Every cyclist knows is the importance of eating right – before, during and after a long ride. A mainstay of any cyclist’s diet is the humble but mighty banana. Each one packs oodles of nutritional value. But bananas are not just for cyclists; they are an excellent food choice for anyone who has to give a speech or presentation.
How so? Consider the following:
1. Bananas contain glucose, sucrose and fructose, three naturally occurring sugars that provide energy.
2. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, which helps normalize our heartbeat and regulate the water balance in our bodies.
3. Potassium also helps relax the muscles in our body. An article in the Harvard Business School student weekly, The Harbus, summarizes a 2007 lecture by Harvard Professor Dale Deletis on overcoming the fear of public speaking. He recommended eating bananas.
Quite apart from the above, bananas provide a multitude of other health benefits.
So, as long as you are not allergic to them, make bananas part of your regular diet. And when you have a speaking engagement, in addition to your other materials, make sure that you bring a banana or two along. Many times, we find ourselves having to speak at the end of the morning or afternoon, long after breakfast or lunch has been digested. Eating a banana 30 minutes to an hour before your speaking time will give you a nice healthy boost.
Oh, and if you have to give a really BIG speech Down Under, consider visiting The Big Banana just north of Coff’s Harbour on Australia’s east coast. I’ve been. It’s a lot of fun and a lifetime’s worth of potassium all rolled into one.