10 Eating Tips During Exams

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How do I eat smarter?

By meeting daily vitamin and mineral requirements will be able to do your best more easily. Iron and B vitamins are especially important to maintaining the physical and mental energy necessary to study well. Iron-containing foods include cereals and spinach. Foods that contain B vitamins include whole-grains, wheat germ, eggs and nuts. Fish and soy are other foods that are said to help boost your brain by providing the nutrients it needs. Image courtesy: food-easy-recipes.com

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How do I eat smarter?
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Eat at regular intervals

Eating regular meals helps keep nutrient and energy levels more stable, curbing the temptation of empty calorie snacks. Image courtesy: blogs.fanbox.com

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Eat at regular intervals
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Big meals keep on turningin your stomach

Eating the standard three big meals a day slows you down mentally and physically. Consider 5 or 6 well-balanced, smaller meals, like toast spread with peanut butter or cheese, fruits, etc. Image courtesy: ashwita.com

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Big meals keep on turningin your stomach
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Meet breakfast, your new study buddy

A whole lot is said about the reasons to eat breakfast, less known are the best ways to eat smart in the morning. You must have some protein, calcium, fibre and a piece of fruit or a vegetable in it. Eat a sustaining breakfast such as whole meal toast, whole grain cereal porridge like oats, wheat flakes, broken wheat, milk or yogurt or eat stuffed vegetable or panner chapattis with curd or sandwiches with egg or sprouts or idli, sambhar for a very healthy and whole some diet. Include some fresh fruits or fruit juices as they are very healthy. Image courtesy: bhojpuriyacinema.com

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Meet breakfast, your new study buddy
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Going bananas? Good.

Fruit ranks high among the best foods you can eat for your brain. Blueberries contain powerful antioxidants and other nutrients. The natural sugars in fruit offers clean energy. Image courtesy: eatplaylovediaries.blogspot.com

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Going bananas? Good.
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Choose powerful vegetables

Not all vegetables are created equal. The darker the color, the higher the concentration of nutrients. For example, spinach has more to offer the mind and body. Other great vegetable choices include capsicum, broccoli and sweet potatoes. Image courtesy: http://www.medindia.net

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Choose powerful vegetables
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Smart snacking can enhance studying

Snack smart while studying and you may find that you retain more. Try to get two food groups into your snacks to balance the nutrients and keep your blood-sugar level stable. Some smart snack examples are banana with peanut butter, a small baked potato with cottage cheese. Image courtesy: http://www.medindia.net

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Smart snacking can enhance studying
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Stay well hydrated

Choose your beverages well, caffeine and sugar should be kept to a minimum. Since too much caffeine can make you jittery, try to drink moderate amounts: 400 to 450 mg per day, the equivalent of 2/2.5 cups, (500 to 625 ml). Better choices include water, fruit juice, milk, and anti-oxidant-rich green tea. The best liquid to drink before and during an exam is water. Water is essential as a body lubricant for various organs. Mucus that lubricates the digestive tract and the respiratory tract saliva, which makes it possible for us to, swallow the food, all contain water as an important component. So do not forget the elixir of life - water, during the exam days. Often fatigue and mild headaches is a sign that you are becoming dehydrated. If you do not consume enough water, your output of energy will drop. Carry a water bottle with you, and drink periodically throughout the day. Water also speeds up brain function. Image courtesy: meil.in

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Stay well hydrated
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Exercise

Non strenuous exercise is also essential during exam time. Gentle walking, swimming, jogging, cycling and jumping support memory function and help to de-stress students. Be sure to take out time for some fun everyday. Having a good laugh is a great way to de-stress and have fun. Have a set hour of leisure time everyday to have fun. Do not use this time to watch TV or read other books/magazines. Avoid any activity which strains the eyes - as your eyes too need rest. Go out and play, take a walk, go meet a friend in the neighbourhood, do some yoga, meditation or anything you like is best. Image courtesy: profusehealth.com

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Exercise
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On Exam Day

Have a light but nutritious meal before going for an examination. NEVER go for an exam on and empty stomach. In case you are running late, carry and eat a piece of fruit. Image courtesy: cakarishma.com

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On Exam Day
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