With a little less time available this week for writing I take the opportunity to return to the Sustaining Executive Performance (SEP) model series, the 5 element model that formed the basis of my first forays into executive health teaching and the SEP book. This is the penultimate post, after looking at MOVERECOVER and FOCUS. Three factors came together in 2007 which led to the creation of SEP. First, I was inspired by the HBR Corporate Athlete article which convinced me I could use my sporting experience in my business career. I then found the excellent work by Michael and Juliette McGannon, principally at INSEAD, which showed me health could be a legitimate subject at a leading business school. The third factor was my environment at the time -- and the opportunity -- I was researching and teaching at IESE Business School...and the rest is history... 

FUEL is the fourth element in the SEP program. We use the same format for each of the five elements. A clip from the 2016 eLearning course followed by the Top 10 Takeaways, which are also the closing comments in the SEP Book chapter for that element.

Top Ten Takeaways: FUEL

  1. Consider the food you eat as fuel for performance, not just calories for survival.
  2. Consider eating as one of the great human experiences, with a broader understanding beyond simply what we eat, necessary for behaviour change.
  3. Slow down when you eat. Taste your food.
  4. Buy ingredients. Cook more, and involve the family.
  5. Recognize the role of the brain in altering perception. Look for easy hacks and nudges, including using smaller plates.
  6. Consider your daily eating pattern. Spread out calorie intake throughout the day. Eat smaller quantities and more often.
  7. Try a Chinese Walk after a meal.
  8. Eat more food and fewer “food products.”
  9. Consider the Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load of foods, particularly for breakfast.
  10. Be aware of the effect that food can have on the decisions made, by yourself and others.