The Food Diaries

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The Food Diaries


McGuire, Kathleen, Pointe


Four pros reveal everything they ate for a day.

Dancers are mad scientists of nutrition: They know what every bite will do to their bodies and are constantly adjusting the formula. We asked four professional dancers to tell us exactly what they had to eat on a given day and why. These aren't menus that were carefully crafted by a nutritionist. They're the actuai food that fits into each dancer's hectic schedule, giving her the energy she needs- and the treats she's earned.

PATRICIA HACHEY

Company dancer. Complexions

Contemporary Ballet

Performance day on tour in Lucca, Italy

9.15 am Complimentary breakfast at Hotel Universo:

* Multivitamin and vitamin D

* One glass of orange juice

* One cup of coffee

* Granola and yogurt topped with fresh kiwi

* One hardborled egg with salt and pepper

3:00 pm Snack after class at the Teatro Del Giglio:

* One Kashi GoLean Chocolate Caramel Protein & Fiber Bar

*One tangerine

5:00 p m Mid-rehearsal snack:

* One big handful of raw almonds

* One pear

7:00 pm Dinner break at the theater before the show:

* Yogurt with muesli

* One hard-boiled egg

* One banana

10:30 pm During the second intermission:

* A shot of honey

11:45 pm Dinner at a restaurant in Lucca:

* Fresh bread drizzled with olive oil

* Insalata classico: lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, fresh Parmesan with olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Hachey ate a packet of honey during intermission to give herself a shot of natural sugar.

* Gnocchi al pesto

* One glass of house red wine

Late night snack at the hotel:

* Two pieces of dark chocolate

Hachey is a vegetarian, so making food choices that will sustain her high activity level, particularly while on lour, is a constant challenge She chooses hearly plant-based foods like granóla and muesli to keep her feeling full for longer She meets lier protein quota with snacks like eygs. almonds and protein bars. "A vitamin supplement was recommended by my doctor because there are important vitamins usually found in (any fishes or certain meats, which I no longer eat," she says.

A dancer on tour is often a scavenger; you never know when and where you will find the kinds of foods you need. The fruit, nuts and hard-botled eggs Hachey snacked on for most of the day were lifted from the complimentary breakfast buffet at the hotel. The Complexions dancers call their food stashes their bodegas." Included in Hachey's bodega stash was a packet of honey (which she'd also swiped at breakfast} She ate il during the second intermission to give herself a shot of natural sugar to pus! ? through the rest of the show.

JENNIFER ROBINSON

Corps dancer, Ballet West Two-performance day of Sleeping Beauty

9:00 am Breakfast at home:

* One cup of organic, no-sugar-added oatmeal with maple syrup

* Two clementines

1:00 pm Lunch before the first show at the theater:

* One chocolate mint Zone bar

* An 8-oz O.N.E. coconut water with a splash of pink guava

3:30 fin. Mid-show snack:

* Two homemade sugar cookies (baked by dancer Aaron Orlowski's mom)

5:30 pm Snack at home before the second show:

* One banana

* One Orgain vanilla protein shake

7:30 10 pm During second show:

* One 12-oz lemon/lime Gatorade

11:00 pm After-performance celebration at the theater:

* One glass of champagne

11:30 pm Reward dinner at home:

* One grilled cheese sandwich and a medium Coke from Crown Burger

* One cup of double-churned (half fat) vanilla icecream with MOM Minis on top

In order to sustain herself during a day with multipie performances. Robinson eats foods that will keep her full without making her feel sick or bloated. Instead of sitting down for complete meals, she snacks lightly throughout the day.

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