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Food for Thought

"Oh yeah, candy! Grab some on the way into the room. I need the sugar to help me think."

At School of Hard Locks, it’s not just work, work, work. Yes, we spend long hours devising new puzzles, testing them with the newest members of our Faculty, and then ignoring the Faculty’s pleas to be released from the new Escape Room.

But let's face it. Everybody has got to eat. Our puzzle master, as it turns out, is also a skilled cook. And attention to detail, focus, and culinary knowledge is a transferable skill. After all, it all begins with a mindset. Nourishment for thinking - for being your best, is putting your best foot forward to be on the top of your game.

This post is about feeding your mouth, so that you can power your brain.

Despite the importance of attitude, mindset, philosophy, and approach, the Brain is actually an organ, which demands physical fuel, not just psychic motivation. The phrase “Food for Thought” dates from the late 1800s and comes from the idea that the concept of metabolizing food, digesting food, can then be used as a metaphor for the concept of ingesting and then utilizing that idea to power the brain. In 2016, the more we learn about the brain, the more we can appreciate the real use of that time-tested figure of speech.

As the Scientific American noted, “It is well established that the brain uses more energy than other human organ, accounting for up to 20 per cent of the body’s total haul.”

Wow! The brain needs a lot of food. You bet it does.

So turning to the Escape Room Experience: What do I eat or drink to maximize my effectiveness in those 60 minutes? If you are a competitive type you can look to some basic common sense concepts of foods that are easy to digest, have a good mix of protein, and fat, and won’t weigh you down while you are moving about to solve the interlocking challenges.

We can promise you that you will find much to mentally chew on at SoHL, so come well fed to get a real mental workout.

Answer Key: If you want to prepare for your mental challenge at SoHL, fuel up on pumpkin seeds - Just a handful of pumpkin seeds a day is all you need to get your recommended daily amount of zinc, vital for enhancing memory and thinking skills.

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