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7 Times Chris Pratt Was the Wellness Coach We All Need
Chris Pratt is an unexpected champion of self-care. Here's a roundup of all the times he did wellness like a pro.
Chris Pratt has the quintessential rags-to-riches story: From living in a van on Maui to walking the red carpet, he’s seen it all. But through the hardship and success, he has managed to stay humble, playful and easy-going. That may be why he can so effortlessly tear down stereotypes about men and wellness, inspiring all of us to practice self-care, set boundaries and, generally, take it easy. Ready to do wellness like a champion (or rather, a Star-Lord)? Read on for our favorite Chris Pratt wellness moments!
1. When He Made Facials a Thing
Chris Pratt’s glowing skin isn’t just a product of good genes. In a hilarious video posted to his Instagram account, followers came face-to-face with the 38-year-old getting a facial. “In the spirit of Christmas, it’s important to know how much better it feels to give than to receive,” he says, joking about giving his longtime hair and makeup artist Bridget Brager the opportunity to give him a facial.
Licensed aesthetician and beauty expert Gregory Dylan, owner of Gregory Dylan Beauty, has been in the skin care industry for more than 20 years. He notes that he’s seen a recent increase in men, including nonactors, who are interested in skin health. “There’s a little bit of an epiphany that overall for skin health and well-being is more than something that our moms or our girlfriends used to do. Everyone has evolved past that stereotype.”
Up next: Pratt shares some relatable thoughts on emotional eating.
2. When He Opened Up About Emotional Eating and Body-Image Issues
While women tend to be the ones who share experiences with disordered eating, Pratt opened up about his own struggles with body image during a 2014 press conference. “I’m sure I can’t relate to what females go through in Hollywood. But I do know what it feels like to eat emotionally and … to be sad and make yourself happy with food,” he says. “And then to be almost immediately sad again and now ashamed and then to try to hide those feelings with more food. It’s a vicious cycle, and it’s a very real thing.” Pratt proves that anyone can be affected by emotional eating. Feel like you can relate? Try tracking your eating habits in a food journal so that you can identify your triggers and know when to fight back.
Up next: Pratt had an amazing way of dealing with marital troubles.
3. When He and Anna Faris Attempted Couples’ Therapy
Although Chris Pratt and Anna Faris recently separated after eight years of marriage, the former couple worked through hardships in the healthiest possible manner. Back in August a source told People that the two had started couples’ counseling to learn how to co-parent their son, 5-year-old Jack.
Licensed marriage and family therapist, couples counselor and relationship expert Allen Wagner explains that in situations like this it’s important for parents to have ongoing, long-term collaboration. “Some separated parents will experience tremendous amounts of guilt for their child, which can make limit-setting inconsistent, at best,” he says. “Many separated couples will turn to their children as confidants as they seek empathy at the expense of their partner, and this, too, will have negative long-term consequences. Having a safe space to work out awkwardness while remaining proactive is helpful for parents.”
Up next: Fall in love with the lovable star’s snack game.
4. When His On-Set Snacks Were a Nutritionist’s Dream
To maintain his shredded physique while filming “Jurassic World 2,” Chris Pratt had to practice heroic amounts of self-control. In true and hilarious Pratt fashion, he used Instagram as a food diary, popping in with periodic “What’s My Snack” segments. The crush-worthy actor got creative with his healthy bites, which included sashimi, a cucumber egg wrap and a cacao, baobab, banana and chia seed shake. According to “Guardians of the Galaxy” co-star Karen Gillan, Pratt is also a fan of almond butter with an apple or banana between takes. Delicious!
Up next: The hilarious way Pratt calls out body shamers.
5. When He Shut Down Body Shamers
Chris Pratt’s “What’s My Snack” videos were meant to poke fun at celebrities' diets. Nevertheless, some Instagram users took the opportunity to focus on Pratt’s weight. The actor used it as an opportunity to raise awareness about male body shaming.
“So many people have said I look too thin in my recent episodes of #WHATSMYSNACK,” the star writes on Instagram. “Just because I am a male doesn’t mean I’m impervious to your whispers. Body shaming hurts.” And, in true Chris Pratt style, the “Jurassic Park” actor slid a light-hearted joke into the PSA: a photo of a giant dinosaur skull. “To prove my security in the way I look I’m posting a current selfie of me at what I consider a very healthy weight. 500 lbs. Zero percent body fat.”
Up next: Pratt gets real about weight loss.
6. When He Gave Inspiring and Realistic Weight-Loss Advice
Before there was Star-Lord, there was Andy Dwyer from “Parks and Recreation.” And who could help but notice that between the two roles Pratt dropped a staggering 60 pounds? Unlike other celebs who are known for their drastic body transformations — we’re looking at you, Christian Bale — Pratt went at his own pace.
“Six months seems like a long time unless you’re looking backwards,” he tells Self. “All you have to do is just a few things everyday and remain consistent, and time will fly just as fast as it flies if you’re working hard or not. If you just cut the crap out of your diet, and if you spend an hour a day doing something physical that will make you sweat, six months will pass by, you will feel better mentally, physically, spiritually — it all is tied together.” If that doesn’t sound doable, we don’t know what does.
Up next: There is a healthy reason he sets boundaries between himself and his fans.
7. When He Set Boundaries Between Himself and His Fans
If you ever see Chris Pratt in person, don’t ask for a selfie. While he cares for his fans, maintaining a sense of normalcy often comes at a price. For Pratt, it’s having to say no to pictures. “I have to be economical with my time,” he tells Cigar Aficionado. “If I go out and want to do normal things, I have to be comfortable disappointing people. I just don’t take pictures with people. Because that’s not about enjoying the moment; it’s about stealing the moment to brag about later.” The star compensates by offering his fans handshakes.
Everyone can benefit from staying present, which has been shown to lower anxiety, boost our connection with those around us and interrupt negative self-talk. We’d sacrifice a selfie with Pratt any day if it meant he could reap those benefits.