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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Should You Eat Before You Sing?

I got a question in last week's comments about eating before singing. The short answer: Yes, and No. The longer answer:

Yes, you can eat before singing...
  • if you haven't eaten enough. You need to eat an easy-to-digest but nutrient-packed meal or snack, or you will not have the breath support or energy you need for performance.
  • if you eat early enough so that the food has shifted lower in your system and will not tend to make you feel stuffed, interfering with breathing.
  • if you note in your own personal experience how eating before singing affects you, and you are confident it won't be a problem.
  • if you eat too much or eat things that are hard to digest, diverting energy to your belly instead of your singing.
  • if eating makes you sleepy. Again, this has a lot to do with what you've chosen to eat.
  • if you tend to hunch over after eating because you have eaten too much. This will affect your breath.
  • if you eat foods that bring on acid reflux, or mucous.
  • if what you eat catches in your throat (for some people, foods like peanuts, popcorn and chips can present problems.)
What are your experiences with eating before singing? I find it's a very individual thing, but also very important to know.

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  • At December 5, 2009 at 12:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I believe that a singer should eat before they sing, but something light and easy digested, avoid milk as it produces phlegm, also avoid soft drinks, and dry foods that can get stuck in your throat, drink PLENTY of water, mainly the day before a performance, but also drink some before you perform, :)

  • At January 18, 2010 at 12:30 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    drink tea with lemon 2 hours before singing. no food and drink intake 1 hour before singing. do not smoke and do not drink too hot or too cold beverages as it will cause some problems to your throat


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