Apr 11

Foods to Eat Before Singing and How to Eat Your Way to Success

Foods for VoiceYou may not want to believe it but the foods that you eat before you sing can actually help or hurt you. When signing you are using your diaphragm and if you eat too much and become full or you don’t eat the right food you can have a problem taking in a deep breath which makes it hard for you to hold a long note. This doesn’t mean that you have to go all day without eating. You should actually eat a small snack about two hours before you sing. If you’re a learning to sing then you need to make sure that you are keeping your strength up and eating all the right foods, so that you don’t make yourself sick.

When you are thinking about what to eat before you sing, you should eat something that is light, stay away from foods that are considered heavy, this will make you full and make the breathing techniques that you learned harder for you to do, which in turn will make hitting the high notes more difficult for you also. Some things that you should stay away from are dairy products, which will create mucus to back up in your throat, which makes it harder to breath and will also make your voice sound off.  One of the best things that you can drink before singing is warm water; this will help keep you and your vocal cords moist and hydrated.

You should avoid drinking anything that is carbonated as it will cause you to have a lot of air in your stomach, which again makes it harder for you to hit the notes that you need to hit. You should also avoid drinks with any caffeine because it causes your mouth and throat to dry out, which will make your voice sound scratchy. You should also avoid any fruit that has citrus in it, as this also will make your throat and mouth dry.

When you do drink something you should make sure that it is warm and not cold. Drinking something that is cold will make your throat close up, which makes it so that you feel like you have to swallow when you are trying to sing.

With all the foods that you shouldn’t eat before singing listed above, what is actually good for you? Here are some of the foods that are okay for you to eat before you start signing. Good foods to eat are chicken, fish, almonds, eggs, and rice. You can drink warm drinks as long as there is no caffeine and they are not carbonated. You can also try mixing honey in with your water and gargling with salt water. All of these things are used to soothe your throat before you start to sing. Watching what you eat and drink will help you being out your natural singing talent.

By avoiding the foods that are listed above and keeping yourself hydrated, and only eating a light meal two hours before you sing, all of these tips will help you reach your singing potential.


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    • Maria on April 18, 2011 at 10:11 am
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    Thank you so much for the helpful tips you have given. This will surely be very helpful for me as an Amateur Singer.
    I will do all the Tips as I am going to church this Good Friday. I will give you my feedback after then.
    God bless and more power!


  1. please who is the author i want to get a copy from my country here in Nigeria

    • Tee on October 15, 2011 at 9:56 pm
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    I <3 IT! This is very helpful. Thank you for this article.

    • persongirl on February 23, 2012 at 8:54 pm
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    I thought honey was bad when singing because it coats your throat and makes it hard to breath and sing. This was extremely helpful though 🙂

    • somegirlthatlovestosing on June 9, 2012 at 4:06 am
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    this is really helpful especially since im really young so if i keep this up ill have a great singing voice when im older and to get some extra summer cash im going to sing just in my driveway with a hat out to see how people like my singing

    • hikkie, on March 26, 2013 at 12:04 pm
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    being a voice trainer, i have taken interest in this article and i will share it with my students here at the international school of lusaka, Zambia, Africa. i being an opera singer, have found warm water mixed with jinger and honey to be very effective. jinger can also be chewed to heal an injured voice.

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