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#1 Anzuri

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 07:26 AM

Warning this is a bit long but just read the Quick Version if you are short on time.

The time is almost upon us and we are all excited. I would assume that most people here would have pre-purchased and are all geared up to go on 12am PST 25/8/2012.

You probably have your character all set out already (I have!). But there is one thing most of us neglect. We get so entrenched into our avatars but we forget about our own bodies!

I don’t know about you but the BWEs left me absolutely shattered and exhausted. For something that only lasts 3 days this is ok as we can recover after, but for launch this won’t do.

I am passionate about health and food so have devised some strategies on how to ensure that your body is prepared to play efficiently during the initial stages when most of us will be playing long hours!

After all, your body is controlling your character, and if you don't care for it you will not get the most out of your character. You will feel tired, sluggish, irritated, and so on.

This is probably most relevant for those that intend to play as soon as servers go live, as they will probably play for a few solid hours straight.

It’s long so here is a quick version.

QUICK VERSION
  • Ensure your commitments for that weekend have already been taken care off;

  • Get enough sleep before launch and make sure you still sleep after launch;

  • Play in a well lit and ventilated area. Look away from the screen every 20 minutes;

  • Watch your posture – shoulders back and down, back straight, don’t slouch;

  • Have some water bottles ready next to you play area and have a swig every now and then;

  • Go easy on the caffeine as it will make you crash and dehydrate you;

  • Avoid fast food and have a good slow digesting meal that will power you through the first few hours;

  • Pre prepare your food to quickly grab it and eat whilst playing;

  • Have almonds and fruits ready for snacks;

  • Go outside and get fresh air;

  • Don’t forget you have a life outside of GW2.

LONG VERSION

Other commitments

First up before we get to the health bits, if you are keen on playing uninterrupted, pre-prepare anything that needs to be done that weekend – if you have any assignments due, work to finish, emails to respond to, anything, try to get it done before that weekend.

Sleep

Launch is midnight for you US folk so get plenty of sleep during Friday if you can or at least get a few hours sleep before launch. I wouldn’t recommend staying up to play the game straight away. Even if you can only manage a nap get 45 – 60 minutes. Don’t nap for anything longer than 60 minutes unless you intend to sleep for a few good hours as you will start to enter deep sleep. Waking up during this will make you feel horrible.

Make sure you sleep well during the week. The last thing you want is to be exhausted by the end of the week.

If you don’t intend on getting a good sleep after a long day of playing GW2, have short naps every now and then.

Eyes

Look away from the screen every 20 -30 mins and focus on something far away even if it’s just for ten seconds. Staring at the screen too long will mess up your long range vision.  Even just looking around the room helps.

Make sure you are blinking whilst you play or get some eye drops ready. Blinking normally would be preferential to using eye drops.

Also make sure your play area is well lit up (having a light on behind the screen helps too) otherwise you’re eyes are going to get strained big time.

Posture

Posture is so underrated but so important. Keep your shoulders down and back. Having the keyboard and mouse lower down helps as you don’t have to lift your arms too high.

Don’t do this and you will get the gamers trademark – pronated shoulders. And become a hunchback. Then people will throw fruit at you like in the hunchback of Notre Dame movie. Just kidding! Look at Mike O’Brien. He is pronated pretty badly. Squeeze your shoulder blades together to keep them back.

Have your monitor such that the top of the monitor meets your eyes when your neck is in a neutral position. Keep your neck in this position and look down with your eyes instead of tilting your head.

Keep your lower back lower back straight and don’t slouch in the chair or slouch forward. It would be better to sit on a fit ball or backless chair so that you use your muscles instead of relying on the chair.

Get out of the chair every now and then. Every 30 to 60 minutes is best. I know time is of to essence at launch but even if you just stand up and quickly reach up to the sky and stretch it will do you a world of wonders. It helps the blood in your body start flowing again and you will be amazed at how refreshed you suddenly feel. Take in a deep breath of air too.

Stretch your fingers every now and then. Something as simple as opening your palm and spreading your fingers out as wide as possible will be sufficient. Also, open and close your palm a few times.

