There was a time in my life when I avoided dessert because I believed, “the guilt just wasn’t worth the bite.” My food guilt was so severe that thoughts about eating the bag of M&Ms consumed me for DAYS after eating them. And while this mental parade of guilt was exhausting, it always made its way into my brain, especially after another bout of “failed willpower” from an otherwise “clean” diet. But in my pursuit away from restrictive eating behaviors I overcame this food guilt, and today, I’m going to teach you how to do the same.
Read More...Has your interest in healthy eating become more of an obsession? Dancers are at risk to perfectionism, which can drive rates of disordered eating and eating disorders. Orthorexia describes the unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. Learn more about orthorexia and disordered eating among dancers.
Read More...There’s a major misconception about Intuitive eating and it is one of the reasons why dancers hesitate to shift to the non-diet approach. At a glance, intuitive eating seems like a plan that involves eating what you want, when you want — without a thought or care. This depiction is not only oversimplified, but it […]
Read More...A common challenge for dancers who are just beginning their work with me is unraveling the topic of meal timing. For most dancers, a flexible meal and snack routine is the backbone that supports adequate nourishment. But even with flexibility, meal and snack guidance remains vulnerable to the same perfectionistic qualities that drive disordered eating. […]
Read More...The food police is a compilation of thoughts and messages that not only drive our food choices but also, judge them. As a dietitian, I’ve had my fair share of skeptical dancers and dance parents assume that I might police their mealtime choices. But this couldn’t be any further from the truth!
Read More...In their book, Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works, authors and registered dietitians, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, categorize four separate eating styles to distinguish between various eating behaviors. To dismantle diet culture, it can be very helpful to identify the type of eating (or dieting) personality that you feel is most relatable. This will increase your awareness of behaviors around eating and subsequently, dieting.
Read More...During a layoff or time spent not dancing, it is possible that you’ll gain weight. It’s also possible that you’ll lose weight and maybe even maintain your weight. If you’re coming from a place of extreme food restriction, it’s likely that you’ll experience weight gain upon healing your relationship with food. Coming to terms with a few truths is often part of the puzzle. Here are 10+ truths about dancer weight gain.
Read More...As a former dancer turned Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I can attest to a few common traits that, for most dancers at some point in their training and careers, feel relatable. Self-discipline is one and preliminary research even suggests that a relationship exists between one’s degree of self-discipline and some forms of physical activity. For much […]
Read More...I bet I caught your attention. With over 15 billion views (and counting) on the hashtag, “What I Eat In A Day” vlogs are everywhere and dancers need to understand their impact. Oftentimes the intent is harmless. ‘What I Eat In A Day” vlogs are short-form videos that display everything a dancer eats throughout their […]
Read More...Restrictive dieting behaviors, whether obvious (like calorie counting) or subtle (like “clean” eating) strip the fun from food― turning eating experiences into math equations riddled with angst and guilt. As discussed in this article, however, even “fun foods” that are technically considered to be less nutrient-dense can (and should) be included in your dance fueling […]
Read More...[UPDATED] A holistic approach to nutrition is not prescriptive but rather, guided. Dancers utilize self-discovery to inform their decisions around food and movement. Ultimately, this supports a dancer’s whole being, including their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
Read More...What is The Orthorexic Identity? Dancers who experience a history of disordered eating, including orthorexia, commonly face the struggle of overcoming the orthorexic identity. Perhaps family members have labeled you as “the healthy one”. Or friends consider you the “good dancer” for eating “right” and keeping up with your demanding cross-training schedule. For dancers who […]
Read More...Superfoods are a buzzy topic in the New Year. But what actually deems a food to be a “superfood?” The Healthy Dancer® Functional Fuel technique identifies options to to refuel, rebuild and recover.
Read More...An adequate meal plan has the ability to enhance jump height, build endurance, improve aerobic capacity, and reduce injury risk. A well-fueled dancer is better equipped to build sustainable habits and a supportive relationship with food. But when compared to the general population, dancers are 3 times more likely to develop an eating disorder — this article will break down one of the most common reasons why.
Read More...Intentions encompass habit-building steps that work into your day-to-day life. Here are my top 3 tips to start the year with actionable intentions to reach your biggest resolutions.
Read More...A successful audition is a fueled audition, and there are several key strategies that dancers can implement to promote this. This article will provide you with actionable tips to move through our audition season seamlessly.
Read More...Rest days provide your body with the time needed to recover; this means your muscles heal from intense training, your energy replenishes to prevent chronic fatigue, your mindset resets to prevent the onset of burnout, and ultimately, you reduce your risk for injuries (especially chronic overuse injuries). Here are key strategies to effortlessly navigate time away from the studio.
Read More...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. Here are 3 effortless strategies to ensure your meal plan supports energy balance.
Read More...The dos and don’ts of how can dancers track their progress without relying on the scale or other body-checking behaviors. As intuitive eating continues to reign in popularity, we see wellness culture attempt to twist tracking behaviors (particularly body weighing and food journaling) and reframe these actions as tools to help consumers regain trust in their bodies.
Read More...Actionable tips for a healthy and balanced approach to eating on the holidays. Consider these 5 tips to not only build confidence around your dinner table but to also find more freedom and enjoyment throughout the season.