The days of slothfulness are through.
It’s time to get the energy of a rockstar: the power to sing, dance, jump and rile an audience for hours, night after day after night. Sweating, but not sweating it. And that’s often just a small part of the job. Many musicians are multi-taskers. Take Outkast’s Andre 3000, he’s a triple-threat: musician, actor, entrepreneur. And then there’s Cro-Mags frontman John Joseph who is also the author of two books. Alanis Morrisette has true staying power in the music industry and on top of creating many platinum records, she also graces the stage, popular tv shows like Weeds and Curb Your Enthusiasm and even played the role of God in the Jay and Silent Bob movies.
So what powers these guys and gals day and night? They all have an herbivore diet in common, but what, beyond that, is fusing the rockstar energy and how can you and I get in on it?
It’s a combination that seems like a paradox to “rockstar” life as you may think of it: proper sleep, an active life and healthy foods are the key ingredients.
In order to keep up with his punk rock lifestyle, John Joseph makes sure to get plenty of rest. He advises that proper recovery is “essential.” Don’t let anyone or anything keep you from getting your seven-hour-minimum! After dark, John avoids all caffeine and when he’s ready for shut eye, he makes sure that all electronics in the bedroom are turned off. Sleep deprivation not only causes you to make bad (usually sugary or fatty) food choices, but can also block creativity and impede on overall performance. And no one likes a sleepy, uncreative, ill-performing rockstar.
Driving from city to city in a tour van or bus isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. For one, you’re usually sitting for long stretches of time. Being sedentary for long drives and then having to perform at the end of it doesn’t always come naturally. NYC-based, vegan drummer Dylan Mandel recommends taking breaks in the day for fresh air and a brisk walk. “Whenever I’m on tour, I always try to get quick workouts in. When we stop to get gas or food, I’ll do some push-ups or jumping jacks, whatever I can fit in.” Sitting all day just makes you want to sit more. Keeping the blood circulating in your body throughout the day will keep you fresh.
Even vegans can load up on junk food. I must say, it wasn’t my proudest hour when I learned that sour patch kids were vegan. While vegan food tends to be healthier, fueling your body with the right vegan choices is important if you’re looking to curb the crash of sugary foods. Instead of sour patch kids, go for fruits and veggies: make yourself a smoothie or try juicing something sweet. Fruits and vegetables are some of the planet’s most perfect foods – you don’t need to dress them with anything or refactor them into something they aren’t like high fructose corn syrup. They’re delicious and wonderfully well for you just as they come. Try one of these drink recipes for an energy boost any time of day.
- Try the following in a juicer:
- 1 pear
- 4 celery stalks
- 2-3 large handfuls of raw spinach or kale
- 1 lime
Serve straight up.
- Blend up the following:
- 1 medum sized banana
- 1 handful of blueberries
- 2 cups of almond milk
- 1 scoop of hemp or pea protein
- 1 scoop of raw cacao (a great antioxidant and superfood!)
Serve straight up or on ice.
Now that you’re properly fed and have gotten plenty of sleep, get on your feet and let your inner rockstar shine.
Jordana Reim is the Creative Director of PlanetVerge.com, an all-female staffed music-centric lifestyle blog and InternetTV show. Jordana interviews many musicians, but also keeps her passion for healthy, vegan living in the forefront of all that she does. As part of her work with PlanetVerge, she challenged musicians to try veganism out for 30-days in her web series “Going Vegan.” The series was featured weekly on Peta2 as audiences followed the musicians’ highs and lows. The success of Jordana’s first vegan-convert triggered another challenge and a second season of the series for PlanetVerge and Peta2. Jordana is also an award-winning digital producer and a certified yoga instructor.
Image of Refused Live @ Hultsfredsfestivalen 1994: Pelle Sten/Flickr