After (without a crumb of exaggeration) a hot sizzling summer, Autumn is here. With it comes crisp air, audible exhales of relief, warm colors, retrieval of scarves, falling leaves, and most importantly – scrumptious fall foods.
It’s important to understand the importance of what foods do for us as dancers. It’s especially important to value the foods we consume. How often as dancers do we hear the quote, “Our body is our instrument.” This quote is often said to describe the product we produce from the physical use of our bodies. Our product is movement, a sight that is a form of art. But what about taking this quote, “Our body is our instrument,” one step further. How do we care for our instrument? A violinist will take careful steps in caring for his/her instrument. This may include a soft duster, a polish, and intricate cleaning in order to maintain a “healthy” instrument. You will never see a musician hand over his/her instrument to a stranger to carry and god forbid ever check it on an airplane. A musician must value his/her instrument and a dancer must value their’s too.
It is not about what calories you omit, or what you eliminate from your diet. Rather it is about, what you are putting into your body. It’s about listening to your body and giving it what you need. Allow your body to have a conversation with you. Be willing to listen to your needs and appreciate what the food is doing for you. Does your body need more fat, protein, carbs, water, etc. to keep up with your body’s demand of fuel? Allow your body to take in what it needs – when it needs it – versus the idea, “I told myself I can only eat breakfast and dinner.” Eat in moderation and your body will be happy with you. And lastly, other dancers’ needs are not the same as yours. Listen to your body.
Fruit fix: Try bringing an avocado and eating it whole, with a pinch of salt and pepper, or add it to other fixings.
Vegetable Fix: Have you ever made Carrot Ginger soup? A perfect fall making soup.
Carb Fix: Buy a loaf of fresh local bread and share it with your co-workers and other dancers at lunch – Kansas City favorite Fervere
Protein Fix: Fall favorite, – raw pumpkin seeds – a perfect 5 minute snack
Dairy Fix: Greek yogurt – like yogurt but 3x the protein
Sweet Fix: Apple pie with fresh local apples. Anyone have a good one to share?
* Feel free to add some more options to circulate around. Nothing is better than sharing good foods. Happy Fall Sunday Everyone!!
Also a cool site to check out is Nourishing KIDS – Supporting Schools, Inspiring Families at wholekidsfoundation.org. Whole foods is piloting nutrition & health wellness education programs directly with school systems currently in Austin, TX. Help spread awareness and advocate for helping kids eat better!