Water

Fill up a giant bottle or a few bottles of water and keep it close by. Set an alarm or whatever you need to, and have a swig every now and then.

Have at least a full glass of water before you start playing. Trust me you do not want to be dehydrated. When you are dehydrated, your whole mental capacity diminishes. You won’t be as quick in your thinking and reflexes and you will start to feel exhausted.

Having a few sips every now and then will make sure you stay hydrated. If you wait til you are thirsty you will already be dehydrated and it will take a while between you drinking the water an it being digested and having effect.

You will not need to pee that much unless you overdo it.

Soft drinks / energy drinks / tea / coffee

These are not water. Having a few soft drinks is not the same as having water. You still need to have water even if you are having soft drinks.

First up soft drinks have so much sugar (and the diet ones have horrible artificial sweeteners that will kill you in the long run). Having too much sugar at once will cause an energy spike and then a crash! You will feel horrible and sluggish when you crash. Check my blog for an explanation on this http://foodforfuncti...drates-are-bad/

Energy drinks are the same. They have loads of sugar. If you do have them, space them out and drink them slowly so you get the best effect. Don’t smash down too many or you will probably have a heart attack and can never take your character to level 80.

Alcohol is the same as above and if you have too many you will lose brain function and slow down. Keep drinking, and depending on your tolerance you will probably fall asleep or pass out.

Tea and coffee are ok. Without sugar is best. Green tea will be the best.

Be warned though, all of these drinks above are diuretics. They WILL make you pee. This is why you need to drink lots of water if you have these drinks or you will quickly dehydrate. Also, they will flush out important nutrients so you will start craving food.

If you have too much caffeine you will also crash pretty hard when it wears off. You do not want this to happen as you will feel horrible and exhausted. So if you have caffeine, pace it out and drink lots of water.

Food

You probably want to binge on fast food, but if you can try and have something that will actually keep you functioning and feel full.

Having fast food will make you feel sluggish, tired and irritated.

Instead of the burgers have wholemeal bread or oats. Have some meat like chicken breast or steak and some veggies. This will keep you going for a few hours.

Pre prepare your food so you can grab it quickly.  And just microwave if you need to eat whilst gaming. I usually cut up the pieces of meat so it is easy to just grab with a fork or spoon.

Eat a little bit of good fat (only a little) like some avocado, olive oil or some nuts.

Keep some almonds next to you to use as a snack. The healthy fats found in these will also optimise brain activity. Fruits are great too

Miscellaneous

Take a break. Go outside, get some fresh air. Go do some exercise to pump some blood around your system. Don’t get too caught up in your avatar and forget your body.

Take toilet breaks. Don’t hold it in for too long. You don’t want to be cleaning up after or getting kidney stones.

THAT’S IT.

I know this is a lot and is extreme but I hope you at least take a few points from it. Don’t neglect your body. It is easy to level up a character but it is so hard to fix your body.

I don’t intend to be playing hardcore when the game is launched, maybe only for the first day or two, but for those of you who do, I hope this little guide helps you get the most of your experience.

Oh and if you share my passion for the importance of food, check out my blog at www.foodforfunction.com
Would love your opinions. I am trying to remind people in this world of supplements and medicine that the best medicine is food.

Happy gaming, and don’t forget to look after yourself :)

EDITS:

1) Just realised I used spanglish in the title and don't know how to change it >_<

2) Bananas make for a great gaming snack - great source of Potassium and carbs (thanks Linfang)

3) Headphone advice from TheGizzy

"I thought of one other important health tip.  If you're using Vent or TS or Mumble or something with a headset... make sure you're giving your ears a rest and time to "dry out."  Either alternate uncovering one ear every hour or so, or - even better - take the headphones off for a while throughout the day.  One of my kids has gotten what is essentially "swimmer's ear" twice from wearing his headset too long!"

My 2c

Also, this guide was really only a reminder on what not to forget during the first weekend of launch as that is when people really let things slip because they want to get in there first. It happened to me during the BWEs. After that weekend I am sure we will be back to our fantastic health habits.

