Rachel Fine, the nutritionist for dancers, unravels the myths and clarifies the data using an evidence-based approach. Enjoy Rachel's bits-and-bites as she provides easily digestible (pun intended!) advice for a sustainable dance career.
Dance nutrition involves nutrient-dense food choices, meal plans, and balanced recipes. Dance nutrition also plays a role in a dancer’s emotional and mental well being. With an endless supply of nutrition information, it’s difficult to decipher between healthy habits and unsustainable disordered eating behaviors.
Supplements: Do Dancers Need Them?
Advertisements surrounding dietary supplements often come packaged with a glorified means of wellness, further enticing us into purchasing. The abundant and undeniably clever marketing tactics of the supplement industry illustrates a story of questionable promises to “fix,” “correct,” and/or “prevent” nutrient deficiencies.
While supplements may be medically necessary for certain populations or those following restricted diets (like veganism), a well-planned and food first approach is key to a healthy lifestyle.
Before deciding whether or not you can benefit from a supplement, grab more insights from this article and take the FREE 3-day crash course about nutrients for dancers.
5 Tips for Dancers to Enjoy The Holidays Guilt-Free
Holidays are a time for relaxation, celebration, vacation, and (my favorite) staycation! However, this time of year is often anything but relaxing. From the food to the conversations, holiday meals can let off some heat (and I’m not referring to the heat of your kitchen!)
But the stress may not end there. Consider these 5 tips to not only build confidence around your dinner table but to also find more freedom and enjoyment throughout the season.
A Dancer's Diet: How Do I Stop Binge Eating?
Whether you call it “overeating” or “binge eating,” you may be familiar with the experience of eating to the point of physical discomfort. It’s important to realize, however, that “overeating” and “binge eating” are different.
Bottom line? 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.”
Realize that your tendency to “overeat” is a natural response to food restrictions, whether intentional or unintentional. To stop “overeating,” let’s discuss my 3 top tips for initiating behavioral change.
Weight Loss For Dancers
Weight loss is very much at the forefront of our culture, which is unfortunately encompassed by aesthetic ideals. For at least a century, weight loss has driven the billion-dollar industry we know to be “health and wellness.” It’s understandable when a dancer comes to me with the presumed goal to lose weight; I’d be naive to think otherwise.
First, I ask that you trust me. Together, we can work to equip you with a lifestyle that’s both sustainable and enjoyable. Your goal, as of now, should not be a number on the scale. Rather, it should be a feeling: a feeling of strength, longlasting energy, and confidence in both your body and in your food choices.
A Dancer’s Guide to Hunger Cues
Learning how to reconnect with your innate feelings of hunger (and fullness), is an important component to a balanced lifestyle. Though not always practical, especially if you’re recovering from a history of eating disorders or simply navigating a hectic schedule, listening to your body’s mealtime cues is a critical skill. Therefore, let’s discuss 3 ways to reconnect with your innate hunger and fullness. Hungry for more? Read about it on the blog: https://dancenutrition.com/hunger-scale/
A Dancer’s Guide to Emotional Eating
Are you an emotional eater? Food choices depend on many factors– from taste preferences and past experiences to daily schedules, finances, moods, beliefs, and values. To build a sustainable lifestyle, consider these four #TTPtips to regain insight into your food choices. Learn why emotionally eating, when used in a way that makes you feel good, is not a problem. Hungry for more? Read about it on the blog: https://dancenutrition.com/emotional-eating-for-dancers/