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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Eating to Excel at School

We all know that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Kids who eat healthy a breakfast can focus, solve problems better, and their hand-eye coordination will be improved.

People who eat breakfast are also more likely to:
Develop life-long healthy eating habits
Miss less school
Score higher on tests
Get better grades
Avoid bad moods
Maintain a healthy weight

Your child's breakfast should have whole grains, low-fat protein, and fruit. This combination of foods will keep them feeling full until lunch time without their energy level crashing right in the mid-morning.

Other tips for right before exam time:

Avoid energy bars. - Many are high in fat and sugar.

Stay cool. - Studies show that people perform better on tests at slightly cooler temperatures.

Stay calm. - Use the time to right before the test to relax and clear your mind.

Sleep tight. - Try to get eight to nine hours of sleep a night.

Hydrate. - Have some water before test-time, but don't over-do it.

Eat a smartbreakfast. - Don't eat too much a heavy breakfast will make you tired and use up all your energy.

Be carb savvy. - Go for the good kind of carbs from whole grains or veggies.

Skip the energy drinks. - You could be jittery from the caffeine and then hit a post-sugar slump before the end of your exam.

Skip the donuts. - Some studies suggest that eating foods with trans fats can deteriorate cognitive function.

Rev up! Nothing relieves stress and clears your mind like exercise. So an hour or two before the test, stretch or go for a jog.

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