It wasn't intended only as a don't forget to eat, sleep, drink shit guide but to remind people why they have to do so (a lot of the time we are just told we have to and not the function these components serve). And also the timing and types of food. For us older folks this stuff is common knowledge as we have learnt it throughout the years but a lot of the younger guys haven't.

Just look at the number of people that reach for panadol and pharmaceuticals for back pain, headaches and any small thing. I see it all the time at my gym and my work. Sometimes simple solutions such as eating the right things, staying hydrated and fixing your posture will make all these go away.

As Voltaire said "common sense is anything but common"

Thanks for the comments and hope you find some of these tips helpful :)

Edited by Anzuri, 02 August 2012 - 11:34 PM.


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Posted 02 August 2012 - 08:03 AM

Great survival "tips". There is one more thing i like to do. If i sit to much (45min+) i like to stretch a little bit or my spine starts to hurt (old injury). Even though you may not have the same problem i recomand stretching your back from time to time (i do it every 45 mins, it will only take you couple of seconds). This is what i do. I dont have a chair, but a ball to sit on, so i just lay on it, so that my spine makes an arc, and stay in that pose for couple of seconds. Thats it, i feel much better then. If you dont have a ball just stand up, and stretch normally (touch floor with your hands and then put them as high as you can in the air).

edit: i just saw that you already mentioned that, dont know how i missed it. Dont mind this message :qq:

Edited by zosek, 02 August 2012 - 08:05 AM.


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Posted 02 August 2012 - 08:23 AM

Good write up in general for any sort of long gaming sessions.

I have one of those fit balls to sit on when I get bored of my normal comp chair, that thing is wonderful.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 08:38 AM

Well don't get me wrong, but person which forgets about drinking, eating or sleeping while playing is just...insane :)

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 08:56 AM

This is one of the things my husband and I have been planning for for a while.  We don't really "do" fast food, and ordering a pizza in is an extremely rare occurrence around here.  We love to cook... a lot... and we are big on healthier choices.  Neither of us is ever going to be vegan or paleo - we prefer making good choices that still fit our personal love of food and yet help us stay fit and healthy.  We're both in our 40's, so this is something we think about quite a bit, and something we've tried to pass on to the kids (all grown now).

I actually get most of our meal ideas from skinnytaste.com - she's got a fantastic selection of recipes that are healthy AND taste incredible.  I'm not a rabbit... I want more in my diet than just veggies and grains.  I wanted to be able to have as much "ready to go" before launch weekend as possible... not only so no one would be tempted into eating crap, but so that if we weren't ready to eat at the same time, there'd be healthy meals ready to go no matter when we wanted to eat.

So I'm making a crock pot of Santa Fe Chicken (black beans, corn, chicken, etc. served on brown rice or as part of an egg-white omlete), and making Stuffed Pepper Soup (made w/ground turkey & brown rice) ahead of time.  I'm also making a couple of batches of Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins which make great snacks or quick breakfasts.  I'm going to make up a big bowl of Red Potato Salad on Friday, and make some Outside-In Burger Patties (97% lean ground beef, or turkey, seasoned and stuffed with a wedge of light Laughing Cow cheese).  I can make the patties and then refrigerate them... they take under 10 minutes on a stove-top grill pan, so they're really fast to cook.  They're awesome on their own - don't need buns or any other toppings.

At some point, I'll probably bake a batch of Kale Chips, just because they're an awesome snack... they just don't keep very well, so that will be something I stop and make up when I'm taking a break from the game.  Might do some Baked Zucchini Fingers too.  We've always got stuff on hand like carrots, peppers & cauliflower florets for munching, along with fresh fruit and almonds.

We'll still get our swimming in... that's just not something I'm willing to skip.  But we may forgo our walks for a couple of days - we'll play that by ear.

I really wanted to maximize the time we COULD play while minimizing the time we'd normally spend on cooking/clean-up and such.  I want to have the choice to play in marathon sessions without sacrificing healthy habits.

