It’s very important that drama students learn to eat well and stay healthy, especially if studying long hours in the daytime and rehearsing in the evenings. This way of life will also prepare you for the life of a professional actor, who has to keep fit and healthy even if living on a small budget. It’s important to know that eating a healthy balanced diet not only helps us look and feel good, it helps us to stay in great condition.
It’s imperative that a drama student should eat well through out the day and not skip meals or starve themselves. Eating a nutritious well balanced diet will provide a student with many health benefits. As a full time student these benefits will include :
The benefits of a healthy balanced diet
Increased energy and stamina, very important for those long days of study and rehearsal.
Improved sleep and concentration. This will help you stay more alert in lectures and enable you to have a good nights sleep.
A positive impact on your mood and well-being. All actors need to have a positive outlook on life. This is helped if you are living a healthy way of life.
Helps you to maintain a healthy body weight. All drama students need to be in a good shape, even as professional actors we need to keep our weight down.
Lowers your risk of developing chronic health risks such as heart disease and cancer. The older we get the more our body is prone to health risks. Staying healthy when young will help us in our later years.
So what makes a healthy diet?
The nutrients we need for a healthy body and mind consist of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. Knowing what these do for you and your body will help you stay healthy. The image below is the NHS ‘Eat Well Plate’. It shows the different types of food we need to eat and in what proportions. Following this simple plan will give you a well balanced and healthy diet.
We have also provided you with some tips on saving money on your healthy week of shopping and still be able to eat well. We have been to drama school ourselves and have learnt the tricks on how to save money on those shopping bills.