Food for flutists and a flat stomach
4 things to avoid
So what are the foods to avoid for a flat stomach, and also as a flutist?
Having a flat stomach and eating well to play the flute at the best of your skills are actually quite similar in method to achieve it. Especially in what to avoid!
Actually if you read my previous article it is pretty clear what to avoid. Let’s see if we got that so far:
Sugary drinks and sweets and also packaged food with hidden sugar should be avoided. As well as refined grain based meals.
Not only because it is generally unhealthy. It causes an energy peak right after consuming it and leaves you with less energy than before.
2. Dairy products
As we grow older we have less possibility to process lactose and it constitutes a burden on our digestive system. We should try to substitute cow milk with vegetable derived drinks and make sure they do not have extra sugar added. If you go with soy, which is one of the most genetically modified products together with corn (mais), be sure you choose organic. You might want to drink your coffee or tea black and acquire a new expertise in its taste! Cut down your cheese and yogurt as well and be sure to take calcium and vitamin D supplements and get enough sunlight.
3. Too much coffee
Actually this also depends on the quality of the coffee.
Filter coffee is much more aggressive on your stomach than you might think. The filter keeps the small healthy fat elements from the coffee beans out of your dripped cup of coffee and has thus no protection.
A bonus tip in foods to avoid for a flat stomach – and as a flutist
Keep the coffee ground and use it as scrub in the shower. You will be surprised how nutritious and soothing it is for your skin while peeling off the dead skin. It leaves your skin well nourished with a protective layer. You will see why you need those fatty parts to protect the inside of your stomach as well.
Coffee makes you also feel fatigue and pain much less and boosts your mood. So be sure to never exaggerate and do stretching and muscle training as well.
You can catch up on that
4. Red meat
It will stay in your stomach for an average of three days, so you can see why that wouldn’t be a good idea. Much of your energy will be used to digest and divert oxygen from your brain to your stomach. Just make sure you get enough iron supply (Spinach and lentils), proteins (fish, poultry, eggs) and healthy fats (olive oil, nuts).
Staying healthy and strong as a flutist
foods to avoid for a flat stomach and as a flutist
To clear this again, I am not a doctor, just a musician with a lot of funny, embarrassing or helpful experience. I figured out what works best for me and hope it can be of value for you.
Not only eating healthy and well, but also sleeping enough is very important. It might not seem so in the beginning, but in the long run, you will be thankful for every minute you slept. To get more insight on that, you can read my article about sleep impacts on performance clicking here.
Be sure to take some time off and have a nice long walk. Concentrate on your breathing and the sound of nature if you can.
Listen to music, be curious, smile a lot and laugh whenever you can. It boosts your immune system and trains your respiratory muscles. Be nice to your colleagues and bond with them. This is all very important to stay healthy and at the top of your skills.
Be kind to yourself and everybody else.
A flat stomach is also the product of posture and muscles being flexible and trained. Especially hip flexor muscles are important for musicians. In particular flutists! Train them to be flexible and receive a boost of energy in return: —–> to your training.
A flutist’s menu – foods to avoid for a flat stomach – and as a flutist
Enough of the talking, essentially a flutist’s menu reflects the Healthy Eating Pyramid and with just some little adjustments this is our menu:
As you can see, daily exercise is essential. We are not talking about studying the flute. Drink a lot of water and vegetables and fish are the foundations of a healthy diet.
Choose whole grains and healthy fats and oils. Vegetables and fruits are the basis of a fit and healthy person. Eat fruits before performing or studying and vegetables after.
A glass of wine or beer is also included. Just let us not exaggerate! For energy nuts and seeds are the best and fish, poultry and eggs are best consumed after a performance or long before.
Happy flute meals,