Stay healthy. Pack a lunch.

lunchbagI did something I’m not proud of this summer. Whenever I had a day filled with shows all over town I would quickly stop for a quick bite to eat at a fast food restaurant. Large coke, fries, and a chicken burger. So delicious, but I paid the price for it. I ended up getting sick twice during my heaviest performance schedule ever. Performing that many shows everyday plus lots of travel draining and I wasn’t feeding myself properly.

I ended up adjusting by packing lunches for my day trips rather than eating out. I bought one of those small foil-lined lunch bags. Instead of using an ice pack I would include a frozen bottle of water that kept everything cold all day long. Some of the food items I packed were sandwiches, cut up veggies, crackers, yogurt, trail-mix, hard boiled eggs, fruit, extra water and pop. If I had more self-control it would probably be better if I didn’t include the pop, but having that caffeine to keep me going for the third show in a day helped.

It was also great to have freezing cold water waiting for me in the car after a show on a hot summer day. Summer’s in the Okanagan can get VERY hot, and after performing in a venue without air conditioning, or doing an outdoor show, or even just having to repack the car when it’s really hot out, its great to have cold water to cool off immediately.

Previously if I didn’t have any extra time between shows I would just have to skip a meal and I would be starving by the time I had some free time. Plus I was able to eat better quantities of food since I didn’t have to eat that entire value-combo just because it would go bad in the car between shows. Instead I snack and eat throughout the day in better quantities keeping me full without overeating and feeling gross.

It sounds silly to make a post about something so mundane and ordinary as packing a lunch, but it really did make a difference for me. And judging by the waistlines I’ve seen at magic conventions… we all need a little reminder to eat healthier! If you’re looking for ideas for healthy lunches there’s an endless list on pinterest and other blogs.