Eating Well During Exams
With the second, and final, teaching semester coming to its natural conclusion in the next few weeks, you’ll soon find yourself focusing on revision and your summer exams. This will be an extremely busy time, and it might be tempting to just give up on preparing and eating proper meals, and substituting them for takeaways and fast-food. But this is a slippery slope, and living off takeaways for the examination semester could undermine your performance in your summer exams.
Therefore it’s best to try and consider cooking a healthy meal for yourself; it’s a perfect way to escape exam revision and to de-stress. Concentrate on cooking and leave your exam worries at the kitchen door, here are a few tips to get you started.
Colour is good
When you’re at home you’ve probably experienced to some degree your mum nagging you to eat more fruit and vegetables. Well, we all know that mum knows best, and in this instance, she’s hit the nail on the head. Colour is an excellent guide to a healthy meal. It will help your brain and improve your energy levels. For instance, adding greens in the form of spinach, cabbage, and reds, such as beetroot and tomatoes, will ensure you’re eating your daily dose of nutrients, and leaving you focused and ready to tackle those exams.
Plan meals to avoid fast food
It can be easy and more convenient after a long hard day of revising to resort to eating fast food rather than going through the strenuous task of cooking a meal. But it doesn’t have to be like this. A simple weekly plan of your lunchtime and evening meals will ensure that you are eating healthily. You can prepare meals in advance, and freeze small portions for later in the week. And if you have any leftovers they can be enjoyed the next day. The key here is to plan your meals for the week, and it also saves time on trips to the supermarket, as you’ll be able to buy in bulk.
Cook with friends
During the exam season you won’t be the only one stressed out with practising past exam papers, and remembering key pieces of information, most likely your friends will also be in the same boat as you. There is no better way of ensuring that you eat healthily, and regularly, than if you cook with your friends. Not only is it a great time to have a catch up on the latest in your social circle, it definitely beats the routine of cooking on your own. Make cooking a more socialising experience, and by doing it with friends you’ll find it’s cheaper than cooking on your own as you share the cost.
The key to navigating your way through the exam season is to eat regular healthy meals. Healthy eating is not a supposed to be a strenuous task, and if you follow our tips, you’ll soon see the advantages of eating a balanced diet during the exam season. Don’t let all your hard work for the past six months go wasted in these next six weeks of exams by eating a poor diet. By eating well you’re giving yourself the best chance of doing the best you can in your exams.
From all of us at Scape, good luck with your final exams!