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Healthy Diet To Prepare Well For Exams

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It is that time of the year when students face their board and university exams. While college students are still a bit chilled out, the ones who face the boards have lots of stress. Parental pressure, peer pressure and the pressure from teachers gets just too much to handle.

The biggest fear of most students is that they might forget all that they have studied. Nothing out of the ordinary, even I used to feel the same when I had my exams. Stress and fear is natural during this time but you must overcome it.

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Many students these days have started an unhealthy habit of taking memory-boosting medicines and supplements. Popping pills to improve memory is dangerous and can have some serious side effects.

If you really want to improve your memory and concentration you should do it the right way. And the right way is by eating a healthy diet, exercising and meditating. Keep reading to get to know a Healthy Diet To Prepare Well For Exams.

First, let’s foray into why students tend to have poor concentration and memory recall. You would find the chief reasons as follows:

  • Unhealthy diets and eating habits
  • Stress
  • Toxins in air, water and food

Stress is the chief reason behind lack of concentration that gets worsened by pressure of multitasking. Being stressed out can alter the body, brain and eating habits.

The human body increases the release of free radicals as a response to stress. These free radicals are chemicals that weaken your immunity and expose the body to various degenerative diseases. To know more about free radical damage click here! Stress also causes hormonal imbalances and brings changes in eating behaviour. This affects overall productivity and well being.

Furthermore, too much of stress depletes the body of essential nutrients and increases the need for memory boosting nutrients such as vitamin C, B, folic acid, zinc and magnesium.

How to follow a Healthy Diet To Prepare Well For Exams?

In order to reduce stress and enhance memory, you must make it a point to replace cereal grains like wheat, wheat derivatives and corn with fresh fruits, boiled pulses, lentils, sprouts, veggies, salads and juices of vegetables. Doing so will surely help.

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Reduce consumption of sugar, bread, biscuits, packaged fruit juices, sugary drinks and baked goodies. This is critical in improving your cognitive performance.

In place of such junk foods, try consuming nuts, channa, naturally occurring sweeteners likes jaggery, honey and even dark chocolate.

Next most important thing is physical activity and meditation. Both of these have an immensely strong calming effect on the brain and it improves recall and concentration. Exercise everyday and spend some time in meditation. You can go for a brisk walk in the morning or in the evening, whichever time slot suits you.

Environmental issues like toxins in air, water and food have also to be addressed but they are not entirely in one’s control.

So, girls and boys! Wish you all the best and do well in your exams! Stop stressing too much and be positive!

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New! Create Meals, Take Photos and Share It All on MyFitnessPal

We all have foods — and meals — that we eat regularly. Maybe you start every morning with an egg sandwich, coffee and a banana. Or you cook spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread on Thursday nights. Or your favorite afternoon snack is a peanut butter and pickle sandwich with a glass of milk. (Hey, we’re not judging.) Most of us are creatures of habit, and some foods are just better together.

That’s why we at MyFitnessPal have been working hard to make it much easier — and way more seamless — for you to create, edit and save meals. On top of that, you can finally take photos of your meals and share them in the MyFitnessPal newsfeed.

Let’s nibble on the details…

CREATE CUSTOM MEALS

Logging meals is faster with our new custom meal updates.

When you create a custom meal, you’ll get a complete breakdown of the meal’s calories, carbs, protein, fat and micronutrients. Knowing this information will make it easier for you to identify which meals are helping you reach your daily nutrition goals and which meals are falling short.

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These updates are ideal for meal planners because when you know the nutritional breakdown of a meal you’re planning to eat, you can tailor your other meals around it. This ensures that you stay on track to hit your goals.

If you’re new to meal planning, you’ll find some helpful tips in our Beginner’s Guide to Meal Planning.

EDIT & COPY YOUR MEALS

In addition to creating custom meals, now you can easily copy and edit your meals. Think of anything you’d need to edit — meal names, the items in meals, adding or removing certain foods or adjusting serving sizes or number of servings, for example — and you can do it in a snap.

You can also copy custom meals for easy ingredient swaps. Maybe you’re cooking your favorite chili but you’d like to swap beef for turkey. Simply copy the meal, change the protein ingredient and you’re ready to roll.

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ADD MEAL PHOTOS

They say a picture is worth a thousand words — maybe so, and who doesn’t like a photo? Add photos of your meals to create a visual record of what you’ve eaten and find inspiration for your next meal. Reviewing the photos in your meal library is especially helpful when you’re creating a grocery list or meal plan for the upcoming week.

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SHARE YOUR MEALS

The only thing better than eating a delicious meal? Sharing it with others!

Share your custom meals (photos and all) in the MyFitnessPal newsfeed to help your friends decide what to eat. It goes both ways — you might find that your friends give you ideas about how to make your meals even more nutritious and delicious.

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If you come across a friend’s shared meal in your MyFitnessPal newsfeed you can tap the meal to learn more about its nutrition information and see the items in the meal. You can also save a copy of the meal and add it to your own meal list for later.

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Ready to give these new meal updates a try? To get started, click the meals tab when you’re searching for a food or visit the My Recipes, Meals and Foods tab.

These changes are rolling out slowly so don’t worry if you don’t see all of them in the app yet.

Until next time, happy logging!

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Recipe: Baked Parsnip Fries with Curry-Lime Yogurt Dip

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Parsnips are carrots’ forgotten beige cousins. These sweet, starchy root veggies are full of fiber, potassium and vitamin C.  Our garlic parsnip fries are topped with Parmesan and a spicy curry lime yogurt dip that will make you forget about fast food.

Baked Garlic Parmesan Parsnip Fries with Spicy Yogurt Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon canola or olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds parsnips, peeled (about 8 medium parsnips)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

Directions

Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with nonstick foil or parchment; set aside.

Heat oil in a small skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, and cook 2–3 minutes. Strain garlic and set aside. Pour oil into a medium bowl.

Cut parsnips into 3 1/2-inch strips about 1/4-inch thick. Add parsnips, salt, and pepper to bowl, tossing to coat. Spread out in a single layer on prepared baking sheet.

Bake 20 minutes, turning once, until golden brown and slightly crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. Remove from baking sheet, and immediately toss with Parmesan cheese, parsley and reserved garlic.

While parsnips bake, stir together yogurt, juice, curry and cumin. Serve immediately, with the parsnips.

Nutrition Information

Serves: 6 |  Serving Size: about 1/3 cup fries and 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce

Per serving: Calories: 132; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 4mg; Sodium: 257mg; Carbohydrate: 17g; Dietary Fiber: 21g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 5g

Nutrition Bonus: Potassium: 663mg; Iron: 2%; Vitamin A: 8%; Vitamin C: 23%; Calcium: 65% 

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Monday Mindfulness: Is the Way You Listen Affecting Your Calm? [Infographic]

For this week’s Monday Mindfulness, we’re going to focus on sound. This mini practice will take you out of your head when you have a lot on your mind or feel overwhelmed, and it’s a great way to build in time for practice throughout your day. Just like the breath, focusing on what you hear is simple to do and immediately accessible. Different sounds are always there — in the distance, close to us and even within our own body. If you’re able to focus on sound with presence and a sense of open curiosity, without judging or evaluating, then the simple act of listening can become a nice source of stress-relieving calm. Follow the simple road map in the infographic below.

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