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We are so forunate to feature Teresa Palmer and Phoebe Tonkin on Eat Beautiful as part of our Inspire Interview series.

These two homegrown starlets are kicking goals in Hollywood. Teresa got her break starring opposite Daniel Radcliffe in December Boysand has gone on to star in other blockbuster films such as Take Me Home Tonight, I Am Number Four and most recently Warm Bodies.

Phoebe starred in Australian feature film based on the popular John Marsden novel Tomorrow, When the War Began before landing a lead role in popular CW network show The Secret Circle, which then led to her role on spin-off series The Originals.

The pair also founded health and wellbeing site Your Zen Life as an outlet to share their passion for healthy living. We asked them a few questions about living a healthy and balanced life!

Being in the spotlight, how do you deal with the media’s focus on your physical appearance and outward marks of success?

Tez: I think it’s an epidemic in this industry that the focus and attention goes to one’s physical appearance. There are a group of women in Hollywood who are actively trying to change that. I belong to that group. I recognize that I’m on a platform and whether I like it or not the physical part of me will be talked about. So I deal with it like this… I don’t think about it too much! I live my life the way I would. I’m healthy and eat well, I look after myself and my body and I don’t like to wear make-up or designer clothes in my everyday life. I embrace who I am and my preferences but what I mainly embrace is AUTHENTICITY that’s why I don’t change who I am because of the fishbowl that I live in. I much prefer to represent “normal” than have to be on point playing the role of what someone might think a celebrity should look like.

Phoebe, being an actress on a hit CW show and a model, how do you feel about being a role model for young audiences, particularly girls around the world?

I try to make smart choices and am always conscious of young girls seeing things I post on Instagram and Twitter. I try to lead a positive, happy, balanced life and hope to influence others to do the same.

What do you think about the way young girls are affected by idealised versions of beauty in magazines, TV and film?

Phoebe: I think its a facade. Hours of make up and lighting and photoshopping are used to create an image these days. Girls shouldn’t be looking at these images as something to strive for. It’s not reality.

Tez: I think it’s horrible and I’m sad that what I do for a living contributes to this false sense of reality. That’s why I don’t go out of way to be anything but myself; make-up free, hair unwashed me!  I often use Twitter to tell girls that what they’re seeing in the movies or magazines isn’t really what I look like, that the real me is actually very similar to the real them. That way they don’t have to strive for something that doesn’t actual exist, something unattainable and unsustainable. I hope to be a role model and a cheerleader for REAL.

Are you cheerleaders for positive body image? And why is it so important that we have role models that advocate loving ourselves exactly as we are?

Tez: Yes absolutely I am. I believe it’s my calling in a sense. I recognize that I’m in a position where I can use my profile to affect positive change in the world. With my career I feel a sense of responsibility comes along with it and that responsibility is to the younger people who look up to me, to show them that there is another way. That self-love, acceptance and compassion is of the utmost highest importance.

Phoebe: I think it’s very important to have positive body image. But on the other hand I think sometimes this leads to too much focus on something so external. I wish talk about bodies and image wasn’t so prevalent in the media.

Teresa, you’ve always talked about how much you wanted to have children and now we hear you’re expecting your first child with your fiancé Mark! Congratulations! Is there anything you will do differently to keep yourself healthy during your pregnancy?

Tez: Thank you! Not really, I haven’t changed much apart from listening a little closer to my body. If I feel like sweet potato fries I have them! I know that my child is growing healthily and well so I try not to over think everything. I drink plenty of water, continue my exercise regime and live as much in the light as possible. My child feels the things I feel so I really make an effort to be living from my highest self and nourishing myself through good food and healthy choices.

What daily practices do you do to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
Tez: I just really practice open communication, I always start the day off by saying something I’m grateful for. I try to get to yoga as much as I can and I drink a green juice daily.

Phoebe: I try to drink a lot of water and surround myself with people I love. Simple!

What is your life mantra?

Tez & Phoebe: Be the Change You Wish To See In The World

How do you Eat Beautiful?

Tez: I listen to my body, I choose foods of lots of different color preferably in season, I don’t eat processed food and stick to the outside aisles of supermarkets where all the fresh stuff lays. I also have let go of being so militant over “clean eating” and my body has responded really well. I wasn’t actually getting enough nutrients when I became to obsessed at watching everything that went in to my mouth and question where it had come from. Eating became stressful so I’ve backed off from that and now have a really healthy relationship with good and nutritious food.

It’s so inspiring to see Teresa and Phoebe actively advocating healthy and balanced lives. We are proud to join them in promoting a life lived from one’s heart and true to oneself!


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Hurricane Sandy: A Volunteer’s Experience

As a New Yorker who lived through one of the most horrific and devastating natural

disasters in recent history, there was no question as to whether or not I was going to
volunteer following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

When the storm hit on October 29, 2012, none of us could’ve anticipated the damage
and destruction that would be left in its wake. While I am considered one of the
fortunate ones who didn’t lose power or endure any structural damage to my home
or property, millions of my neighbors were not as lucky.

With work canceled for the remainder of the week there was no way I was
going to sit home and monitor my twitter feed all day. The subway system was
completely shut down and power lines lay interwoven among broken tree branches,
needless to say transportation throughout the boroughs was impossible.

With my bike as my only means of getting around, I loaded up my backpack with
fresh fruit, extra layers of clothing, and several water bottles to head across the
Queensborough Bridge and volunteer with an organization called GOLES (Good Old
Lower East Side, From their facebook page I learned that they were
in need of volunteers to check on families and elderly citizens living in high-rise
buildings where there was no power (and subsequently, no working elevators).

The day was long and tiring (I lost count towards the end but I’m pretty sure I
climbed over 100 flights of stairs), we brought care packages to those in need and
made sure those who required medical assistance were connected with doctors.

Volunteering that day (and over the next following weeks) provided a rewarding
experience that I will never forget. It felt good to volunteer.

Continue Reading Over at Your Zen Life…


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The Adventures of Lady Fluffington

Easily the best thing I’ve ever done is rescue a dog. For my soul, my relationship, my happiness and my sanity. Every single day, I’m happy with our decision to welcome a dog into our little family. There’s no better therapy, no truer friendship and no better company than a dog’s presence in your home. I highly recommend it.

I knew that convincing my beloved to get a dog was simply a matter of overwhelming him with cuteness. So I sent him photos of homeless dogs every day until he gave in: little dogs in cardigans, scruffy dogs with kind eyes, old dogs with missing teeth. They were all gorgeous, and homeless. As I suspected, my boyfriend agreed to come with me to Monika’s Doggie Rescue to get a canine friend. No pedigrees, no puppies, no poodles. Just a darling, abandoned little dog who was lovable, but unloved.

Now, it’s not an easy process, adopting a dog from Monika. She’s not that keen on humans, and I don’t blame her – she spends her days rescuing dogs from their cruelty and negligence. She drives around, picking up dogs on death row in pounds. She’s a modern-day saint if ever I saw one, but she’s very discerning about who gives her dogs a home. She interviewed me, my boyfriend and my flatmate extensively before she introduced us to any dogs, and I’ve seen her turn people away if she suspects they’re not sincere.

Continue Reading Over at Your Zen Life…