I have been in the fitness industry since 1994 but have been in some sort of sport/activity since I was 5 years old. The one thing we all have in common is FOOD as fuel but most of us do not eat right. We don’t have to diet but we do have to put fuel in our car so WHY don’t we see the same need to put proper fuel in our bodies?
Why is it that we take better care of our belongings vs our bodies?
While I am not a therapist I do get some first hand knowledge of why we cheat ourselves out of the best care possible that we can give ourselves. Some excuses I’ve heard are: “I don’t want to eat special food,” “I don’t have time,” “I don’t like vegetables,” and my excuse was usually if I am only cooking for myself I can’t be bothered. Olympic athletes do NOT get to keep training if they do not eat properly. If their muscle tissue breaks down then so does their performance and then there goes the dream of WINNING what they had been training for.
You only get 1 body and if you are going to put it through the paces of being an incredible Pole athlete then you NEED to learn to take care of it the best that you can. And while I don’t recommend engineered food like bars and shakes, some food is always better than no food.
So here is an idea of what 1 day of healthy choices might look like.
Breakfast – 2 egg-white omelet with 1oz of cheese and ½c of veggies
Snack – 1 med fruit with 1/4c of nuts
Lunch – 3-4oz of lean protein, 1/2c of a grain, and 1/2c of fruit
Snack – low calorie energy bar (200-300 cals)
Dinner – large veggie salad, ¼oz of cheese, ½c fruit
Snack – peanut butter and a small apple
It doesn’t have to be “funky foods” it can be very normal, every day, finger friendly food that we eat for NORMAL every day life. If you are a hard core athlete and are truly training for something at high to moderate intensity then the menu example above would need to be adjusted accordingly. This would be someone who might be training 4-6 hrs a day 5 days a week.
Hope to see you when I get to share this message with some great people at PoleCon 2016. I can’t wait to contribute to this amazing community of people!
native to New Hampshire
favorite junk food – pepperoni pizza
owner/instructor – The Toy Box Pole Studio
I took ballet, tap and jazz for 11 years. Became an AFAA Cert Personal Trainer in 1994 and kept my cert current and up to date with continuing education every 2 years. I started teaching Pole at a gym in 2005, opened The Toy Box Pole Studio in Tacoma Wa and then got my degree in Health and Fitness.
As a kid I always wanted to be a singer and had a real chance but somehow fell into the fitness world and have been going strong ever since. When a student reaches a goal it makes my heart smile. The worst day at my job is 100x better than the best day working for someone else and I encourage anyone to try and make your dreams come true. Win or lose you know you gave it your all!