I'm glad to see that my husband and I aren't the only ones who have given thought to this ahead of time... kind of nice to know there are others who believe it's possible to balance healthy habits with gaming. :)

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 09:04 AM

MMO's and RPG's have been popular since Gary Gygax popularized D & D in 1979. It always amazes me when these precious snow flakes think they are inventing the wheel.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 09:10 AM

Those are some very good points, but best thing is that once game goes LIVE it will be always ON for us so in that light there is absolutely no need for marathon sessions of gaming (like we had for limited 3 day BWE`s) !
Relaxing and going outside to hang out with friends is very important, game will be waiting for us patiently !

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 09:24 AM

I've had a bit of trouble today with my usual morning defecation.

Care to share some tips or, even better, a video tutorial?
I'd hate to waste precious gaming time at launch on such mundane tasks.


A++ would read again.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 10:04 AM

I'm glad you mentioned veggies as a great "snack" choice.  I love veggies as a go to snack when gaming because they have very little mess.  Another favorite is plain unsweetened dried bananas (apples are good too!).  Of course it comes down to personal preference here.  And as said before, if you don't want to waste a lot of time cooking food after the fact, leftovers or pre-made (as in you made yourself previously in the week) is good.  

I find it hard to think people would delay their bodily needs because of a game, but every time any big game is released someone seems to always go a little too far. :(

But breaks are good!  The game isn't going anywhere believe it or not.  No need to burn yourself out in a weekend.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 10:42 AM

I find that doing half eagle (a really simple yoga pose) at my desk every now and then really helps me to stretch my back and shoulders and remember to correct my posture. Google recommends this quick guide to deskbound yoga: http://www.ishtayoga.com/articles/61

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 11:36 AM

View PostTheGizzy, on 02 August 2012 - 08:56 AM, said:

This is one of the things my husband and I have been planning for for a while.  We don't really "do" fast food, and ordering a pizza in is an extremely rare occurrence around here.  We love to cook... a lot... and we are big on healthier choices.  Neither of us is ever going to be vegan or paleo - we prefer making good choices that still fit our personal love of food and yet help us stay fit and healthy.  We're both in our 40's, so this is something we think about quite a bit, and something we've tried to pass on to the kids (all grown now).

I actually get most of our meal ideas from skinnytaste.com - she's got a fantastic selection of recipes that are healthy AND taste incredible.  I'm not a rabbit... I want more in my diet than just veggies and grains.  I wanted to be able to have as much "ready to go" before launch weekend as possible... not only so no one would be tempted into eating crap, but so that if we weren't ready to eat at the same time, there'd be healthy meals ready to go no matter when we wanted to eat.

So I'm making a crock pot of Santa Fe Chicken (black beans, corn, chicken, etc. served on brown rice or as part of an egg-white omlete), and making Stuffed Pepper Soup (made w/ground turkey & brown rice) ahead of time.  I'm also making a couple of batches of Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins which make great snacks or quick breakfasts.  I'm going to make up a big bowl of Red Potato Salad on Friday, and make some Outside-In Burger Patties (97% lean ground beef, or turkey, seasoned and stuffed with a wedge of light Laughing Cow cheese).  I can make the patties and then refrigerate them... they take under 10 minutes on a stove-top grill pan, so they're really fast to cook.  They're awesome on their own - don't need buns or any other toppings.

At some point, I'll probably bake a batch of Kale Chips, just because they're an awesome snack... they just don't keep very well, so that will be something I stop and make up when I'm taking a break from the game.  Might do some Baked Zucchini Fingers too.  We've always got stuff on hand like carrots, peppers & cauliflower florets for munching, along with fresh fruit and almonds.

We'll still get our swimming in... that's just not something I'm willing to skip.  But we may forgo our walks for a couple of days - we'll play that by ear.

I really wanted to maximize the time we COULD play while minimizing the time we'd normally spend on cooking/clean-up and such.  I want to have the choice to play in marathon sessions without sacrificing healthy habits.

