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
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)
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.
It means that your body is capable of growing stronger
You could be enjoying a glass of milk, a tub of yoghurt, a few slices of cheese, and even sardines with bones. And yet you may be suffering from repeated fractures. Why? That's what we're going to talk about today - a particular issue common among dancers. (If you haven't read… Continue reading There’s more to Bone Health than just Calcium