Q&A: Is it bad to have to eat a lot in order to maintain weight? Great question. Eating enough is vital for dancers AND preventing weight drop is crucial in dancers especially if they are growing teens
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.
Let's take a look at the pro's and con's of plant-based eating for dancers.
School resumes next week and I'm aware of the conversations that may arise: "you need to eat healthy now because ---" I'm a dietitian and I see the benefits of eating healthfully. At the same time I also acknowledge that health isn't just about what nutrients and how much you put in. It encompasses… Continue reading If you’d like to eat healthfully then respecting your body is a great place to start
It's going to be another hot weekend they say. The combination of the heatwave followed by rain and a sudden drop in temperature can definitely make things more challenging to adjust. You may experience lower appetite because of the heat or simply just too tired with all the summer school lessons. One… Continue reading Dance Nutrition 101 – A milkshake or a smoothie can be a useful snack
It means that your body is capable of growing stronger
What if proper nutrition and rest could greatly help with preventing injuries? That's less time out of lessons. Less of the whining and feeling frustrated that you couldn't be on that stage; for that show; for that competition. That's more time doing the thing you truly love - dancing. This year, you can take… Continue reading Dance Nutrition 101 – Nourish towards injury-free
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
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
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