My zombie marathon began early one Sunday morning. The early sun rises as the clock strikes 7:00am. I put on my head set. I sit myself down dead center on the couch. Still there seems to be something missing from this early morning gaming marathon? I let the thought go and start my marathon which lasts from 7:00am to 1:00pm. A giant grumble comes from my stomach. Then it hits me, I forgot to have breakfast!
At that point I scramble to the refrigerator looking for anything that I could get my hands on. At first glance everything seems to take too long, as it would require me to stop playing my game in order to eat a decent meal. I went to the freezer, where my options ranged from meat, meat, and did I not mention more meat. At that point I felt I had no choice, so I popped the pepperoni pizza into the microwave. Two minutes later the pizza comes out warm but still slightly cold in the middle. I scarf it down, and return back to my original position.
My stomach growled again an hour later, but not of hunger. It seemed that my food was fighting back and I had developed a stomach ache. For the rest of the day I laid down in bed moaning and groaning over my poor stomach. What started off as a day of marathon zombie killing ended in a horrible stomach ache.
Eating can seem like a chore at times to gamers. It is necessary though to eat the right foods before you start your video game marathon. If you don’t have enough good food in you before you start, chances are you lose concentration on the task at hand. Always start off your day with some form of breakfast. A piece of fruit, a protein, or maybe a yogurt can help you get a good start to the day.
If you know you will be stationary for long periods of time I might suggest snacking. Snacking can be beneficial as long as you’re eating the right things. Keep some fruit on the side table, crackers, and quick veggies. These will help keep your stamina up and make sure you focus on killing the zombie hordes.
If you can take a break then do so. Every two hours get up and stretch. Maybe step outside and get some fresh air. Playing a game non-stop can be tiring on the eyes. If the colors start to blur together maybe it is time take your break.
If you are sweating a lot maybe it is because you have not had enough water. Water keeps everything in the body moving. Water is definitely the first thing that you need. If you have a water bottle, fill it up at the beginning of your session. That way you have the water ready and able to drink.
Now, it seems like I am being a little too parental. You might assume the next question I will ask is “Did you brush your teeth this morning?” I am not here to be preachy but I am here to warn you. I only say this from experience.
Last year PAX East was my first convention ever. Just so many things to see but yet you have very little time. I almost became overwhelmed with the amount of things you could actually do. I didn’t think and ignored my natural body signs. A rumbling stomach didn’t make me flinch at twelve noon. I didn’t have a decent meal till 4:00 pm and even at that point it was too late. After I ate my chicken fingers and fries, my stomach started to hurt. The rest of the day ended with me in bed by 9:00 pm while the convention kept raging on. The same happened to my friend as we lay in opposite beds groaning from chicken finger overload.
I made rash decisions at the convention because of my empty stomach. When you are hungry you usually grab something fast rather than something healthy. These chicken fingers were not cheap either but full price at seven dollars. Fourteen dollars later you feel like you wasted your money. This money could have been used outside the convention to buy something better. Greasy food is great, but if you plan to walk around all day on a convention floor you need nutrient dense food.
After reading this, hopefully you will come away with a game plan. This is not a diet to change your whole life. Just remember the water and healthy snacks before you plan your next video game marathon.