Modeling since the age of seventeen, this jill of all trades actress is now also embarking on the road to wellness at 44 years of age. Natalia Marie recently spoke with asienne about continuing her education as a Board-Certified Holistic Nutrition and Wellness Practitioner. Her personal blog is found here.
A: What inspired you to pursue your wellness certificate ?
NM: I always thought that I’m too old to go back to school but I guess you’re never too old to learn. A lot of people don’t realize what’s in their food and I want to help educate others with a good lifestyle, eating all-natural foods and not just processed foods because I’ve done that before–I went back to processed foods and it made me feel worse.
I was ill for six to eight months. I decided I needed to change the way I eat. It is true that what you put into your body makes a difference in how you feel and everything.
I had chronic fatigue syndrome. Not a lot of people know what [it] is. They think it’s all made up.
A: What is your message to Asian(Americans) when it comes to wellness?
NM: I grew up as an American adoptee, so I grew up with American food with meat and potatoes and all that. With Asian communities–I never grew up on Asian food–but I think it’s important to know that when going out to eat at restaurants and fast foods that these are processed foods with High Fructose in them which can cause health problems, fatigue and can have a lot on how you feel physically.
A: Can you share with us what you’re working on right now?
NM: I take little breaks. I don’t push myself.
So, I’ve taken a break doing photo shoots so I can concentrate more on the schooling and the health part of it.
A lot of people go through stress and I’ve gone through it myself. Stress can put a factor on your health and I just want to educate other people about wellness and holistic food and going back to the basics.
I try not to overwhelm myself–especially with my schooling–I want to focus on that.
A: Do you have a dream project in mind?
NM: I would love to work with Lucy Liu because she’s the reason I went into acting. I thought, “If she can do that, then I can do that.” I also know she does direct so that’d be cool!
A: What’s one particular wellness tip you live by? Or can you expand more on stress with women and the importance of taking breaks?
NM: The importance of taking breaks is because you want to recharge, you want to clear your mind, body, and soul and think of what you want to do next because there’s a lot of goals you want to achieve whether they’re short-term or long-term.
Overwhelming your mind is not healthy.
Taking breaks, whether that’s one or two years of doing something and moving on to something else, and then going back to it at a later time is important.
A lot of people have a lot of things they want to do and they put things on the back burner. I’ve always wanted to share my music but I never had the chance to do that because I’ve been busy with other things.
It’s important to listen to your body physically [speaking]. Know when it’s time to stop and just rest.
For me, [I know] my body can’t handle heavy labor. I’ve done all that.
For more on Natalia, check her out on instagram at nataliamarie74.
This interview was slightly edited for clarity and condensed for time.