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It’s no secret the Queer Eye cast has changed so many lives, but since the Fab Five works so much together, they’ve also rubbed on each other, helping to make each others’ lives better, too.
We spoke with Jonathan Van Ness about his self-care routine in honor of his Movember Campaign with Planters to help raise awareness for the men’s health movement and to help men tap into self-care. And Jonathan told us that he’s actually learned two big self-care tips from two of his co-stars.
The first technically came from Antoni’s friend Reema Sampat, who appears on Orange Is The New Black who shared a snack so delicious, Antoni has shouted its praises everywhere.
“Antoni’s friend Reema taught us how to make this gorgeous thing, the recipe’s called Reema’s Nuts, and it’s a gorgeous peanut snack that you just put gorgeous stuff on it, I think it’s in his cookbook, and it definitely was on an episode of Queer Eye and it’s fab, so tasty.”
For the record, JVN is right on both counts! You can find Reema’s Masala Nuts in Antoni In The Kitchen, as well as on episode four of the second season of Queer Eye. And he’s right on this, too: They’re gorgeous.
Jonathan also gave Bobby Berk some love, saying that Bobby taught him and the others in the Queer Eye crew how important it is to start small if home decorating is something that’s overwhelming you. And he used it as a genius metaphor for self-care, too.
“He really taught me that if a room is troubling you, focus on one thing to kind of organize it or to build a room around it to kind of streamline the process. And I think actually you could almost look a that in a mental health way too, in that if self-care is just feeling totally overwhelming, could we get curious about maybe a yoga class once a week? Could we get curious about talking to a trusted person about something that’s maybe bothering you? …Just kind of starting small, focusing on that one thing.”
And that actually ties in pretty beautifully to some self-care advice Jonathan gave me, someone who is so exhausted by even the thought of self-care that sometimes I just forget to do it entirely.
“I know for me one thing that prevented me from kind of starting the track towards self-care a lot of times is that kind of like all-or-nothing mentality. It feels like a very daunting, overwhelming task. So I think starting really small is so great…it’s not perfection, it’s all about just making small decisions that you can build into your daily habits,” he continued.
If you’re a person who rocks facial hair, one small thing you can start with is Jonathan’s facial hair grooming tips he shared with Planters. If you’re like me and do not rock a glorious ‘stache, um I guess we all should start with something else? See you at yoga? Time to dust off my mat.