Nutrition and Poker - What to eat before and during sessions?

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In the next part of his nutrition in poker series Schnitzelfisch will talk about eating before a session and even during lengthy sessions. He will also focus on the good and bad foods.


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  • darkonebg


    Enjoy the video and post your questions below!
  • Witz17


    Hey Schnitzelfisch,

    what you said about coffee and energy drinks, that people who are used to it, will probably feel bad if they reduce it radically to zero and that they will need one or two weeks until their body works normally again without this drug.
    I think it's the same with sweets, sugar and simple carbos as they have also much in common with drugs.. they make you mega happy and excited for a short time, after some time you feel bad and need it again to feel good again..
  • wazawanga


    your whole body body runs on sugar, it is the primary source of energy fuel for human cells. You brain runs 100% on carbohydrate calories. If you want to eat clean the avoid any fat and animal protein-> dairy products and eggs being the worst.

    If you want longer sessions at poker and more focus in general, also more energy and vitality then you have to remove animal products that clog your body with saturated fats and bad proteins.
    eggs and milk:

    also if you really care about your health stop taking bogus advice and take matters into your own hands.

    get books on the subject of nutrition, here are some experts that are real scientists/real doctors and know what they're talking about, not some men's health magazine that tell you to not eat sugar and buy protein powders and other marketing bs like that.

    The China Study - T. Campbell
    dr. Neal Barnard's program for reversing diabetes
    Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. Esselstyn
    The Starch Solution by Dr. McDougall

    good luck in your reseach
  • Schnitzelfisch


    #3 wazawaga, thank you for your feedback, and I understand that you might have a different view as you have been influenced by different studies and research.

    I've read a lot of books and studies on the subjects of nutrition and performance as well, but then I've actually tested the different nutrition plans myself. I tried eating a lot of fruits. I tried eating a lot of whole-grain products. I tried eating a lot of proteins and fats.

    The advice that I share in the video is what came from quite a few years of testing and experimentation from both myself and my students, and it is what turned out to work best for them (I have worked with quite a few SNE players in the last year and they achieved great results by following the outlined plan).

    If you choose to follow something else, that's fine and I wish you to get great results with it!
  • DrDunne


    so basically.... eat good, healthy food.
  • lulualine


    I totally agree with you SF and conversely, I desagree with wazawaga.

    All recent studies prove that high sugar intake is the main cause of obesity and diabetes, while fats are not only healthy but necessary (excluding tran-fats).

    The advice given by wazawaga is almost medieval (I really mean no offence) and doesn't reflect the opinions found in the latest scientific literature.

    Check these out if interested:

  • SneakyhanD


    I find a meal that contains nuts, vegetables(maybe salad) and maybe a small portion of grains/beans/rice that stuff - is all the body needs to function.

    I find eating 5 times a day is the perfect balance though not always accessible for some people.

    Fruits/Vegetables in the "in between" meals, like before Launch and before Dinner.
    While clean coffee and tea has it's benefits for the body, drinking it with lots of sugar or milk is leaning towards the 'destructive' instead of 'productive' ...

    All in all - advising people to eat meat is wrong. Today's meat is nowhere near what it's suppose to be. It does more harm than good, everything u get from meat u can get from the plants.
    B12 vitamin causes some system crush, thus it's advisable by many nutrition experts to drink the Vitamin Pills, for Meat eaters, Vegetarians and Vegans.

  • ittapiros


    I always have some nuts in the reach of my hands haha..

    For real, since I've started to pay attention to that I eat I am able to focus a lot better during sessions.

    Might be placebo (probably not), but if it works I don't mind.
  • eldarismo


    thanks for the vid Schnitzelfisch (y)
  • Mardin


    But I want to eat Pizza 24/7 :(
  • Pokrbro


    I usualy eat protein before i play and carbs after i finish.
    I usualy eat carbs at 20:00 ~ 22:00.