If you ask most dancers, they will tell you they’re on a diet. There are so many different diets out there from Atkins to Paleo. There are diets that are of a specific global region like the Mediterranean or French Women Don’t Get Fat diets. There are diets that center on certain foods like the cabbage soup and grapefruit diets. There are cleanses, pills and supplements. There are whole industries centered on dieting from Slim Quick to Jenny Craig. It’s exhausting.
Here’s the thing, I don’t really believe in diets. Any time people are told to cut out whole food groups, count calories, eat prepackaged meals or only drink shakes, I think there’s a good chance that it will lead to malnutrition, exhaustion, frustration and failure. There is one thing that’s trending however that I think is amazing. I guess I’ve always pretty much believed in it and more or less lived by most of its principles even though I didn’t have a name for it. I guess I would call it a lifestyle and not a diet and it’s something I’ve been recommending to my dancers for years without even knowing it…it’s called Clean Eating. Clean Eating is not exactly a new concept, but is gaining a lot of momentum, and for good reason, it makes a lot of sense.
What we’re really talking about here is instead of eating the banana nut muffin, eating the banana and nuts. It’s about simplifying what you eat. It’s about making things that you can yourself, not buying them from a store. Here are some of the main principles behind Clean Eating: