It’s Hump Day! Andddd that means it’s also time to share a day in the life of Housewife Glamour eats for What I Ate Wednesday.
Those who frequent the blog might already know where this week’s focus is going. As a professional dancer, eating clean has not just become a habit of mine… but a complete lifestyle.
As you may have seen and read before, in no way to I deprive myself of any type of food, and instead know that there is a time and a place to indulge. I eat pizza, I eat ice cream, I try new foods when I travel, and I drink alcohol… all in moderation.
Through five seasons of dancing in the NBA (has it really been that long?!), I have learned how my body looks and operates best. With dancer auditions coming up in less than two weeks, we are now in what I like to call “Audition Prep Mode”.
It is absolutely part of my job as a professional dancer to watch what I eat. It is my responsibility to fuel my body with food that makes it think and perform best, and I am the only person who can make sure that happens. After a long season of dancing followed by a few months of summer break, it can certainly be a challenge to get back into a clean eating routine.
Although it is important to keep up my personal best throughout the entire season, there are two times of the year that we (dancers) must pay special attention to our bodies: Auditions and the Team Photo Shoot. Does this sound superficial? Probably so, but it’s just reality.
Reporters, crowds, and our own staff can be more than critical, and the outfits we wear do not provide much to hide from.
More than ever, NBA and NFL cheerleaders and dancers are under the microscope to look their best in uniform, and that is just part of what we sign up for dancing on a professional sports team.
Luckily, I have learned to remain tough and thrive off of the challenge!
I plan to go into more detail about this subject within the next few weeks, and want to encourage you all to send over any questions you might have regarding challenges of maintaining “the image” that goes along with what I do. Just like blogging, you are putting yourself out there and receive both positive and negative feedback as a result.
I guess as a dancer and a blogger, I need to keep my skin on the thick side!
Now onto this week’s WIAW, focusing on eating clean and providing my body with the nutrients it needs to get through the next month.
(As always, thanks for hosting, Jenn!)
What I Ate
I previewed my morning of pre + post-workout eats on yesterday’s workout post.
It was the perfect amount to keep my tummy happy.
Post-Workout/Breakfast: Strawberry Vanilla Protein Smoothie Bowl! (One for me, one for Scott.)
Without measuring, I combined the following ingredients:
• frozen strawberries (lots of them!)
• 1 frozen banana
• 2 scoops Designer Whey French Vanilla Protein Powder
• organic skim milk
• chia seeds (probably about 2 Tbsp.)
• a sprinkle of hemp seeds and fresh cut strawberries on top
Lunch: Chicken Sausage Bowl. (Basically, a mishmosh of whatever was left over in our refrigerator.)
Brown rice, beans, and peas mixed together (sounds gross, but was surprisingly delightful) with an Al Fresco Chicken Sausage cut up on top. I told you… random city.
I am starting to become obsessed with Blue Diamond Almonds. Last week was the Salt ‘n Vinegar flavor, this week is the Mocha Coffee. Wonder what flavors will pop up in my pantry for the next few weeks to come?
Dinner: Green Monster Salad with MorningStar Farms Mediterranean Chickpea Burger.
On my plate: a mix of fresh spinach, spring mix and romaine lettuce, cucumbers, broccoli slaw, grape tomatoes, cauliflower, avocado, and the chickpea patty (<- ties for my current favorite with the Spicy Black Bean Burger!) drizzled in balsamic vinegar and grapeseed oil. Scott’s salad also got a generous sprinkle of shredded cheese, but I refrained.
Dessert: 1 large cup of Ovaltine, using organic skim milk.
It might be lame, but it kept me completely content and satisfied my sweet tooth.
I guess that pretty much wraps it up for today. Off to the gym, then errands, followed by an audition prep class tonight.
Feel free to leave comments below with any questions on “Audition Prep Mode” eating and workout habits!
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