Eating the right foods is absolutely essential when it comes to looking after yourself, and becomes more important come exam time. There are students all over the places who will stack their drawers with lollies and chocolates - foods which will wreak havoc with your attention span. If you eat a meal which is very dense in fast burning carbohydrates (e.g. sugary lollies/highly processed foods) or very fatty foods (like chocolate) then don't expect to be able to concentrate as your blood glucose shoots up and down and your blood sludges as the fat neutralises the negative charge which your blood cells use to repel one another.

If you are interested in more information about nutrition, we recommend looking into Dr John McDougall's fascinating work. He is an American doctor and nutrition expert who specialises in treating patients with diet and lifestyle changes.

He proposes that the idea that carbs are bad for us is incorrect, and that the optimum diet for humans is based around complex carbohydrates (like rice, potatoes, and grains), vegetables, and fruits. His diet has demonstrated efficacy in reversing diseases including heart disease and type 2 diabetes without the use of drugs and surgeries.

Besides enabling you to prevent the 'inevitable' Fresher 5 and look lean and healthy for the Summer, his way of eating supplies the body and brain with the optimum nutrients and energy for the long hours of study ahead! We wish we had known about this during our first year!!

Dr McDougall's new book 'The Starch Solution' is available from the University Book Shop or online.