We caught up with celebrity health and fitness guru Tracy Anderson to get her take on where to eat healthy in LA, how to avoid diet pitfalls at restaurants, and why you can enjoy French fries.
With a cult-like following and a roster of celebrity clients—Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow included—fitness guru Tracy Anderson is the expert when it comes to health and exercise. Anderson's newest venture is a global video streaming service, which provides an all-access pass into her members-only studios.
In honor of the launch, we caught up with the wellness instructor to discover her tips on maintaining a balanced lifestyle, her favorite LA restaurants, and her thoughts on dieting.
Tracy Anderson's Favorite Healthy Things to Eat in Los Angeles
"[Cadet] is so amazing. It’s a really special place,” Anderson says. “The jidori chicken is amazing and so is the steak. You make these wraps and they bring all these sides like sauerkraut and mustard seeds.” 2518 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310-828-3300
“I’m not a vegan, however I am obsessed with [Gracias Madre],” Anderson says. “I always do chips, guacamole, and salsa. The roasted cauliflower is ridiculous. I [also] get the quesadillas de camote.” 8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323-978-2170
“[Alcove Café]’s salmon tacos are one of my favorite things ever,” Anderson says. “They’re absolutely unbelievable.” 1929 Hillhurst Ave., 323-644-0100
“[Salt Air’s] French fries are my favorite French fries anywhere on the planet,” Anderson says. “They’re so good, I can’t even tell you. Their chef is incredibly talented. They’re not making French fries in the most unhealthy way—yes, they’re French fries but they’re cooked in oil that’s got a higher integrity.” 1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310-396-9333
“I also really love Café Gratitude,” Anderson says. “I love their wine selection, too. It’s all organic, which is great.” 639 N. Larchmont Blvd., 323-580-6383â€¨
Tracy Anderson's Tips for Eating Healthy at Restaurants
Know What Doesn’t Work For You
Anderson advocates trying to familiarize yourself with the specific foods and ingredients that aren’t harmonious with your body. It makes it easier to stay away from them to prevent inflammation, an allergic reaction, or other health problems.
Order Healthier Versions of Things You're Craving
Whether you’re craving a hot dog or a brownie, Anderson advises ordering the healthiest and simplest version of what you want on the menu. “It’s about paring it down,” she says. “It’s not about not having it.”
Ask For Adjustments to Your Needs
Most restaurants are willing to accommodate dietary or allergy restrictions. For example, she says, instead of ordering a salmon cooked in flavorful sauces, ask for it grilled. That way you can still enjoy the restaurant’s food without the consequences or guilt.
Tracy Anderson's Do's and Don'ts for Dieting the Right Way
Eat Food With Simple Ingredients
“Eat organic for sure,” Anderson says. “Eat whole, real foods that are prepared with a certain level of integrity.”
Start Out With Light Meals
“I like a really nutrient-packed liquid breakfast and a small, light lunch,” Anderson says. “I always get my workout in so I can enjoy dinner and not worry about counting calories.”
Extreme Diets Don’t Work
If you ate poorly over the holiday season, overcorrecting that with an extreme diet isn’t the right way to go, Anderson warns. In fact, it might make you gain more weight.
Establish a Balanced Routine
When it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating right and working out go hand in hand. “Your body likes routine,” she says. “We’re meant to move and we’re meant to fuel, so to think that you’re going to overdo any part of that equation is the wrong approach. There just aren't [any] tricks."