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Snacks for Finals?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 02, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Hi there! This month my finals are starting - three in february, three in april, one in may. not only i get super nervous about them, i also have to deal with ibs. as far as i know, the best thing to eat are low-fat but high-carb things in short periods of time, like every 10 minutes a piece of chocolate or so. are there any paleo-friendly things that are not fatty and won't upset my stomach but keep my brain working SIX HOURS (yes :(... )?

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on February 02, 2013
at 09:55 PM

Your teachers are wrong. :( Sorry... Research Ketogenic diets to learn more.

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some teachers told me so, because sugar 'feeds the brain' and fat 'gets the blood into the stomach, is harder to digest and the body is only concentrating on digesting'. i am grain free, soy free, dairy and veg oil free, but nothing about my ibs changed so far :( this is why i regularly don't have breakfast at all so i won't have troubles in school, but for the finals i though i ant wo have a snack maybe..

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on February 02, 2013
at 06:07 PM

Who told you low fat was the way to go?

IMHO, I tell all my students that bacon is your friend. :)

Eat only protein (30%) and fat (70%) for breakfast and that will get you through about 8 hours. Pack some cooked bacon and you are good to go for an other 2-4 hours.

I routinely eat this way when I have to teach two classes back to back. That is 8 hours of lecture with a ~1 hr "break" that I normally spend talking to students.

I used to have IBS, btw, but eating NO grains, (corn, wheat, rice, etc.) NO soy, NO dairy, and NO veg oils solved that...

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on February 02, 2013
at 06:15 PM

some teachers told me so, because sugar 'feeds the brain' and fat 'gets the blood into the stomach, is harder to digest and the body is only concentrating on digesting'. i am grain free, soy free, dairy and veg oil free, but nothing about my ibs changed so far :( this is why i regularly don't have breakfast at all so i won't have troubles in school, but for the finals i though i ant wo have a snack maybe..

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on February 02, 2013
at 09:55 PM

Your teachers are wrong. :( Sorry... Research Ketogenic diets to learn more.

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on February 03, 2013
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My favorite packable snack is beef jerky with coconut flakes and raisins. Sounds light, but it is incredibly satisfying without being filling. When I take my kids on field trips this is all I take, and it feeds me all day.

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on February 03, 2013
at 01:57 AM

I recommend my Mayan Bliss Balls for long lasting energy! Check out my video demonstration at www.CFandHealthy.com

I find they make the ideal energy boosting superfood snack - they are easy to digest and gluten free.

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on February 02, 2013
at 06:27 PM

To answer what your teachers said about "sugar feeding the brain" - this is true, but not necessary or sometimes even ideal. Glucose is the primary fuel source for your brain, among other organs, in the presence of a high or even moderately high carbohydrate diet. If you take some time to become fat or keto adapted this can change (eat less than 50 grams a day or better yet less than 30).

I'm also a college student and I find with a crazy schedule that can go for 8 or 10 hours it's MUCH better to eat high fat and be satiated throughout the day. I breeze through papers, studying, math problems, exams, student senate meetings, AND find time to get a CrossFit workout in 3-5 days a week. I can tell you when I was running on carbs this wasn't happening. And if it was? It's because I was drugging myself with caffeine to get through it. Did I mention I felt miserable? I highly recommend looking into Marks Daily Apple, any of Mark Sisson's literature, or even just some online resources on a ketogenic diet or fat based diet. It does take 2-4 weeks to adjust though so maybe you wanna do it after exams.

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on February 02, 2013
at 06:17 PM

eating every 10 minutes sounds really weird and VERY tiring. it seems like you'd be pooping all the time if you aren't giving your gut any sort of fasting period. it needs time to digest the food.

i'd agree with marie about high fat foods. that will keep you full and not so peckish.

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