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
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
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?”
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?
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?
Today the 6th of May is International No Diet Day. The name says it all, really - it's a day to say NO to diets because hey, why are we even allowing others and ourselves to determine so much of our worth on body size and shape when each and every one of us … Continue reading Say No To Diets Today
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
Easter's just around the corner and, oh, I see egg- and bunny-shaped everything everywhere! That means it's time for easter eggs. Like, chocolate easter eggs. You're probably starting to collect a few already. And maybe you're also starting to worry a little... "what do I do if I eat all these … Continue reading What to do with chocolates this Easter long weekend
Curiosity is a wonderful thing. It's what drives learning and development; to enrich and flourish life. A curious mind is an asset to all dancers, regardless of age, level, or style, because it helps grow your artistry... and also a healthy relationship with food. The Curious Mind and Eating With so much rigid rules … Continue reading Curiosity feeds intuitive eating and artistry
There's nothing more upsetting than suffering an injury in dance, especially right before an important show or an audition. Recovery feels like a never ending road because the injury challenges you both physically and mentally. It's heart-breaking for me to see you suffer and that's why I talk about nourishment and adequate fuelling to … Continue reading Nutrition for Healing – A step by step guide summary