Tag: diet

What’s the Deal With Dairy? Understanding Its Benefits—and When to Reach for an Alternative 

Dairy comes in many forms, making it a versatile ingredient in both savory and sweet recipes. Simply adding milk to a smoothie not only boosts its protein content, it also offers a creamy and satisfying mouthfeel. Enjoying a celebratory ice cream after a successful performance can be a joyful experience. But over the last decade, […]

Try Mindfulness During Mealtimes to Support Your Relationship With Food

Mindful eating is making its rounds through wellness spaces as an option for anyone looking to build supportive mealtime habits. It might seem straightforward, but the approach takes major effort. As a technique, mindful eating helps to build a mind–body connection between you and your food. There are many instances when this practice can support […]

Combating Cramps: Simple Ways to Prevent and Relieve Pesky Muscle Spasms

Miami City Ballet corps de ballet dancer Christina Spigner has always suffered from foot cramps. But the problem was especially troublesome during the company’s 13-show run of Ballet Imperial, a hallmark of Balanchine’s demanding choreography. “We’re onstage for such a long time and not just standing and posing, but doing a lot physically,” says Spigner. […]

Fall Fruit Finds

Now that fall has arrived, there are some fabulous fruits in season. Here’s what they can do for a dancer’s diet. Portable and delicious, apples are full of fiber. One medium-size apple provides nearly 20 percent of the USDA’s recommended daily fiber intake. Pears are best eaten when soft to the touch. In October, they’re […]

Should You Eat Like a Caveman?

Fueling your body for dance is essential, but deciding what to eat isn’t always easy. And with new diets surfacing every month, it can be hard to know what to believe: low-carb, low-fat, no gluten, no dairy? What’s the best approach? We delved into two hot diet trends—paleolithic and gluten-free—and consulted experts to find out […]

Refined Carbs Will Make You Hungry for More

Carbohydrates are necessary to any dancer’s diet—they yield energy. But too many refined carbs can ultimately make you feel sluggish. A recent study suggests that eating cookies, chips, and packaged foods chock-full of corn syrup can trigger food cravings by causing blood sugar levels to spike at first and then plummet like an amusement park’s […]