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Iron Deficiency in Dancers

Iron is probably the most well-known micronutrient, and it doesn't hurt to consolidate your understanding on this because without enough iron, your physical performance can be impaired. Treatment and Prevention of iron deficiency is often not difficult, and involves ensuring adequate intake from foods.

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)