When it comes to food and the body aesthetic dancer’s are striving towards, the likely advice is to eat less. And, this is backed by the dieting world where the simple solution if you want to lose weight is often “eat less, move more”.

It’s not that simple. And when it comes to dancer’s or high level athletes, the quality of the fuel and sufficient quantities is much more important.

Eating too little, when your body is your instrument or tool is directly correlated to injury. Being undernourished also leads to cravings for less beneficial foods (think cake, cookies, ice cream) and lowered immunity.

You’ll end up with more colds and illnesses that can force you out of rehearsals and performances.

In case you haven’t guessed yet, today’s challenge is in the area of food!

After you watch the video, post a comment below and let me know if this will be easy for you or a challenge. And share how you plan to tackle it at each meal!

The more you prioritize the foods I champion in this challenge video, the more you’ll grow to love them.

Our taste buds can totally change and you have the power to change them by consistently choosing the healthier options. Taste buds love the foods¬†they’re with.

Research shows that in as little as two weeks you can alter your food desires.


A Healthy Eating Challenge for Dancers

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.

5 thoughts on “A Healthy Eating Challenge for Dancers

  • June 27, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    I think this will definitely be a challenge! I am good with side salads at lunch and dinner, but I am a lover of common breakfast foods. Adding in greens to breakfast may be a challenge, but I accept it!

    • June 27, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      So awesome! Glad you’re open, that’s the most important thing. What breakfast foods do you enjoy? You can even add cauliflower to oatmeal (not green but still full of nutrients).

      • June 27, 2016 at 9:23 pm

        I love pancakes! Haha. I like a lot of fruits in the morning, especially on yogurt. Granola bars are my favorite when I’m in a hurry, but they don’t last me long so I usually have to eat an apple or something else with it. I will try the cauliflower thing with my oatmeal!

      • June 27, 2016 at 9:24 pm

        Also, my dad owns a bakery that is “famous” for donuts. Not so convenient for me as a dancer! Haha.


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