Keeping the Energy Up for the Big Show
July 7, 2010 4:14 AM Subscribe
I've got a big show this weekend! Help me prepare for it - especially by working out what I can eat during the day without either killing my stomach or passing out. (esp since I won't have time for dinner...)
posted by divabat to Health & Fitness (10 answers total)
I'm participating in a pretty big pageant/talent competition this Saturday, and would like to be able to get through the day in good health and good spirits. I have done medium-to-big scale productions before, but this is my first time participating in a competition of this scale, and lately I've found that my eating habits have become completely crap and that I seem to be showing signs of a cold (it is very cold weather here in Brisbane). So I'd like some tips on how to manage my diet on the day so that I have a good supply of energy to power me through the evening.
(Nothing's been said about possible catering either way, but assume that none's available)
The event itself starts at 6pm, though us participants need to be there by about 3pm and pretty much get cracking on hair, makeup, costume, setup, etc etc. There will be fashion parades and performance routines, so a good deal of walking, standing, and dancing/moving around. Things will get quite hectic and busy as we jump from one section to the next.
a) How can I space out my meals during the day, especially since my last meal for the day will probably be just before 3pm? I will probably get hungry by around 6 or 7 and will need food to function, but I don't think there'll be space or time to get a proper dinner.
b) I figure that the best thing to do is to eat a hearty breakfast, and have smaller meals/snacks for the rest of the day. I do find it hard to eat anything too heavy first thing in the morning - lately I find that while I do get quite hungry upon waking up, I only have the appetite for something small like a banana, and then munch on nuts or get some cereal/toast after a few hours. I do like big breakfasts though! What sort of things could I eat for breakfast/lunch that will give me good nutrition and energy (esp protein) without being a pain to prepare?
c) What could I bring backstage to munch on during breaks? I was thinking nuts but I don't want to set off anyone's allergies, and the only fruit that I think would be OK are bananas - anything else could be too juicy or too unwieldy. Any other suggestions?
d) Any other things I could do to prepare myself physically, mentally, and emotionally before the big day? The whole experience up to this moment has been gratifying, challenging, and very stressful (though I am in a better mindset about it now), and I will be facing some of my harshest critics amongst my most supportive fans, so it will be quite an emotional time anyway. What sort of things helped you focus and charge up the day of a big event or project?
Any other tips on getting ready for a big show/performance - such as random backstage tips that you don't tend to hear from regular sources, or how to get a good night's sleep the night before, or how not to let the nerves eat you up - would be greatly appreciated too.