What’s For Dinner?

What’s For Dinner?

I’ve been back on the East Coast this past week visiting family and friends, which means lots of meals on top of two special family occasions. Come on… I’m Jewish and everyone knows we love to eat!

There is a part of me that says, “I keep a very healthy and clean diet in LA, so I can enjoy myself and indulge this week.” Thank goodness for the bigger voice in my head that says, “you know how to stay on track with your healthy clean eating even when you’re traveling and cooking. Stay focused, as you know what it feels like when you get off track. It is ok to indulge in a treat here and there…just don’t go overboard.”

Have you said above to yourself time and time again? I bet the answer is YES! I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t need to be hard to live a healthy lifestyle no matter where you are or what you are doing.

The key to health and wellness is keeping it simple. It’s important to eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every day and have balanced meals to ensure you’re getting needed carbohydrates, proteins and fat to maintain your energy level throughout the day.

I love to cook, but unfortunately my on-the-go lifestyle in LA leaves me very little time. Being home in Jersey this past week has given me the opportunity to really enjoy spending time with my mom in the kitchen. Trust me…this woman CAN cook! Holy moly WOW!

We prepared one of my favorite meals this week and Mama B makes the BEST: chicken, sautéed vegetables, and salad.

The chicken is marinated with a touch of BBQ sauce for a nice, tangy flavor. We threw asparagus, one of my favorite vegetables, in the sautéed mix and added snap peas, onions, zucchini, red peppers, and sweet potatoes. I’m known as the girl who loves to throw in a lot of fun stuff and have lots of fun putting things together in my salads however this salad was quite simple: romaine lettuce, cucumbers, carrots (of course), yellow peppers, cherry tomatoes, and avocado.
Cooking with my mom is always a highlight of my trip home. She has fancy tricks with spices and marinades, but loves learning some of my healthy secrets.

Do you have any fun cooking stories or tricks to share? I want to hear them! Please comment below. Remember – always bring it back to the basics – simple is key! No need to reinvent the wheel.

#YoullThankMELater

xoxo,
Ilyse

2014: Only the Beginning, Only Just the Start

2014: Only the Beginning, Only Just the Start

I’m looking forward to a great 2014, both personally and for the people with whom I teach; and the best is yet to come!

My 2014 journey started out being interviewed by Tafiq Akhir, America’s Healthy Lifestyle Coach, on the Global Voice Broadcasting network.  Tafiq’s show is broadcast live Friday nights at 9PM EST / 6PM PST on www.globalvoicebroadcasting.com, focusing on fitness, nutrition and wellness support.

Tafiq is a jack-of-all trades and incredible at what he does.  We first met a couple months ago on a Qignition fitness shoot and hit it off right away.  I was incredibly honored, flattered and excited that Tafiq invited me to share my thoughts about business, fitness and health on his show for a complete hour!  We chatted about New Year’s resolutions (Tafiq calls them “goals”), nutrition, healthy eating, diets and much more and I was able to talk with a caller who has a couple of children and doesn’t have time to work out and share my ideas of how she could make exercise part of her daily routine.

Click below to WATCH and LISTEN:

“To Your Health and Fitness” – January 3, 2014 with Special Guest Dance and Fitness Expert, Ilyse Baker

From a business perspective we talked about the importance of fitness pros working together and never being negative about others, that some people like different pro’s energy and some people will like my energy and others will like someone else’s energy better, and that’s okay! We also talked about my “Dancinerate” DVD and digital downloads (you can get a discount on my Website by putting in the code “dance247”) and much, much more.  You know the old cliché “time flies when you’re having fun?” Tafiq and I had such a great time the hour flew by and we couldn’t believe that the show was over.

My interview with Tafiq was incredible; I’d like all my friends to ‘like,’ ‘follow’ and check out Tafiq on all his Social platforms and website:

http://tafiqsphysiques.com/

http://txthomefitness.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TafiqsPhysiques

https://twitter.com/TafiqsPhysiques

2014 is going to the next step in my journey that started with this interview, and I’ve been asked to do others over the next couple of months.  I’m incredibly excited about my DVD, the Weight Watchers DVD I created and look forward to helping people get fit and have fun in the New Year.

Until next time, I leave you with the following thought from Tafiq: “There is nothing to it, but to do it!” 

xoxo,

Ilyse