1. The SDN iPhone App is back and free through November! Get it today and please post a review on the App Store!
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice

Interview Feedback: Visit Interview Feedback to view and submit interview information.

Interviewing Masterclass: Free masterclass on interviewing from SDN and Medical College of Georgia

What did you eat for lunch during MCAT?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by freakazoid, Aug 7, 2002.

  1. freakazoid

    freakazoid Guy Friend Extraordinaire
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2002
    Messages:
    217
    Likes Received:
    0
    Strange how my essay and bio score showed a marked decrease in comparison to verbal and physical sciences the first time. And all I had was a Subway veggie sandwich. I was hoping for something that wouldn't put me to sleep and energizes my brain . . . any nutritionists in the house?
     
  2. Note: SDN Members do not see this ad.

  3. Diogenes

    Diogenes Succat
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2002
    Messages:
    2,829
    Likes Received:
    5
    leorl could probably give you the lowdown on that stuff. She is mad-crazy-smart about nutrition.

    I ate granola bars and fruit and drank water. But I wasn't thinking about performance -- that stuff was just convenient.
     
  4. Smoke This

    Smoke This Sweet cuppin' cakes!
    10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2001
    Messages:
    766
    Likes Received:
    2
    Subway :D

    Listening to Rage Against The Machine was all I needed to stay energized.
     
  5. jot

    jot

    i ate the same ham and cheese sandwhich i had been eating for a week. that was the problem - the meat was old and i got really really sick. hah - ah well, it was ok in the end.
     
  6. KyGrlDr2B

    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2001
    Messages:
    2,045
    Likes Received:
    0
    During TPR, my friends and I would eat at Subway during our lunch breaks on mock mcat days. So on the big day, most people did the same thing. I, on the other hand, was within walking distance of my apartment. I went home, fixed a sandwich and chips, sat on the couch and watched tv. :D
     
  7. Wahoo07

    Wahoo07 Senior Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2002
    Messages:
    365
    Likes Received:
    0
    Cereal. Yum. Just enough to be filling, but not so much that you feel sluggish and gross. :cool:
     
  8. Jadeite

    Jadeite Thought Puddle
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2002
    Messages:
    228
    Likes Received:
    0
    I had 2 chocolate and raspberry candy bars for lunch. And I think a plastic bottle of orange juice. I also had a terrible case of the flu! And I made it out with a 33P, 10 verbal, 11 phys, 12 bio. Though when I got home I seriously thought I had bombed it! Makes you wonder what I would have done had I not been so ill!

    Jade~
     
  9. Tweetie_bird

    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2001
    Messages:
    2,193
    Likes Received:
    2
    Here's what I had (I like variety!)

    1. Powerbar (the nutty kind; nuts are supposed to be brain food)
    2. 2-3 Oreo cookies for each break (I need sugar!)
    3. One coke bottle (need the caffeine. One bottle should last you all day)
    4. Almonds = BRAIN FOOD!!! Bring a fist full of those.
    5. Perhaps if you like trail mix, get that??
    7. Fruit--grapes to much on during each break.
    8. Potassium filled BANANA.
    9. One sandwich. :) Make your own in the morning to keep your mind off the damn test for atleast 5 mins.

    10. Water. Don't drink more than 12 ounces. You'll wanna pee!!
     
  10. smilez428

    smilez428 Senior Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2002
    Messages:
    208
    Likes Received:
    1
    During each break I had a mini hershey's bar (more psychological than anything I think... plus one of the dr's i work with told me to have sugar during the breaks...)

    For lunch, i met my boyfriend (a non MCAT taker) for lunch at the student center and had Pizza Hut! It was just relaxing enough to take the edge off the test....

    :) :) :)
     
  11. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg 1K Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2002
    Messages:
    1,653
    Likes Received:
    1
    subway club meal: sour cream and onion baked lays, club had lettuce, tomato, spicey mustard. Dr. Pepper to drink, peppermints for breath..costs $7.07, repeat during entire kaplan course to get timing right, and repeat on test day.

    =D W3rd
     
  12. kaos

    kaos Web Crawler
    10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2002
    Messages:
    4,173
    Likes Received:
    5
    Status:
    Resident [Any Field]
    PB & J, that's what I'm talkin' about.
     
  13. Dr. Dodger Dog

    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2002
    Messages:
    254
    Likes Received:
    0
    PB&J

    That's the safest thing to eat. Good for energy and won't upset ur stomach or anything like that. I actually brought jars of jam and pb and a loaf of bread to the test so I could relax at the break and make my own sandwiches.
     
