Wanted to share this since I thought followers of this topic might find this as interesting as I did...
Incendia, on 02 August 2012 - 06:52 PM, said:
Now this next bit might seem a bit harsh but why would you need to 'prepare' food? Just go AFK for a few minutes and fry up an omelette or something.
I don't think it seems a bit harsh... I think it just sounds a little naive. Most of us who are actually posting in this thread aren't the ones who are likely to be so sucked into the game that we actually forget to eat or get up and move around, etc. You're seeing posts from people who generally live pretty healthy lifestyles AND game... and yes, part of what makes that easy for us is thinking ahead.
But there are plenty of people reading who think that eating healthy takes a huge amount of time or effort... or they tell themselves, "I'll just diet before & after the weekend, but during it, I'll hit McDonalds for my meals." They've got school or work Monday-Friday, they want to maximize their play time on the weekend (not just launch weekend), so they end up in this yo-yo relationship with food... and they're essentially filling their bodies with poison 2 (or more) out of every 5 days.
Spend any time reading posts about peoples' plans for BWEs or launch, and you see tons of comments about "stocking up on munchies & hot pockets & pizza rolls & frozen pizzas... beer...soda...." They might as well be saying "gonna go farm my neighbor's backyard for dog poop to fuel my body for the weekend." They're convinced that healthy eating habits are expensive, time-consuming, and nothing more than rabbit food that tastes like cardboard. And they wonder why they've always got headaches, why they never really feel comfortably full for any length of time, why they're either constipated or unable to leave the bathroom. It's also a vicious circle... "I don't have the energy to cook...I'll order a pizza..."
I'm a little shy of 6' tall and have the bone structure of a large boned male - despite being female. My wrists are 8 3/4" without any fat on them. Fourteen years ago, I was in an accident that left me disabled and unable to be a firefighter any longer. The weight started pouring on because I didn't change my eating habits to match my new more sedentary lifestyle. I went from being 190lbs of solid muscle to 350lbs of flab in under two years. My body did not react well to the "shock" of going from working out 7 days a week to barely being able to walk down a flight of stairs without excruciating pain. I was essentially eating myself to death. I was certainly poisoning myself... I NEVER felt good, and it just got worse and worse. It took me a long time to get serious about getting my health back under control... I struggled to find the energy to do something as simple as get off my duff and make an omelet - so much easier to toss a Toaster Strudel in the toaster oven and sit down while I waited for it to toast.
So you want to know why I 'prepare' food? Because I won't let myself get back into those habits... and it's a hell of a lot easier to acquire those habits than it is to break them. I know - it took me nearly 10 years to do it, and I'm still not back to 190. I'm close... and still hoping to reach 170 now that I don't need the muscle mass I once did... but it is still a daily battle to keep making the right choices about what I put into my body. And it is easier
to grab a pizza, especially when it allows you to keep doing something fun without stopping except to answer the door and throw money at the delivery kid.
That's why I'm preparing food in advance... because I care about myself & my family... and I do what I can to make certain that the easiest choices are also the healthiest choices, no matter what else we may be doing or involved in.