by student blogger Ng Jia Wen
Food in Malaysia can be found in abundance and I have to say that the food here is really unique. I suppose it’s a privilege as well that if you are hungry at 4 am, you can still find food outside of your house and more importantly it’s really, really delicious. However, most of the food that tastes nice in Malaysia, or in any part of the world for that matter, is the usually the food that does more harm than good for our bodies.
To avoid falling ill at exam time it’s vital for you to keep healthy with a balanced diet. With the additional pressure that you are consciously (or subconsciously) inflicting on yourself, your body will be impacted by the stress too.
During exam time, your eating habits can slide. This temporary ‘disorder’ will appear without you realising it, as you will be busy revising. It then magically disappears once the last exam is over.
Students tend to fall within one of two groups. One group is the ‘under eaters’, who will not eat much all day, and the other is the ‘over eaters’, who will do the opposite. The former lock themselves away in their favourite rabbit hole and constantly study, rarely eating. The latter constantly crave snacks and drinks while they study. Half of the time that they spend on study, they will be eating.
Both lifestyles will damage the body. Under eaters will drastically lose weight and lack the energy the brain needs for revision, becoming exhausted easily. Over eaters on the other hand, will gain weight gradually and tend to be sleepy, with less energy for revision. If you are neither of the two, you must be practicing a healthy lifestyle and diet. Good job! Give yourself a pat on your back.
But for those of you who do fit into one of those groups, how do you overcome the problem? Well, an under eater should ensure that they make time to eat at least 3 meals a day, by putting these breaks in their study schedule. An overeater on the other hand, should put a limit to their number of meals per day, again by scheduling these breaks in.
As for me, I used to be an under eater when I was in high school but now I am more inclined to be an overeater. Right now I am making a conscious effort to control my cravings. So if I crave ice cream now, I’ll only reward myself the next day, after I have studied hard on the day I craved the ice cream.
Of course, alongside your healthy diet, regular exercise and 9 hours of sleep per night will also help you feel your best during exam time.
Till the next time – study hard and eat your vegetables!