by Lissa Smith
For a dancer, staying strong and healthy is key to a long career. Though mine has only just begun, I take very seriously the care and upkeep of my body. I am still learning many things in the areas of daily diet, warm-up regimens and exercises, but I’m happy to offer here some insights, tips and tricks that have helped thus far with the demands and challenges that come with being a member of Hubbard Street 2.
A moderate menu
When it comes to eating, after much experimentation throughout the years, I have come to realize that moderation is answer — too much of anything is not a good thing. A healthy balance of all food groups is what fuels and propels me at work, and allows me to do my best. Eating every three to four hours keeps my metabolism on pace. I try to include a carbohydrate, healthy fat, protein, vegetable and fruit at each meal. Carbs that I have grown to love are oatmeal (whole grain rolled oats), quinoa (high in protein), sprouted bread and brown rice cakes.
Healthy fats that I incorporate into my daily diet are avocados, nuts, nut butters, flaxseeds and chia seeds. When it comes to fruit, my favorites are berries (high in antioxidants), grapefruits, apples and bananas (a great source of potassium). I need protein, and fish, egg whites, Greek yogurt and turkey and chicken breast provide lots of it! I can’t even begin to list all of the veggies I love — this post would go on forever.
Of course, like everyone else, I do love to indulge. My favorites are frozen yogurt and — on occasion — white chocolate caramel macadamia nut cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory. [Read more…]