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Easy ways to eat your way to exam success

Tips on eating your way to better grades


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Eating well is good for both your mental and physical health. When it comes to exams and studying, you want to be at your best so that means eating the right foods to ensure your concentration levels are where they need to be. We have put together some tips to ensure that you can eat your way to exam success.

Avoid skipping meals

No matter how rushed you are try to avoid skipping meals especially breakfast. Starting your day with breakfast gets your body going and maintains your concentration for the day. Have a look at our breakfast for busy people article.

Eat plenty fruit and vegetables

It might sound like hard work but try to add fruit or vegetables to every meal if possible. Simple ways to increase your fruit and veg intake include smoothies, adding banana to toast, adding fruit to porridge or breakfast cereals.

Drink plenty of water

 Try to drink eight glasses to keep your body hydrated. By drinking enough water you are also less likely to be as hungry. If you’re not a fan of water on its own try adding a sugar free diluted squash.

Avoid unhealthy snacks

It can be tempting when studying to reach for unhealthy snacks. Snack foods such as cakes, biscuits, chocolate and sweets can be high in sugars and saturated fat, and low in certain vitamins and minerals. Instead try to keep fruit such as apples, blueberries or bananas on hand for those moments you need a snack. Check out our article on swapping favourite snacks for healthier alternatives.

Wholegrains

The brain cannot function without the right energy and needs a constant supply throughout the day to ensure it functions correctly. Achieve this by eating wholegrains with a low GI such as brown pasta, brown rice, or brown bread.

Things to avoid doing:

  • Try to avoid sugary snacks as they will result in a short term high which will eventually come crashing down leaving you feeling tired. Check out our article on swapping favourite snacks for healthier alternatives.
  • Overdo the caffeine- Coffee and soft drinks such as Diet coke may give a short term boost to your energy but in the long run will result in an energy crash that just isn’t worth it.
  • Avoid energy drinks like Red Bull as they will result in a caffeine and sugar rush that won’t do your body any favours.
  • When you’re studying alcohol is not your friend. It will dehydrate you, disturb your sleep and wreck your concentration the next day. Not worth it!
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Published September 17th, 2015
Last updated April 7th, 2016
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