Sister College, Southern School of Natural Therapies lecturer Carly Slater shares her foodie tips for longer-lasting energy and focus periods.
When assessment time is upon us and the stress levels of both teacher and student will begin to rise. Cortisol, the “stress hormone” is an important and helpful part of the body’s response to periods of stress; however, cortisol also causes serious food cravings that are often of the sweet and sugary variety. Unfortunately, the more of these cravings we give in to, the more our mood fluctuates and, eventually, declines. This isn’t helpful when we need to remain focussed and alert.
The good news is that there are healthier choices we can make during times of stress that will help to reduce the body’s response and increased cortisol levels. Whether it’s the specific nutrients these foods provide or the steady, reliable source of energy they give you, they can help to get you through the day by reducing the craving to binge.
- Red peppers/capsicum
- Dark chocolate
- Dark green leafy vegetables
- Sweet potato
- Brown rice
So, instead of reaching for the processed foods that have short-lived energy-boosting properties, reach for some of the things on this list instead. Your grades, your sanity and your waistline might just thank you for it later.