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#1007580 - 11/24/08 08:37 AM Slightly OT - Dealing with the "munchies' during practice  
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Practicing hard (as we all do) can work up a hearty appetite - so what do you like to munch on and/or sip while practicing?

During my morning practice session I usually have just a couple of cups of hot tea (English Breakfast, thank you), while during my evening practice session right after dinner it's usually just a bottle of spring water and 3-4 Werther's hard candies (yum).

And have you ever had any rather unsavory (and damaging) experiences with getting crumbs and/or liquids onto (into) your keyboard?

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#1007581 - 11/24/08 08:47 AM Re: Slightly OT - Dealing with the "munchies' during practice  
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Usually coffee in the morning. Maybe a diet cola in the evening...'cept maybe a glass of wine if I'm practicing on Friday or Saturday evening (more than one though and things fall apart). And..I have a jubejube weakness so if there any of those in the house......


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#1007582 - 11/24/08 11:47 AM Re: Slightly OT - Dealing with the "munchies' during practice  
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not so much anymore, but i have found myself drinking soda between repetitions, and ice cream and donuts. yeah, the healthy life....

#1007583 - 11/24/08 11:49 AM Re: Slightly OT - Dealing with the "munchies' during practice  
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Coffee in the morning, Tea (good old liptons) in the afternoon. Never near the keyboard or on the piano.


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#1007584 - 11/24/08 01:23 PM Re: Slightly OT - Dealing with the "munchies' during practice  
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I keep a bottle of water on a table near the DP. Never on it, I have a cat who likes to bat things off surfaces. Crystal Light is great for changing flavors.

As for food... well, usually I remember to eat after practice.. forgetting is a pretty bad habit :|


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#1007585 - 11/24/08 01:42 PM Re: Slightly OT - Dealing with the "munchies' during practice  
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A few times a week I have a Mai Tai while practicing. Only one, though. And yes, I do get hungry. I usually snack on chips, but I keep the chips on a table several feet away. That way, no crumbs get on the keyboard.


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#1007586 - 11/24/08 02:17 PM Re: Slightly OT - Dealing with the "munchies' during practice  
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There is a can of butter toasted peanuts from the Girl Scouts that I nibble on....

And in the evening there is usually a glass of wine that helps me with my playing.

I dont think the two go well together so the peanuts are for during the day and the wine at night!!!!!


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#1007587 - 11/24/08 02:40 PM Re: Slightly OT - Dealing with the "munchies' during practice  
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That's probably the only time I am not eating-LOL


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#1007588 - 11/24/08 02:58 PM Re: Slightly OT - Dealing with the "munchies' during practice  
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I have never gotten the munchies during or right after playing!


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#1007589 - 11/24/08 03:18 PM Re: Slightly OT - Dealing with the "munchies' during practice  
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Control your satiety center by chewing sugarless gum. Also, eating shelled sunflower seeds throughout the day will trick your satiety center to feel full while you hardly ate anything due to the good fat found in them.

Low fat yogurt is also a must for the live cultures (acidophilus).

Caffeine is a good way to wake up as well as a stimulant but its also a diuretic and will make you pee-pee frequently.

I never eat anything while I play but sometimes I chew on pen caps!.

#1007590 - 11/24/08 03:25 PM Re: Slightly OT - Dealing with the "munchies' during practice  
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Originally posted by Kymber:
That's probably the only time I am not eating-LOL
laugh

Some of us, however, apparently never let a practice session get in the way of a good snack! smile

Regards, JF


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#1007591 - 11/24/08 03:43 PM Re: Slightly OT - Dealing with the "munchies' during practice  
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I have a strict rule, no food or beverages near the digital piano, I am the on;ly one who is allowed to let a drink come near it. I will have either a water, beer or glass of wine on the computer desk near the piano.
I often become very hungry when practicing, so if usually ends up as a reward system for me. For example, 10 more reps of these sections and I am allowed a snack.

#1007592 - 11/24/08 07:18 PM Re: Slightly OT - Dealing with the "munchies' during practice  
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I practice in the evening, after work, and treat myself to a huge glass of latte macchiato with flavoured syrup or hot chocolate with espresso and frothed milk. Preparing it has become kind of a ritual or opening ceremony for my practice sessions.
Usually I add some cookies but I stop playing to nibble at them - chewing seems to interfere with my sense of rhythm. :rolleyes:

I also get up between pieces to go and drink still water.


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#1007593 - 11/24/08 09:15 PM Re: Slightly OT - Dealing with the "munchies' during practice  
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I usually have water on the side table next to the digital piano... but no food while I'm practicing.

BUT - I've noticed that nibbling on nice high-quality chocolate while trying to do composing homework really helps things work much more smoothly (and helps me stay up into the wee hours of the morning getting things done!)

smile Oh chocolate, my yummilicious downfall!!!

