Body Image, Dance Nutrition, Eating disorder / disordered eating, Menstrual cycle, Q&A

Q&A: Does eating fat make you fat?

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.

Injury Prevention, Performance, Q&A, Uncategorized

Q&A: Should dancers fast?

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?

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

dance health, Dance Nutrition, Injury Prevention, Performance

Dance Nutrition 101 – Eating can enhance your performance, but Not-eating can’t

Eating can enhance your performance, but not-eating can't.   No matter how much nutrition knowledge you get, you're not making use of it until you start eating plentifully!   Take a moment and absorb these important roles of eating: Eating plentifully will support your ability to dance, physically. Eating plentifully and healthfully can help prevent… Continue reading Dance Nutrition 101 – Eating can enhance your performance, but Not-eating can’t

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

The link between Dancers and Eating Disorders

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

Eating disorder / disordered eating

“It’s time to write our own story”

  Today is World Eating Disorders Action Day and my message to you is that you don't need to be someone else. You are already worthy of respect, love and care.   "It's time to write our own story"... Are you ready to take the journey of your story? I'll always be here to support… Continue reading “It’s time to write our own story”

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?

Dance Nutrition, DDD Event, Non Diet Approach

Mind and Body Nutrition for Dancers – seminar recap

  Which of these do you need as a dancer - a body that is thin, or a body that can dance?   This was the question I put forward to the few hundred audiences at the Dancers Life Support's event on the 8th of Jan.   Amongst them were young dance students, pre-professional/professional/ex dancers,… Continue reading Mind and Body Nutrition for Dancers – seminar recap