It is far to easy to reach for a bag of Doritos or a candy bar for a quick fix to curb a hunger that you knew would inevitably show up while binge gaming. And there always comes that point during your marathon when become so completely consumed that you can care less about the possible heart attack you may have later because of your snacking habits. Rarely does a gamer take into consideration that it isn’t just your body that’s suffering, but your mind and skills are taking a hit as well. Junk food appears to be the perfect solution to a hunger problem when you’re in the middle of a game spree because it’s easy and convenient. We seem to think that there aren’t any better options to keep our appetites in check or that it simply doesn’t make a difference. But in reality there are many simple options at our disposal to keep you energized as well as optimize you gaming performance. You just need to plan ahead a little. Take a quick break from gaming to check out these few tips.
Part of the reason why we turn to junk food is that it’s easy to snack on without sacrificing any of your attention and only requires the use of one of your hands for a very brief moment. It’s a finger food. Produce is a great place to turn to for healthy finger foods. Junk food is also popular due to the fact that it very often requires little to no preparation. It helps you avoid having to stop gaming to cook or microwave anything. Raw produce is just as simple to prepare and takes no time to prepare as well. The one thing that junk food has over healthy food is that it’s resilient and doesn’t spoil as easily as healthy foods and usually can be eaten at room temperature and can be left out in the open for longer making it easier to keep within arms reach. But a dorm fridge in your game room can easily solve that problem.
Junk food may be cheap and easy but the cons definitely outweigh the pros. Junk food can actually hinder your gaming abilities and have physical effects on you that makes it more difficult to be able to game for long periods of time. Junk food is well known for spiking blood sugar and then quickly crashing causing fatigue, headaches, irritability and so on. In addition to that when you consume large amounts of fat your cognitive abilities take a hit and slows down your thinking. If you rely on junk food too much you may end up feeling too tired to continue gaming or have difficulty concentrating on it.
So if you’re ready to step up your game start by swapping out chips for almond, peanuts, cashews, or any other type of nut you prefer. Nuts will provides you with protein which help you feel full for longer. Stocking up on produce such as baby carrots, celery, grapes, blue berries and many more will give you fiber which also will also will help keep you feel satisfied for longer periods of time and will help you from eating calories you don’t need and are won’t harm your internal chemistry and act as any kind of distraction when gaming. Another healthy way to satisfy feelings of hunger is to keep a large bottle of water with you. Multiple studies have found that typically when a person thinks they feel hungry they are actually slightly dehydrated and if you drink water that feeling of hunger goes away immediately. This can help you avoid eating unnecessary calories. Also take the time to enjoy a family dinner with all of the nutrients that your body needs.
By making these small changes you’ll have see that not only will you have more stamina for uninterrupted gaming, but you gaming abilities themselves will improve from the mental clarity that comes from healthy foods and eliminating junk. Your waistline will appreciate these changes as well.