22.9.11

10 Tips for Healthy Eating During Exams




When you’re studying for finals, good nutrition often slides way down on the priority list. It’s easy to get into the habit of glugging coffee and gobbling take-out pizza, because you don’t want to waste time on food preparation. But, actually, good nutrition should be part of your study plan because it’s going to help you ace those tests. The better the fuel your brain gets, the better you’ll study. It’s a...well...no-brainer.
Here are 10 tips for eating right during exams:
  1. How do I eat smarter? Meeting daily vitamin and mineral requirements will make doing your best much easier. Iron and B vitamins are especially important to maintaining the physical and mental energy necessary to study well. Iron-containing foods include red meat, cereals and spinach; one good meal idea is chili because it contains ground beef and kidney beans. Foods that contain B vitamins include whole-grains, wheat germ, eggs and nuts. Fish and soy are other foods that are said to help boost your brain by providing the nutrients it needs.
  2. Dude, chewable Vitamin C is not a meal. Dietary supplements are good, but real food is better. An orange contains not only Vitamin C, but  also fiber, beta carotene and other minerals — so it can’t be replaced by a pill. When you’re heading for the library, pack whole-food items like apples, bananas, clementines, carrot sticks or dried apricots.
  3. Eat at regular intervals. Eating regular meals helps keep nutrient and energy levels more stable, curbing the temptation of empty-calorie snacks in the vending machine.
  4. Big meals keep on turning ... in your stomach. You might find that eating the standard three-big-meals-a-day slows you down mentally and physically. Consider 5 or 6 well-balanced, smaller meals, like toast spread with peanut butter, hummus or tuna, or a piece of cheese with fruit.
  5. Meet breakfast, your new study buddy. While much is said about thereasons to eat breakfast, less known are the best ways to eat smart in the morning. Coffee and a donut just don't cut it. The idea is to get some protein, calcium, fibre and a piece of fruit or a vegetable in there. So, a bowl of cereal with milk and a piece of fruit would do the trick. Or try a cereal bar with milk. We have some additional quick breakfast ideas for you to enjoy!
  6. Going bananas? Good. Fruit ranks high among the best foods you can eat for your brain. Blueberries (which can be bought frozen in bags) get a lot of attention because they contain powerful antioxidants and other nutrients. The natural sugars in fruit offer clean energy, so you don’t experience the crash that follows consumption of refined sugar.
  7. Choose powerful vegetables. Not all vegetables are created equal. The darker the color, the higher the concentration of nutrients. For example, spinach has more to offer the mind and body than iceberg lettuce. Other great vegetable choices include bell peppers, broccoli and sweet potatoes.
  8. Smart snacking can enhance studying. Snack smart while studying and you may find that you retain more. Try to get two food groups into your snacks to balance the nutrients and keep your blood-sugar level stable. Some smart snack examples are banana with peanut butter, a small baked potato with cottage cheese, or an English muffin pizza.
  9. Gather simple recipes for nourishing foods. It's easy to feed the brain well. No-fuss recipes let you eat to succeed, without taking too much time. Here are four ideas:
    • Combine scrambled eggs with toast, cheese or salsa
    • Spend 15 minutes preparing chili and continue studying while it simmers for two hours
    • Go Tex Mex with quesadillas, adding whatever veggies you’ve got on hand
    • A little chopping is all it takes to construct a hearty Chef’s Salad
  10. Stay well hydrated. Choose your beverages well, though.  Caffeine and sugar should be kept to a minimum. Since too much caffeine can make you jittery, try to drink moderate amounts: 400 to 450 mg per day, the equivalent of 2/2.5 cups, (16 to 20 ounces or 500 to 625 ml). Better choices include water, fruit juice, milk, and anti-oxidant-richgreen tea.
Adapted from "Kathy Maister's Startcooking.com"

6.9.11

Love Advice and Leverage

No one will ever really understand how people would deal with their hearts except themselves. Any external advice is just a perspective of one person yet never entrench an engagement into your situation. 

Sometimes, we feel that we're being stupid. We also feel that others are becoming stupid if we think that they're making bad decisions. Who exactly is the best person who has the leverage to tell us what's the right thing to do? Perhaps, following that logic, is there really someone else who can assume that brand of leverage?

People do have a lot of differences. Maybe we find ourselves in similar situation with someone else when it comes to relationships, but differences are defined by emotional investments, loyalty disparities, time engagements , physical intimacy and a lot of factors. Given that, no one else except those people who are involved in the situation will be the best individuals to act on the situation.

Maybe, it's in seeking advice that we find comfort with. We find ourselves a lot more comfortable with acting on the situation if we got to elicit pieces of advice from people. It can also be a coping mechanism so at least to have people empathize on your situation and make it look like you're not alone in the whole atmosphere of hopeless romance and its frustration.

All of us can get stupid when it comes to love. And maybe you're gonna say that it's cheap if you've never been on it. Maybe you're gonna say that not all people will fall under such claim because you haven't been on the situation of losing that person. But when you're just on it's brink, you'll feel that it would just swallow your entirety and you'll realize that you just can't do anything but to give in on it.

2.9.11

The Cloud of Unknowing


For a month from now, I've been suffering from all these bad thoughts that came into my mind.This is a lot so hell to me that I just have to stay in a place where all those things happened, the place where those conspiracy to forward their selfish interest came into place.All the bad thoughts I just have to get rid of simply because I need to focus for the competition.I know that this day is just the start of this 4-day endeavor, at least in this place because it doesn't erase everything when I get back to Iligan. In a few hours from now, maybe I'm gonna compete against that person who a bit was the cause of my own emotional demise.You know that feeling of being in a place in which you were so confused whether you knew that place so well or you just don't know that place at all. Just care less, because that's the only thing I can do right now.

1.9.11

Random Thoughts



Regardless of how you spare effort to assure that everything will be at peace, there will always be bullshit that's gonna happen. We always come to a point that we just have to clear our name from something that we're not really a part of. But then you only end up with people who single-handedly resorted to narrow conclusions despite all the explanations that you wanted to tell them.

Yes, we can agree that we have a lot of interests. On a lot of cases, we can say that one interest intrude to another interest, which is why there are compromises which enter the scenario. We just don't really know what is the interest of one person to you. Is it all about being able to forward one's interest that's why they come upfront? If it's any true, is it reasonable that we seclude that person or it's just that such person is a reflection of any other person who by such time frame was loosingly discovered of one's fault?

I don't know.  There are just a lot of things in life that we don't understand simply because life is diverse.

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