  14. dr kevin40

    dr kevin40 Senior Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2002
    Messages:
    762
    Likes Received:
    0
    i ate up my friend who was feeling kinda down on herself :D
     
  15. DrBravesgirl

    DrBravesgirl Surgeon for a year
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2002
    Messages:
    319
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Resident [Any Field]
    i had subway. 6" veggies n cheese sub...chocolate chip cookie...and during test breaks, i munched on granola bars and had a steady supply of powerade.
     
  16. racergirl

    racergirl Senior Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2001
    Messages:
    625
    Likes Received:
    23

    :eek:
     
  17. Kine

    Kine New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2002
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    i'll eat you all for lunch!
     
  18. lamyers1

    lamyers1 Senior Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2002
    Messages:
    253
    Likes Received:
    1
    I had Taco Bell! But um...I wouldn't recommend it...I just happen to have an iron stomach.
     
  19. exigente chica

    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    May 28, 2002
    Messages:
    1,330
    Likes Received:
    0
    Dr. Kevin 40,
    Mannnn...did you leave any leftovers?:laugh:
     
  20. SMW

    SMW Grand Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2001
    Messages:
    3,760
    Likes Received:
    1
    A high carb lunch is guaranteed to put you to sleep. You need protein on that sandwich.
     
  21. Mr.D

    Mr.D insipidus maximus
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2002
    Messages:
    259
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Medical Student
    I ate something light (like a sandwich), a bag of chips, and a non-carbonated drink (to avoid feeling bloated)...try to eat what you normally eat for lunch this way your body doesn't feel off kilter during the examination. Also, try avoiding fatty/greasy foods since they tend to make you sluggish. And DON'T drink too much water during the day b/c you won't want to waste any valuable time making trips to the restroom. Oh yeah, and try to find out where the restroom is BEFORE the exam begins! Good luck later this month. :cool:
     
  22. Dr. Will

    10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2002
    Messages:
    6,053
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    Whatever you do, don't try and be a hero by eating something you wouldn't ordinarliy eat. I had a friend who did, halfway through the test, he regretted the decision. Use your imagination here.
     
  23. DW

    DW Fix me some sandwiches
    Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2002
    Messages:
    4,372
    Likes Received:
    5
    Status:
    Medical Student
    ewww :eek:

    You must have a GI tract of steel, man. Taco Hell would have been disastrous for me, ripping ass tornadoes all through the biological sciences, ugh

    oh, whatever you do, avoid coffee (or anything else caffeinated like soda) if you can. Dont want to either a) come crashing down from a caffeine high or b) having to pee during the test.
     
  24. Jumpu

    Jumpu Tiger Mom/Physiatrist
    10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    May 6, 2002
    Messages:
    206
    Likes Received:
    4
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    I was in the first trimester of my pregnancy when i took the april mcat this year. That being said, I tried to eat a very light lunch (two bagels with cream cheese) so as to avoid any unexpected digestive issues. I became so sleepy for the writing sample but i think that had more to do with my condition than the meal i ate. I also drank a little less water in general and I still had to make a mad dash for the bathroom in every break.:eek: Worked for me more or less.:D
     
  25. dr kevin40

    dr kevin40 Senior Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2002
    Messages:
    762
    Likes Received:
    0
    racergirl and exigente chic,

    :)
     
  26. Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003]

    Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003] Platinum Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2002
    Messages:
    863
    Likes Received:
    1
    nothing... I could not find where I parked my car because I was in a hurry in the morning. So I jsut left it at some parking lot and ran for the test. There were no places to eat near the school and I did not take any food with me either.
     
  27. I'M_Posting

    I'M_Posting Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2002
    Messages:
    53
    Likes Received:
    0
    I think you should tell us your scores along with what you ate.
     
  28. LizardKing

    LizardKing Veteran Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2001
    Messages:
    549
    Likes Received:
    1
    All you really need to eat is something that will spike your blood sugar a little and some protein to go with that. It's better to undereat than overeat.

    Avoid lunch meats. Their protein sucks in quantity and quality. Avoid turkey at all costs. It'll make you tired.

    A good MCAT lunch:

    Small bowl of Oatmeal, Mashed potatoes, or Rice. ~40-50g Carbs
    Canned Tuna. ~25g protein
    Small serving of Corn or Green Beans.
    An Apple.

