Looking after your body is important for anyone especially a dancer/athlete. Your body is your instrument for your profession and you have to know how to play it. You have to fuel your body with the right nutrition and the right nutrition is clean healthy food.
It is important in general to be healthy and active but especially for me as an active dancer I have to look after myself not just by exercising but by also by fueling myself with proper nutrition. So, it’s one of those things that, I don’t like to call it diet, but it’s more like a lifestyle. It’s an everyday thing that happens to me. I eat very very clean and I look after what I eat which gives me energy and makes me push through the day to work really hard.
When you exercising and are very active you have to eat a lot of calories but it has to be good calories not those bad calories from sugar and wheat and carbohydrates. But there are good and bad carbohydrates so you do need to eat good carbohydrates to get all that necessary energy but at the same time do not overload your body with bad stuff. So, that’s very important.
Some of my go to snack foods to keep my energy could be a banana or an apple. Apples are full of sugar but good sugar so it doesn’t bring you up then crash you. Obviously, drink a lot of water to stay hydrated. And I always have some nuts with me such as almonds. Something that is going to give me a little snack. Also, a protein shake after a workout or when you don’t have time during the day is good.
Our craft services do have an amazing food on the show. For example, every Sunday we have desserts and stuff but generally they do have yummy healthy food. But you always have to be aware what you choose. Don’t be dragged into carrot cake or red valet chocolate cupcakes. Just remember that you will have to work that off and it will be hard. It’s not going to help or be good to you/your body. Sometimes I do give myself a cheat day. It’s very rare unless it’s like a birthday or celebration then I might have a piece of cake but that’s it.
Even if you’re not feeling great or getting sick you just do what you’ve been doing. Drink lots of water, take vitamins….I take vitamins daily. Just remember to continue to eat clean and make that snack of the day a healthy one.