Prancercise: Diet Tips From The Horse's Mouth

By now, you've probably heard all about Prancercise, the workout created right here in south Florida by 61-year old Joanna Rohrback that allows you to prance and trot your way to fitness.

We've got to admit, we've never seen a fat horse so Rohrback might be on to something. Rohrback, who lives in Coral Springs, is in pretty good shape herself, as evidenced in the video which features her wearing a salmon-colored Chanel jacket and white pants.

But, while the workout has gotten most of the publicity, Rohrback also stresses diet in her Prancercise lifestyle, which basically means the old saying, "she eats like a horse" is a good thing, indeed.

We spoke with the fitness maven, who told us that the path to perfection is threefold. "It's about diet, spirituality, and physicality."

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- Prancercise Goes Live at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, Tuesday June 18

Rohrback, who personally eats a diet of raw vegetables and fruits, with some cooked beans, some whole grain bread on occasion, and small amounts of salmon (she admits that horses don't eat fish), also drinks mostly water.

She told Clean Plate Charlie that she ran a food addiction support group and that the key to a healthy body is to eat for "satiation, not pleasure".

"When you eat for pleasure, the foods tend to be over processed. They also release pleasure receptors and that will lead to cravings, causing you to overeat."

Rohrback's also has some no-nonsense advice, like trying to maintain a diet devoid of as much sugar, salt, caffeine, and hydrogenated fat as possible.

"When you eat clean, you'll achieve more of a balanced system and you will not have the cravings that cause you to overeat."

Rohrback, of course, compared humans to her beloved horses.

"They're vegetarian and they've got long digestive tracts like we do. There are so many things that horses can teach us, besides being beautiful and strong."

If you want to meet Rohrback (we do..we do), she'll be at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on Tuesday, June 18 from 6 to 9 p.m., where she'll lead a Prancercise contest. Each hour, several random winners will be called to the stage to participate in a "prance-off" with the audience deciding who prances the prettiest. The winners receive "free play" prizes, with one winner taking home the $2,000 Power Prancer Award.

Here's the video, in case you want to practice your Prancercise moves before the big competition:

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