Diet for Dancers

One of the most common questions I get from dancers is what should I eat? While it’s so hard to give blanketed recommendations when it comes to nutrition, there are some overall recommendations that could serve you.

There’s no one size fits all meal plan that all dancer’s should adopt. What you eat is so individual and it should be! Your goal should be to experiment with food and figure out what will work for your personal needs.

As a dancer you’re using your body the way an elite athlete might. That means you need to pay attention to foods that impact muscle repair and recovery – namely protein. While dancer’s can healthfully be vegan there is an additional need to pay attention to your food sources of protein.

Within the food you eat, research and find out the protein content in various foods. You might benefit from working with someone who can help you calculate what percentage of your food energy (calories) is coming from protein.

Are there things you need to supplement? Dancer’s would benefit from having vitamin levels checked. You want to ensure that you’re getting what you need to keep your body strong.

When you look at the question of ‘diet for dancers’ bone health is an essential thing to consider as well. Your bone density is established in your teens and early twenties – are you eating enough to build strong bones?

Older, retired dancers, who experience the greatest level of physical distress after dancing are usually the ones who were in a state of deprivation while they were dancing.

Think about how you can incorporate “treats” or “indulgent foods” without getting obsessed or being too extreme. The extremes with food tend to lead to unhealthy approaches to reaching your goals.

To establish a healthy diet as a dancer, consider The Dancer’s Best Body Program – this program is only offered 2x/year and the next enrollment is coming up next month, September 2018. For details and to join the wait list, click here!

Diet for Dancers

Jess Spinner

Jess is a former professional ballet dancer turned Holistic Health 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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