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.
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
As we enter the weekend of the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, let us share with you why this topic is vital for dancers. Dancers are amazing human beings. You are perfectionistic with such eagerness to please others. You are selfless in the name of dance. You are so dedicated, hardworking, and often quite… Continue reading Come As You Are – Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2019
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
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
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.
It's challenging to eat enough than not in dance. In fact, you probably won't realise the importance of eating enough until you actually eat enough consistently and experience that great recovery and feeling energised each lesson. When your body receives adequate (=enough) food to fuel your body, it can execute more power, increase endurance,… Continue reading “Am I eating enough?”
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