Event: job interview / what to eat: flaxseeds
Don't let the pressure of a job interview get to you. If you’re feeling a bit nervy before this life-changing event, eat foods that both calm you down and keep the brain alert. A great choice for this is flaxseeds. Rich in antioxidants, flaxseeds help boost your mood, improve your memory and reduce feelings anxiety, which is perfect pre-interview. Try teaming them with a salad full of B vitamins, such as eggs and spinach - these help increase energy levels too. Avoid eating too many carbs like as bread and pasta, or you’re at risk of feeling sleepy.
Event: exam / what to eat: porridge
The worst thing you can do before an exam is skip breakfast. You need sustenance to fuel all your hard work, and one of the best breakfasts on the menu is porridge. Whole grains like those in porridge can reportedly lower blood pressure and promote a healthy gut, in addition to other benefits. However, importantly for exam morning, porridge also provides slow releasing energy that keeps you feeling fuller for longer - no stomach grumbles mid-essay! Combine with berries for an extra antioxidant kick.
Event: first date / what to drink: camomile tea
First dates can be pretty intimidating, especially if you’ve never met the person before. So in this situation, we suggest you sip on a tasty cup of camomile tea. Camomile is a natural relaxant, and although it’s often used to aid those with insomnia, its ability to ease feelings of anxiety will come in handy pre-date too. Research also suggests that camomile tea can also improve your immunity, promote healthier skin and ward off illness - keeping you in tiptop health for your first date.
Event: trying to get pregnant / what to eat: spinach
One of the most life-changing events you could ever experience is having a baby. If you’re trying to conceive, eat foods that lend a helping hand. Maintaining a healthy, well balanced diet is a good start, but choosing foods that are high in nutrients is even better. Spinach is great health-boosting all rounder in that it’s rich in vitamins A, C, E and K, zinc and iron. It’s also a good source of folate, which is a key vitamin during pregnancy. Top up your salad with this leafy green.
Event: moving house / what to eat: blueberries
Moving house is a stressful time, and naturally when the pressure’s on we turn to junk food. As comforting as it is in the moment, fast food brings no health benefits and in turn, leaves you feeling tired and lethargic when you need energy the most.
Where possible, snack on healthy foods that leave you feeling great. Blueberries pack a strong nutrient punch, with each portion bringing vitamin C, fibre, manganese and other antioxidants. They’re very kind to your heart too, with the potential to lower blood pressure and protect against heart disease. A happy heart in a happy new home.