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Tara Curran of Tara Curran Nutrition

The poster girl of conscious living dishes out advice to those who are just starting out and the value of self-love.

We know how hard it is to lead a wholesome lifestyle. From nourishing your body from inside out, spending time with loved ones, being self-aware and so much more, following the pillars of happy, holistic living can sometimes be tedious, intimidating and far too easy to stray away from time to time.

Then you meet someone like Tara Curran, a Los Angeles-based health coach at Tara Curran Nutrition — who also happens to be the wellness director at The Surf Lodge, a summer resort in Montauk, New York — as well as the co-creator of Skin Food Talk, where alongside fellow LA transplant and friend, Hayley Wood, they offer custom meal planning, nutrition advice and therapeutic skin coaching .

Maybe it’s the fact that she advocates for conscious living professionally. Or that she has a degree from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Or perhaps it comes from her training as a coach and speaker on transforming your eating habits and “learning how to glow from the inside out”. But speaking to Tara makes you feel that she recognises your struggle and, in turn, motivates you to soldier on.

As long as you find practices that “feel good and [are] attainable,” Tara says, it’s all worth it in the end.

“Conscious living is knowing that not every day will be perfect but doing my best to make mindful decisions in food, career and daily life.”

What is a first consultation like with you?

When working with clients, I want to get to know their goals right away and make sure I can assist them in the way they need to actualise results. I offer a free initial consultation where I ask a series of questions and give the client a chance to ask questions and set goals.

What do you think are the three best self-care practices that go hand-in-hand with a healthy diet?

There’s no one way for everyone. I believe self-care practices need to feel good and attainable for each individual. I like to suggest that clients try journaling, meditation and bath rituals.

What are three effective habits one can adopt to achieving a more holistic approach to one’s health and wellbeing?

Meal plan and prep for the week ahead. If you are a busy mom or working long hours, this can really help you stay on track.

Stock up on health snacks that you can grab on the go so you never go hungry.

Carry a water bottle to stay hydrated.

How should one go organic?

Choose organic whenever possible or shop at your local farmers market and talk to the farmers to find out their farming techniques.

What is the hardest thing about being a holistic nutritionist?

Working in wellness definitely has it perks. I encourage self-care and in turn, have to make sure I’m doing it for myself. At times it can be hard to find the time but I’ve gotten better over the years.

Clean living — eating organically, exercising regularly, using wholesome beauty products and more — requires serious commitment and long-term financial investments. It can also be a tedious process to live so holistically.

Tara does yoga everyday to “relieve stress, breathe a little deeper and stay present”

Up your breakfast game like Tara does with coconut wellness bowls

“Find what food fuels you and makes you feel your best. Eat a diet rich in plants, healthy fats, whole grains and clean proteins.”

What would you say to those who feel daunted by it all?

Try one thing at a time. Start by adding in leafy greens and cooking more for yourself. Find a great self-care practice like journaling or meditating. And when needing new skincare and makeup, slowly start making the switch to green beauty. You can think of these commitments as saving you in medical expenses in the long run.

What are some of the best discoveries you’ve come across in Asia?

I am dying to attend a yoga retreat in Bali! And go back to Shanghai and Thailand, where I lived for a short time a few years ago. There is so much tradition and beautiful cooking techniques that I would like to learn.

As someone who experiences anxiety, what do you do in the moment to deal with it, and after?

Tune into my breath! The second I start to feel anxious or overwhelmed, I close my eyes and take deep, grounding breaths. I imagine a white light flooding my body, starting at my feet to my head. I do this for about five breaths or however long it takes, and it works!

This may be a reach but are there any foods we can eat to target cellulite, scars and dark spots?

Find what food fuels you and makes you feel your best. Eat a diet rich in plants, healthy fats, whole grains and clean proteins. Don’t deprive your body of what it’s craving, practice self-care and you will glow from the inside out!

Lastly, what does conscious living mean to you?

Conscious living to me is finding balance in everyday life. Knowing that not every day will be perfect but doing my best to make mindful decisions in food, career and daily life. Taking time for self-care and loving myself, my family and friends.

“Some days it’s easier than others to stay in flow and in tune with my heart, not letting my mind get to me. And then other days not so easy. But I have come a long way from the days when I had no idea what intuition even was, and as I keep practicing, little by little it all gets easier”

Images courtesy of Tara Curran, Kristine Lo and Chloe Gifkins