college, heath & nutrition, mental health, nonfiction, psychology

Psychological Theory: The Connection Between #Fitspiration and Eating Disorders

revised version of "What is Orthorexia Nervosa?"

ballet, college, heath & nutrition, how to, mental health, nonfiction, psychology

“The Body Spectrum” Project Coming Soon

Hey guys! So, my final project for one of my classes is centered around one of my favorite topics: body image. If you have followed my blog for a while, you'll know that I used to be a ballet dancer as well as an active writer on eating disorders, bad self-esteem, and body dysmorphia. I… Continue reading “The Body Spectrum” Project Coming Soon

heath & nutrition

Red Bell Pepper and Cucumber Salad Recipe

Want fresh, organic AND easy? Well, you've come to the right recipe! *All ingredients were purchased at Whole Foods*   What you'll need: Spring Salad Mix 1/4 cucumber 1/4 red bell pepper organic Caesar dressing Of course feel free to add a protein, like grilled chicken, or even shredded cheese to the mix. Always fit… Continue reading Red Bell Pepper and Cucumber Salad Recipe

ballet, heath & nutrition

First Audition of the Season + Yummy Bedtime Snack

Miami City Ballet audition: DONE! It was so wonderful to see Miss Arantxa Ochoa again! (The new Miami City Ballet School Director, former PA Ballet School Director). I miss her ballet classes very much and how they always push me out of my comfort zone. Every time she teaches I feel an immense amount of… Continue reading First Audition of the Season + Yummy Bedtime Snack

heath & nutrition

Monday Morning Oats Recipe

  Want a quick and tasty meal for breakfast? Try making my yummy banana & strawberry oats recipe! As a dancer working up to 8 hours a day, I need something energizing to start my day off right. Oatmeal is an easy and healthy alternative to many breakfast foods. No more sugary cereals!   What you'll need:… Continue reading Monday Morning Oats Recipe

ballet, heath & nutrition, mental health

What is Orthorexia Nervosa?

Orthorexia Nervosa (n.) - an obsession with eating foods that one considers healthy The three main types of eating disorders - anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder -  are very complex and deadly conditions that can destroy the health, productivity, and relationships of the sufferer. These psychiatric disorders do not appear suddenly or unexpectedly; there are often several… Continue reading What is Orthorexia Nervosa?

ballet, heath & nutrition, The Pennsylvania Ballet

3 Ballerina Approved Sweet Treats

For the record, YES, ballerinas eat food! In fact, listed below are 3 favorite desserts (and their recipes) from yours truly and two other dancers at The School of Pennsylvania Ballet! Avocado Brownies made by Emelia Moorman INGREDIENTS: 1/4 cup pureed or well-mashed avocado 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 cup white whole wheat flour (or all-purpose flour)… Continue reading 3 Ballerina Approved Sweet Treats

ballet, heath & nutrition, injury prevention

The Importance of Cross-Training

It is almost that time of year again; the time to break out the warm ups and break in the pointe shoes! September signifies new beginnings throughout the world of dance, and while it is crucial to start focusing your time on training, rehearsing, and performing, an essential, yet surprisingly over-looked activity that can greatly… Continue reading The Importance of Cross-Training

ballet, heath & nutrition, mental health

Changing the Perception of the Ballet Body

I have been told “to diet” and “to watch what I eat” because, as a ballet student who used to weigh only a mere 105 lbs, to have a physique considerably less than ideal is not good enough to receive professional company contracts from top-tier ballet companies around the globe. The ballet world’s obsession with… Continue reading Changing the Perception of the Ballet Body

ballet, heath & nutrition, injury prevention

Listen to Your Body

Whether you sprint down soccer fields, throw that first pitch of the game, jog across the basketball courts or leap off into the wings on stage, you know, probably first-hand, what injuries are like and how they are totally not fun. Injuries can come in all different shapes, sizes, and levels of severity. A few… Continue reading Listen to Your Body