfast, a mid morning snack, lunch, a late afternoon snack and dinner, there is no chance of going hungry, which was one of my main concerns. Meals are rich in Omega 3 and 6 and are combined with foods rich in protein, which play a key role in optimum brain performance.

Worried that I was up for ten days of bland, uninspiring food, I was pleasantly surprised by what I received. Every day was a different combination, so there was no chance of getting bored. Breakfast varied from spiced apple bircher muesli to fresh orange segments with organic rye bread and peanut butter. Lunch was always a cold meal such as falafel and tabbouleh or my favourite, organic salmon, sesame and rice noodle salad. Dinner was a hot meal that could either be cooked in the oven or, to save time, in the microwave. Herb-crusted sea bream, Goan coconut chicken and Mexican bean pot were just a few of the tasty evening dishes, and even though everything is healthy I was still allowed the odd treat; such as my day four afternoon snack, a mouth-watering dark Belgian chocolate mousse.

From day one I noticed a difference in the way I felt. My energy slumps had vanished and, by the end of each day, I didn’t feel as exhausted as I had prior to the change in my diet. Although weight loss wasn’t my main goal, I did note that after just 3 days I felt trimmer and not at all bloated after meals like I had previously. I certainly felt that, had I tried to do this on my own, it would have been tough to kick-start and that this was the easiest and most successful way of making a very substantial change to the way I viewed my food.