From The Side of the Highway… wellness strategies for your Globe of Bluegrass working experience

Melissa Eide

In previous a long time when we get to this thirty day period of the calendar, I have discussed slumber, health, and diet regime tactics for having a safe and healthy IBMA Earth of Bluegrass. For the uninitiated (most of the population), this is bluegrass music’s greatest occasion of the year. It is Christmas, Hanukkah (really don’t you dare provide up the Hanukkah channel once more!), Halloween (primarily based on some attendees’ apparel decisions) and Tax Working day all rolled into one particular. There’s a trade demonstrate, business enterprise meeting, many awards reveals, showcases, jam periods, and a large amount of ready for elevators.

Even before we were being dealing with COVID-19, this was an event that was identified for taking its toll on attendees’ actual physical well being. Quite a few people today remaining the occasion sick with some ailment or other, and the main host resort, no issue which lodge or in which metropolis it was, was normally blamed. “It’s the air flow,” was the regular cry. Definitely it couldn’t be sleeping two hours a evening, shaking a large amount of sweaty hands, and packing on to an elevator with 23 people.

Everything we have acquired to do in the previous two years is precisely the opposite of what we have historically carried out for up to a 7 days at the IBMA WOB.

I will, of study course, depart the total of COVID chance you intend to just take up to you (which will help you save this responses section from blowing up like bag of hand grenades), and we’ll just focus on the diet plan and health part.

A large amount of new information has occur together due to the fact we previous discussed this, this sort of as the new disdain for tomatoes, intermittent fasting, and the arrival of the Keto Diet (named for General Maximilian Keto of Flanders, who was slender and productive, but even now craved donuts).

The Entire world of Bluegrass eating plan is famously terrible, and typically is made up of a bit stale cake from the Marriott Starbucks, shipping pizza, and what ever is place out for snacks in the Pickin’ in a Large Discipline competition showcase home.

Intermittent fasting is not a dilemma because we from time to time just neglect to consume for 16 hours at a time, in any case. We just have to be knowledgeable of it and know that it is ok. 

Here’s a advised Tuesday through Saturday IBMA Environment of Bluegrass Diet program. There are a great deal of food items solutions inside of quick walking length of the conference middle, and you can also go grocery procuring, so almost everything on this record is comparatively effortless to attain. It just demands a minor arranging. Just use the exact same variety of corporation you use to go to your most popular showcases and seminars. Maybe that is not a wonderful example.

The eating plan:


Breakfast: Biscuits and gravy. Facet dish: cantaloupe.
Keto different: gravy
Vegan choice: cantaloupe

Lunch: Beef, bean, and cheese enchiladas. Facet dish: Mexican rice and tiny salad
Keto substitute: Beef and compact salad
Vegan choice: prolonged discussion with someone about choose designs

Evening meal: Chicken and waffles. Aspect dish: waffles
Keto different: Chicken and waffle-shaped hen
Vegan choice: Vegan waffles. Aspect dish: Exact same

I’m previously worn out of this meal-organizing. That ought to work for a number of times, if you really do not thoughts a biscuit and waffle-based diet regime.

Physical fitness is yet another problem, but we can choose some motion to increase the 7 days for our bodies. If you’re capable to get absent from the extensive-winded specific who has you trapped by the conference registration (“So then I reported to Béla, why never you connect with your band ‘the Flecktones,’ and he stated . . .”), you most likely build up a ton of measures through the convention. It is just that those people measures aren’t constantly steady and they occur with plenty of interruptions. 

I propose, managing it like a circuit, anything like this: 

Get started at the Raleigh Conference Centre meeting registration booths, then head upstairs to the to start with seminar room, where by the “How to Be a Much more Arrogant Bandleader” seminar is taking place. Poke your head in, but promptly go on, heading downstairs to the exhibition hall. Wander rapidly by every booth, sampling their candy and performing interested in their solution (acknowledged as the “Costco strategy”), but never ever halting anyplace for far more than five seconds. Head back upstairs, then walk outside to the Marriott, go straight to the bar, act like you are searching for an individual, then stroll again out, head to the Sheraton and do the exact same. Walk again to the convention heart and you are performed. Do this as soon as a working day.

In order to preserve your momentum heading, on the other hand, you will have to learn the “IBMA walk,” which I may perhaps have discussed in a former column. If not, I should have. To prevent being stopped by anyone together this circuit, you have to stroll in a rapid and purposeful manner, as if you are late for a seminar or have still left your telephone someplace. Though carrying out this, rest your gaze till every person seems blurry and a minimal like Lester Flatt putting on pajamas. This way, you will appear to not identify any person mainly because you actually won’t (it can not be the real Lester in pajamas, just after all, or it’s unlikely), and your established walk will discourage most men and women. The occasional glimpse at your check out would not hurt.

Alternatively, you could get your phone out and faux to be possessing an significant dialogue, it’s possible even an argument:

“No that was not J.D. Crowe, it was Sam (Porky) Hutchins . . . Sure, accurately . . . All right, but really don’t ignore to acquire it out the moment an hour and baste it . . . Absolutely sure . . . Fantastic luck . . .” (Just some tips really feel free of charge to occur up with your own script).

Lastly, there is the concern of sleep, which is in pretty shorter offer throughout this week. New reports from the IFMB (the Institute for Faux Medical BS) suggest that excellent of slumber may well be just as significant as amount. To set that in IBMA WOB conditions, two hours of strong, restful sleep could possibly be just as superior as four hrs of fitful interrupted rest. To accomplish this variety of revitalizing relaxation, it is suggested that you reduce alcohol and caffeine consumption properly in advance of your 4:00 a.m. bedtime (I do not make these policies), steer clear of on the lookout at your cell phone a single hour just before sleep, and consider to keep from listening to disturbing tunes, like The Little Female and the Dreadful Snake, The Ghost of Eli Renfro, or Down the Highway.

I’m wishing you a joyful and healthful IBMA Earth of Bluegrass.

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