Feeding Your Muse

muse food

I’m chasing down a deadline at the moment, so I want to quickly bring up a topic for discussion.

Ivan at Creative Bits writes about “What to Eat to Be Creative” in this post. I haven’t spent much time thinking about eating for creativity, although I believe eating well, exercising and doing anything else that keeps you in good physical health also helps mental performance. I do remember reading once that chocolate is very good for writers. I think this must surely be true!

I’d love to hear about your philosophy or practice regarding the best way to literally feed your muse in the comments section.


4 Responses to “Feeding Your Muse”

  1. 1 Ian Peaston November 10, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    There’s a great podcast called “Brainready” that has advice on healthy eating for creativity and happiness, as well as certain exercises to get your brain fired up. And, yes, chocolate is good for you, as long as it’s dark. So are walnuts and coffee (espresso)! Needless to say, I became very happy. And quickly became very full thereafter! 😉

    • 2 stranglingmymuse November 11, 2009 at 11:46 am

      Thanks for telling me about Brainready, Ian — I checked out their website and it looks like it’s packed with great information. I’m looking forward to spending more time there and listening to some of the podcasts after meeting my current deadline!

      For anyone else interested: http://www.brainready.com/braincasts/


  2. 3 K a b l o o e y November 11, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Also deadline-y, but have to say, if my muse is anything like me, he eats good dark chocolate (he has a woman’s palate for chocolate, and Brad Pitt’s abs — a hard combination to maintain, but that’s my muse for you), red wine, shellfish, sushi and loves to try food from around the world. He’s not a straight-up meat and potato guy. My muse and slacker-chick’s muse (if he/she’s anything like her) differ mightily about food.

    • 4 stranglingmymuse November 11, 2009 at 4:24 pm

      Mmmmmm…I like your muse’s palate! And I believe muses live in a world where chocolate consumption and abs have nothing to do with each other.

      Perhaps slacker-chick’s muse eats all the wonderful things she abhors? (Speaking as someone who has eaten many meals with slacker-chick, back in the days when we lived in the same city…)


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