My professional roles of music therapist, teacher, and performer can be quite draining. After a long day of sessions, lessons, and a long rehearsal, I feel as though I’ve just run a marathon.
So when I have one of those days in front of me, I find myself wondering: what is the best thing to put into my body in order to provide the energy I need?
I’m a creature of habit, so when I discover something that works, I stick with it — up until this point, my breakfast (cereal, banana, and yogurt) and lunch (sandwich or salad with protein, some kind of fruit or vegetable). But my workdays are much more intense now than they used to be, and I usually need to refuel in between meals.
So I’m asking you, my esteemed colleagues…what is your fuel of choice to carry you through a long day of singing, playing, and working with children or adult clients?
Hey! Great post (and question!)!
I’ve recently starting eating the greek yogurt mixed with fresh fruit and granola for breakfast. It’s very filling! If I eat a salad 4 lunch I also pack a snack of hummus and a few wheat thins or pretzels, and grapes or an apple.
Thanks, Amanda! I have heard a lot of great stuff about greek yogurt but have never tried it…will have to, now!
I use fiber one bars, they keep me full and focused and are only 140 calories, it’s not energy per say but when you eliminate hunger sometimes you are automatically more energetic. I also recommend some kind of slightly acidic fruit, I like cherries, the sourness seems to wake up my mind a little bit. A classic multivitamin with natural energy is also a good thing to incorporate into a daily routine, women’s one a day has an energy vitamin and I have seen a big difference in my energy levels. Hope I gave you some new tricks! =]
Thanks so much for the advice, Alyssa! I like the idea of trying an acidic fruit — will definitely give that a go next week! And I did start taking a multivitamin daily last month, but will have to find the energy one you mentioned. Thanks again :)
Totally addicted to Special K multigrain crackers (17 in a serving), string cheese and Strawberries/Banana or Blueberries. All of the protein fills me up.
I feel that drinking more water is the key! I find it very difficult to drink water during my working day as you know we are so busy and often there is no time to be running to the bathroom! I have stared to carry a litre bottle of water with me and hope to fill it up at least twice in my day and drink it! I always feel very tired and low in energy when I have not consumed enough water!
Granola Bars or Apples with Honey is my vice right now. YUMMY!
I’ve just recently replaced my regular yogurt with Greek yogurt and honey, it’s packed with protein and the honey is great for the my throat and vocal health. I’m also a big fan of a quick handful of almonds to boost my energy when the days are jam packed!
Thanks everyone for the great tips and suggestions! I’m excited about going grocery shopping this weekend!