#1007594 - 11/25/08 12:40 AM Re: Slightly OT - Dealing with the "munchies' during practice  
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I usually have my diet Coke on the window stool near my bench. Never on the piano, though. I try not to eat while playing, though. I think that doing so brings about crummy results. laugh


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#1007595 - 11/25/08 02:36 AM Re: Slightly OT - Dealing with the "munchies' during practice  
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No food but plenty of water. I do find myself experiencing lower back pain after practicing more than 30-45 minutes in a row.
Wonder how many people do body stretching before practice?
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#1007596 - 11/25/08 05:26 AM Re: Slightly OT - Dealing with the "munchies' during practice  
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Either a cola, or a beer to sip. I don't tend to eat during practice - normally my practice sessions are so short and broken up that I don't get hungry during them.

#1007597 - 11/25/08 10:12 AM Re: Slightly OT - Dealing with the "munchies' during practice  
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Wonder how many people do body stretching before practice?
I do streches before and during. If I have the good fortune to be able to practice for an hour or more, I usually stretch ever 20 minutes or so.

#1007598 - 11/25/08 10:35 AM Re: Slightly OT - Dealing with the "munchies' during practice  
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I never eat anything while I play but sometimes I chew on pen caps!.
Sounds delicious and nutritious (low cal too) wink


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#1007599 - 11/25/08 12:48 PM Re: Slightly OT - Dealing with the "munchies' during practice  
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I have a very bad pen chewing habit.
At least people at work rarely walk off with my pens.

They usually don't taste too bad, until it leaks in your mouth, which has happened a few times already.

#1007600 - 11/25/08 01:50 PM Re: Slightly OT - Dealing with the "munchies' during practice  
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Well, as much as I like potato chips, I would never eat or drink near my piano. Sometimes when I get up early in the morning and play my grand piano I will set my coffee cup on a coffee table near the piano. If I want a drink of coffee, I will get up and go to the coffee table and take a sip and go sit back down on the piano bench. My grand piano is near and dear to my heart and I don’t want to get crumbs or liquids down into the action or soundboard.

You can look at me and tell that I am not missing any meals or snacks due to playing my piano. laugh

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#1007601 - 11/25/08 03:26 PM Re: Slightly OT - Dealing with the "munchies' during practice  
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In the early morning (5:00 or so) I will bring my second cup of coffee to the piano, where it sits on the nearby 'drink stand' and gets forgotten. In the afternoon or evening, this would be Diet Coke, that likewise gets forgotten - unless I get stopped for some other reason, at which time I might take a swig if I remember (or notice) the drink is there. If I'm hungry when practicing, I ignore it and it goes away - after all, I'm busy! I can't be bothered with food when I'm trying to work. On the other hand, if the cats are hungry they make sure I take care of it before I can practice in peace.


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#1007602 - 11/25/08 06:35 PM Re: Slightly OT - Dealing with the "munchies' during practice  
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Macadamia nuts are my favorite snack, and a nice little "reward" for practicing or working. Any kind of nuts actually will do...hmmm, they say you are what you eat. laugh :p

#1007603 - 11/25/08 10:15 PM Re: Slightly OT - Dealing with the "munchies' during practice  
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I used to nibble on shredded wheat or peanuts but since I got my Steinway, I've imposed a no eating rule on myself. "He's" just to precious to me to mess up with crumbs or spills.


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I used to nibble on shredded wheat or peanuts but since I got my Steinway, I've imposed a no eating rule on myself. "He's" just to precious to me to mess up with crumbs or spills.
Funny - I thought pianos, like ships, are "shes" (but maybe that depends on the shape of the legs wink :p ).

Regards, JF


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[b] I used to nibble on shredded wheat or peanuts but since I got my Steinway, I've imposed a no eating rule on myself. "He's" just to precious to me to mess up with crumbs or spills.
Funny - I thought pianos, like ships, are "shes" (but maybe that depends on the shape of the legs wink :p ).

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I wouldn't think of it. I really should get up more often to at least get a drink, but I don't even do that unless I needed a stretch.

But, who's to say that away from the keyboards and pianos that we can't endulge, especially on a day such as today. 3hearts
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I made a special trip to town an bought myself one of those little fern stands. I put it right beside my piano bench. It is the perfect (and safe) place for my mornng coffee and my evening glass of wine.


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I made a special trip to town an bought myself one of those little fern stands. I put it right beside my piano bench. It is the perfect (and safe) place for my mornng coffee and my evening glass of wine.
Nice idea Ivory Dreams. smile


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A nice aged red, gets you in that "classical" mood wink

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A nice aged red, gets you in that "classical" mood wink
Are you talking about a fine vintage wine or a succulent beef pot roast? confused :p

Regards, JF


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