Knitress

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Starbucks chai latte and morning bun. Well, actually, that's what I wanted to eat, but I was too nervous to actually manage more than a bite or two.

Same thing for my interview. Forget Wheaties, Starbucks is the Breakfast of Champions. :D
 

DALee33

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--Oatmeal about an hour before the test
--I put a protein bar + banana + a powerade + bottle of water in the locker to snack on/take sips of during breaks
 
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i hate nothing on purpose.

i drank a guayaki.

edit: i'm going to leave that freudian slip.
 

erskine

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steel cut oats is a bitch to cook, but is amazingly good (i heard jamba juice started putting these on their menu, i still have to try one) + granola + walnuts + cinnamon + brown sugar. Tastes great and its good for you.

glass of skim milk.

2 boiled eggs.

A papaya and some orange slices.

I'm a firm believer that a proper diet and exercise regime can work wonders on cognitive abilities. Everytime i eat a meal heavy in grease, or overabundant with carbs, i get groggy and need to take a nap afterwards- probably not a good idea for the mcat.
 

Dianyla

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don't switch things up from how you normally function.
Best advice ever. :thumbup:

I have a long and inglorious history of GI distress during high-stress exams, so I was extremely careful with all of my food intake for the week leading up to the MCAT, only eating foods that I know I can digest well and won't have issues with. For test day, I packed a lunchbag of healthy snacks and was planning to have a nice moderate breakfast and a leisurely morning relaxing before the noon test time.

But then nothing went as planned. Early on test morning I was woken up by a phonecall from work for a very critical system outage. I spent all morning working furiously on that in a cold sweat and didn't even have time to eat breakfast or even brush my teeth or hair. I fixed the down system just in time and ran out the door to the test center, stopping for a latte and two brownies from a coffee shop on the way.

I spent all of the test breaks cramming water and frantically nibbling on brownies like a rabid squirrel. Thankfully everything went fine, but I really don't recommend this strategy! :eek:

There was, of course, a sushi blowout for dinner. :D
 

Sweetpea MD

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a bowl of cereal with almond milk and i brought a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat for breaks as well as some reduced fat cheese-its and an apple. oh, and a diet coke :D
 

rHinO1

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When I did my practice tests I drove to my school library and took them there at the same time I was going to do the real thing. Each time, I went to IHOP first and I found that I felt the best during the test when I had pancakes. So I had pancakes before the real test too.
 

surftheiop

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I took the noon test and ate a subway meatball sub beforehand, it was like sawdust in my mouth b/c i was nervous but I pretty much just force fed it to myself.

Seemed to work well
 

Girfaroo

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I probably did exactly what you're not supposed to do... but it worked for me!

Toast with Nutella, glass of milk for breakfast. And I took those bite-size candy bars and ate one during each break. Sugar to the rescue!