Robert Estrin - piano expert

What should musicians eat? Does that affect their music?

In this video, Robert talks about musicians and food. In particular, what makes up a "healthy diet" for a musician?

Released on August 28, 2019

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Video Transcription

Hi, Robert Estrin here at Living Pianos. I was thinking that you would be interested, I've gotten a lot of comments. People have noticed I've lost some weight and I'm feeling great these days, and so I thought I'd give you some tips of what's worked for me. I mean, I'm not an expert on this, but I found something that really is easy for the first time.

I've always gone kind of up and down, and it's not a really healthy thing to do and I understand that. In the past, any time I've been able to lose weight, it's been by basically going to bed hungry because I figured if I've got to be hungry, I might as well do it while I'm sleeping. The problem though with it is that it's an incredibly labor intensive, time consuming way of eating, eating foods that are not calorie dense, so you have to eat really often. You eat a bunch of salad and an hour and a half, two hours later, you're hungry again. Just making the salad takes a long time and then eating takes a long time. Then you're constantly eating and foraging, and it kind of breaks down. That's why I've always gone back and forth is because there's only so long I can do that. I don't have the time.

So here's the secret, and I find that a lot of musicians... I recently went to New York to hear my former student, Bijan Taghavi's graduating recital from the Manhattan School of Music. He and a lot of the other students there, they kind of do what I've been doing, which is this intermittent fasting where you eat less often or pack all your eating into a finite number of hours.

Now here's the secret that makes it easy is just to get rid of carbohydrates, certainly the refined carbohydrates, because whenever you eat those, you feel satisfied, and then as soon as you get hungry again, you're like, "God, I got to eat." But when you get rid of all those completely, you go into what's called a state of ketosis. You've probably heard about the keto diet. It's popular, and a lot of vegetables, sure, but you just avoid carbohydrates, even relatively healthy carbohydrates like potatoes and rice and things like that and bread. When you do that, you can go hours. I'm amazed. I can go eat breakfast at, nine, 10 in the morning, and not eat dinner until six at night and feel fine, and then go the rest of the right until the next morning.

So that's the secret, in case you're wondering what I've done. You can research this and see if it's something that's good for you. Of course, you've got to make sure you're healthy and check with your doctor, because as I said, I'm not an expert. I'm just telling you from anecdotal experience that I feel great, I've lost weight, and I can go hours without being hungry, so I believe I'm onto something here. Now that I've made this public, it gives me a commitment to not go back to getting heavy again.

So sharing a little personal thing with you there, and I hope it helps some of you out there. Again, this is Robert Estrin here at Living Pianos. Thanks for joining me.
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Comments, Questions, Requests:

Leigh Sheppard on September 2, 2019 @1:07 am PST
Hi Robert, now you can play only one note at a time again
with your thinner fingers!
I have been a bit the same-up and down. So I must try what you said.
Best wishes, Leigh
Robert - host, on September 2, 2019 @3:36 pm PST
Hope things work well for you! Please consult a physician before changing your diet.
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