How fitness guru Tracy Anderson does Thanksgiving

By December 4, 2018Press

22 November 2018

Even celebrity trainers enjoy Thanksgiving.

“The world needs gratitude more than ever so having this life-giving food ceremony is a beautiful, healthy thing,” Tracy Anderson told Page Six on Tuesday. “When you’re going to eat all of the turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes, and in your brain, you’re also saying ‘I can’t believe I’m going to eat all of this, I’m going to gain so much weight,’ you’re like double digesting heaviness,” she said.

The fitness guru encourages indulging on the holiday but insists exercising — regardless of how long — is a must.

“Of course I enjoy Thanksgiving,” she said. “But I’m going into it fully prepared and I’m going to make sure that I manage my time to be with my kids, and participate but I’m going to work out in the morning.”

Anderson, who told us she’ll be training Gwyneth Paltrow on Turkey Day, said that making time for a sweat session is will make the food fest even more enjoyable.

“Know that you’re not going to go into the holidays with the mentality of ‘I have an excuse to not do my workout because its the holidays,’” she explained. “What you do is you say, ‘I’m going to eat all this food and bond with my family and be grateful that I get to have this bountiful feast and I’m going to move my body.’”

After her workout with Goop on Thursday, Anderson, 43, assured us she’ll be treating herself to some seasonal favorites come dinner time while celebrating at a friend’s house in the Hamptons.

“I love mashed potatoes and gravy,” the mom-of-two said, mentioning that she has another unique favorite when it comes to dessert.

“It’s bizarre,” she said explaining a pal got her hooked on a “pecan-less pecan pie” which she described as “literally the best thing I’ve ever eaten in my life.”

“If you can imagine all the sugary goo in between the pecans and remove the pecans it is literally a warm brown sugar heaven and I learned how to make it years ago,” she gushed.

As for recovering from a massive meal, “I’m 100 percent getting my workout in,” she said, adding that the holiday is “not a thing where you take a week off.”

And if you’re looking for leftovers on Friday, the trainer — who confessed she used to make a turkey sandwich on Pepperidge Farm bread with both butter and mayonnaise — says to stick to the turkey and vegetable sides. Nowadays, she likes to exchange bread for lettuce wraps or make some soup out of the leftover turkey. But easing out of Thanksgiving mode in the form of just one carb or a small slice of pumpkin pie is okay.

“It’s like giving your child gifts for his birthday party and then saying ‘all the gifts are going away!’” she joked. “You don’t want to treat yourself like that, you never want to erase something that you’re supposed to be enjoying.”

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