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Lose Weight Safely - In Ballet Shoes and Pointe Shoes

"Ballet is anatomically incorrect". Quotation from - William Forsythe, in a wonderful movie about his company.

I had serious problems when I was a teenager. At the National Ballet School of Canada, we weigh in once a week. Our weight is broadcast publicly in the lunchroom, week after week. On Friday when my class weighed in, we skipped breakfast but drank plenty of coffee - to stimulate urine, lose water, and lose weight. So we went to ballet class at 9am with no nutrition, and it was dry. Not recommended for a good lifestyle ..

The funny thing is, I didn't have any major problems before I went to school. I was so skinny as a kid that my mom had all kinds of ways and punishments to make me eat.

Unfortunately at that time, little was known about metabolism, and good diets. I know the school has fixed it now.

The very talented dancers in our school at the time also had serious problems. He was selected solo by a visiting Russian teacher. She lost weight and danced well. The crowd was stunned as he stepped onto the stage in a school performance. Time and space stopped when he danced.

But after he went to Russia, he gained weight again. Then a few months later he was supposed to go to the National Ballet Company. He is not. We heard that he has been hospitalized with "tropical disease". Huh? Looking back, I can't believe it. I think he's starving himself. Too much. Just my theory.

About a year later I met him on the street. I'm going through a period of "I'll never dance again". He works at a phone company and actually helped me get a job there. (I lasted three months).

After I lost contact with my school, I mysteriously lost weight. My mom called me "skull", I was very thin.

The famous ballet-related story is "Dancing In My Grave" by Gelsey Kirkland. It's a beacon for the ballet bio, very addictive.

What does it mean? First, it means that our teachers know a little about being lean and healthy. There was no mistake at that time.

But we're doing it now! So how do you fit into the size of a suit?

I still remember the wonderful moment after I had just finished my Cecchetti teacher exam. My testator was the dreaded Margaret Saul at that time. (and in the eighties). My exam was the last day - and after my test partner and I left the studio, Ms. Saul came out. He smiled at me and said "You have a great weapon - like Karsavina, they make the right line". (Cecchetti student and partner to Nijinsky).

I don't think I heard it properly for about two weeks. Karsavina? Tamara?

So, it's just a matter of perspective.

And - to the point - fat doesn't make you fat. Carbohydrates make you fat. Except for Ezekial or some other brand of FLOURLESS bread, forget about bread. "Empty calories" means no nutrition. Wheat-sensitive or gluten-sensitive people tend to lose weight and become bloated with fluid. Now it's easy to find gluten free and wheat free products.

Proteins, vitamins, and minerals are found in meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, vegetables, legumes, nuts, salads and fruits. Not enough for you? For essential fatty acids, a little bit of sesame oil and a little bit of refined fish oil daily supplement your omega 3 supplement.

Unfortunately our culture is adapted to the billion-dollar diet industry and the processed food industry. This often results in muscle loss, while a healthy diet will help ballet dancers build muscle mass.

You need to eat fresh food. Set realistic goals. Pull out of the trash and get healthy in ballet shoes and pointe shoes - lose weight safely by eating REAL foods, good fats and oils, and forget about empty carbohydrates.


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