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Preparing and maintaining a healthy diet for students during exams is crucial for their focus, concentration, and overall well-being. Here are some top tips for parents on how to feed their students before, during, and after exams:

 Before Exams:

 Provide a balanced breakfast: Ensure your child starts the day with a nutritious breakfast that includes complex carbohydrates (whole grains), protein (eggs, yogurt), and healthy fats (nuts, avocado). This will provide sustained energy and support cognitive function.

 Include brain-boosting foods: Incorporate foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, walnuts, and chia seeds. These nutrients are essential for brain health and can enhance cognitive performance.

 Hydrate adequately: Encourage your child to drink plenty of water before exams. Dehydration can lead to fatigue and decreased concentration. Herbal teas or infused water can be a refreshing alternative. 

During Exams:

 Snack smartly: Provide healthy snacks that are easy to eat and won’t cause a sugar crash. Opt for fresh fruits, vegetables (carrot sticks, cucumber slices), nuts, seeds, or whole-grain crackers. Avoid sugary snacks or processed foods that can lead to energy crashes.

Offer brain-boosting beverages: Green tea or herbal teas like chamomile can have calming effects and support cognitive function. Avoid sugary drinks and excessive caffeine, as they can lead to jitters or energy crashes.

Take short breaks: Encourage your child to take short breaks during study sessions. This helps prevent mental fatigue and allows for healthy snacking or hydrating.

 After Exams:

 Celebrate with a balanced meal: After exams, celebrate your child’s hard work with a balanced meal that includes lean proteins (chicken, fish, tofu), whole grains, and plenty of vegetables. This will help replenish nutrients and support recovery.

 Encourage relaxation: Help your child unwind and de-stress after exams. Engage in activities they enjoy, such as going for a walk, practicing yoga, or spending time with friends and family.

 Prioritize sleep: Ensure your child gets adequate sleep following exams. Restful sleep is essential for consolidating information and promoting overall well-being.

 General Tips:

 Avoid excessive caffeine and sugary foods: While a moderate amount of caffeine can enhance focus, excessive consumption can lead to restlessness and sleep disturbances. Similarly, sugary foods may provide temporary energy but can cause crashes and lack of focus.

 Plan and prep meals in advance: Prepare meals and snacks ahead of time to minimize stress and ensure your child has access to healthy options when studying intensively.

 Encourage regular meals: Encourage your child to have regular meals throughout the day to maintain stable blood sugar levels and support sustained energy.

 Remember, every student is different, so it’s essential to listen to your child’s preferences and dietary needs while keeping these tips in mind.



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