Dancers In the Kitchen

New Year, New You!

We have all heard the phrase, “New Year, New You.” Well, this “new you” comes with new resolutions and goals that you have made for yourself this year. I bet one of those goals is to probably eat right and cook more healthy dishes.

Most probably think that dancers eat light and have good eating habits. Well, dancers love to cook and are total foodies! We love a variety of great foods. Let’s take a look at some great ideas for the New Year and for the New You!

  1. Formulate a plan: Write down your health goals and be realistic. Decide what foods you would like to remove or add, create a workout or walking schedule, set up your music playlist, and set a timeline of when you will reach your intended goals.
  2. Stay accountable to yourself: Stay true to what is good for you. Don’t try to be like anyone else. Create movements that are good for your body and do not strain yourself by trying to over do it. Stick to the plan…your plan!
  3. Don’t starve yourself: Eating more healthy foods can get a bit expensive. Get knowledge on the right foods to eat and don’t take any short cuts. Get foods that are good for you and right for you. Do your research….knowledge is power!
  4. Try a meal prep strategy: Save time and prep your meals for the week at the beginning of the week. Prepare and freeze your soups and side dishes (fresh veggies, pastas, etc.) in daily portions. If you are eating a meat with your meal, marinate it in the morning and refrigerate until you are ready to cook dinner. It saves time and takes the guessing game out of…”What’s for dinner?”
  5. Buy smart: Never go to the grocery store hungry. Have a plan of what you are going to purchase before you enter the store. Go online to check for digital and printable coupons…and USE THEM!
  6. Sweat the small stuff: It does not take much to get moving. Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity to reach your goals. Grab your water and take a simple walk outside around your yard or up and down your driveway. Or just sit in your floor and stretch your legs, arms, and back for at least 15 minutes. Investing those few moments of movement will add a lifetime of benefits to your day. Turn on your music and get moving!
Article By: Medina Potter USA / ICDF Social Media Blogger / MODA Dance & Fitness (

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