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Say No To Chips: The Desire To Stress Eat. by Paluna Santamaria

Photo By Dahlia Katz of Patricia Allison in  IMissYou

Photo By Dahlia Katz of Patricia Allison in IMissYou

Me again. The girl who can’t get enough Tune-In.


I’m 2 days away from my show IMissYou opening in Toronto. It’s a piece that I’ve been working on for over a year now. To say I’m stressed out would be an under statement. You can read a full post about my show anxiety here.

For the sake of this being a Tune-In Blog, let's stick to the topic of eating- Every time an email comes in, my anxiety spikes. It’s not all bad news, but it could be. Producing and starring in my own show and creation is stressful. All I want to do is shove bags and bags of chips in my mouth. That would make it all better, right? Salty salty chips. Crunchy chiiiiiips. Mmmmmmmm….  BUT no.

In times like this, when I’ve put weeks and weeks of work into a single moment like going into a weightlifting competition or a show, I need my self confidence to be high. And by this, I don’t mean that I need to be skinny or lean. It’s more than that. I need to feel FULL OF ENERGY and know that as I stand there ready to go on that I made the healthy choice. That I stood up for my body and I fuelled it correctly. When I’m eating clean and my macros are well fitted to my lifestyle, I find that strawberries CAN be a rewarding snack and that I don’t need the chips. Strawberries leave me feeling happy and good while chips sabotage me not only on a physical level (leaving me feeling bloated and crappy) but also on a psychological level. On a self confidence level. I know that while there is a time and place for chips, standing up for myself and my over all health IS the most rewarding. 

POWER AND GRACE: Misty Copeland by Paluna Santamaria

. ..AS AN ADULT, I WAS TOLD I DIDN'T HAVE THE RIGHT SKIN COLOUR, I WAS TOO MUSCULAR, I WAS TOO CURVY, MY BREASTS WERE TOO BIG, I WAS TOO SHORT...

...AS AN ADULT, I WAS TOLD I DIDN'T HAVE THE RIGHT SKIN COLOUR, I WAS TOO MUSCULAR, I WAS TOO CURVY, MY BREASTS WERE TOO BIG, I WAS TOO SHORT...

RELEVANT FACT ABOUT MISTY: 

Third african american female soloist and first in two decades, at the American Ballet Theatre.

WHY IS THIS AWESOME: 

Throughout its history, ballet has been known as an exclusive art form. High class predominantly white populations are accepted, and while other races are not openly rejected, they are also not encouraged to participate. 

The principal roles are offered to those who fit the standards established in the 15th century: white, small frame, long limbs, narrow hips, flat chests and head proportionate to the rest of the body (yes, this is a thing) amongst others. 

It is well known in the community that even though times have changed; there are some who believe black dancers are not suited for ballet simply because they don't have the "right body." 

Same goes for latin or asian descendant participants. 

Even though Misty didn't fit these physical requirements, her skills, talent and dedication ended up taking her where she is now today. 

This is the first post of the POWER AND GRACE series. A space where every week I will  honour my real life women superheroes. 

I strongly suggest you look them up. Watch Misty perform, listen to her interviews and read her books. I promise you will be forever inspired. 

 

I FOUND CONFIDENCE WHEN I ACCEPTED ME FOR ME...

I ACCEPTED I AM BEAUTIFUL...

IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOT LET OTHER PEOPLE'S WORDS DEFINE ME...

IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOT LET OTHER PEOPLE'S WORDS DEFINE ME...

MY FAVOURITE ARTISTS HAVE TAKEN WHAT THEY HAVE AND THEY'VE MADE IT INTO THIS INCREDIBLE THING. IT MAKES THEM A DANCER OVERALL AND IS NOT ABOUT THEIR BODY PARTS BECAUSE THAT'S SO EASY COME BY.     YOU CAN FIND A PRETTY BODY ANYWHERE AND PUT IT IN A POSITION...

MY FAVOURITE ARTISTS HAVE TAKEN WHAT THEY HAVE AND THEY'VE MADE IT INTO THIS INCREDIBLE THING. IT MAKES THEM A DANCER OVERALL AND IS NOT ABOUT THEIR BODY PARTS BECAUSE THAT'S SO EASY COME BY. YOU CAN FIND A PRETTY BODY ANYWHERE AND PUT IT IN A POSITION...

WHY I LOVE HER:

  • She represents achieving what it seems impossible. 

  • She represents living with a purpose.

  • She represents a step towards equality.

  • She represents opportunities based on ability, hard work and talent, rather than solely on looks or connections.

 

IT IS NOT ABOUT HOW PRETTY YOU ARE, HOW MUCH MONEY YOU HAVE OR WHO DO YOU KNOW. IT IS ABOUT PUTTING IN THE WORK AND SHUTTING THE WORLD'S MOUTH WITH POWER AND GRACE. 

Don't forget to come back next week to check on another badass athlete.