Feed your Creativity…For Real

A healthy mind is a productive mind. And to nourish the mind, one has to nourish the body. If you think what you put into your body has no effect on your creativity, you’re dead wrong. The brain is an amazing organ. It is able to perceive things that none of our other organs have even encountered. Where the basic senses have a constraint to certain extents, the brain has full access. For as long as you keep eating what is good for your brain, you won’t have to worry about having to wait for some creative stimuli.


You don’t have to be extra careful about choosing what to eat. You also need not worry about having to avoid certain food because it might affect your way of thinking. Just remember that the reason why you are altering your diet is because you want to think clearer. You are not trying to prevent anything, you are only trying to boost something. Feeding your creativity is not limited to finding inspiration. It can, and advisably, be taken literally.


Starving individuals, that’s what most artists are commonly stereotyped as. But that couldn’t be at all true, at least not completely. For how can one be in the best condition for creating when the mind is incapable of producing sensible art? You want a concrete example? There’s Pablo Picasso. He’s one of my favorite painters (the Guernica painting used as the featured image of my previous post may have given that away). He, for one, understands the importance of eating healthy to maintain his creative drive. Well, it was actually his physician who advised him to make sure fish and spinach are always included in his diet in order to enhance his abstract-thinking powers. Although one might argue that he is intrinsically talented and did not rely solely on the food he ate for his creativity, you can’t discredit the fact that the reason for his reaching of the maximum potential may be caused by proper care of the brain.


So what exactly are these creativity enhancers?  These are foods that may or may not contain tyrosine, but are good sources of energy . Now, why did I especially mention tyrosine if you may choose to do without it anyway? It is a biochemical precursor of dopamine(the happy hormone) that promotes deep thinking. So you see, its presence is not necessary, but its benefits are noteworthy.


Below are some of the foods that are good creativity boosters:


  • Anything that is unprocessed – Fuel your brain, first and foremost, by going natural. Studies show that foods which undergo chemical processing lessens the nutrients you are supposed to get from their unprocessed counterparts.
  • Coldwater fish – Why does it have to be fish from cold regions? It’s because they are highly rich in Omega 3 which is the best brain food. Ever.
  • Green leafy vegetables – Not only do they help you maintain focus, they are excellent memory enhancers. They slow down the rate of cognitive decline which is an inevitable part of ageing. You’ll never have to worry about losing a bright idea. Plus, they are good antioxidants.
  • Whole grains – They keep the traffic of glucose energy moderate, so your mental energy remains steady. They are best taken during breakfast because they control the release of energy throughout the day, ensuring consistency in your drive to complete your creation.
  • Fresh fruits – It’s not only apples that keep doctors away. Any fruit can give you that perk, as long as it’s fresh. Because your brain can’t store glucose, it relies on the bloodstream to provide it with a steady flow. Luckily, fresh fruits are there to the rescue.
  • Nuts and seeds – Nuts have always been a reputable source food-induced intelligence. The truth is, they are just as beneficial for convergent thinking as they are for divergent thinking. In fact, regular consumers of nuts and seeds get twice, even thrice, the flow of creative juices.
  • A harmless amount of junk – Feel the need to refresh the page? Go ahead. I did say junk. A little indulgence never hurt, so have some of your favorites. It’s absolutely fine to eat YOLO-style every once in a while. And most junk foods do help release endorphins to your brain, making you feel positive. Just make sure you know when enough is enough, or you may put your creativity limit at risk. After all, a true artist knows when to break the rules from time to time.


Of course, you have the option to not stick to a certain diet, or only eat those mentioned above from now on. Your skills or talents are pretty much safe without following these suggestions. Again, they’re only meant to help boost what you already have. Personally though, I encourage you to think of Picasso when you consider it; painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright. He isn’t even just mediocre at being any of those. How about that?


One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf


P.S. I know I quoted Virginia Woolf instead of Pablo Picasso, but I feel this is more suited to close the article better. Too much Picasso for one day is art gluttony.

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How To Stay Popular in the Creativity World


It’s hard to become popular in the world of creativity these days, let alone maintain that status. You would think that just because you can be original, you can earn the respect of your fellow artists. No matter how creative and original your works are, they always have to go through the eyes of critics. But what is originality? It seems to be a word that is almost always linked to creativity. Except, creativity can exist without one being original, whereas artists who produce original pieces are always creative. Meaning to say, if you can be a brand of your own, it shouldn’t be hard for you to become well-known.


What is hindering you from a breakthrough?


Nothing we create is truly original. I have read an article back in 2010. It was by Janis Zroback. I read it again today to get a refresher on the point she was trying to make. She claims that denying the influences that surround us is only embracing and displaying ignorance of the human condition. She also said that every artist is linked in some way to an artist from the past. And I agree. An individual’s creativity is influenced by the forms of art that he or she was exposed to and grew up on. Janis calls originality a spectre, because like a spectre, one could question just out of philosophy if it truly does exist. Though, she closed her article by saying that this is far from being  a problem, because what is important is the individual approach of artists and the manner in which we release our experiences and influences upon a canvas or in words.


If originality is not so much of a factor, how then can we become popular and stay that way in the creativity world?


  1. The number one rule is to always break the rules. Art has no standards. When you carefully examine your work all the time so that you won’t mess up, you end up putting a limit to your creativity. When we were younger, we were taught that we must color within the lines. Sure, the work comes out clean, but it looks the same with all our classmates’. Whose work does the teacher notice? Of course it’s the kid’s, who shaded the picture from all directions and didn’t color within the lines. In literature, one rebel I absolutely admire is Lewis Carroll. One of his most popular works is Jabberwocky, a poem full of words that he just came up with because for him, no existing word can truly describe what he is trying to say. He didn’t mind what others might think or that no one would understand his work, but look where it got him. Many of his terms are now added on modern dictionaries.


  1. Always look on the brighter side of things. A bit of optimism goes a long way. Just because you didn’t get the honor you know you deserve right away, doesn’t mean it will never happen. Good things always take time. If you think patience has nothing to do with popularity just because most of those who are famous are so by mere chance, you’re wrong. Everyone has an equal shot at something, and they who persevere deserve the attention. Consider these things; even diamonds go through a rough stage and; before pearls are made, the oyster goes through a lot of pain.


  1. Treat your craft as you would a significant other. Personify your skills. And what is the best foundation for a good relationship? Trust. You will not always achieve perfection in your creations, but believe that practice makes it possible. It does. You can even learn from nature on this matter. The shark for example, is thought to be a mindless hunter. But if you study its behavior, you will find that it actually goes through a lot of failed attempts at getting its prey before it masters the attack. Once it has mastered it, it grows more confident. This is probably why sharks come off as arrogant creatures, but not at all mindless. When we want our creativity to shine, we must think like Pablo Picasso, not as a painter, but as an artist in general. He did not concern himself with the past and the future. He only trusts in what he creates in the present and hopes that it will remain in the present. And remain, his works did.


To sum things up, the three-step way to gaining and maintaining popularity in the world of creativity is; there are no rules; think positive; believe. Now go forth, and create!



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