You 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.