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Food Diaries: How a Yoga and Cycling Instructor Eats for a Day

How does Haley Coghill keep her energy up when she teaches nine classes a week?

Haley Coghill lives and breathes fitness. She’s an assistant fitness director at Georgetown University, and when she’s not working she’s leading yoga and indoor cycling classes at local gyms like Down Dog Yoga, Vida Fitness, Mint, Stroga, and Sport & Health. “I teach nine classes per week, in addition to practicing hot yoga five to six days per week, running two to three days per week, and trying a new workout whenever I get the chance,” she says. Talk about a fitness lover. Coghill kept a one-day food diary for us to demonstrate how she fuels her body in between all that exercise.

Snack: “I teach first thing in the morning six days a week, so I need something that will keep me going through class without slowing me down. A clementine and a bottle of water is just the thing.”

Breakfast: “After class, I’m always starving, but I usually have to eat on the go. I like to pack some instant oatmeal and decaffeinated tea for breakfast. Just add water—and agave nectar to satisfy my sweet tooth—and it’s a full meal.”

Mid-morning snack: “I make these banana-chocolate chip protein bars myself. They give me energy to get me through my morning and midday workouts, and they are delicious.”

Lunch: “Post-workout, a salad always hits the spot. This one is arugula, melon, green beans, feta, and some leftover steak from last night’s dinner. It’s filling enough to last the afternoon and cold enough to help me cool down after a good workout.”

Dinner: “To replenish after my final workout of the day, I like to get carbs, vegetables, and protein with dinner. This meal of pasta, veggies, and chicken is perfect. I added another mug of hot tea as I settled in for the night.”

Dessert: “I love dessert, so I like to finish off my dinner with some dark chocolate miniature Reese’s Cups. I may have snuck one or two—or five—while I was making dinner, as well!”

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  • I loved the article about Haley's daily food plan and think we should start following her regimen. I don't teach yoga, but take several aerobic classes a week plus a pilates class and one called "Stretch and Strengthen." Haley's eating plan sounds good enough for me. The problem is when my husband and I eat out with friends one or two nights a week. We always eat more than we should, but we do try to balance it with the days and meals we eat at home.

  • ep

    a) Steelers mug! represent. b) can we get that recipe for the homemade banana and chocolate chip protein bars?

  • melrom

    Hi ep—Stay tuned for the recipe on Well+Being. We can't wait to share it! —Melissa Romero

  • ep

    fantastic, thanks!

  • M. L.

    This doesn't seem like enough food for someone who exercises that much. I do similar amounts of hot yoga, running and cycling and would keel over if I ate that little. It's unfortunate that so many "healthy living" bloggers, fitness instructors, and other people who are theoretically role models for well-being restrict their calories like this. It makes one wonder if fitness, or fitting the American beauty ideal, is the goal.

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