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Dancing for 12 hours without access to food: how to survive?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 16, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Saturday I'm going to this party from 14:00 till 23:30. During this time, I will be dancing non-stop (with the occasional break). I won't have access to (decent) food, only fried snacks, and sodas/alcoholic beverages. I prefer not to consume those, which would mean I wouldn't eat for an hour of ten, while I'm depleting myself by dancing. Could you give me any advice what to eat beforehand, and other ideas how to do this is the most healthy way?

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on May 20, 2013
at 08:28 AM

Just judging from experience, the more physically taxing the pursuit, the less picky my body seems to be about what I eat, just that I need to eat. For example child birth (which is a lot like marathon dancing), during the day or two I've been in really active labors, animal crackers and apple juice were just the things I needed to keep going.

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on May 19, 2013
at 05:05 PM

+1 for balance, if the person is so unhealthy that having a soda and a handful of chips would kill them they ought not be out dancing for twelve hours.

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on May 18, 2013
at 03:26 AM

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh wait!!!!!!! ... chew on some special* mushrooms*..youll dance like ya got a rubber spine all the live long night.. let your backbone slide :) ...HEHEHE..sorry in all seriousness just stay well well well hydrated ( with water!!) and make sure beforehand your properly carbed up on starchy carbs.. and for real consider some bananans :) have fun !

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on May 18, 2013
at 03:23 AM

..@happy now- add a nice coating of coconut flakes too :) honey behind the ears... the list goes on

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on May 17, 2013
at 02:53 PM

worst party ever. Not even a crudite or meatball dish?

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on May 17, 2013
at 08:19 AM

Bring a big bag of fruit with you! Quickly digested for bursts of energy to fuel your dancing. You will be expending a lot of energy so you don't need to worry much about sugar/carbs (if that is a concern of yours).

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on May 17, 2013
at 07:12 AM

That would go nicely with a good coating of coconut oil, not only will you glisten like and an angel, you can just give yourself a lick whenever you need some energy.

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on May 16, 2013
at 11:08 PM

holster-full of bannanas.. POWWWWWWWWWWWW!

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on May 17, 2013
at 04:40 AM

You know your own body. How long can you usually last without eating, and what happens if you go too long? What do you need to eat in order to recharge yourself?

Can you pack some kind of snack to take with you? If so, I'd say go for nuts and dried fruit (or pemmican, if you swing that way).

If you're limited to something that will fit in your pocket, maybe buy some of those packets of energy gel used by (non-fat-adapted) long-distance runners. Yeah, it's processed and pure sugar, but pure sugar may be exactly what you need in this situation. Just make sure to get a brand that uses glucose, cane sugar, or honey and not malted grains.

If you can't bring anything with you, my advice would be that if you find yourself crashing, drink soda. Doing it once isn't going to kill you and drinking a bunch of sugar is probably healthier than forcing yourself to remain highly active through a fast that your body isn't ready for. In fact, rapidly replenishing glycogen that's been depleted by prolonged, intense activity is probably the ideal use case for high-sugar beverages.

If you definitely want to fast, I don't know what I'd recommend, though hopefully others will have suggestions.

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on May 19, 2013
at 02:55 PM

A healthy dose of MDMA

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on May 17, 2013
at 07:14 AM

Just eat what they have there. Sometimes the wrong food is better than no food. Dancing for that long your body is just going to want calories, and probably won't be too picky about the source.

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on May 19, 2013
at 05:05 PM

+1 for balance, if the person is so unhealthy that having a soda and a handful of chips would kill them they ought not be out dancing for twelve hours.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on May 20, 2013
at 08:28 AM

Just judging from experience, the more physically taxing the pursuit, the less picky my body seems to be about what I eat, just that I need to eat. For example child birth (which is a lot like marathon dancing), during the day or two I've been in really active labors, animal crackers and apple juice were just the things I needed to keep going.

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on May 17, 2013
at 02:11 PM

Dont worry about it, food is over rated anyway and you don't need it.

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on May 17, 2013
at 09:15 AM

All the cool ravers nowadays take UCAN Superstarch and BCAAs.

Only half joking, I'm off dancing this weekend and it's sounds like a good combo.

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on May 17, 2013
at 05:36 AM

Sounds like the typical music festival to me. I've done these (some intoxicated, some not) completed 'fasted'. Wow - I feel like an idiot using that term because back then I just chose not to eat without thinking twice about it because that's just what you did. Would always come back ravished and mung out on crappy food but it was worth it at the time.

Couldn't think of putting my body through that kind of thing these days though... says she who is now sounding like a ripe old 50 year old stuck in a 24 year old's body... haha

Sorry, not that helpful so far. Advice that I could give now would be to have a protein and fat heavy meal beforehand. IMO having a carb heavy meal would feel too heavy in my belly for the kind of serious dancing you're talking about... but that's just me. Save that for the late night feast when you get home ;-)

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