Aussie actress and mother-of-three Teresa Palmer gets honest about beauty, self-care and her fitness routine, while sharing her midweek vegan recipes for the whole family.
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The Aussie actress, mother of three and founder of supplement brand Lovewell knows a thing or two about holistic health and wellness. Here she tells body+soul exclusively all about how she balances her acting career (you can watch her most recent project A Discovery of Witches on Binge), motherhood and her love of meditation.
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Outline your morning ritual for us….
I wake up and give the kids their breakfast, which is usually oatmeal with a scoop of Grow ($53, at Lovewell). It’s a fruit and veggie blend and it’s got pea and hemp proteins, spirulina, kelp and wheat grass, so it’s a way of making them this chocolate flavoured oatmeal but it’s got all these other nutrients in there. Then, I’ll make myself a frozen chocolate smoothie and I’ll use Blossom ($59, at Lovewell) which has hemp and pea proteins, plus a bunch of different nutrients and a blend of mushrooms. I’ll add two dates, sometimes some almond butter, two frozen bananas and coconut milk or activated unsweetened almond milk. Then if I’m extra hungry I’ll have sourdough toast with smashed avo, olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt and then we’re out the door.
I’ll drop the kids to school and then ill usually do a meditation around 10am for 15 minutes. I use Daniel Ahearn who is my favourite teacher at Love Your Zen Life – a community I’m involved in. That brings me to a place of recharge and gives me some self-reflection time to set me up for the rest of the day – I call it my healthy food for the brain.
If I can squeeze it in I’ll do some movement, so maybe Pilates or yoga or some stretching, a walk around the garden with the kids. Those are the three elements I really try to incorporate into my day, and sometimes I have to do it at the end of the day when the kids are asleep because I just didn’t find the time, but they’re my non-negotiables.
Outline your night time ritual for us…
I make a beautiful calming drink to help with sleep, it’s my favourite products that we have. It’s infused with lavender and chamomile and hops and it’s wonderful and it’s for the kids too. So usually before bed I’ll put it on the stove and heat it up with some almond milk.
Then the kids will go to and listen to a meditation by New Horizon Holistic Centre. They do specific kids meditation. So that’s what the kids will fall asleep to.
Then I’ll have a bath and listen to a podcast. As I’m going to bed I press play on our sound machine – I’ve been listening to the same Om chant for the last four years, it’s on a loop so it plays all night and I feel like I have such a deep sleep while listening to it.
Talk us through your supplement intake
I just have Lovewell, which is my company. It was created for women, but men can obviously have it too. It’s chocolate flavour, it tastes indulgent, but it’s the best thing for your body. It is intended to be a supplement, so it’s to be used as a part of a balanced diet. It has all the things that you need in it: wheat grass, Bali, grass, alfalfa, goji berries, lion’s mane and all the mushroom blends, it has protein and it’s vegan, so I don’t need anything else.
So, I have that every morning and yeah, I treat it as just my way of kick-starting today and I always feel best if I have it in the morning, if I’ve run out of time and I have it later on in the day I actually still slump. I don’t drink coffee, I’ve never had coffee in my life. I didn’t ever connect with the taste of it. So this is my version of having coffee because it infuses me with energy.
What is your weeknight dinner philosophy – what’s a normal meal look like?
I’m plant-based. I eat organic and healthy and as balanced as possible. We like to cook at home, but we also like to get great organic takeaway. Beyond Meat is definitely a big staple in our house. The pea protein patties and coconut oil are delicious, that is my staple. I’m just looking in my freezer right now and it’s there. It’s 20g of plant protein, really clean, clean protein – my kids would have it every day if I let them.
I try and do a mixture of healthy fats. So we’ll do, Beyond Burger on a sourdough roll, with Dijon mustard and tomato sauce, or sometimes we’ll make mac and cheese, with a mix of olive oil, nutritional yeast and vegan cheese.
What health/body treatment is a regular for you and why?
Because I’m so time-poor, trying to run a business, have three kids, act, and everything else going on in my life I don’t generally have a lot of time leftover in the day. I try and prioritise self-care. I wish I could say I was having a massage every week, but actually it’s more like having a bath with lavender salt and putting on a podcast.
How do you practice mindfulness and meditation?
I run Your Zen Mama and Your Zen Life which are two platforms that focus a lot on mindfulness and conscious parenting. They focus on being self-aware, being in-tune with our patterns and our behaviour and doing a lot of self-reflective work. It’s a big, important part of my life.
I love to have a daily meditation practice, it helps me to interact in the world in a more mindful manner and meet people with love and compassion first and foremost. Without that daily practice the stresses of the world can get on top of me and be overwhelming. But as soon as I recharge, I feel as though I can handle all of it and I let go.
What’s your approach to more alternative forms of beauty and wellness practises?
I wouldn’t say it’s a daily ritual. I’m so interested in all of it. I love music for healing. We have a bunch of crystals in our house, but I don’t go out to the full moon and charge them. I haven’t done any of that, but I just love the way crystals look and how they feel. I think my children believe there’s a little bit of magic in each crystal, so they’re definitely around our house. I don’t take it seriously, but maybe I should look a bit more into it. I like scented, sensory things, so we have Sage at home, I burn incense and Palo Santo.
What’s your current approach to beauty (during isolation)
Less is more, comfort in everything. I’m very low maintenance. I’m embracing my lines and my dark circles and my natural face. I try and take care of it as much as I can. Beauty is not high up on my priority list, I think having three kids, I’m lucky if I get to look in the mirror once in the morning and chuck my hair up in a scrunchie. I probably need to find a little bit more balance with that.
I love oils. Coconut oil is great, I keep some in the car to rub on my lips, or over my face, I use it everywhere – even in my hair.
Talk us through your fitness approach
My workouts are pretty non-existent right now. I’ve been working on the land, so I’ve been lifting a lot of heavy things. I just make sure to check in with my body and see where I’m at. Sometimes I feel really motivated to go for a run, or put on a yoga video or even if I follow someone on Instagram like Emily Skye or Kayla Itsines I’ll do a quick little workout.
There’s also a Tabata seven-minute app – so those sort of short bursts and high intensity training are great.
Do you regularly listen to any wellness podcasts?
On Being by Krista Tippett, the guests really dive deep into philosophy and spirituality and self-development work. I always listen to it and feel so inspired. And Conscious Parenting with Janet Lansbury.
Do you use any wellness technology you use or Apps to monitor your health/fitness/sleep?
Sleep Cycle. It monitors your sleep patterns and your sleep cycles and tells you how deep you’ve been sleeping, how many times you wake up, how long it takes you to fall asleep each night.
What’s your trick to making it through the 3pm slump?
A green juice or an orange juice does the trick.