I'm glad to see that my husband and I aren't the only ones who have given thought to this ahead of time... kind of nice to know there are others who believe it's possible to balance healthy habits with gaming. :)

I thought I was alone in the gaming community, good to see others :). Those are some great ideas and recipes I might have to borrow some! Will check out the site, always welcome new healthy recipes. Funny you say paleo I'm considering giving it a go - a toned down version, first by eliminating grains.

View PostShizu, on 02 August 2012 - 09:24 AM, said:

I've had a bit of trouble today with my usual morning defecation.

Care to share some tips or, even better, a video tutorial?
I'd hate to waste precious gaming time at launch on such mundane tasks.


A++ would read again.

LOL! I would suggest this?

http://www.google.co...9QEwAg&dur=1659

View PostKatreyn, on 02 August 2012 - 10:04 AM, said:

I'm glad you mentioned veggies as a great "snack" choice.  I love veggies as a go to snack when gaming because they have very little mess.  Another favorite is plain unsweetened dried bananas (apples are good too!).  Of course it comes down to personal preference here.  And as said before, if you don't want to waste a lot of time cooking food after the fact, leftovers or pre-made (as in you made yourself previously in the week) is good.  

I find it hard to think people would delay their bodily needs because of a game, but every time any big game is released someone seems to always go a little too far. :(

But breaks are good!  The game isn't going anywhere believe it or not.  No need to burn yourself out in a weekend.

Yeah I think we would only see people neglecting they're bodies at launch when its all fresh and everybody wants to get in front / get names and the hype is the highest. After that it will just be hardcore gamers.

View PostJ1083, on 02 August 2012 - 10:42 AM, said:

I find that doing half eagle (a really simple yoga pose) at my desk every now and then really helps me to stretch my back and shoulders and remember to correct my posture. Google recommends this quick guide to deskbound yoga: http://www.ishtayoga.com/articles/61

That's a good one I'll have to give that a go!

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 11:46 AM

these things seem obvious in our everyday life. We all know it by heart that it is important and we all SHOULD do it.
But once you engage in something you like(e.g. gw2, thanks arenanet =.=) you will most likely forget these rules.
Simple and easy-to-read thread, but gives a lot of tips.
Try not to die after 1 week of gw2 launch, because it will take a long time to fully 'complete' the game

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 11:56 AM

View PostZorpen, on 02 August 2012 - 08:38 AM, said:

Well don't get me wrong, but person which forgets about drinking, eating or sleeping while playing is just...insane :)

I don't think people forget, I think they get caught up in the game and just don't stop playing and keep drinking caffine drinks and then next thing you know your dead.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 12:03 PM

View PostGangstrocity, on 02 August 2012 - 11:56 AM, said:

I don't think people forget, I think they get caught up in the game and just don't stop playing and keep drinking caffine drinks and then next thing you know your dead.

Simple solution - turn on some alarm clock at, lets say, 4 hours interval to remind you to get some food or water or whatever.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 12:06 PM

Sometimes I wish I could do long gaming sessions but my playing time will look more like.

Wake up
Go to Work
Come home help with kids homework/do my own homework for a collage course I am taking this fall
Get kids to practice/game
Feed kids when we get back
Spend a few minutes with kids/wife before kids go to bed
Jump on computer, fire up GW2
Look at clock and say crap 30-45 minutes I have to go to bed so, I can get up for work.
Wake up and start it all over again :)

Oh well such is life ;)

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 12:09 PM

But I more than likely have work that weekend... so i only get 24 hours total to play...

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 12:10 PM

View PostZorpen, on 02 August 2012 - 12:03 PM, said:

Simple solution - turn on some alarm clock at, lets say, 4 hours interval to remind you to get some food or water or whatever.

I actually do this - though my interval is much shorter. LOL  I started doing it years ago because I found that when I was coding, I could get lost for hours... and then I'd realize that I had been "holding it" because I just "need to do this one more thing..." or that two hours had passed and I hadn't had a drink... or "holy hell, it's 2am... did I even have dinner?"

