Sunday, August 30, 2015

Dancers Eating Fats Young And Old

It is important for dancers (and anyone) to eat fats whether they are young or old.

Even saturated fats! 

eating fats


Saturated fats normally in our diets  include:

  • eggyolks
  • beef - grass fed beef is best
  • coconut oil
  • palm oil
  • other red meats

The fats to avoid are:

  • commercial "vegetable oils" 
  • trans or hydrogenated fats - now excluded in many food products
  • most fast food or deep fried foods 

Dancers are picky about their leotards, tights and pointe shoes. They have to be!

Dancers and dance teachers are picky about their flooring and studio spaces. Understood!

If they are just as picky about the fats they eat they will be healthy!  I say this because fats, essential fatty acids and saturated fats support:

  • joint health
  • muscle health
  • brain health
  • heart health
  • vascular health
  • mood (avoid depression and anxiety)
  • sleep health

The quality of the fat you eat is important whether it is a saturated fat, unsaturated fat, purified fish oil, flaxseed oil, hemp oil, olive oil or nut oil.

Fats are best bought in dark glass bottles, stored in a cool place. Organic - why not - easy to get and free of solvents, herbicides and pesticides.

I hope this post has given you some useful tips on eating fats and facts about saturated fats.

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