Since we cannot control nor prevent unsolicited criticism that may find its way along our path towards food freedom, we must configure a toolbox that helps us to navigate through while holding tight to our confidence. Utilize these sample responses as a guide for building competency around your non-diet food choices.
With at least 10-12 percent of dancers weighing below ideal body weight for health, it’s critical to take steps to reduce your risk of RED-S and thus, your risk of injury. Let’s discuss 3 important steps to consider to ensure that your body has enough energy for not only your dancing but also for your metabolic functioning.
Whether you call it “overeating” or “binge eating,” you may be familiar with the experience of eating to the point of physical discomfort. Eating past fullness can result from a variety of reasons, and before we discuss how to stop “overeating,” we should first identify why you’re “overeating.”
As a non-diet dietitian, I’m thrilled to see the anti-diet revolution driving full force down our social feeds. The health and wellness world is evolving with powerful movements like intuitive eating, food freedom, and body positivity. I want you to know, however, that I very much welcome dancers, who are looking to lose weight, into my practice. This is because weight loss can come from us working together. There’s a caveat though… let me explain.
To consistently dance and perform at your best, you need to have a working relationship with your body. Asking someone to love their body is often unrealistic (though it can be a goal!). However, a certain level of body acceptance is necessary to achieve the physical- and artistic- success required of dancers. Though it takes time, let’s discuss 5 tips to build a better body image:
Featured writer Colleen Werner explains how her journey to food- and body- healing shaped her #BoPoBallerina movement.
Learn how to dictate your portions using mindful eating techniques that help to increase your attunement to feeling fullness and satisfaction. Here are a few tips to consider.
Young dancers are especially vulnerable to messages of dieting and weight loss, given the environment in which they train. As peers, we can play a role in helping a friend, who might be struggling with disordered eating, to find support. To learn more, I sat down with Melanie Kressel, a Mental Health Therapist to discuss 4 tips to consider if you’re concerned about a friend’s eating habits.
Since we cannot control or prevent all instances of criticism, it helps to equip yourself with the tools to educate and set boundaries as needed. But how? The first step is to decide if it’s worth the energy to educate others about your lifestyle decisions.
Exercise is often a natural part of my clients’ lives. Whether it’s a class, a rehearsal, a walk (or all of the above), we’re accustomed to higher levels of physical activity. Rest on the other hand, is another story.
For some, this time of year means haunted houses, spooky movies, and fun costumes. For others who struggle with food and body image, however, October is often the start of a stressful few months. I’m sharing my top 3 tips that you can implement to build confidence during this time, rather than fear.
Rather than focusing on superfoods, let’s look at a few favorite bites that dancers can incorporate into their daily meals plans. To do this, I’m sharing my Rule of the 3 R’s.
Despite this reputation, potatoes offer an impressive nutritional resume. Potatoes pack a multitude of vitamins and minerals including phosphorus, potassium, vitamin C, and B vitamins. Another benefit and perhaps the most appealing when compared to other starches are potatoes’ content of resistant starch. Resistant starch is a specific type of fiber found only in certain plant foods like legumes and grains.
In regards to Intuitive Eating, which encompasses a non-diet approach to food, I hear a misconception lingering around social media. My urge to address this stems from my hope to stop the fear mongering that is lurking around this non-diet approach to living.
Nutrition for Healthy Dancers asked three parents to share their experiences with navigating the rigid world of a child’s dance career.
There’s no doubt that at some point along your dance training, you’ve heard about supplements. If not consuming a well-rounded diet that is sufficient in both calories and nutrients, dancers are at risk for developing deficiencies.
If you’re anything like me, you ‘re constantly battling thoughts that tell you “if it’s not perfect, then it’s not worth it.” As someone with perfectionist-type tendencies, I must make an active effort to translate preconceived superhuman ideals into sustainable (and realistic) goals. Are you ready to start building sustainable habits? Here are 3 tips to tackle your all-or-nothing mindset.
For dancers, nutrition advice should come from a qualified source. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists accurately translate scientific jargon into accessible information. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are a dancer’s ideal source for meal planning and nutrition-related information. Before turning to either Google or a health coach, here are 6 reasons why you should consider a licensed professional for nutrition information.
I chose to attain additional certification as a Professional Counselor of Intuitive Eating. This enables me to help others let go of restrictive habits. Together, we navigate an all-or-nothing mindset until we find true comfort in that grey area.
A large part of learning how to eat intuitively involves raising body self-awareness. Learning how to eat intuitively also teaches us about the importance of compassionate self-care.
Simple ingredients with a not-so-simple taste. These decadent cookies are as real as it gets. No hidden nutrition agenda, no secret agent fiber additive, and absolutely no protein powder. Yup, straight from a dietitian’s kitchen to yours. It’s time we let cookies be cookies.
With gruesome schedules for training and rehearsing, dancers benefit from convenient snacks that are packed with nutrient-rich ingredients as part of a daily menu. Nutrition is critical to so many aspects of a dance including jump height, endurance, aerobic capacity, injury prevention, and weight management.
When it comes to meal prep, I often talk about balance. I stress the importance of combining each macronutrient including carbohydrates, protein, and fat. These hold several responsibilities in the body and when incorporated together into a balanced meal, they come together to enhance energy, promote satisfaction, and keep us full for longer. But let’s discuss another team player that is often left sitting on the bench: taste. Amongst the chatter in the health and wellness world, we often prioritize…
What does a dancer’s diet look like? To best address the role of nutrition in a dancer’s diet, let’s look at the most common questions that I receive as a dance nutritionist.
Society often views emotional eating negatively. A healthy relationship with food means that we honor personal preferences that often stem from emotionally pleasant memories and experiences.
How do we measure a healthy body weight? Body weight, as a measured number, encompasses a spectrum of components of body composition.
As dancers, we often strive to perfect the imperfect. We continuously work to build upon a basic framework of movement that allows for both the improvement of our technique and the creation of our art.
Summer intensives offer an incredible opportunity for dancers. Food is the body’s fuel. Without enough fuel, a dancer risks low energy, inability to concentrate, injury, and burnout.
The road to rebuilding one’s relationship with food can be daunting as we attempt to balance the use of food in optimizing one’s performance with the use of food in rediscovering one’s personal enjoyment. Finding a middle ground between “healthy” and “ too healthy” is further distorted with the masses of misinformation surrounding health.
Did you know that stress and anxiety pose negative health implications on both our body and our mind?
Restrictions put us at risk for negative health consequences that impact our biological and psychological wellbeing. Here are four ways to build a healthier relationship with food.
If you’re someone who typically relies on nuts as part of a plant-based diet while navigating a nut-free zone, it may be difficult to locate convenient meals and snacks.
These delicious muffins are packed with nutrition from Greek yogurt, avocados, flax, and even carrots! Prep in advance and enjoy as the perfect on-the-go snack or meal!
Before reaching for the supplements, consider the role that a varied diet plays in building immunity.
When it comes to fueling for the job, creating a balanced plate is the first step to optimal performance. To best prepare for this upcoming season, consider this a quick guide to creating the most nutrient-dense brain-boosting power bites for your performance—both on and off the stage.
Dehydration is one of the leading factors negatively impacting our performance, whether it’s in the studio or in class. Keeping your body hydrated can even help with balance, flexibility, and muscle recovery.
Carbs, protein, fat… What’s the mix? Dance nutrition maximizes a dancer’s capabilities both in the studio and on the stage. Calories fuel movement, support endurance, and build strength.