Every student knows the importance of healthy food habits during exams. Eat the wrong kind of food and you’ll be ailing in bed while your friends write the exams.
With the board exams and the university exams around the corner, we’ve put down a list of X healthy food habits students should implement during and before their exams.
#1. Include fruits in the diet — The fiber, nutrients, vitamins, carbohydrates and anti-oxidants present in fruits improve your concentration, decrease the laziness and boost your memory. According to a report, eat at least a banana and an apple during your exams. We say, keep the habit of eating one fruit daily.
#2. Make a strict diet plan — Most students reading this would have piled additional kg’s during their exams (Especially board exams). The extra pounds can be easily avoided by making a diet chart wherein you eat not more than 5 times a day. Include vegetables, fruits, cut down on dairy products and carbs.
#3. Stay away from unhealthy food — Fried food, aerated drinks, caffeine should not be a part of your diet during exams. They make you lazy, pile on weight and decrease your productivity.
#4. Stay hydrated — Drink minimum 8 glasses of water each day to stay hydrated. Dehydration leads to memory loss, dizziness. It’s totally not fashionable to faint during the exams!
#5. Eat 5 small meals instead of 3 large ones — Eat large meals and you’ll end up sleeping more than what you should. Fighting the sleep urge hampers concentration. So break the 3 big meals into 5 smaller ones that quench your hunger but don’t force you to rest.
#6. Eat Smartly — Stay away from dietary supplements, instead of chewable vitamin C tablets, opt for fruits such as grapes and orange. For iron, consumer more of spinach, replace potato with sweet potato, have broccoli soup and whole grains and eggs.
Here’s what you should be eating during exams:
- 4–5 soaked almonds
- 1 glass skimmed milk
- Eggs/Whole grain toast
- 4–5 dry fruits or nuts
- 1 glass carrot juice
Lunch: Low fat high protein
- Colored vegetables — broccoli, spinach, bell peppers
- Wholegrain bread
- Ginger tea
- Desserts but with moderate amount of sugar
Keep a window period of two hours between a meal and sleep. Work out even during the exams be it running, gyming or playing a sport.
After all, a healthy mind and body leads to better performance during exams.