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
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
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.
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
Last Saturday was World Eating Disorders Action Day. And I had a flashback to a moment several years ago where a doctor said, abruptly, "all ballet dancers have eating disorders. They have it so they can keep themselves thin". Uh NO. HELL NO. Let me do some myth-busting for you. … Continue reading The link between Dancers and Eating Disorders
In one of the most recent workshops we had, students jot down the first word(s) that came to mind to define what makes a dancer healthy. They did this right at the beginning of the workshop and at the end. And the words that came out was great. Words that came out at the beginning … Continue reading What makes a Healthy Dancer?