Ep.100: What to Eat Before Singing


What to eat before singing. Inside this video I’m going to give you the answers that will help you know what you can eat and drink to sing your very best!

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Anna Netrebko

After researching this topic for hours, I came across this video from Anna Netrebko a popular Russian operatic soprano.  She says, “Eat whatever you want!” 


The bottom line is every body is different. Experiment and see what works and what does not work for you.


What to Eat Before Singing

Here are some common recurring themes. Here are the “don’ts”.


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Don’t Drink alcohol the day of the show.

Don’t Drink heavy caffeine close to showtime. Caffeine dehydrates you.

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Don’t Eat heavy meals just before you sing. You can’t breath, get gas and burps, become lethargic and etc.

Don’t Eat spicy meals before you sing or just before going to bed

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Don’t Smoke anything. Ever.


Here are the “do’s”.

What to Eat Before Singing - A healthy body equals a healthy voice


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Do drink plenty of water the day of the show. Stop drinking a lot of water two hours before the show for obvious reasons.

Do eat balanced healthy meals the day of the show (Eat healthy all the time. A healthy body equals a healthy voice.)


General Advice


Now some general advice.


Eat moderately. Be aware of how foods affect your voice, digestive system and energy levels. Experiment when you’re rehearsing. Make a plan and follow it on performance days.


If you eat a very spicy meal after singing, allow at least 2 hours before sleeping to help prevent reflux. This may help keep the burning acid rising from your stomach off of your vocal cords.


Spicy foods including garlic often give you very bad breath. Your fellow singers, actors, and fans will not enjoy being around you. Be aware and thoughtful of others.


If you find some combination of things that work, keep doing it. Those that don’t, stop it.

I think most things in moderation won’t hurt. You may find that like Anna Netrebko you can eat anything. But, you might find you can’t. Make the adjustments that work for you now, and insure years of healthy singing.



You will find links to opinions about food and singing shared by other singers here and in the description below the YouTube video.


Remember, everything is debatable.












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  1. Hi Al: Thanks for the question. I’ve not considered it seriously. It seems with so many computers, pads and smart phones, it’s easier to watch and listen on those than using cd’s and dvd’s. But I’m interested in how cd’s and dvd’s would be helpful for you? Can you share your thoughts about this?

  2. Hi Chuck,
    Thanks for all your free advice. I know you recently had a program for sale with downloads and mp3’s.
    Have you ever thought of putting out a physical dvd course or cd’s? like some of the other singing teachers out there?



  3. Thanks Solomon. I will put your request on my list of things to talk about. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  5. Helloo Mr Chuck
    Hope you’re doing great.
    Once again am so grateful for the lessons you give out. Out of the lot of people teaching on you tube l can say that you are the best. Because you give us tutorial and practical at the same time which makes it easier to learn. Through your lessons l can now sing higher without straining and also sing in my mixed voice without difficulty. Flipping falsetto and a lot. Am so glad having you as a tutor on this channel. You’ve really bring out the best in my voice. Thk you. Please l’ll also like you give some tutorials on the whistle voice an practical as you always do. Thanks very much. Goodbye Sir. Mmmmh

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