N for Nutrition Last updated: 08 February 2023 Finding a healthy balance with the food you eat and keeping hydrated is very important for musicians. It is especially difficult because of the lifestyle: long hours, gruelling rehearsal schedules, long periods of hanging around with nothing to do, late nights and, trickiest of all, being on tour. Encourage your student to develop good eating habits while they are not under pressure and then keep up the routines when the pressure is on. People of all ages should aim to maintain a healthy, stable weight. The NHS has advice for parents of healthy-weight children as they grow. The BAPAM Dietary Advice for Performance Professionals factsheet tells you more about diet specifically for performers. Simple and healthy meal plans that do not require much cooking and can be eaten in small amounts are ideal for short performance breaks.