The terms “healthy living” and “rock star” are rarely used in the same sentence. In fact when most of us think of the Rock & Roll lifestyle, the first word that comes to mind is “excess”—too much partying, too many wild nights, too much sex, drugs, and Rock & Roll. The truth is that while all of those things do indeed exist, those of us who have managed to sustain careers in music that span many decades have at some point found a way of eating, exercising, relaxing, and sleeping that keeps our bodies functioning at their peak and our minds at their creative best. You may be surprised to learn that the rock & roll lifestyle is not that much different than that of a very intense business traveler: living out of airports, taxis, and hotels; dashing from appointment to appointment; working very late; getting up too early; answering emails; taking phone calls; and eating on the run.
Sound familiar? Apart from the two hours onstage performing, the stresses of life on the road may be very similar to those you find in your own life. I don’t want it to sound as though being a musician is more stressful than other jobs, but rarely being in the same place for more than one night in a row does make eating well, exercising, and sleeping a challenge that takes thought, planning, and a bit of tenacity.
When I met Dr. Gabrielle Francis, I was twenty-five pounds heavier, borderline diabetic, fatigued all day, and had permanent acid reflux. I had trouble sleeping, caught every cold and flu that came near me, and generally felt pretty crappy most of the time. When I met with Dr. Francis, she showed me that by altering what I ate, exercising regularly, and supplementing with some nutrients that my body was lacking, I could shed pounds, get my blood sugar under control, sleep better, boost my immune system, and generally feel more energetic.
She taught me that living a Rock & Roll life didn’t have to mean being unhealthy. The recommendations she shares in this book have helped me feel stronger onstage and more present, focused, and creative in my professional and personal life. All of this has led to my feeling happier, healthier, more youthful, and more inspired than I ever would have imagined after twenty-five years of life on tour.
In her book, Dr. Francis will show you how to make the same kinds of simple and effective changes that will enable you to feel your best and most vibrant so that you can step confidently onto the most important stage of all . . . your life.
—Michael Franti, of Michael Franti & Spearhead