Does this sound familiar? You wake up, get ready, work all day, leave with just enough time to change your clothes and head to pole class (either as a student or a teacher) take one or two- one hour classes, commute home……suddenly, it’s already 8:00 PM! As a pole dancer (teacher or student) being healthy and being able to do awesome stuff on the pole kind of go hand in hand. If you’re exhausted and nutritionally deficient, you could not only injure yourself, but it just doesn’t feel good, and you may not have that sexy, confident strut that is so signature to every pole dancer. I know how busy you are, and unless you own a pole studio, your full time job is just a means to get to your pole classes =) So what are the best ways to save time, pack in nutrients, and maintain energy for your long days? Here are some of my best tips and tricks that I use on a daily basis.
So fast, just pour some coconut water, rice milk or hemp milk into the blender, then throw in your fruits AND some veggies (spinach, cucumber, romaine lettuce, just to name a few).
Add some protein to slow the digestion of carbohydrates and keep you fuller, longer (hemp seed, chia seed, a scoop of hemp protein powder, I myself love to add peanut or almond butter to smoothies!) and some healthy fats (coconut milk, or the seed proteins I mentioned) One of my personal favorites to add to a smoothie is avocado. Might sound weird, but it gives the smoothie that delicious creamy texture!
For extra flavor, add some raw cacao powder (most potent longevity food on the PLANET) or dash of cinnamon. For over 15 free downloadable smoothie recipes, visit my website.
One of my most common sayings is “cook once eat twice” (or 3 or 4 times). For example, if I make brown rice or quinoa, I don’t just make a serving or two to eat with the meal that I’m preparing. I cook the whole dang bag! Let’s say I make rice with chicken and asparagus for dinner. Instead of cooking for just that meal, I cook all the rice and all the chicken breasts I bought. Now, for lunch the next day, I take a scoop of the rice, add veggies (frozen if you’re in a hurry…still tons of nutrients) heat it up in a skillet for 5 minutes while I dice up one of last night’s chicken breasts and voila……Chicken fried rice in a to go container for lunch. Or, maybe I throw all of that into a whole wheat wrap. Add the extra diced chicken to the garden salad you have in the fridge for dinner or a snack. It takes a little planning, but the planning process only takes about 15 minutes if you take the time to think about your week and what you will need. This method of cooking saves me TONS of time and a lot of money.
Know where you can get healthy take-out.
I got it, sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking, or you were so rushed, you ran out the door without your lunchbox. It happens. Get on Google! Make a plan and know what is around you. I can tell you exactly how many restaurants with meals that are healthy are within a 5 mile radius of my work, AND how many restaurants with healthy options are within blocks of my favorite pole studio. Almost all restaurants have their menus posted online. Take a few minutes to google what is around you, look at their menus, and pick options that can be your “go to” meals in an emergency. Store those options in the notes section of your smart phone. Do this when you aren’t hungry so that you can always make smart choices. When in doubt, hit up a Whole Foods Market hot bar. Whole Foods has lots of healthy options, and sometimes it can be cheaper than buying one meal at a restaurant.