Health

Nutrition tips from the National Ballet of Canada's Jillian Vanstone

From blockbuster ballet roles to global volunteer missions, rising star Jillian Vanstone has the world at her feet

Jillian Vanstone

Aleksandar Antonijevic

From blockbuster ballet roles to global volunteer missions, rising star Jillian Vanstone has the world at her feet

Age: 31
Occupation: Principal dancer, the National Ballet of Canada
Hometown: Nanaimo, B.C.
Lives: Toronto

Get Jillian’s top five nutrition fixes here:

1. Ginger root tea
“For inflammation, digestive distress, muscle soreness or when you’re feeling sick: fill a pot with water and add chopped fresh ginger root. Heat to a boil and leave boiling for 5 minutes. Drink plain or add honey and lemon. Will keep in the fridge for reheating.”
 
2. Rosemary tea
“For sore joints: Pour freshly boiled water over a sprig of fresh rosemary. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Drink once a day.”
 
3. Eat your veggies!
“For overall health: Eat a lot of vegetables. It’s the one thing nutrition experts seem to be able to agree on.”
 
4. Cut out sugar
“Especially if you have an injury, avoid white sugar: It’s an inflammatory.”
 
5. Pack in protein
“Have protein at every meal, especially at breakfast. It will cut down on sugar cravings later in the day.”

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