5 MINUTES WITH
TV WELLNESS AND LIFESTYLE CONTRIBUTOR, AUTHOR, ACTRESS, SPEAKER AND OCEAN CONSERVATIONIST
I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT … time outdoors each day. I can be a homebody and work a lot in the office on my projects. But I really need to get outside everyday for a walk, time in the garden, or a weekend hike. A road trip every few months up to the mountains or down the coast for a day really also seems to help clear the mind — brings life into perspective. Hollywood can be a treadmill that you have to stay on in order to be in business, and nature brings you back to what is simple and real.
I RELAX BY … watching a TV series I can get sucked into. Call it a guilty pleasure, but a girl has to have some fun. I’m catching up on episodes of “The Newsroom” right now. I prefer to watch my TV via Netflix on a binge so that I can really get into the story. Since I’m a trained actress, watching TV for me is different than most people. I see the choices of really great actors and I’m inspired. Aaron Sorkin is one of the best writers out there — I’m just always amazed how much dialogue his actors pull off … and do it well! By the way, if you like John Gallagher Jr. from “The Newsroom,” check him out in the indie film “Short Term 12.” I chatted with him after the screening in Los Angeles last year before the film won so many awards and John is just as sincere in real life as in the film.
I LIKE TO … do family history. It sounds like such an old-fashioned past time. Like I should be a grandma to do it. But, you know, there’s really something satisfying reading about your ancestors and pulling their stories together, especially doing it when you’re younger. They’ll already gone through life and had ups and downs. You learn about their struggles and read about how they marched on through the difficult times — lots of valiant examples. It makes me feel like I, too, can tackle anything. Plus, with family history I get to play detective!
I THINK BEAUTY IS … seeing someone be kind to another. We live in a world in which it is now normal to be petty and crass. But to see people find ways to love another person and be kind, especially when there are differences of opinion, that to me is true valor. That speaks volumes of someone having a worthwhile character. And isn’t that what we’re really after in this life? I mean, it doesn’t really matter if I’m successful at work but I’m not worth spending time with in real life and care about my family. It’s about priorities.
Not too long ago I was doing some volunteer work at a local L.A. charter high school in which the kids came from what are considered underprivileged areas. This school focused on environmental programs like figuring out how to build urban gardens or solve transportation issues, and the kids were so inspiring. They had all the hope in the world. So smart. I thought that was beautiful. To be reminded that there is a generation of kids which cares about the world, wants to do right by their fellow human beings, and respects the environment. Also what was beautiful was that there were so many adults dedicated to helping these kids — not just with special programs or scholarships but also with their time, their talents, and their positive attitude. We all have something to give.
MY FRIDGE USUALLY CONTAINS … soy milk, lots of greens, strawberries, sandwich makings, condiments, leftovers (there’s always leftovers), veggies including root vegetables, tortillas, eggs, juices, milk, maybe some chicken. Most of my fruits and for sure the tomatoes are out of the fridge on a counter where everyone can see them and be enticed to eat healthy food. Though, I can’t wait for melon season! Then my fridge will be full of sliced watermelon. Farmer’s market watermelon is the best.
MY EXERCISE ROUTINE IS … never overblown. It’s always just barely enough. I wish it were more. But I switch back and forth between the gym and outdoor exercise. It’s good to break it up. Plus I use a bit of free-hand weights in the gym for resistance — nothing crazy. I also do simple yoga every morning.
MY FAVOURITE BEAUTY TREATMENT THAT LEAVES ME LOOKING AND FEELING NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL IS … shea butter. I make sure it gets smothered on at night, and then have baby-soft skin in the morning. Of course, I buy the fair trade variety, which tends to not be so processed — but it’s better quality. And I protect myself from the sun whenever possible.
MY NUMBER ONE BEAUTY TIP IS … get enough sleep.
Learning to play the piano at age 5 and camping in the Rocky Mountains among wildflowers, American actress and TV personality Terra Wellington has proven to not only be a talented entertainer but also a well-known advocate for healthy living and the environment.
Based in the Los Angeles area, Terra regularly appears on morning TV and radio programs talking about healthy living and environmental issues that are important to her. She has recently starred on CBS’ Criminal Minds, been a series regular on the family medical drama pilot “Rx,” and appeared as the General Caffarelli’s wife in the award-winning period film “The Last Days of Toussaint L’Ouverture.” The Toussaint film was dedicated to the victims of Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake.
She contributes articles at BeBetsy.com and The Center for a New American Dream. And she is the author of The Mom’s Guide to Growing Your Family Green: Saving the Earth Begins at Home (St. Martin’s Press), a comprehensive real-person’s guide on how to help the planet and protect your family.
Terra is a long-time supporter of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, the international charity Oxfam, and local California causes such as her work with Maria Shriver on the “We Prepare” campaign. Recently, Terra was a Goodwill Ambassador for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Apple Day of Service on behalf of healthy and sustainable schools.
In 2004, adidas international sportswear hired Terra to go coast to coast as their spokesperson for the Athens Olympic Games. Since then, she has had the unique opportunity to be a major-brand spokeswoman for over 100 companies’ healthy living and planet-loving brands.
Also, following a family tradition, she has been a prolific writer. She has written healthy living articles for dozens of websites and publications including CafeMom.com (founded by Meredith Vieira), Aisle7 syndicated health content, and her own syndicated column Terra Wellington’s Balanced Living. Additionally, she had the proud opportunity to be the wellness editor of Fit Body and Real national women magazines, interviewing such celebrities and personalities as Deepak Chopra, Rhonda Britten (Starting Over), Amanda Tapping (Stargate), Carol Duvall (HGTV), Wendie Jo Sperber (Back to the Future), Denise Austin, and Cybill Shepherd.
Terra Wellington website