Focus is top of mind for me at the moment. My nine year-old daughter is finding creative writing and language work at school difficult to focus on. Could be because it’s boring and it doesn’t fill her with the same curiosity as her Harry Potter books do (which she can lose herself in for hours) or because she’s like her mom, who's always multi-tasking.

When I have so much on the go, I try to jump in and out of tasks; writing articles – I just went and put dinner in the oven –- answering emails and making a shopping list. While I accomplish a lot every day, I can’t help but think that I’d be more productive if I could stay focused and complete a task from start to finish in one go.

Does lack of focus have anything to do with food or a deficiency? It can. Attention deficits, lack of memory, poor concentration and focus can be helped by eating fish often or a taking a supplement of DHA, the brain boosting Omega 3 fat. The recipe below is a winner with kids and adults alike.

I’ve helped many clients complaining of brain fog by adjusting their diet to avoid common allergens of wheat or gluten, dairy, artificial colours and flavourings. Other chemicals can create sensitivities that have speedy reactions of lethargy, poor concentration, hyperactivity, depression and even confusion.
 
Food is essential to life, but the wrong kinds of food can cause us harm. Proof can be seen in the trial of removing such foods and what the results are. In my experience, it helps. Caffeine, chocolate and sugar all give a short lived boost of focus, but the crash after could be worse than before you indulge.
 
Try out this recipe which contains oats instead of breadcrumbs along with brain-boosting salmon. Make the full batch as they freeze well.

Salmon Burger
Makes 8 servings

4 cans skinless, boneless salmon

1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions
1/2 cup oats – quick cook is fine
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
oil for pan-frying
lettuce, tomato, red onion (and other toppings)

Mash all the ingredients together in a bowl. Heat oil on medium heat. Form into patties and pan fry for 5 minutes per side. Serve on a whole wheat bun with lettuce, tomato and other favourite burger toppings.

 
Does your family eat fish or take supplements?

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