This article is to answer a question I received on Instagram. Q: I heard fasting is good for you, but is it recommended for dancers? A: My answer is no. Fasting isn't a great thing to do for your body as a dancer, especially if you're in intense training. Your body naturally… Continue reading Q&A: Should dancers fast?
Of all the things said about food and nutrition, having breakfast well before your morning class can truly help you dance better. It doesn't have to be a fancy green smoothie (sure can if you like that!) A classic PB&J sandwich, or oats/cereal with milk, can do its job. Some things that my… Continue reading Dance Nutrition 101 – Breakfast can help you dance better
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
In a few more hours 2018 is going to go and 2019 will show its face. What a fulfilling year it has been! DDD turned ONE I travelled to two international countries; Japan to run a Dance Nutrition Seminar and education for doctors and dietitians regarding eating disorder treatment; and America to… Continue reading Thank You 2018, Hello 2019!
When you hear "Body Image", what do you think of? Is it... how you see yourself in the mirror? Is it... what you think of your body? It is... what you think others may be thinking of your body? Understanding Body Image is crucial for dancers (and teachers!) because you're expressing your emotions,… Continue reading Body Image, Dance and Eating
I was in Melbourne to attend the Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders’ annual conference. I knew it’ll be a worthwhile trip because of the great line-up of presenters but O H M Y goodness, it was mind-blowing! Courageous Conversations This was the theme for the conference. Providing a safe and brave… Continue reading Eating Disorders conference wrap (ANZAED) plus more
When someone (even a doctor) tells you to "lose weight to improve your health", it just doesn't make sense. Because your weight isn't reflective of your health behaviours, nor is it an accurate indicator of health status. Weight-loss seeking diets will deprive you both physically and psychologically as you restrict your food intake, variety… Continue reading “Lose weight to improve your health”… just doesn’t make sense!
The clock passed midnight, which means DDD's first international workshop/seminar in 2018 is happening today. We're working with Ai from Dancers Life Support to talk about nurturing healthy dancers from in and out. What a great opportunity to meet with a bunch of inspiring dancers, parents and teachers in Japan! On top… Continue reading DDD in 2018
Belated new year's greeting! It's nearly a week into 2018 but before talking about this year's plans and goals, I wanted to do a quick review of 2017. 2017 was a special year for me as I finally launched DDD in September with this goal: To nurture positive body image and healthful eating behaviour… Continue reading 2017 in review