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.

Beyond nutrition, dance health, Dance Nutrition, Holiday eating, Non Diet Approach

Dance Nutrition 101 – This holiday, enjoy a big dose of Vitamin C

Have you heard of Vitamin C? Not the one you get from lemons and oranges but the one you produce yourself? (No? then read here first)   Compassion is the vitamin that nourishes your mind and body.   If you are truly trying to achieve the best performance nutrition, opt out of the commercialised pre-/post-Christmas dieting and… Continue reading Dance Nutrition 101 – This holiday, enjoy a big dose of Vitamin C

dance health, Dance Nutrition, Injury Prevention, Performance

Dance Nutrition 101 – Eating can enhance your performance, but Not-eating can’t

Eating can enhance your performance, but not-eating can't.   No matter how much nutrition knowledge you get, you're not making use of it until you start eating plentifully!   Take a moment and absorb these important roles of eating: Eating plentifully will support your ability to dance, physically. Eating plentifully and healthfully can help prevent… Continue reading Dance Nutrition 101 – Eating can enhance your performance, but Not-eating can’t

Beyond nutrition, dance health, Dance Nutrition, Non Diet Approach

Dance Nutrition 101 – Thinness does not define your worth as a dancer

Your value as a dancer lies in being YOU.   Losing weight doesn't automatically make you a better dancer. And this may be a challenging concept to acknowledge at first because of the limited dance-body ideals out there.   But if you truly appreciate dance, you would know that ballet was never about thinness. It's… Continue reading Dance Nutrition 101 – Thinness does not define your worth as a dancer

dance health, Dance Nutrition

Dance Nutrition 101 – Fuelling frequently helps

"How often should I eat" "Should I eat three big meals or six small meals?" "Am I allowed to snack or not?" Well, for most dancers, snacking helps with re-fuelling and replenishing vital energy and nutrients so you can dance with precision for longer.   Remember that exercise has an effect of suppressing your appetite… Continue reading Dance Nutrition 101 – Fuelling frequently helps

dance health, Dance Nutrition, Eating disorder / disordered eating, Injury Prevention, Non Diet Approach

Dance Nutrition 101 – Weight loss dieting is harmful for dancers

  Weight loss dieting is harmful for dancers and should never be recommended.   Dancers with more disordered eating (dieting) behaviours have greater incident of injuries. When the majority of dancers are only getting approx. 20-30% of their energy and nutrition needs, this isn't surprising and it is very concerning.   If we - that's… Continue reading Dance Nutrition 101 – Weight loss dieting is harmful for dancers

dance health, Eating disorder / disordered eating, Non Diet Approach, Performance

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

Beyond nutrition, dance health, Eating disorder / disordered eating, Performance

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

dance health, Eating disorder / disordered eating

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.