The Gray Area That's Not Quite an Eating Disorder, But Is Common Among Dancers

When the cat food started smelling good, I knew I had a problem. I’d always considered eating disorders to be extreme. Someone who never eats. Someone who weighs less than 100 pounds. Someone who gets hospitalized. My behavior didn’t fit the mental health definition of an eating disorder. I ignored it because I didn’t know […]

The Worst Nutrition Advice This Dance Dietitian Has Ever Heard

When it comes to what you should be eating, rumors often catch on like wildfire. Dietitian Rachel Fine, who works with dancers in New York City, shares the most misguided nutrition strategies she’s recently encountered. Rumor: Drink Bulletproof Coffee Every Morning. Give your body carbs when it wakes up. Photo by Mikesh Kaos/Unsplash Reality: The […]

Is the Ketogenic Diet Safe for Dancers?

Although the ketogenic diet has been around since the 1920s as an epilepsy treatment for children, it’s experiencing a new wave of popularity. Thanks in part to social media, where “healthy” keto-friendly recipe videos are going viral, the high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet is gaining ground. But is it safe for dancers? We checked in with Rachel […]

Redefine Your #RelationshipGoals With Your Body & Your Plate

Trendy media outlets boast that “fit” is the new “skinny.” Instagram bloggers encourage us to #eatclean. As our feeds populate with matcha-filled mornings and the deep hues of acai bowls, awareness of “healthy eating” seems to be at an all-time high. Yet my experience as a registered dietitian in the dance industry shows me otherwise. […]

Injured? The Surprising Reason to Watch Your Calories

When dancers get injured, they often think they should eat less. The thought process goes something like, Since I’m not able to move as much as I usually do, I’m not burning enough calories to justify the portions I’m used to. But the truth is, scaling back your meals could actually be detrimental to your […]

Eating on Tour: The Biggest Challenges, Solved

As much as dancers might love touring, the road can be a tough place to get the nutrition you need. “A lot of things are out of your control on tour—you won’t be able to eat the way you do at home,” says Heidi Skolnik, a certified dietitian nutritionist who has worked with dancers at […]

True or False: Can You Spot Which Fat "Facts" Are Wrong?

In the ’90s, low-fat diets were as popular as boy bands. But by the early 2000s, the high-fat, high-protein Atkins and South Beach diets had people stocking up on steak and eggs. Now, avocado toast is arguably trendier than *NSYNC ever was, and fat is no longer thought of as a naughty f-word. But there’s […]

Try This App for a Healthier Grocery Haul

I’m naturally thin and have been living on fast food such as burgers, fries and pizza. Now I’m trying to eat better to prepare for auditions. I know the basics, like choosing good carbs, protein and fat, but it’s hard to make smart choices when I’m grocery shopping. Any ideas? —S.H., New York, NY It’s […]

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