How to Eat Like a Dancer
For some dancers, being on the dance floor can be relaxing and moderate exercise. For other dancers, it can be demanding and rigorous. That’s because everyone dances at their own pace, and it’s important to have high-performance fuel for optimal performance.
Following are some suggestions on how to make the right decisions when it comes to nutrition.
An optimal diet for a dancer includes a balance of proteins, healthy fats and carbohydrates. Foods such as nuts, beef, dairy, fish, chicken and fruits and vegetables are perfect. Combine that with drinking enough water and you’ll bolster your energy levels and keep hunger at bay.
Monounsaturated fats found in avocados, nuts, coconut oil, olives and olive oil are vital for optimal health and performance. Monosaturated fats help in the transfer of nutrients throughout the body, and help guard against cardiovascular disease. These fats also stop the storage of bad fats while serving as the perfect energy reserve.
Protein promotes muscle growth and repair, and is a vital ingredient to any dancer’s diet. It gives the body a slow-release, long-term energy. Foods such as cheese, yogurt, meat and fish are great sources of protein. For vegans, legumes such as lentils are a wonderful source of protein.
Carbohydrates can provide a dancer’s body with the energy it needs to push on. Whole grains are a perfect source of the right carbohydrates. Foods such as brown rice, which is low in calories, has a low Glycemic Index (GI) and should be at the top of the list. Fruits and vegetables also fit the bill.
For a rapid energy boost, fruit is the perfect choice. Bananas, cherries, oranges and peaches are high in energy and serve as an ideal snack. As an added bonus, they’re an excellent source of antioxidants.
Many dancers who want to stave off cramps prior to or during a session turn to vegetables, which contain the well-known cramp-fighting nutrient, potassium. Vegetables also contain iron and folic acid, and fiber to aid digestion. Try to incorporate a big portion of vegetables into your diet. Foods such as broccoli and peas are perfect. Green squash, carrots and beets also are great energy boosters.
Now that you know how to eat like dancer, it’s time to get started. Why not book a session now?