We thought we’d kick off Thursday with a dance and fitness vibe from workout guru Tracy Anderson. Anderson, an undeniable health and wellness legend, has a client list that includes celebs such as Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Nicole Richie. We tried a few of the Tracy Anderson Method exercises, but we realized that when it comes to moves in front of the mirror…well, that's best left to Anderson. In the meantime, we got the inside scoop on the fitness guru's go-to snacks, beauty routines, and favorite foodie hot spots.
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
I start my morning off with my wellness shake mixed with freshly made nut milk or organic whole milk blended with a pitted date. Lunch is normally something on the go from Mulberry & Vine in New York City or Cavaniola’s Cheese Shop near my home in Sag Harbor — both have delicious and fresh selections. For dinner, I like to have a grilled piece of fish with a purple rice and a great salad, and of course a glass of red wine and a real dessert.
What do you say to yourself upon waking up every morning?
I check in with everything I am grateful for, connect with my children, and think about how I can best serve all of the people that count on me.
In terms of health and diet, how do you practice beauty from the inside out?
By not wanting to look like or be anyone else. I like to listen to my gut and what I am attracted to. I also don’t ignore education and balance. I am a huge fan of organic foods and of making sure that my lifestyle fits my needs from a health perspective and from an emotionally-in touch perspective.
What are your go-to snacks throughout the day?
Green & Black Chocolate Toffee bars are my favorite and really the only thing I snack on. I kind of tend to move too fast throughout the day to think about snacking much.
What do you usually eat for breakfast and lunch?
Breakfast is my wellness shake, always. Lunch is homemade gluten-free spinach quesadillas.
Can you share with us three pieces of advice you have for those looking to change their health habits?
1. We are emotionally programmed from an early age to love certain foods and the emotional stress of depriving ourselves of these foods can be damaging. So, my advice would be to not completely deprive yourself of foods that you know you love. Know your body and understand which foods may cause problems or lead to chronic inflammation. Take that information, and feed your body right.
2. You have to move your body. I think you should move it smartly and strategically from a fitness perspective to set yourself up for fun and games, like a game of football in the yard or a good tennis match.
3. Eat and drink all organic. Period!
Do you have any words to eat by?
Eating is life-giving. You should love it, and your body should know what to do with it!
What are some new workout fads you’re loving right now?
First of all, I am not a fan of the word fad in describing workouts. Focus is key. I am a fan of tools like the new X Box One’s technology and fitness platform. I created the Transform Series for that console, and the technology allows me to train you at home and actually know what you are and aren’t achieving.
How about workout trends you’re finding it hard to get on board with?
Indoor Cycling and the misuse of the work “method” without any real backbone.
What's the most common misconception in terms of weight loss?
That quick-fixes work. You don’t own that weight loss.
What do you think difference between male and female body image is?
I feel like it's starting to become more similar. Men want to feel just as balanced, connected, and in proportion as women now. They want to perform well and without injury and look lean in a tailored suit. Women want to feel feminine and sexy, connected and balanced.
What are your morning and nightly live-by beauty regimes?
I love organic and paraben-free products and my go-to skincare lines are Le Mieux and Original Sprout. I have very sensitive skin, so I make sure that there is an integrity of ingredients on everything that I put on my skin and especially on my daughters' skin.
What are your favorite places to travel to? What won’t you travel without?
I love the Maldives and any place that has sun and a beach. I do not travel lightly and pack everything that I can wear from a day on the beach to an event and every provision from Benadryl to cases of bottled water. I really can take on any adventure as long as I am prepared. Everyone always makes fun of me but then always wants or needs what I brought.
What’s a good trick to eating out or ordering in while staying healthy?
I often ask to have no oil put on anything that I order — from meat to veggies. Eliminating the oil added on restaurant food is an easy way to keep things healthier. I love places that take care in what they create. Then, I feel safe in making zero requests!
What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?
Growing up in Indiana, I have an affinity for barbecue and a delicious burger. In New York, I love Terra, Locanda Verde, Bouley, Mulberry & Vine, and in Los Angeles I love Tavern, Blue Plate, Toscana, and Salt Air. In the Hamptons where I live, my favorite spots are Tutto Il Giorno, Navy Beach, and Topping Rose. In Aspen, I love Spring Cafe. In Indiana, I just can’t go without a 96th Street Steakburger. In Chicago, I am obsessed with Giordano’s Pizza and the great soul food there. In Miami, Pubbelly Sushi.
What’s the magic number in terms of how many days/hours a week one should work out? Is there one?
I recommend four to six times a week, but I think that the magic number is really six times per week.
If you could host a dinner party, with any five people living or dead, who would be there? What would you cook?
Anais Nin, Albert Einstein, Betty Grable, Fred Astaire, and Tina Turner. Probably just wine and great cheese and chocolate!