What Does a Pilates Instructor Eat?

Posted on March 5, 2024

If you feel the need to overhaul your diet after the holidays but don’t know how to start, look no further than the experts.

Jessica Williams – mother, yoga and Pilates instructor and a holder of a Master’s of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition, as well as co-founder of nutrition supplement brand Body Awakening – changed her life with a diet that suited her needs.

A strict vegan after years of eating only vegetarian, Jessica eventually overhauled her approach to include wild-caught fish, organic or free-range eggs, chicken and chicken broth.

“I remember a time when I was teaching yoga full-time and felt like I could barely make it through a single class,” says Jessica.

“I would lie on the floor before and after just trying to conserve energy. Now, I sleep better, have healed myself of digestion issues and enjoy a lot more energy and enthusiasm for life.”

Here, she shares her day on a plate:

I always start the day with a glass of water followed by another glass of water containing Probiotic+ and TrueGreens. After that I have two eggs cooked in either olive oil or coconut oil and sometimes also a small bowl of oats cooked in water with chia seeds and a dash of cinnamon.

I am much more likely to have juices in the summer and make them fresh at home. They’re mostly all vegetable or may have some lemon or lime juice in it. A common snack for me is a piece of fruit like an apple, banana or some berries and a handful of nuts.

Brown rice, cooked vegetables – broccoli or bitter melon – and fish. The fish is always wild caught or it could be canned sardines or salmon in a pinch.

Rice cakes with peanut butter or almond butter, or rice cakes with avocado and a little bit of cheese, such as feta.

Small salad loaded with veggies, nuts and seeds, avocado and olives. I am a huge lover of salads. Roasted vegetables like pumpkin, potato or mixed roasted vegetables with lots of greens, mushrooms and squash and some sort of protein – beans or dal, or again fish or some roasted free-range chicken.

Big Tip
I find my energy levels are much more stable when I start my day with mostly protein and fats and fewer carbs and I sleep better at night when I eat the majority of my carbohydrates later in the day. Sounds counter-intuitive but for me, eating this way supports the natural rhythm of those hormones related to the sleep-wake cycle.


Body Awakening supplements are also sold at Flex Studio, One Island South

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