Revising or applying for graduate jobs can involve spending an extended amount of time indoors, either staring at a textbook or laptop. When your focus is solely on applications, making notes and practice exams, nutrition can take a back seat. Luckily, London’s healthy eating enthusiasts, Rude Health are here to share their top tips on how to keep energised and motivated. Whether you’re in your local library or in your bedroom, there are plenty of ways to keep on track, Rude Health’s Rosie tells us how.
Never miss breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and shouldn’t be skipped. A big bowl of porridge is a good starting point as it keeps you fueled and full until lunch. It’s cheap, and can be pimped with anything from yoghurt and compote, nut butter and seeds - or all of them, as Rosie prefers. If time is against you in the morning, soak your oats overnight in a jar with some milk or yoghurt and bring your bircher with you to the library.
Water allows many of the chemical reactions in our body to take place. The more you drink, the better our brains work - it’s a no brainer!
Try and avoid eating too many sugary foods and caffeinated drinks. The temporary high you get from a sugar or caffeine fix will be followed by a crashing fatigue, which plays havoc with your concentration. Opt for nuts, oat cakes, seeds and dried fruit – they are high in protein and will keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Eat lots of oily fish such as salmon, sardines, and mackerel. High in protein and omega 3, there’s a reason they’re called ‘brain food.’ Eggs are also cheap, versatile, full of protein and always a winner.
Work hard, play hard
Applying for graduate jobs and revising can be lonely and disheartening at times. It’s easy for your whole life to become absorbed by applications and revision. Make sure you organise things for the evening as it gives you a deadline, and you will often work harder knowing you have a reward for yourself later. Friends and family will always help give you perspective too.
Regular exercise is great for your body and mind. Whether it’s a run in the morning, yoga at lunchtime or even a walk after work – exercise is a brilliant way of switching off. The chemicals serotonin and dopamine are released when you exercise – which helps reduce anxiety and stress, and improve your mood.
You’re in Rude Health when…you run up the down escalators. You take the stairs, although your library is on the 19th floor. You’d rather lift a kettle bell than a kettle.