So many of our students have asked us about the right things to eat before and after a workout that we decided to create this guide. Please use it as you see fit, feel free to experiment with your own ideas and variations. Let us know what works for you!
Balanced mind, balanced body
There’s no special diet as such for Pilates. It’s important to think about healthy foods and those which will give you energy throughout your workout. Our philosophy at EBP focuses on balancing the mind and body. The same should apply to a Pilates diet. A balanced diet will give you just enough of what you need from all the food groups to help you maintain peak performance.
It’s really important to eat a full meal, or at least a snack 1 to 2 hours before exercising. Do not come to class starving! Your energy levels will be down and you’ll feel too weak to take full advantage of what the class has to offer.
Don’t load up on carbohydrates before a Pilates session. Unless you are at advanced level, your routine won’t be that intensive or aerobic. The key is also to controlling sugar intake, that is what is going to help you lose weight.
- Green salad and grilled chicken
- Lentil salad
- Banana or other piece of fruit
- Berries and plain low fat Greek yoghurt
- Fruit smoothie
- Low salt popcorn
- Nuts and seeds
- Celery sticks
It’s as important, if not more so, to refuel after your workout to restore energy levels and aid recovery.
- Water! Dehydrating is crucial, it flushes out toxins and speeds up recovery
- Poached eggs on toast
- Red grapefruit
- Roasted pistachios
- Quinoa salad
- Liver – high in nutrients and proteins
We hope you find this guide useful. The key to eating for Pilates is a healthy, balanced diet. You know your body best, so try out different foods and see what works for you. See you in class!