How your eating habits can impact on your exam success
What you eat can be important around exam time
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.
Eating well at exam time
Here's some advice for eating well around exam time so that you can perform at your best.
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. Here's some advice on getting enough fruit and veg.
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.
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 around exam time
Just as there are things that can help us when we're trying to focus, there's also things that it's best to avoid.
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.
Avoid too much caffeine
Coffee and soft drinks 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.
Avoid too much alcohol
When you’re studying alcohol is not your friend. It will dehydrate you, disturb your sleep and destroy your concentration the next day.