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Body Image, Dance and Eating

  When you hear "Body Image", what do you think of? Is it... how you see yourself in the mirror? Is it... what you think of your body? It is... what you think others may be thinking of your body?   Understanding Body Image is crucial for dancers (and teachers!) because you're expressing your emotions, … Continue reading Body Image, Dance and Eating

Why I don’t promote dieting in dancers

  Whenever I mention Dancers Don't Diet, I'm asked more often than not the reason why I don't promote dieting in dancers. When people ask me this question I can see this speech bubble popping up above their head like that in a cartoon: "but don't dancers need to be thin to dance and so … Continue reading Why I don’t promote dieting in dancers

Restriction (aka dieting) will lead to overeating and negative self talk

  It's not an uncommon occurrence where a dancer tries to "eat clean" and avoid the often demonised sugary or fatty foods in order to "get in shape".   But the more you try to restrict yourself from eating particular foods, the more your body will fight against you.   Your body doesn't want to … Continue reading Restriction (aka dieting) will lead to overeating and negative self talk

Why #morethanmybody is Important – Recap from Love Your Body Week

You would've noticed on my instagram page the recurring hashtag, #morethanmybody, throughout last week's Love Your Body Week (3-9 September) 2018.       Love Your Body Week is an initiative to promote good body image and raise awareness of eating disorders.   So, isn't that a good thing and why use the extra #morethanmybody hashtag … Continue reading Why #morethanmybody is Important – Recap from Love Your Body Week

Dancer’s Guide to Performance Nutrition

  We're about to enter the last quarter of 2018, which means the performance season is coming up for many dance schools. So here's some eating tips to maximise your performance and keep you well.   [1] Maintain regular and adequate Everyday Eating Think of the everyday eating as a foundation work, because if the … Continue reading Dancer’s Guide to Performance Nutrition

We Can Stop Eating Disorders Before They Start. And We Should.

Being aware of eating disorders can make a big difference to you as a dancer, but unfortunately the conversation is hardly ever held in schools or even between teachers and students.   Dancers today are provided with loads of resources about ankle sprains, knee and hip injuries, and prehab workouts to prevent injuries from happening … Continue reading We Can Stop Eating Disorders Before They Start. And We Should.

Eating Disorders conference wrap (ANZAED) plus more

I was in Melbourne to attend the Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders’ annual conference. I knew it’ll be a worthwhile trip because of the great line-up of presenters but O H  M Y goodness, it was mind-blowing!   Courageous Conversations This was the theme for the conference. Providing a safe and brave … Continue reading Eating Disorders conference wrap (ANZAED) plus more

Back to School Eating Tips

I thought I wrote the Holiday Snacking post only a week ago but surprise, it's Term 3 already!       So now that school's back, let's look at some tips to get back into the rhythm.   The big difference between school and holiday is that you don't get as much flexibility in when to … Continue reading Back to School Eating Tips

Snacking on holiday workshops

  Winter school holiday is about to start (or have started already for the lucky ones!) and you're mostly likely going to attend holiday workshops.   A full day of dancing, great!   Let's make the most out of it by fuelling and nourishing enough.   I want to focus on snacks this time because … Continue reading Snacking on holiday workshops