Body Image, Dance Nutrition, Eating disorder / disordered eating, Menstrual cycle, Q&A

Q&A: Does eating fat make you fat?

I received this question and pondered on it for quite some time because of a few reasons. Eating foods containing fats are important for your health, growth, development and performance. Too often I see dancers and teens cutting out fat-containing foods such as dairy, oils, creams, peanut butter and nuts, from the fear they they are "bad for you". Fearing foods will never give you the freedom you deserve. If you are in a state of needing to grow or weight restore, fats are especially important.

Injury Prevention, Performance, Q&A, Uncategorized

Q&A: Should dancers fast?

This article is to answer a question I received on Instagram.   Q: I heard fasting is good for you, but is it recommended for dancers?   A: My answer is no. Fasting isn't a great thing to do for your body as a dancer, especially if you're in intense training.   Your body naturally… Continue reading Q&A: Should dancers fast?

dance health, Eating disorder / disordered eating, Menstrual cycle

Functional Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea (FHA) – Information and Treatment for Dancers

  Amenorrhea is the term used to describe the absence of a period.  It's a natural occurrence in pregnancy. Otherwise, a sudden change or stop in your period means that your body is asking you for help because it's not coping.   When your menses don't commence by the age of 16, it is termed… Continue reading Functional Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea (FHA) – Information and Treatment for Dancers

dance health, Menstrual cycle

How the menstrual cycle affects your body (+ some eating tips for dancers)

Following on from the previous Period post, let me invite you to understand more about your body during its 1 month Menstrual Cycle. Getting a better understanding of your cycle and the associaetd fluctuations in mood, appetite and physical capacity will help you set up a proactive self care strategies.   What is a Menstrual… Continue reading How the menstrual cycle affects your body (+ some eating tips for dancers)

Body Image, dance health, Menstrual cycle

Let’s talk about the period.

  Dance students, how often do you talk about your period with your teacher? with your friends? with your family, boyfriend/girlfriend?   Teachers, how often have you made the time to inform and educate the students about the menstrual cycle, to both boys and girls?   Let's start this conversation because it's such an important… Continue reading Let’s talk about the period.

Eating disorder / disordered eating, Injury Recovery

Come As You Are – Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2019

As we enter the weekend of the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, let us share with you why this topic is vital for dancers.   Dancers are amazing human beings. You are perfectionistic with such eagerness to please others. You are selfless in the name of dance. You are so dedicated, hardworking, and often quite… Continue reading Come As You Are – Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2019

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Dance Nutrition 101 – Breakfast can help you dance better

  Of all the things said about food and nutrition, having breakfast well before your morning class can truly help you dance better. It doesn't have to be a fancy green smoothie (sure can if you like that!) A classic PB&J sandwich, or oats/cereal with milk, can do its job.   Some things that my… Continue reading Dance Nutrition 101 – Breakfast can help you dance better

Dance Nutrition 101, snacks

Dance Nutrition 101 – Have some snacks ready in your bag

When classes run late or you suddenly have to sew ribbons on your shoes during your break, the last thing you want to do is skip your planned meal or snack all together.   So have some snacks reayd in your bag. That way you can still do some refuelling.   A "good enough" option… Continue reading Dance Nutrition 101 – Have some snacks ready in your bag