Food and nutrition - Section contents

To perform well, you need to eat well.

When you’re studying, it’s difficult to resist the lure of fast food. Trouble is, there’s no better time to nourish your body and support your brain’s function.

You don’t need to be a culinary genius, you just need to be able to cook a few healthy meals and know how to prepare a nutritious snack to get the sustenance you need and the break from the books you probably deserve.

Be prepared

  • Incorporate meal preparation – and importantly, time to eat – into your study schedule.
  • When you do your weekly shop, make sure you have a list so that you stick to your plan and don’t get side-tracked by the confectionery aisle.
  • Keep it simple: salads, stir-fries, chopped vegetables with dip – the easiest recipes are often the healthiest.

Food guide

When all else fails, abide by a few basic food rules to keep your engine running smooth:

  • Limit sugar, salt and fatty foods.
  • Include fruit and vegetables in every meal and snack.
  • Choose real or whole foods over processed foods (e.g. nuts instead of biscuits).
  • Drink plenty of water (instead of soft drink or bottled juice).

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates, ancient Greek physician