Beautiful Because talk to the beautiful Rachel Jessica Tan, actor, model, producer and writer, about her fantastic career so far and latest project, Eat Beautiful, the destination for health and nutrition advice.
When I was 18 I booked my first film role on Australian feature film Hating Alison Ashley. It was an amazing experience. I worked with so many talented actors and it inspired me to pursue acting as a profession.
I also spent a lot of time in Hollywood and my time there was one of the best experiences of my life so far! I grew so much as a person and learnt so much about myself. Living in LA helped me become a better person and in turn a better actor! I’m actually in the process of writing my first novel about my Hollywood adventures.
In 2012, I completed a film called For Evie, which I wrote, produced and acted in. This was my first film screenplay that was produced for screen, so it will remain an amazing milestone for me. This is also an important film because I wanted to tell a story not laden with cultural stereotypes and hopefully help move the TV and Film industries forward in terms of cultural diversity.
Why thank-you! No, I haven’t always been health conscious. Before I began my health and wellness journey, I had always considered myself to be quite healthy. About 2 years ago I really decided to pay close attention to what I was putting into my body. I did a lot of research on health and nutrition. It was then that I realised that I actually wasn’t eating the most nutritious foods or doing all that I could for my body. My first ebook Healthy Habits came from my experience of instilling new healthy habits into my life. I just started with small changes until they became automatic. Now it’s just how I live my daily life!
I wanted to create a platform where people could go to read inspiring and informative articles about how to improve their health and learn to love themselves from the inside out. It’s a place where health practitioners and health enthusiasts can join with each other to share information on health. And, I also wanted to introduce new conversations about body image in the media.
Eat Beautiful is a great fun resource to find recipes, health and nutrition information as well as inspiring stories that encourage people to lead their happiest and healthiest lives. Healthy living doesn’t have to be a chore and Eat Beautiful makes it fun! It’s an online community where people can chat, contribute articles and share information with each other and feel like they’re not alone!
Mostly, I think people have lived their lives a certain way for a long time. Sometimes it’s difficult to break those unhealthy habits and replace them with good healthy ones. But it’s absolutely doable! Plus, I think we’re bombarded with so many different fad diets, people don’t know what to do. I think it’s great to experiment, but at the end of the day, it really comes down to having the right information about health and nutrition and listening to your body. Mindfulness is so important.
We’re in the process of developing workshops with a few new partners – which is very exciting! So keep your eyes peeled for workshops happening in Melbourne in the coming months. Plus, plenty more episodes of Eat Beautiful TV and new e-books and courses.
I’ve been drinking this one a lot lately! It’s delish.
1 cup of coconut water
½ frozen banana
A generous handful of baby spinach
½ tablespoon of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of coconut flakes
Coconut (in a variety of forms). They’re a rich source of fibre, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. Plus it contains magnesium which helps metabolise fat and protein as well as help stabilise blood sugar levels.
I’m a yogini babe at heart! I practice power yoga regularly. It’s a great physical workout but I always find it to be a great meditation to quiet my mind as well.
I love laying out in the sun at the beach. But if it’s a bit cooler, meditation always helps me to release tension and stress!
Coconut oil. I use the stuff on everything; as a body and face moisturiser, makeup remover and hair mask.
I think the most beautiful thing is seeing someone who is 100% comfortable in their own skin. They know who they are within and they radiate that confidence outwards. You can always tell when someone is really secure in who they are. There’s both a strength and vulnerability that shines through.
Being beautiful really is about accepting and truly loving ourselves exactly as we are!
Visit www.eatbeautiful.com.au to find out more.
By Nina Weston