17: Teri Hatcher - TV Star Talks About How to Be Positive Change - Desperate Housewives


Teri Hatcher has been acting since 1985. Some of the most notable shows that she has starred in are Desperate Housewives and Lois & Clark. She is also a family friend that we run into when we are in Maine. It’s an honor to have her on the show today as we talk about health, her new YouTube shows, and her mission to create positive change in the world.

We asked Teri why she chose YouTube, and her answer is surprising. We also talk about her Don't Eat "It" Out of a Box show and the mission to empower people to educate themselves about their food choices. Her show Van Therapy is about getting people to talk to each other even when they may not agree. It also features her classic 1978 VW campervan. Teri shares knowledge and wisdom and gives her unique perspective on life, health, and being a helpful energy to the world.  

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Show Notes

  • [01:15] Teri has two shows on YouTube. They are Don't Eat "It" Out of a Box and Van Therapy. She loves the immediacy of YouTube.

  • [01:39] YouTube is a place where she can share her ideas that she is passionate about. She wanted to create a channel where she could help Inspire positive change.

  • [02:06] She wants to help people avoid eating processed foods and hidden sugars in an economical and accessible way.

  • [02:44] She has had a vintage 78 VW camper for several years. She wanted to use it and Van Therapy to create a space where people can talk.

  • [03:51] When we talk to each other, we discover that we are not as far apart as we think.

  • [04:01] Teri wants to inspire change with healthy eating habits and the way we think about people who are different than us.

  • [05:17] Teri has had her van for over 15 years.

  • [05:55] A metaphor for traffic stacking up behind her is that she is doing the best that she can.

  • [06:38] it's a peaceful place to accept that you are doing the best that you can.

  • [07:23] Teri's producer usually arranges her guests.

  • [08:16] She uses a wheel to help people open up and release their inhibitions.

  • [10:20] The first thing that comes to Teri's mind about health is exercise. It has helped her live a healthy, happy life. She has to push herself to do it, but it makes her feel great.

  • [11:33] Doro feels it is important to eat well and exercise her mind. She also takes time for herself to be mindful and take a walk in nature.

  • [12:24] Tricia also thinks that exercise is important. If exercise were a pill, you would want to take it everyday. Drink your water. Staying hydrated is so important.

  • [13:34] Teri also feels mindfulness is super beneficial.

  • [14:15] We can change our lives by changing the way that we look at things.

  • [15:07] Teri's van is named Penelope or the Scooby Doo van.

  • [16:11] Teri created broccoli french fries in order to get her friends toddler to eat broccoli.

  • [17:03] She was inspired by watching Fed Up. Processed foods and the advertising are really misleading.

  • [19:46] Teri is helping to educate people and the more educated people become the more motivated they are to create change.

  • [20:20] Teri tries to make healthy food that isn't complicated.

  • [22:24] People tend to respond to foods they can hold in their hands.

  • [22:58] She also did a show on how to slice a radish with a mandolin. Add salt and olive oil and it emulates a potato chip.

  • [23:47] Using lettuce as a taco shell is also valuable. She also made a red sauce with anchovies in it.

  • [24:34] Teri wants to tell the stories that she wants to tell. She does like being in the comedic genre.

  • [25:29] She is also working on a one woman show and may be in a show based in London. She is lucky to fill her time with creative outlets.

  • [26:16] In the past, she has been on The Love Boat, MacGyver, The Big Picture, Lois & Clark, Desperate Housewives, and lots of movies.

  • [29:06] She now has time to pay attention to what she cares about. She wants to be a helpful energy to people.

  • [30:30] Everyone should read Man's Search for Meaning and The Year of Magical Thinking.

  • [31:57] Teri doesn't have a favorite quote, but she is a Pema Chödrön and Ralph Waldo Emerson fan.

  • [33:37] She would tell her 30-year-old self to be easier on herself and be mindful of the present.

  • [34:21] She loves food and her favorite meal is the "I must love you a lot eggplant casserole".

  • [36:06] If she could sit next to someone at dinner it would be Martha Stewart.

Links and Resources:

Fed Up

Man's Search for Meaning

The Year of Magical Thinking

The Best of Pema Chödrön: Life, Quotes, and Books

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The thing that makes YouTube the most exciting is the immediacy of it.” -Teri Hatcher

“I really wanted to create a channel where I could help inspire positive change.” -Teri Hatcher

“By talking to each other, we discover that we are not as far apart as we may think.” -Teri Hatcher