I am often asked about my diet as a dancer, which I can understand as most people think we are all so skinny because we don’t eat enough. But actually out of the number of dancers I know, we are pretty normal when it comes to food.
To do the amount of exercise required, a dancer has to keep their body fueled with the correct food and right amount of it. Yes, I do watch what I eat but more in the way that I want to get as much out of the ingredients as I can to make me a better athlete. Dancers are like any other athletes and we need power for rehearsals and even more so for performances, and that power comes from our food.
I have to admit that I love naughty food as much as the next girl but as long as I get enough fruits, vegetables, proteins, and carbs I tend not to worry too much about the treats. Also, I must say, in the times I don’t keep a good diet I really feel the difference, and it doesn’t take long for me to be at the supermarket and cooking up a yummy nutritious recipe, or chomping on a piece of fruit.
Luckily one of my hobbies is cooking at home – and I love it for two reasons. First, I always know exactly what goes into the pan and second I appreciate sharing my prepared dishes with friends and family. And don’t get me started on baking. I could eat a homemade cake a week but the problem there is I also know what goes into those.
So yes, dancers are skinny but we eat, it is just how we work our muscles in a way that strengthens yet lengthens them that causes us to be lean. With my motto ‘5 fruit and veg a day, keeps the doctor away’ I enjoy every bite.