Preparation is the key to passing exams

By Clair Whitty - NAturally Healthy

Published 08/09/2015 | 00:00

Whether you're planning a party, a holiday, or have exams you'd like to pass next year, it's crucial to plan and prepare. You'll get better results this way.

You might think I'm crazy to be talking about exams at this time of year, but I'm thinking about preparation and setting yourself up for success, rather than waiting until next May to start thinking about it.

Of course my focus is nutrition. Both your body and your brain need fuel to function. They need good quality food that will give you the correct balance of nutrients, carbohydrates, protein, good fats, and fibre. Think about it this way, your car wouldn't start if you didn't have any fuel in it. And it would splutter along, or not even start at all if you use the wrong fuel. Yet many of us expect our body and brain to function without proper fuel.

First step is to have breakfast. It's the most important meal of the day. If you can't face food early in the morning, no one can force you to eat. But take something with you that you can eat on your journey or at your first break.

Have a wide and varied diet including fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, meats, fish, fruit, soup, tuna pasta, yoghurts, cheese, salad, and eggs. Foods to avoid, or at least to keep to a minimum are, fizzy drinks, caffeinated drinks, sugary foods including chocolate, and sugary breakfast cereals.

Don't skip meals; if you do you will have energy slumps throughout the day, most likely around three in the afternoon. Make sure to drink plenty of water because if you become dehydrated you will feel tired.

Take a good quality multi vitamin and Omega 3 fish oil. This is important for memory and concentration. A Vogel Echinacea will help support your immune system to keep those bugs at bay.

A private one-to-one consultation with a Nutritional Therapist is worth considering. They will discuss diet, lifestyle, and your dietary preferences as well as show you ways to optimise your health, maximise your brain function, and support your immune system.

Remember that preparation is the key to a successful outcome. No matter what you're planning for! Good luck to you all.

Wexford People

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