Coming from a dance background myself, and now working with my Nutrition Clients, Dancers and Pilates students, I am constantly fascinated by the body and how it works. My passion for research in nutrition & movement has made me an advocate for living a balanced healthy life and encouraging others to do the same.
My own personal journey to finding balance was a hard one, with lot's of challenges along the way, but now that I'm on the other side I can't wait to share what I have learned.
I'm a South African dancer, teacher & nutritionist, currently living in Europe with my husband. I love being outdoors, travelling as much as I can, finding great cafes & healthy hubs around the world, trying different classes including Ballet, Contemporary dance, Pilates & Yoga, spending time with family & friends and everything else that bring balance to my life.
Cafe-Balance has really become a space where I can share my journey & work with other people, who love to challenge themselves in Dance, Pilates or Yoga to achieve balance in their bodies with nutrition.
BA (Hons) Dance Education, RAD RTS
My Food Journey
Healing my relationship with food
In order to really understand my journey I need to give you a little background information… I was fortunate enough to grow up in a very loving & nurturing family. We all loved food. Like many families around the world, meal times were used as an opportunity for the family to connect and often times the kitchen was the heart of the home.
My problem was that I never learned about nutrition or understood the importance of balance. I thought, like many people, that eating was just something that we did on a daily basis. I was unaware of the real purpose of food as the energy and it's role as building blocks for the body.
Growing up in the dance world I was constantly looking at my body, comparing myself to the other girls in the class. Like most adolescents, I had body insecurities and as a result my relationship with food became imbalanced. I would swing from restricting my food intake to overeating out of deprivation. I couldn’t seem to figure it out.
The scariest part of my whole food journey, particularly in my teenage years, was that it was completely internal. I never shared what I was going through, to most people I seemed to be a very normal growing child.
The thing is, I think that most women at some point in their lives feel this way, struggling to find their own balance in their nutrition and their relationship with their body.
Finding my Balance
Climbing out of my pool of insecurity was a long process of healing and learning.
My mother always had a sixth sense when it came to me, her eldest daughter. She always seemed to know when something was wrong. I remember one day we had an argument about something ridiculous…as most teenagers and moms do. It all ended with me in tears, my head on her shoulder and an overflow of emotion. I cried about the insecurity I felt about myself.
She was amazing! She took me to see a nutritionist. Only through talking about my food insecurities and learning how to structure and plan my meals properly, did I start to heal. I began to understand how important it was to eat whole healthy meals to give my body the nutrients it needed to thrive.
In 2011 I completed my Dance Degree and then 2013 I studied my first course in nutrition. As a ballet teacher I became more aware of what nutrition habits my students and friends around me had, what they ate and how they talked about their own bodies. That's when I knew that I wanted to get involved in the nutrition scene so that I could help support my students and clients to find their own answers to living in a healthy life.
Where am I now?
I treat my body with more respect. It works hard for me when I'm in the studio and I give it the nutrients it needs to function. I love food! I keep my diet clean, sugar free and wholesome 80% of the time with 20% space to live and enjoy life. The odd trip to a local café with friends for a coffee and a slice of cake to share, is still a favourite outing for me. I don’t deprive myself but I respect myself enough to stay nourished.