06 Feb What Does a Pilates Instructor Eat?
If you feel the need to overhaul your diet after the holidays but don’t know how to start, look no further than the experts.
Jessica Williams – mother, yoga and Pilates instructor and a holder of a Master’s of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition, as well as co-founder of nutrition supplement brand Body Awakening – changed her life with a diet that suited her needs.
A strict vegan after years of eating only vegetarian, Jessica eventually overhauled her approach to include wild-caught fish, organic or free-range eggs, chicken and chicken broth.
“I remember a time when I was teaching yoga full-time and felt like I could barely make it through a single class,” says Jessica.
“I would lie on the floor before and after just trying to conserve energy. Now, I sleep better, have healed myself of digestion issues and enjoy a lot more energy and enthusiasm for life.”
Here, she shares her day on a plate:
I always start the day with a glass of water followed by another glass of water containing Probiotic+ and TrueGreens. After that I have two eggs cooked in either olive oil or coconut oil and sometimes also a small bowl of oats cooked in water with chia seeds and a dash of cinnamon.
I am much more likely to have juices in the summer and make them fresh at home. They’re mostly all vegetable or may have some lemon or lime juice in it. A common snack for me is a piece of fruit like an apple, banana or some berries and a handful of nuts.
Brown rice, cooked vegetables – broccoli or bitter melon – and fish. The fish is always wild caught or it could be canned sardines or salmon in a pinch.
Rice cakes with peanut butter or almond butter, or rice cakes with avocado and a little bit of cheese, such as feta.
Small salad loaded with veggies, nuts and seeds, avocado and olives. I am a huge lover of salads. Roasted vegetables like pumpkin, potato or mixed roasted vegetables with lots of greens, mushrooms and squash and some sort of protein – beans or dal, or again fish or some roasted free-range chicken.
I find my energy levels are much more stable when I start my day with mostly protein and fats and fewer carbs and I sleep better at night when I eat the majority of my carbohydrates later in the day. Sounds counter-intuitive but for me, eating this way supports the natural rhythm of those hormones related to the sleep-wake cycle.
Body Awakening supplements are also sold at Flex Studio, One Island South