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We all know how con weekends go. You end up eating nothing but ramen, energy drinks, Ramune, and all other kinds of junk, and when you get home Sunday night, you know your chances of getting sick within in the next week are extremely high. Here are some tips to help with this, as a prelude to the (eventual) full con-weekend health and food guide I’m working on!
If your hotel room has a mini-fridge, you can bring your own milk (or rice milk, or soy milk, etc.) to mix your own health and energy-providing breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The best-tasting brand I have yet to encounter is Spiru-Tein, especially their chocolate flavor, though they also have a cookies and cream flavor for the adventurous. This will keep you full for a while, and keep your system from shutting down from unhealthy food or no food, which makes you more vulnerable to getting sick.
Don’t eat nothing but protein shakes, though- One a day is the recommended amount.
To keep your metabolism going throughout the day, pack some healthy granola bars or similarly healthy snacks in your con bag to munch on in panels, while you promenade, or when you’re waiting in line.
Little-known fact: Those coffee makers in your hotel room are magical producers of hot water you can use to make healthy food just as easily as unhealthy food. Quaker Oatmeal makes packets of their oatmeal that you can pack, along with styrofoam or paper bowls, to prepare a good and cheap breakfast for yourself in room. Add a piece of fruit from the hotel coffee shop, and you have a relatively balanced meal.
Don’t go for fast food
Everyone loves walking to McDonald’s for a bit of fun during a con, but all the hard work you’ve done putting healthy food into your body can be thrown out of whack if you let yourself fall back into the traps of greasy fried food. It’s not good for you, and while one time is fine for a treat, a lot of people have a hard time sticking to the one-time treat rule. If you can convince your friends to go to a sit-down restaurant instead, you can make healthier picks from the menu while your friends can order whatever burgers or junk food they want.
Hand Sanitizer / Wash Your Hands
Con Funk may be airborne, but if you wash your hands and keep them clean, your chances of catching something by touching your face drop dramatically. If you wash your hands every time you stop for a bathroom break, be it your own or someone else’s, and use hand sanitizer, you’re probably saving yourself from a week of feeling like crud for a few minutes’ worth of inconvenience.
Staying up all night is super cool, but not sleeping messes up your system. Try to get at least eight hours of sleep per night at the con- And really, what actually happens at the con between midnight and 8 am? Not much, usually. The rave is great, but if you have to be up early for a panel the next morning, take how you want to feel when you wake up into account before trying to last until 3 am.
If you want to work out at the convention, almost all hotels have some sort of gym you can use. 30 minutes on the elliptical or treadmill can do wonders for your energy throughout the day, and if you do it before everyone else in your room is awake, you’ll be the first one into the bathroom to start getting ready for the day!
Question:How can I lighten my skintone to make my cosplays more authentic?
Answer:There are a couple ways to do this: one which might be cheaper than the other but less durable/will rub off more easily, and another that may be more expensive but will not rub off on your costume.
The cheap way is to get liquid foundation in the color you'd like, and just put it on wherever you'll be exposing skin. You might need even be able to pull this off with some setting powder from Ben Nye, but I haven't tested that method. If you don't set it, it's pretty likely it will rub off on your costume.
The slightly pricy way would be to get the Ben Nye paint and setting powder and use that to lighten your skin tone. It's made to stick, and made to be more opaque than most day-to-day foundations.
Oatmeal (old fashioned)
Brown rice (a favorite is basmati, a long grain aromatic rice)
Sweet potatoes (almost same as yams)
Multi grain hot cereal (mix or barley, oats, rye. titricale and a few others)
100% whole wheat bread
100% whole wheat pasta
Beans (great for healthy chili recipes)
Cream of rice hot cereal
My Top 10 top vegetables:
Peppers (green, red or yellow)
My top 10 lean proteins:
Egg whites (whole eggs in limited quantities)
Whey or Casein protein (protein powder supplements)
Salmon (wild Alaskan)
Top round steak (grass fed beef)
Flank Steak (grass fed beef)
Lean Ground Turkey
My top 10 fruits: