You are what you eat. You probably heard that from avid vegetarians and pescatarians who swear by the benefits of fruits and vegetables and fish in keeping the mind and body healthy. Well, it never hurts to try something new especially when it comes to helping you during the grueling PMP exam prep!
With that being said, here are the memory-boosting foods that will help your brain cope with the myriad of information and formulas to be digested from the thick PMBOK.
Yes, those lowly berries actually are food for the brain! Of course, the red and purple berries are the best kinds because these are rich in phytochemicals that are good for your PMP exam prep-stressed mind.
Blueberries, cherries and strawberries are good bets. Blueberries and cherries are good sources of the phytochemical known as anthocyanin, which are proven memory boosters. Also, you will be lowering your risk for cancer, diabetes and bacterial infections when you eat plenty of these fruits. And who does not want to live longer to enjoy the benefits of success?
Strawberries, on the other hand, produce fisetin that stimulates the pathways where signals travel through the brain. In layman’s terms, you are enhancing your long-term memory capacity, which is very important during the period from the PMP exam prep to the exam proper itself.
Grapes and Apples
Yes, the symbols of abundance and of temptation definitely are good for you! Grapes, no matter if these are red, black, green and purple, contain quercetin and anthocyanin, which are important antioxidants. However, you can always opt to drink one glass of wine a day to approximate the nutrients you will be getting from fresh grapes. Remember, just one glass a day because you want to be sober, not drunk while engaged in your PMP exam prep.
As for apples, the temptation to opt for quick snacks like junk foods can be lessened with this yummy fruit. Not only will you have a better memory, you might even be lowering your risks for Alzheimer’s disease!
Dark, Leafy Green Vegetables
Remember when your mother used to remind you to eat your vegetables because they will make you happy and bright? Well, motherly advice and folklore aside, scientific studies have indeed proven that dark, leafy green vegetables can make you happier and smarter!
Well, it’s not too late to start with your PMP exam prep. You can add more servings of spinach, broccoli, and asparagus to enhance your memory capacity, not to mention provide you with the nutrients to keep healthy even amidst the craziness of the preparation and the examination!
Other vegetables like onions, red beets and eggplants can be added to your diet. The point is to stay away from junk foods and fast foods that are bad for your health; you will need all the health and help you can get during this period of your life.
Fish and More Fish
If you are the steaks kind of person, you had better start eating more fish. Studies have shown that omega 3 oils, which are abundant in fatty fishes like salmon and tuna, reduces cell inflammation. This, in turn, helps in preventing memory decline. (On a side note, that probably explains why the Japanese are one of the least forgetful people in the world)
Ultimately, your success during the PMP exam prep will depend on your dedication and determination. However, it does not hurt to feed your mind and body the right foods to fuel your dedication and determination!