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5 Food Tweaks to Improve Your Digestion & Pilates Practice

I might not write about it much these days, but my work as a Pilates instructor has deeply influenced my approach to nutrition (and vice versa).

If there’s one common motivation that leads people to start Pilates, getting a stronger, leaner core is it.

And well-taught Pilates can work some pretty effective abdominal-strengthening magic.

BUT, if you’re not seeing the benefits of Pilates (or if you’re usually pretty strong and suddenly aren’t performing well), food – not lack of exercise – can be the culprit.

Food becomes especially suspect when you’re experiencing (at least what feels like) “weakness” in your core OR are having digestive problems.

So when the team over at Pilates Bridge asked me to write a guest post, I pretty quickly settled on the topic.

I’m going through 5 food tweaks to improve your digestion & Pilates practice.

Before you throw in the towel with Pilates (or try to up your core-strength work in the studio), read this.

Work smarter, not harder!

If you identify with any of the 5 tweaks (or have one of your own to share), come back and tell us about it in the comments below.

Until next week,

PS – Word to the wise: If you decide to embark on an elimination diet, be sure to read this first and avoid the top 10 elimination diet mistakes.

Or if you’ve tried – and failed – at an elimination diet in the past (and don’t want to relive that restrictive experience), I can help you figure out your hidden food sensitivities and make those digestive problems a thing of the past.  🙂

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Lily Nichols is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, researcher, and author with a passion for evidence-based prenatal nutrition and exercise. Her work is known for being research-focused, thorough, and unapologetically critical of outdated dietary guidelines. She is the author of two bestselling books, Real Food for Pregnancy and Real Food for Gestational Diabetes.


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  1. Thank you Lily for guest posting on PilatesBridge. I loved the information that you shared and have personally identified 1 “food tweak” that I was missing before. My Pilates core core is stronger than ever 🙂

  2. These were such wonderful tips! I never thought that high sugar fruits and grains would hinder my progress before a workout! I don’t eat anything pre-workout, but I think it’s just as important to know what you need to eat to recover.

  3. Hi Lily, Shout out to a fellow RD-pilates trainer! Awesome for you!

    • Likewise Cathy! We’re a rare breed. 🙂

  4. Hi Lily,

    Very helpful post. I am really enjoying reading your articles and learning a lot of important things. Keep sharing and keep up the great work 🙂

    • Thanks Justine!

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