Food for thought

Finals are amongst us. Feel it in the air. Late-night cramming, review sessions, papers and of course plenty of procrastination to go around. Eating well probably isn’t on the top of your to do list. Perhaps it should be. During exam week your brain is extremely important, more so than usual. In order for it to function to its fullest capacity, it needs certain things from you. Breakfast. This is particularly important. It’s the jump-start to the entire day. Protein and fruit are a really good idea. If you’re not a huge breakfast person, I would recommend something light like a banana with peanut butter. Staying energized throughout the day is essential. Instead of reaching for the chips and dip while studying, try protein bars, nuts, and, of course, fruit. Sugary foods aren’t a good thing; they tend to lead to quick bursts of energy, which don’t last. Caffeine shouldn’t be a meal substitution. Avoiding too much coffee and soda is a good thought, because of the temporary high and subsequent crash. Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated. Not drinking enough can lead to dehydration, which in turn can lead to you losing focus on what really matters: studying for your exams. Drinking alcohol during exam week is not a bright idea. Alcohol causes headaches, fatigue and a lack of concentration. Though it might seem like a good idea to try new supplements and foods during exam week, it really is not. You don’t know how your body will react. Skipping meals is also not the answer. Lunch and dinner are important, too. Setting aside time to grab a bite will be well worth it in the long run, and your body will thank you for it in the end.