A Healthy Approach to Study (and a bonus study snack recipe)
I haven’t posted a blog for awhile, and it’s mostly because I have been studying my brains out. I must admit I am a little bit addicted to learning, but it is all for the greater good – so I can improve my services to you / my community! I’m currently doing some Post Graduate studies in Nutritional Medicine and as such, it’s pretty difficult to reach for snacks that aren’t healthy, now that I know the effects that each nutrient I eat are having on me!
While completing my Bachelor Degree I found it really difficult to stay healthy, mostly because of stress. And when I was stressed, I tended to reach for all kinds of nasty additives which only made it worse. Usually by the time I got to exams I was well and truly burnt out.
Now that I am a little more settled (we bought a beautiful home and I have a matching beautiful partner and friends who support me), I am finding study much easier. It helps that I am doing the majority of it at home, which really suits me. So that would be my tip 1 – find an approach to study that works for you. Although sometimes they are essential to learning, classroom and lecture theatres are not for everyone and there are a whole lot of options when it comes to study approaches in this modern day. Be sure to check that the training organisation you are signing up to is reputable and registered though (I learnt this the hard way, don’t be like me).
My tip 2 is easy, remind yourself that study is an investment for your future. Quite regularly I have panic moments that I am not earning enough for my age, never going to have a ‘good’ well-paid job, basically am not enough while I am studying. But I gain comfort in the reminder that my dream is to be as helpful as possible to people suffering from anxiety, eating disorders and addictions and the only way I can do that effectively is if I am educated.
Tip 3 is the yummy one, support yourself with good brain food. Wholegrains, Oily fish, Blueberries, Tomatoes, Broccolli, Walnuts are all a good start. I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen to come up with some snacks that I can quickly grab from the cupboard without getting too distracted (cooking is a common procrastination method for me when assignments are due). Below is just one tasty recipe I’ve concocted lately.
Crunchy Coconut Bikkies
- 1 cup Rolled Oats
- 1/2 cup Rolled Quinoa
- 1/2 cup Desicated Coconut
- 1 tablespoon Coconut Cream
- 1 desert spoon Honey or whichever syrup taste you prefer / have on hand. I’ve also used Coconut Sugar.
- Pinch of sea salt
- 50g of Butter (or Coconut Oil)
Preheat oven to 160’C
Melt butter, add the rest of the ingredients and mix together well.
Spoon the mixture into a muffin tray and press down
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown – as you can see from my photo I left them in a bit long, hehe
When you take out of the oven use a glass to press biscuits down into the pan
Allow the tray to cool before removing and enjoying your treats!
I’d love to hear from you guys – how to you keep study healthy? Do you have go-to snacks?
About Kerryn Nilsson-Linne: Kerryn is the director of West Coast Wellness, where she coaches clients to reduce stress, overcome addictions, eat well and relax more. Kerryn’s mission is to “encourage and inspire others to value their bodies and live a life they love”.