Dieting is obviously part of the discipline of a ballerina/artist. Having a slim, lean and strong body is just part of the job description.

I can still remember today how my ballet teacher would tell me every Monday that I was fat – I was only 9 years old, 4.5 feet and 55 pounds! It honestly traumatized me during my childhood! I was on a weight-watching list and ate a special low-calorie diet throughout all my years of training. It was terrible! Now as an adult, I do not believe in diets or numbers on the scale because truly, they mean nothing.

Today, I am honestly convinced that eating healthy and feeling how your clothes fit is the best ‘diet’. There is no diet that will do what eating healthy does, so skip the diet and just eat healthy!

What Does Health Mean?

According to the World Health Organization, health is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not only the absence of disease or infirmity.” Health is the most precious thing in life. Without it we are useless, we can’t do anything. Most of us take health for granted. We walk and breathe without thinking, until we sprain an ankle or get a high fever.

First and foremost, health requires healthy food. We can’t control everything in life but we can control what we feed our body. It is one of the most important decisions we make each day.

Many people say “you are what you eat”, and it’s so true! Roughly every month, the cells of your skin and liver are replaced. Your body builds these new cells from the food you consume. What you eat literally becomes you!

The human body is an amazing machine. It has the capability to communicate down to the smallest detail what’s right or wrong, giving us helpful hints in order to improve wellness.

Clean Eating

I have practiced clean eating for a few years now and I love it! It makes me feel so good. It helps me to keep a muscular and lean body for my performances and training while staying healthy and getting to enjoy the food that I eat.

So what is clean eating?

 It’s very simple: eat less from the box, more from the earth!

  • If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it!
  • Choose products as close as they are to their original state in Depend on fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Cut any additives, preservatives, artificial flavoring, artificial coloring, and “bad” fats like saturated and trans fats, as well as sodas, high-calorie juices, and other drinks that provide a lot of unnecessary calories and sugar substitutes.
  • Cut out excessive amounts of alcohol.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat smaller meals but more often.

The best part of clean eating is that you don’t have to eat less; you just have to eat right.

I hope that I have convinced you to try “clean eating.” I will share more details about clean eating with you in future articles thought laetitiachannel.com



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