    If you eat this clean your body will be less likely to crash from a quick, overabundant insulin release.

    Also, don't be afraid to supplement with caffeine if you really need it.
     
  29. DW

    DW Fix me some sandwiches
    Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2002
    Messages:
    4,372
    Likes Received:
    5
    Status:
    Medical Student
    on the flip side, definitely not the time to start using it.
     
  30. LizardKing

    LizardKing Veteran Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2001
    Messages:
    549
    Likes Received:
    1
    Definitely true. I was used to using caffeine for my workouts, so I used some for the MCAT lunch break. It worked ok.

    Stay the hell away from things like ephedrine and ma huang. Your heart will be pounding so hard you won't be able to think.

     
  31. LizardKing

    LizardKing Veteran Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2001
    Messages:
    549
    Likes Received:
    1
    Don't forget, what you eat the night before the MCAT is just as important as what you eat the day of.

    I'd eat a lot of pasta the night before. Get some protein in your system a couple hours before you go to sleep.
     
  32. relatively prime

    relatively prime post happy member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2002
    Messages:
    2,797
    Likes Received:
    3
    I'm thinking I had a bagel with cream cheese... and some sort of Apple-pie-brownie thing. Or maybe that was during a kaplan practice test... hmm....
     
  33. LizardKing

    LizardKing Veteran Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2001
    Messages:
    549
    Likes Received:
    1
    My MCAT breakfast and lunch. My score was a 37N (11V, 13PS, 13BS).

    Breakfast:
    2 servings of Oatmeal. ~60g Complex Carbs
    5 Scrambled Egg Whites. ~20 g Protein
    1 Apple.
    1 Banana.

    Lunch:
    Canned Red Salmon. ~25g Protein
    1 Power Bar. ~30 Carbs, ~15 g Protein
    Applesauce.
    1/2 Cup of Coke. ~75 mg Caffeine.
    Bong Hit.

     
  34. Kazzar

    Kazzar Psychiatrist
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2001
    Messages:
    185
    Likes Received:
    1
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    I took my test in Irvine where they only had yuppie food places nearby. I ate at Koo-Koo Roo and had a $7 BBQ Chicken sandwich. Despite the cost, it was good. After eating I sat in my car listening to the Who and Led Zeppelin for the next 30 minutes. I think that's what relaxed me and made me do so well on the bio and writting parts of the test. (I had MUCH higher scores on those sections).
     
  35. exigente chica

    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    May 28, 2002
    Messages:
    1,330
    Likes Received:
    0
    I think there is a page missing here?
     
  36. DW

    DW Fix me some sandwiches
    Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2002
    Messages:
    4,372
    Likes Received:
    5
    Status:
    Medical Student
    ha ha

    ok, to the best of my recollection:
    35R (10V, 12P, 13B, WS R)

    1 bowl of oatmeal
    3 scrambled eggs
    two strips of bacon
    one strawberry nutrigrain
    a tall glass of OJ

    lunch:
    tuna on wheat
    dannons low fat peach yogurt (i think)
    a V8

    so as you can see between lizardking and I, an extra bowl of oatmeal and a small dose of cannibus will raise your verbal and physical by a point, but might hurt your writing sample a little ;)
     
  37. LizardKing

    LizardKing Veteran Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2001
    Messages:
    549
    Likes Received:
    1
    Koo Koo Roo is goooood. Their chicken sandwiches I recommend.

     
  38. qweewq11

    qweewq11 Smiley orgy organizer
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2002
    Messages:
    942
    Likes Received:
    14
  39. freakazoid

    freakazoid Guy Friend Extraordinaire
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2002
    Messages:
    217
    Likes Received:
    0
    Some pretty high scores . . . good job, guys! :)

    qweewq11, what's up with the picture?

    OMG, you ate her?!?! :eek:
     
  40. kenfused

    kenfused Senior Member
    Partner Organization 7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2002
    Messages:
    107
    Likes Received:
    0
    Good ol Turkey Sandwitch, and Powerbar, Also had a PowerGel...
     
  41. mamie

    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2002
    Messages:
    204
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    MD/PhD Student
    for breakfast I had some raisin bread. For lunch i only ate half a granola bar and a bag of chips. Physical science had fcuked me up and I didn't really feel like eating. In addition, there was the fact that I don't like eating breakfast or eating that early in the day. What a great test day that was:rolleyes:

    peace
     

Share This Page