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#45041 - Sat Mar 08 2008 13:36 PM Preparing for PAST
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Registered: Thu Nov 29 2007
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Loc: Patrick AFB, FL
I am scheduled to take the PAST in a month. I can do all the events and am now polishing off doing them all in a row. A while ago i tried to do it all in a row and apparently did not wait long enough after eating. Thhis got me thinking that I don't really know how long to wait after eating till i take my test. So here's my question. I am taking my test at 7:30 AM when should I have breakfast, and what type of foods should that breakast have so that i have enough time to digest, and still get all the energy I can out of it, without throwing up after the test. Any help would be greatly appreeciated.
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#45044 - Sat Mar 08 2008 17:23 PM Re: Preparing for PAST [Re: Willing To Do It]
Arkie Offline
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Registered: Wed Dec 19 2007
Posts: 52
Loc: U.S
Personally I would eat a big dinner, lots of carbs, banannas, tons of water. Wake up early and drink a MRP shake about 30 min before u leave. The shake shoud be something like MAX MRP, with 60 g protein, good fats, etc. Thats ure best bet by far... eat after.

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#45045 - Sat Mar 08 2008 17:30 PM Re: Preparing for PAST [Re: Willing To Do It]
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Registered: Sat Jul 30 2005
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Loc: Florida
The night before I took the PAST, I ate some pasta with chicken and then had a small breakfast...something like oatmeal and yogurt maybe and hour or hour and a half before. Remember to drink lots of water too.

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#45048 - Sun Mar 09 2008 01:19 AM Re: Preparing for PAST [Re: Tido300]
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1/2 Banana, small protien drink and orange juice 120 mins before the test...after morning ablutions to relieve yourself well ahead of the test. As Tido and others say, big meal the night before is fine...but make sure to defacate and urinate before the test.

If you wake up for any reason, drink water and eat a snack. The earlier you wake up, the more you can eat...nothing 1hr prior to test...and only a 1/2 a banana, protien, and OJ 2 hrs prior. The PAST really shouldn't be that taxing...so you don't need a whole lot of energy...good luck.
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#45065 - Mon Mar 10 2008 18:20 PM Re: Preparing for PAST [Re: TE]
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Registered: Mon Mar 10 2008
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These are all good tips for preparing to take the PAST. If you are paying attention you might even pick up a few nutrition pointers from their advice.

My advice...get used to working out right after (30 minutes/ish)a meal. Reason...you won't have the benefit of following the above outlines once you get to Indoc. Get on a good balanced diet and stay on it. Try to break your meals up to 5 a day. You only get 3 meals at Indoc, but you can cache powerbars, etc. in your ruck to feed the machine throughout the day. Last, if you aren't pissing clear you are dehydrated...drink a lot of fluids, but do not load up on trendy sugar drinks (straight gatorade-cut it in half doses).
You will be amazed at what your body will get used to.
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