#StressFreeExam: Know what to eat and avoid

SCC and HSC exams are round the corner. A long exam is like a mental marathon in which endurance is important. Students are gearing up for the same. Along with the studies following a healthy diet is equally important. Shilpa Joshi, Consultant Dietetian and Diabetes Educator, Mumbai Diet and Health Centre, Bandra, Mumbai, tells what to eat and what to avoid

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During examination, students shouldn’t follow irregular eating habits, as this can invite acidity. Maintain appropriate food timings which includes, breakfast, lunch and dinner).

Follow these vital tips during examination:

  • Along with tea, coffee or milk have dry fruits
  • Before going for exams eat roti and subzi or dosa. Include proteins
  • Maintain the same eating timings
  • In between if you are hungry, eat fruits, dry fruits or something light. To avoid feeling sleepy
  • Drink a lot of water. Also have nimbu pani, chaas and milk
  • Avoid eating junk food, chivda, chocolate, chikki and laddoos
  • Cut fruits and eat. Don’t drink juice
Shilpa Joshi, Consultant Dietetian and Diabetes Educator, Mumbai Diet and Health Centre, Bandra, Mumbai
Shilpa Joshi, Consultant Dietetian and Diabetes Educator, Mumbai Diet and Health Centre, Bandra, Mumbai

During examination, due to stress, either children eat a lot or do not eat at all and starve. One tends to become lethargic, if he/she eats too much. This in turn affects their concentration. And brain doesn’t function properly if one avoids eating. Starving can be harmful to health.

The lunch and dinner should include all the nutrients. Don’t eat heavy meals. Include the following food items:

  • Pulses
  • Vegetables
  • Raw vegetables (salad)
  • Curd
  • Roti or rice

Students should be given home-cooked food. As, eating outside food can upset the stomach and lower your immunity. Students shouldn’t study 24/7. So, exercise, play for a while or walk for 10 minutes. This will aid digestion.