“Putting your best brain forward”: Nourish your brain
This is the one of seven strategies that you can follow to help you apply the emerging lessons of neuroscience and evolutionary psychology to the day-to-day work of your practice, as explained in the article Putting your best brain forward: How neuroscience awareness and evolutionary psychology can help lawyers avoid claims and offer better client service
Brain function requires substantial energy. To be able to think clearly, we need to eat sufficient calories, and it is best to choose foods that are digested slowly (for example, proteins and healthy fats, rather than simple carbohydrates and sugar) so that the level of glucose in our blood is fairly consistent.
Drinking adequate water helps nutrients circulate in the bloodstream, and there has been considerable research about the brain’s specific nutrient needs (for example, omega-3 fatty acids have been found to be especially important to the brain).
Eating healthy meals and avoiding complex tasks when we are very hungry can help our brains work best. Nathalie Boutet, founder of the Neuro Family Law Institute, regularly reminds her clients to pay attention to their own nutrition, and to get enough sleep before stressful events.
Here is the list of all seven strategies to “put your best brain forward”:
- Think slowly, and let your clients do the same
- Lay a solid foundation for routine decisions
- Consult with others
- Check your biases
- Nourish your brain
- Reflect on your clients’ psychology
- Strive for self-awareness