Dancer’s are a notorious set of coffee drinkers. This is seen even in nasty eating disordered stereotypes that suggest we just drink black coffee and consume little else. You all know that food is essential to your life and energy AND dancing. However, you may still rely on coffee for a boost.

Ballerina drinking coffee

It’s not uncommon to have a coffee in the morning, one in the afternoon, and a third before a nighttime performance. That is definitely going overboard and it can have a negative impact on your body, mind and sleep!

Don’t worry, this post won’t be all coffee hate – I personally LOVE it and wouldn’t dream of giving it up altogether. It’s too yummy and has positive attributes as well. Watch the latest video from The Whole Dancer YouTube Channel to hear about my coffee experiment!

Drinking this addictive beverage can have a negative impact anxiety levels and blood pressure. And yes, it can also have a positive impact by providing antioxidants, increased focus and alertness.

In the video, you’ll see that for me it had become a problem and I share how I was able to cut back. I also get into how exactly coffee can impact your bones. There’s more recent research on this topic which I get into in this brand new coffee post.

I also wanted to share some alternatives in case this is a morning ritual for you – having a swap will make cutting back easier!

Try an energizing herbal tea – peppermint teas really wakes me up! It’s really tasty to splash some unsweetened almond milk and a bit of honey to it. It reminds me of a peppermint patty!

Explore coffee alternatives – there are chicory alternatives like Teaccino. There are a variety of different roasts and flavors depending on your preferences! Vanilla nut, anyone?!

Remember, if you’re a coffee lover, these alternatives will not give you exactly the same satisfaction as coffee BUT they will definitely help if you’re looking to cut back.

Check out this related post :   Your pre - performance food and fuel plan!

Share in the comments below : What’s your relationship with coffee? Do you need it everyday? Will you try to cut back?


Is coffee destroying your bones?

Jess Spinner

Jess is a former professional ballet dancer turned Holistic Health, Nutrition, and Lifestyle Coach for high level dancers. She founded The Whole Dancer in 2015 after identifying a greater need for balance, wellness and support in the dance world. Since The Whole Dancer was founded, Jess has worked with 100's of dancers worldwide at top companies and schools. She has been featured in or written for Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Pointe Magazine, and Dance Spirit Magazine.

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