So I know that I have the propensity to tune out the needs of my body when I'm intensely focused on something.  That's just soooooooo dangerous. :(

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 12:19 PM

View PostTheGizzy, on 02 August 2012 - 12:10 PM, said:

I actually do this - though my interval is much shorter.

Yeah it was only example, mine are shorter too. Damn i can only play at weekends and not every one.

Also about coding - welcome to the programmers world, same for me.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 12:24 PM

Illbe having 6 boiled eggs for breakfast and dinner and a giant bag of cashews/almonds for everything else. And a 5 litre bottle of water. I'm normally pretty healthy and my meal plan isn't ideal but eggs are nothing but pure awesomeness and nuts are high in carbs protein and good fats. Keep you going all day.

Nice tips though. I'll be taking breaks for smokes (my one major unhealthy habit) so that'll get me up and stretching/resting my eyes etc. I'm from UK so 8am start, that's a.lie in for me :)

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 12:34 PM

My GW2 setup:

Mini-fridge near PC for all my needs.
Air conditioner for temperature.
Toilet 3mt away so I can get done fast.
300gr tobacco, lots of sheets/filters to relax.
Massaging chair to prevent back hurting.
Dumbbells / Vitamins / Whey proteins to maintain Crysis armor-like body.

Now the only problem is making up a perfect, well-thought excuse with my girlfriend. The hard part :(
She's a bit nerdy but doesn't want me to play 24/7.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 12:37 PM

We too will be having lots of crock pot meals.  We eat healthy and that is easily done with a crock pot.  In the morning, just throw in whatever meat you want, some veggies, several spices and even some mushroom (with chicken or pork) or tomato soup (with beef) and several hours later you have a delicious, healthy meal!

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 01:09 PM

View PostXgreatArtist, on 02 August 2012 - 11:46 AM, said:

these things seem obvious in our everyday life. We all know it by heart that it is important and we all SHOULD do it.
But once you engage in something you like(e.g. gw2, thanks arenanet =.=) you will most likely forget these rules.
Simple and easy-to-read thread, but gives a lot of tips.
Try not to die after 1 week of gw2 launch, because it will take a long time to fully 'complete' the game

So true. I am like this too which is why I normally have to remind myself. Its like Voltaire said "common sense is anything but common"

View PostZorpen, on 02 August 2012 - 12:03 PM, said:

Simple solution - turn on some alarm clock at, lets say, 4 hours interval to remind you to get some food or water or whatever.

Agreed. Probably need something to bring you out of the immersive world of GW2 especially initially.

View PostKratimas, on 02 August 2012 - 12:06 PM, said:

Sometimes I wish I could do long gaming sessions but my playing time will look more like.

Wake up
Go to Work
Come home help with kids homework/do my own homework for a collage course I am taking this fall
Get kids to practice/game
Feed kids when we get back
Spend a few minutes with kids/wife before kids go to bed
Jump on computer, fire up GW2
Look at clock and say crap 30-45 minutes I have to go to bed so, I can get up for work.
Wake up and start it all over again :)

Oh well such is life ;)

Sounds like you have a good balance of everything though. Maybe make an arrangement with your wife to look after the kids for the headstart launch day that way you get a well deserved break for that one day at least?

View PostAnela, on 02 August 2012 - 12:37 PM, said:

We too will be having lots of crock pot meals.  We eat healthy and that is easily done with a crock pot.  In the morning, just throw in whatever meat you want, some veggies, several spices and even some mushroom (with chicken or pork) or tomato soup (with beef) and several hours later you have a delicious, healthy meal!

Reminds me I haven't tried the crock pot yet. Usually don't have the patience for slow cooking as I eat so much. Will def have to give it a go though, love slowly cooked meat!

