Even though I don’t necessarily workout all day, being a busy Pilates teacher and blogger does lend itself to extra long days and back to back clients. If I do not eat and hydrate properly through my day, I end up tired and starving, which leads to bad food choices and low energy.
My day typically begins as I wake up at 5 or 5:30am, with my first clients at 7 or 7:30am. Two days a week (Monday and Friday) I only work in the mornings, teaching six or seven clients in a row. The three middle days I also teach in the evening and do a little traveling to midtown and the Upper West Side, with my day ending around 8:30pm.
My day typically starts with a glass of water, followed by a smoothie and some strong French press coffee, which I drink with honey and fat free half and half. My smoothie consists of plain yogurt, fruit, greens, egg white protein, ground flax, peanut butter, vanilla, and a little unsweetened cocoa and honey. This keeps me going for 3-4 hours.
Around 10am, I need some quick protein. This will typically be a couple of hard-boiled eggs with a small iced coffee (yes, I love my coffee, but mostly drink in the morning) and will hold me through lunch.
Lunch usually happens around 2pm, and will involve either a nice sandwich (one of my favorites is from Café Metro – smoked turkey with brie, arugula, sliced pear, and grainy mustard on moist whole grain bread) or a salad with lean protein and balsamic vinegar. Usually I eat a piece of seasonal fruit for dessert, which lately has been stone fruit.
If I teach late, I will carry a protein bar for a quick snack. My favorite right now is our signature Control Bar at Real Pilates, which is a yummy blend of almond butter, whey protein, and fruit.
I am lucky to have a husband who cooks well. He was a chef for 25 years! While we will sometimes order sushi or pick up some local takeaway, he usually cooks. We sometimes have big salads with homemade vinaigrette and some grilled meat or fish, rare tuna, wild shrimp or bay scallops.
Weekends are looser. This past weekend we took the ferry over to Red Hook, Brooklyn and picked up some wonderful barbecue at Hometown as well as some good fish and veggies at Fairway Market. Sometimes we will order our very favorite pizza from Lombardi’s in Soho or pick up a yummy dessert from Magnolia Bakery.
I sometimes eat desserts, chocolate being my favorite. And I love a glass or two of wine with dinner. I mostly drink water all day, and some coconut water if it’s really hot and I am sweating a lot.
You may notice that I steer away from a lot of juices and powders. I love to eat and I love yummy fresh food, preferring to get my nutrients from actual food that I can enjoy eating.