The best diet is a balanced diet that gives you the vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, and carbohydrates that your body needs to function properly. Having said that, you may want to tweak you diet a bit right before the test. Here's how:
- On the day of your test, you may want to eat a protein-rich diet. Your body breaks down protein into amino acids. Tyrosine is one of these amino acids used by the brain to produce neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine, which are associated with alertness and mental agility. Good options for your breakfast before the test would be eggs, low-fat yogurt, cottage cheese, nuts. Add some fruit or berries (many seem to like eating bananas before the test).
- When you eat only carbohydrates, your brain uses another amino acid – tryptophan – to produce serotonin, which helps you relax. Carbs can be a good thing the day before your test to help you fight the jitters and get some rest.
- Because our body breaks down protein and carbs differently, you may want to avoid certain combinations of food to keep your energy level up. Don’t eat proteins and starch together. A white bread cheese sandwich is not good either.
- Consider taking a multivitamin every day. Omega-3s and B vitamins help brain functioning. You need iron and calcium in your body to be able to cope with the effects of stress. Antioxidants keep your brain and body clean. Selenium may help you feel clearheaded, confident and energetic.
- Make sure you stay hydrated as you prepare for your test. Water and tea are good options, sugary sodas and caffeine are not.
- Don’t eat a heavy lunch on the day of the test, it will make you sleepy. Consider a salad with chicken, shrimp or salmon.
- As a final precaution, stick to what you know as your test day approaches. Don’t experiment with new foods and supplements because you don’t know how they may affect you. Eat safe.
- Here’s your shopping list:
- And things to leave at the store:
What do you like to eat before the test?