Nursing student 'food for thought'

  1. The World Health Organization says that adequate nourishment can raise national productivity levels by 20 percent!

    Are there foods that can help with student productivity? What food is good for the brain? eg. studying, etc

    Are there foods that students should stay away from - that hurts productivity? eg. foods that can make you sleepy during a test

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  3. by   tothepointeLVN
    All I can say is that living on cake works out badly.
  4. by   grownuprosie
    Quote from tothepointeLVN
    All I can say is that living on cake works out badly.
    Speak for yourself!
  5. by   sweetgeorgia
    Haha! As one of my old professors used to say, "carbohydrates are brain food!"
  6. by   Jammin' RN
    Quote from tothepointeLVN
    All I can say is that living on cake works out badly.
    Yes! The 20 lbs I gained in nursing school did not pan out so well. Now I'm on Weight Watchers and an exercise program.. Back to healthy living!

    I do notice a difference in what I retain since I've been eating better.

    It's also nice to not have gas 24/7.. I'm sure my coworkers are happy about that.
  7. by   staceym
    This is an intriguing subject! I would love to know more about brain foods and especially high energy foods for studying, not necessarily foods for burning right away in the form of a few miles.
  8. by   DichloroacetateAl
    I've often found that after eating ice cream, my mental productivity decreases. Definitely stay away from ice cream.
  9. by   Cali_Nurse_209
    I start the BSN program next month and I've been trying to eat more healthier. I also work the night shift on weekends and I've found that peanuts and trail mix type of snacks give me energy. Idk if this is the case for everyone.
  10. by   tigerlogic
    I have more energy and focus the more I stay away from gluten and get exercise. Small snacks are great.
  11. by   tothepointeLVN
    I had a similar experience in the 2 years I stayed away from flour and sugar. Unfortunately the cake got to me.
  12. by   tewdles
    Brain food = kale
  13. by   dbowie80
    I pack my lunch/snacks...that way i know what I'm eating & my portions are controlled. I also drink plenty of water. I was working out for an hour 3-4xs/week, but now my goal is 30 min qd. Not only does it keep me from having to buy new scrub pants, but also alleviates stress!
  14. by   sauconyrunner
    A nice variety in your diet is always good. I spent one summer in school (between Jr and Senior yr) working 2 full time jobs. Somehow I ended up eating mostly Harris Teeters German choc cake and potato chips. I gained no weight, but when I went in for a physical, I got an emergency call from the physician....Apparently my diet....led me to severe anemia.

    Luckily some tablets, orange juice and real food seemed to cure it.