Who Says Dancers Don't Eat?
They say that if you've been on a diet for two weeks, you've basically lost 14 days of your life. Fortunately, we are on the contrary.
It's always a matter of "What, How Much and When" when it comes to one's diet. Remembering that too much of everything is never good, and that's why we'd like to keep things balanced.
And by balanced, we mean:
(1) The right amounts of food coming from each food groups. (2) The amount of food is enough to the person in terms of how he/she spends his/her energy.
Taking note, that the amounts of food should always be reciprocal to one's size and amount of energy spent.
A perfect balance of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals and sufficient fluids is what a dancer would need. Take, for instance, a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, dairy products, proteins, and whole grains.
Carbohydrates---people think that carbs are the number one culprit in your unhealthy diet, but no. As a dancer, carbs are very important. Just always make sure you choose the better carbs that include whole grain like, cereals, quinoa, sweet potatoes, root vegetables, beans, bread and pasta, and of course fruits.
Proteins meanwhile are important for bone health and repairing muscles. A great source of protein would include nuts, cheese, soy milk, tofu, milk, yoghurt, lean meat like poultry, fish, beans and legumes.
Fats, on the other hand, is another thing we are so scared to hear of but we're talking about the good fat here. Healthy fatty foods would mean low in saturated fats such as olive oil, cheese, milk, seafood, dark chocolate, avocados, fatty fish (like salmon, trout, mackerel, sardines), chia seeds, and nuts. These kind of fatty foods are a good mix needed for energy during times a dancer is active and at rest.
Meanwhile, vitamins and minerals are key to keeping dancers going. According to studies, "Eating across the rainbow" is a concept well advised to dancers by nutritionists. Generally, orange, red, and dark green fruits and vegetables supply the highest content of vitamins A, C, and E. In addition, Vitamin D is mostly needed by dancers for the absorption of calcium, magnesium and phosphate for their bones.
Fluids, generally not only for dancers is very much needed---meaning water, to maintain circulation of salt and electrolyte balance in one's body. This helps regulate body temperature. All these fluids are lost by dancers when they sweat, and that is why drinking small amounts of water before, during and after dancing is always needed to avoid electrolyte imbalance and of course, to get one going through a whole day of dancing.
But don't forget, healthy eating for isn't solely made JUST for dancers. Anybody in this world like you can eat healthy if you choose to. Remember, after all, you are what you eat.