Food to Fuel Your Revision in Learning

Although it can be tempting to cram in as much sugar and carbs as you can manage whilst you're cramming for exams, the truth is that it'll make you feel rubbish and you won't be able to concentrate whilst studying. So here's how to eat the right food that'll boost your brainpower!

Get a good start

Eating a good breakfast in the morning will help your day get off to a good start. Boiled eggs and wholewheat toast will give you enough energy to see you through the day! This is because they are low in sugar and have lots of protein, so the energy gets released over a longer period of time. 

Count to five

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You've probably heard that five portions of fruit and vegetables a day is recommended - and there are real benefits to meeting that goal! Make sure you eat lots of different coloured fruit and veg, as this will ensure you're getting a multitude of vitamins and minerals in your body that will keep you healthy, fight off bugs, give you energy and get your body in the right condition to absorb plenty of information.

Snack away

Studying can get tiring and be hungry work! It can be really tempting to grab a share bag of sweets, but lots of sugar will make you crash quickly and will make you feel really tired. But, if you're prepared, you can make sure to have healthier snacks ready at hand. Try some carrot sticks and hummus, slices of apple and peanut butter, or a a handful of nuts - just as tasty but much healthier!

Reel in information

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Getting two portions of fish a week is recommended, one of which should try to be oily fish. This is because fish is said to be full of good stuff that can help keep your heart and brain healthy. So unless you have dietary restrictions, or you're veggie/vegan, then it's a good idea to get some fish into your diet during study leave. And nope, unfortunately - fish from a chippy doesn't count...

Treats are okay

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The best way to be healthy is to have a good, balanced diet - that means the occasional biscuit, bar of chocolate or packet of crisps! Sometimes a treat can be a good way to reward yourself for work well done. Say you manage to write a whole practice essay for an exam or finally get a difficult topic completed... it's okay to run out to the shop and get a sweetie as a little wee for yourself. Avoiding a diet completely made up of chips, fizzy juice and sweets and finding the right balance can be tricky, but it's worth getting the balance right when it comes to looking after your health!

For more advice to help you whilst you're studying, head to young.scot/studylife