One of those days where despite trying so hard to eat really carefully, your stomach disobeys and swells up to make you look like your six months pregnant. Arghh. I hate it when that happens on ballet days!

I have even been asked if I was pregnant before by another dancer. That was embarrassing for both of us.

I’m sure I am not the only person who has this problem but it makes putting a leotard and tights on kind of uncomfortable to say nothing for the side effects on the self esteem.  Never mind its a fact of my life so I have to deal with it. Some days I have skinny days and some days I have big belly days, boo.

I am gluten free, lactose free, mostly sugar free, low fodmap (most of the time) and more recently I have had surgery (seems like that was not as successful as I hoped). I have yet to find anything that really solves the problem.

So how do I deal with it?  I put my leotard on anyway, try not to hide under a singlet and pull myself up tall, stomach in whenever I can (or see myself in the mirror). But most importantly, thank goodness I dance with wonderful people who do not judge what others look like 🙂