Since dancers are at a unique risk for falling into restrictive eating styles due to the unequivocal pressures of body aesthetics, it can be tempting to use such a diagnosis as a socially acceptable means to control body weight. But if you have been diagnosed with a food intolerance, food sensitivity, or food allergy, then you’ll want to prevent your restrictions from crossing paths with disordered eating. To do so, here are 3 steps to consider while navigating your diet…
The thought of feeling “not hungry” might seem far-fetched to those familiar with a larger appetite. But hunger varies substantially from person-to-person. Missing hunger cues can happen for a number of reasons, leaving those who are trying to fuel their body confused throughout the day. If you can relate, let’s discuss a few reasons why your hunger might be M.I.A. From there, we can pinpoint a cause and work on a solution.
As a licensed dietitian and a certified coach of Intuitive Eating, calories are an important topic that I love to hate and, well, hate to love. Similar to weight loss, the discussion of calories often comes with its fair share of varying perspectives and beliefs. And because calories are a widely confusing and sometimes misguided topic, I want to cover a few common questions.
Eating “plant-based” has emerged to be a trending food topic within the past few years. Many choose to omit animal products from their diet because this way of eating is environmentally sustainable and promotes animal welfare. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, balanced vegan and vegetarian diets are able to provide health benefits at any life stage; even for athletes.
For most, bloating involves a certain level of stomach discomfort that translates into difficult decisions around food. Especially for dancers who spend most of their days moving, bloat can be a major distraction. Certain individuals, such as those with preexisting digestive conditions like irritable bowel syndrome might be more prone to bloating than the general population.
Fuel the instrument that has to physically execute your moves: your body. Getting the biggest nutritional bang for your buck (and bite) is the goal during this critical time.
Food should be fun. Not stressful
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