Just recently, and by recently, I mean yesterday, I had an all day and all night band competition, our last one of the year with this show. Tradition in my section of the band is that everyone must consume a rather large quantity of sugar before the final performance simply because it is the biggest one we have and the last scored one for the seniors. Which is a pretty big deal for the whole band.
The amount of sugar you’re supposed to consume varies from person to person and what they’re used to consuming in one sitting, I honestly didn’t have all that much compared to last year’s trip. But my seat partner and a member of my section, Kendra, had never had an energy drink before, and that means she was supposed to have at least one on the bus ride, which she did. While it was funny for us to see her response to all of the sugar, it probably wasn’t too much fun for her once she started to crash halfway through the bus ride home
Rules to consider when you decide you want a ton of sugar:
One, energy drinks are pretty bad for you because there is a ton of sugar and caffeine in them and even if you don’t drink them often and it’s just once, they can lead to increased blood pressure and dehydrate your body really quickly. (Link to this information specifically)
Second, sugar makes some people jittery, which is definitely not what you want to do before a major performance. Now, not to go against what my section does, but I didn’t really have all that much sugar and I was pretty jittery, and Kendra was way worse than I was. Granted, she isn’t one to have a lot of refined sugar. That leads me to number three.
Third, if you’re not used to a lot of sugar in your system, don’t over do it, because that’s even worse. Not used to sugar? Have some, but not the whole bag of Pixie Sticks, really, it’s a bad idea.
Fourth, sometimes once you’ve eaten all that candy and finished your soda or energy drink, you’re still hungry or thirsty, so being the teenager you are you decided to eat something less sweet and more savory (like fast food) and drink something to go along with that (more soda). It becomes a vicious cycle until you realize that you really just want something else, or until you throw up, that’s always an outcome possibility.
Candy and sugar are wonderful, until you’ve had too much or wake up the next morning and realize that you’ve gained 10 pounds in a day because of all the junk you ate the day before or until you get sick.
The worst thing about sugar is that you end up wanting even more sugar once you get done as well as being a little out of everything once you finally get some sleep after the whole ordeal. Trust me on that one, it’s taken me way to long to even get this much homework done today and it’s not the last I have left to do.
So, instead of all the sugar, drink some water and eat an apple. You’ll be better off in the end anyway, and feel a whole lot better the next day.
Do what I say, and don’t even think about doing what I do because it’s not even healthy to think about, let alone do.
For your time, and mine, here’s a picture of a baby seal. Hopefully, that makes today’s blog better and more bearable for you.