Wellness Blogger and Media Contributor
Name: Chelsea Williams, MPH, CCPH
What city do you call home: Washington, DC
Occupation: Certified Communicator in Public Health, Plant-Based Wellness Blogger, and Lifestyle Media Contributor
Your blog ThatsChelsea.com is a great resource for all things plant based, beauty and wellness related. Why did you decide to create it: I transitioned to a plant-based diet after years of living with thyroid disease. Shortly after the completion of my undergraduate program, I experienced a series of thyroid storms. An endocrinologist then diagnosed me with Hypothryroidism. The endocrinologist explained that going forward, I would live the rest of my life with adverse health effects such as weight gain, hair loss, lethargy, fatigue and symptoms that mimic clinical depression. I didn’t want to accept that as my way of life. I started to do some research on the plant-based diet. At that time, I didn’t see very many women of color online that were talking about this lifestyle.
During that time in my life, I was working as a reimbursement case manager at a contract research organization that supported a large pharmaceutical company. Insured and uninsured patients with Crohn’s disease or multiple sclerosis would call to request financial assistance for their medication. (Which was thousands of dollars regardless of their current coverage status.) As part of my role, I would approve or deny their request for financial assistance based on their income and/or insurance provider. Day after day, patients would call in, clearly in pain, to request help. Some even threatened to take their own lives if my employer could not provide them with the assistance they needed. I felt a sense of extreme guilt and left the company. I thought to myself, “There must be a way to help prevent the onset of these diseases.” I then decided to pursue a Master of Public Health in Nutrition and start my platform blog to share what I learned, as well as to serve as a creative outlet.
What advice would you share with someone who would like to transition their diet to include more plant based foods: My advice to someone who would like to transition their diet to include more plant-based foods would be to start each day with a plant-based meal. Whether it be a green smoothie or a bowl of fruit, starting your day with plant foods is a great way to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet.
You share amazing recipes on your blog. Can you share with us one of your favorites: I love my Summer Sun Juice recipe! I always feel so energized after I drink it. I would recommend this for anyone who is struggling with a sluggish lymphatic system.
The wellness and green beauty industries are growing rapidly. Why do you think that is: It is my belief that people are fatigued by the fact that they are not feeling their very best. Wellness education and awareness is also seemingly more readily available than ever before thanks to social media and other digital communication tools. The general public is starting to understand the correlation between wellness and illness.
We live in a digital world and sometimes the effects of social media can be detrimental to our health. How do you find balance between being socially active and not overly consumed by your digital devices: I try to remember that to a certain extent, social media is only one aspect of my life. It factors into my daily lifestyle along with exercise, quality time with family and friends, church, and culinary interests. I find balance by intentionally scheduling time away from my digital devices.
What are some of your favorite beauty and wellness trends: I try not to get too caught up in beauty and wellness trends. I am always trying to find ways to simplify my life. Part of that for me is just doing what I know works . Clean, organic, water-rich, plant-based foods, exercise, and laughter have always worked well for me.
How did you discover green beauty: I discovered green beauty after being diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and discovering that my home was filled with endocrine disruptors. I was already transitioning to a plant-based diet, but wanted to make a complete lifestyle shift in hopes that these changes would positively impact my health.
Tell us about your beauty staples. What beauty products are always in your makeup bag: I love a good cat eye! Zuzu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner in “Raven” has been my liner of choice for years. I also really like Lily Lolo Natural Vegan Mascara in “Black” or Fitglow Beauty’s Vegan Good Lash Mascara. I always keep LXMI’s Nilotica Lip Melt and LXMI’s Pure Nilotica Melt Tube to moisture my lips and skin throughout the day.
“The choices I make now will break generational curses of disease and positively impact my future family members.”
You have a gorgeous complexion. What are your skincare must haves: Thank you! Honestly, I always blush when people tell me that I have great skin. I see things that I want to improve upon, but recognize that I am my own worst critic! Right now I am loving ULIV Skincare’s Golden Glow Oil Cleanser. It really does make my skin glow! I usually tone with Alteya Organics Organic Bulgarian Rose Water, and moisturize with WELEDA’s Renewing Wild Rose Lotion. For sun protection, I prefer COOLA’s Full Spectrum 360 Sun Silk Drops in SPF 30. I also use my Skin Gym daily.
Can you name a beauty product that you’ve recently tried and were blown away by the results: Honestly pHresh’s magnesium-enriched, baking soda-free sticks and probiotic mists have changed the game for me! I rarely have to reapply throughout the day because they perform SO well. No underarm irritation and the price point is great!
Favorite luxury product: KHUS+KHUS Bleu Body Wax is everything! It’s so therapeutic and the rich blue color is gorgeous! I love applying this moisturizer as soon as I step out of the shower and my skin is still damp. My skin LOVES it!
Favorite drugstore product: Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap in “Rose.”
Favorite green beauty dupe: My favorite dupe for Fenty Beauty’s Killawat in “Trophy Wife” is Cocokind’s Sunrei Reishi Gold Highlighter.
Hair-care must haves: I have very coarse, dry curls. On most wash days, I mix a can of organic full-fat coconut milk into my shampoo. I have a DIY recipe that I use:
2/3 Cup Dr. Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap
1/2 Cup BPA-free can of Organic Non-GMO Coconut Milk
1 Tbsp. Vegetable Glycerin
Optional: 2-3 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
When I’m on the go, I prefer to use Innersense Organic Beauty’s Hydrating Hair Collection. You can use code: chelsea10 at Citrine Natural Skin for a discount.
Go-to shop for eco-friendly and ethical brands: I can’t say that I have a single go-to shop for eco-friendly and ethical brands. However, I do make a conscious effort to support small, local brands in whatever city I’m in.
Can you share your favorite beauty secret with us: Nettle leaf tea is something that I drink almost daily. It helps keep my hair naturally dark and stimulates growth.
Why do you think self-care is so important: I view self-care and self-preservation as an investment into my future. I invest in my health so that I can live a full and abundant life later. The choices I make now will break generational curses of disease and positively impact my future family members.
Who inspires you: Lalah Delia of Vibrate Higher Daily.
Final Thought: Never lose your inner voice.
Thank you for sharing Chelsea! Guys, make sure to follow Chelsea on Instagram at @thatschelsea and subscribe to her blog to get great wellness tips and learn about her upcoming speaking engagements. <3