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 01:12 PM

This post is like healthy gamers 101, should be mandatory for all the gamers at this point lol. Good tips and good read.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 01:48 PM

It was actually quite amusing reading everyones gaming habits, I'm a gamer yes... but I wouldnt say im thaaat extreme that I cant even get up! I am also quite healthy so ill share a few things I do while gaming:

A.) I only drink water and only have 1 glass of it by my computer so I have to get up more frequently to go downstairs for refills
B.) Don't keep snacks or any sort of food by your computer, foods for the kitchen and besides you'd probably make a mess anyways :lol:
C.) I always take the time to go out for at least one meal a day with friends, or even just going to a store/ any kind of outing as it gives me relaxing time away from the game while keeping a social life as well (just being out in civilization)
D.) And always get a good nights rest because the game is still going to be there when you wake up.. and you'll be level 80 eventually so why rush it? ^_^

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 01:48 PM

View PostAnela, on 02 August 2012 - 12:37 PM, said:

We too will be having lots of crock pot meals.  We eat healthy and that is easily done with a crock pot.  In the morning, just throw in whatever meat you want, some veggies, several spices and even some mushroom (with chicken or pork) or tomato soup (with beef) and several hours later you have a delicious, healthy meal!

xD I love my crock pot and rice cooker.  Best inventions ever made.  Dinner practically ready when I get home from work.  That and I love stew.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 01:52 PM

MOM WE NEED MOAR HOT POCKETS!
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Posted 02 August 2012 - 02:41 PM

Pasta/carbs for energy, water to drink (not those crap energy drinks or coffee), and sex.

PS: A shower helps to liven you up too half way through. Or a good workout at the gym always gives me sufficient energy to do anything.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 03:05 PM

View PostAnzuri, on 02 August 2012 - 01:09 PM, said:

Reminds me I haven't tried the crock pot yet. Usually don't have the patience for slow cooking as I eat so much. Will def have to give it a go though, love slowly cooked meat!

They'll have to tear my crock pot from my cold dead fingers... I actually have two of them... a 7-qt for big meals/batches (imagine feeding 3 teenage boys & a hungry husband LOL) and a 4-qt.  The Santa Fe Chicken I mentioned above fits wonderfully in the 4-qt. and you would have plenty of leftovers.  I love that recipe... there's a huge amount of flexibility in how you can serve it, so it can actually be several days worth of meals:
- over brown rice or quinoa (I like tossing the rice with a tiny bit of lime juice, first) with a bit of low-fat shredded cheddar & fat-free sour cream
- in a tortilla shell or bowl
- in an egg-white omelet or scrambled egg-whites
- inside potato skins or as topping on a baked potato
- inside a tomato or sweet pepper, topped with mozzarella and baked for a bit
- inside zucchini boats
- as filler for a portobello mushroom "sandwich"
- in a lettuce wrap

The options are really endless... and there is NOTHING "diety" tasting about that recipe.  One note is that I varied that recipe a tiny bit - used diced tomatoes with hot chilis, not mild, and just a couple of shakes of cayenne pepper instead of a teaspoon.  I also let it cook the last hour with the lid off, to reduce the liquid.  You'll want to drain the black beans as well.  I still end up with quite a bit of liquid left, but a slotted spoon fixes that issue.

To me, this is one of the most perfect gamer meals ever.  It literally takes less than 5 minutes to throw together... put it in the crock by 8am, you're ready to eat dinner at 6pm.  The only intervention it needs is the lid removed for the last hour.  And the wonderful smells in the house will remind/encourage you to stop and have lunch and a snack... so you're not skipping meals.  But the flexibility in how you can serve it is what's really key, I think... especially if you're having a LAN party or have a family - you can actually present options for how your guests or family eat it and suit nearly everyone's taste.

I thought of one other important health tip.  If you're using Vent or TS or Mumble or something with a headset... make sure you're giving your ears a rest and time to "dry out."  Either alternate uncovering one ear every hour or so, or - even better - take the headphones off for a while throughout the day.  One of my kids has gotten what is essentially "swimmer's ear" twice from wearing his headset too long!

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 03:06 PM

Awesome guide, I'm gonna follow a lot of the advice

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 03:23 PM

The OP plan is nothing like my plan.  I am going to get fast food and drink lots of Mountain Dew and eat cookies for snacks, I will slouch as much as possible and unless I fart I will not need to go outside for fresh air.  I will take breaks often but no less than 1 break every four hours.  It's going to be fun!





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