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Old 04-26-2010, 02:15 PM   #1
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Breakfast before exam

Hey guys,

I am an crossfitter as well as a college student, and I have a question regarding the breakfast meal.

I have read "The Warrior Diet," where the author states that breakfast should be avoided, and you should basically only have a large meal at the end of the day to allow your brain and body to operate at maximum effeciency in an unfed active state. It sort of made sense to me since when you are not digesting food, your body is in the sympathetic state, where your functions focus on the "fight or flight" active state.

I am also well aware of the traditional thinking which is that breakfast is the important meal of day, which combined with the paleo food lifestyle, leads to the best nutrition one can get. However, after reading "The Warrior Diet," this concept has basically been reversed and am i just confused as to what to do for breakfast.

This weekend I have to take a medical school examination (MCAT) at 8 am. This test definately requires a lot of focus, and I am just wondering what you guys would suggest to do about breakfast.
I am prepared for the test both phyiscally and mentally, I just dont want my decision for breakfast to have a negative effect on my performance.


Thanks guys for your opinions.
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Old 04-26-2010, 02:25 PM   #2
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Re: Breakfast before exam

Eat what you normally eat.
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Old 04-26-2010, 02:35 PM   #3
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Re: Breakfast before exam

Eat enough to avoid being distracted by hunger pangs, but not so much that you're lethargic.

The suggestion that an "unfed active state" is ideal for activities requiring intense mental focus seems to contradict my own experience. I certainly wouldn't choose the day of a major exam for an experiment of this kind.

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Old 04-26-2010, 02:45 PM   #4
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Re: Breakfast before exam

I personally don't eat anything before a morning exam. But I know that works for me after a long time of experimentation. the morning of the MCAT's isn't the best time for an experiment lol.
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Old 04-26-2010, 02:52 PM   #5
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Re: Breakfast before exam

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Eat what you normally eat.
This.

You don't want to interrupt your routine. Puts more stress on the body...

GL on mcats... it's not that bad.
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Old 04-26-2010, 03:06 PM   #6
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Re: Breakfast before exam

I usually don't eat anything during the mornings, especially after reading the warrior diet, and because I really don't have the time with all the morning classes.
Since the mcat is around 6 hours, I am not sure if a moderate breakfast would be better than none.
I understand I am probably overthinking this, but what you guys recommend to eat?
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Old 04-26-2010, 03:17 PM   #7
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Re: Breakfast before exam

It's a little late to change things up now.

Don't eat.. and then eat a small snack for lunch
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Old 04-26-2010, 10:02 PM   #8
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Re: Breakfast before exam

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I usually don't eat anything during the mornings, especially after reading the warrior diet, and because I really don't have the time with all the morning classes.
Since the mcat is around 6 hours, I am not sure if a moderate breakfast would be better than none.
I understand I am probably overthinking this, but what you guys recommend to eat?
if you don't normally have a problem not eating for 6 hours, then don't bother. If you think 6 hours is too long, have something moderate, but don't go nuts.

If the MCAT is anywhere near as horrid as the FE (fundamentals of engineering) exam I took in 2005, you'll need every advantage you can get... two 4-hour parts, and I used every second of the first half and still didn't finish.. And I'm the guy that waltzes in to test day calmly, walks out first, and gets one of the top grades.
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