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

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, 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

Non Diet Approach

Restriction (aka dieting) will lead to overeating and negative self talk

  It's not an uncommon occurrence where a dancer tries to "eat clean" and avoid the often demonised sugary or fatty foods in order to "get in shape".   But the more you try to restrict yourself from eating particular foods, the more your body will fight against you.   Your body doesn't want to… Continue reading Restriction (aka dieting) will lead to overeating and negative self talk

Dance Nutrition, Eating disorder / disordered eating, Non Diet Approach

“Am I eating enough?”

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?”

Student's activity during group workshop
dance health, Dance Nutrition, Non Diet Approach

What makes a Healthy Dancer?

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?

Non Diet Approach

What happens when you start counting calories?

I'm against calorie-counting for a reason and that is that counting calories makes you vulnerable and insecure around food and exercise. (not to mention that counting calories, or any form of dieting, does not help you lose weight in the long term - it actually leads to regaining more) This account by Joanna really depicts… Continue reading What happens when you start counting calories?

Non Diet Approach

On detox cleanse diets and how curious eating is much better for a dancer’s wellbeing

The Diet Industry is full of clever people. Otherwise how can they create so many boohoo "diets" every season? One that I get asked a lot about is the detox/cleanse diet. Apparently these are meant to "reset your metabolism" by "getting rid of toxins" blah blah (according to websites and catalogues that promote these diets).… Continue reading On detox cleanse diets and how curious eating is much better for a dancer’s wellbeing