Jessica Sepel could easily be mistaken for thinking that is a genetically blessed mermaid, what with her beautiful, long glossy blonde hair and stunning hazel eyes. Like many, Jess’s health and wellness journey started from self experience when she overhauled her life in her early 20’s after restrictive eating and poor nourishment left her anxious and unhappy. Jess has come a long way since then with her own book, regular appearances in Vogue and most recently starring in a tv commercial for Nature’s Own.
She is Australia’s darling in the health and wellness scene and we couldn’t wait to chat with her and find out a little bit more about what makes her tick.
I hope you enjoy this.
Tell us a little about your journey and who you are?
I am Jessica Sepel – a Sydney based clinical nutritionist, author and health blogger. Like so many young women, I spent my teenage years and early 20s struggling with negative body image. I tortured myself to the point where food was the enemy, and my body a burden. It took time, but I realised that hating my body was impacting every aspect of my life. From that point on, I committed to understanding nutrition and how my body works. It shifted my mentality. I now view food as a source of nourishment. I ate in a way to heal my mind and body. It simply makes me feel the best I have ever felt. I wake up with so much energy and zest for life, and that is all because of my commitment to healthy living.
What does the term ‘listening to your body’ mean to you?
The trick to weight loss and a balanced diet is to listen to your body. Counting calories and eating to an ‘average’ calculated by a computer or someone who has never met you is absurd! We are all so different – biochemically and physiologically – so why on earth should our calorie count be the same? Metabolism comes into it too – your body will break down food differently to mine, or your best friend, sister, or Mum. Think about it this way – if there was one diet that worked for everyone, wouldn’t we all be on it by now? Listen to your body and nourish it accordingly. Your body is beautifully unique, so treat it that way.
What is your health and wellness philosophy?
My mantra is: We are nothing without our health. Healthy living keeps me motivated, energized, and gives me a feeling that I can do anything and everything. I want to share this feeling with you.
You create some amazing recipes, what would be your favourite go to meal?
I love a good smoothie! My Power Protein smoothie topped with homemade granola is my all-time favourite. I could have it for breaky, lunch and dinner – a fantastic grab and go meal when life gets busy.
What are your ‘non negotiables’ when it comes to your health?
Not surprisingly, it’s getting 8 hours of sleep! I prioritise rest and believe that getting a solid 8 hours is truly the best thing we can do for ourselves.
Do you have any bad habits? If so, what are they?
I guess sometimes I am a perfectionist. Often we get caught up in trying to be perfect – and trying eat perfectly. This is not healthy! Instead, we should listen to our bodies, and give it what it needs. It’s okay to indulge from time to time – in fact, it’s healthy! Striving for perfection is not. Some times I have to remind myself of that!
What is your morning routine?
I wake up to a warm lemon water to fire up digestion and detoxify my body after a good night’s sleep.
My 8:00AM breakfast is usually a power protein smoothie topped with mixed nuts and seeds, homemade granola with organic Greek yoghurt, gluten-free oats, or 2 eggs – boiled or scrambled with steamed greens and avocado.
Mid-morning is green juice time, typically kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, lemon and ginger. I often add a handful of raw walnuts or raw veggies with nut butter or hummus. I also love to visit my local coffee shop for my one coffee per day ritual. This is a ritual I really cherish!
We all have people in our lives who think we are a little nuts when it comes to our health habits- how do you deal with those people?
For me – there is no better investment then my health. Health is so important, it’s what keeps your body and mind working at its optimum level. Everyone has a different idea of what is ‘healthy’, and I appreciate that sometimes they don’t link up with mine. But that is okay!
Often we get caught up in trying to be perfect – and trying eat perfectly. This is not healthy! Instead, we should listen to our bodies, and give it what it needs.
What is the single best thing you believe someone should do to get their health and wellness journey started?
One step at a time. I always encourage my clients to look inward first. Identify any emotional barriers; what is stopping them from achieving their health goals? I want them to build up their self-esteem and love for themselves first, and ask themselves “Do I feel worthy of being healthy and having the body I desire?” Once they feel worthy, they usually shift their negative behaviours toward positive ones. When we have enough love and respect for who we are, we start to show our bodies unconditional love and respect by practicing healthy living. It is, in essence, the greatest act of self-love. People should view their bodies as their sacred temple.
Find Jess at:
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/+JessicaSepelJSHealth
I hope you have enjoyed another inspirational interview with Christina. Stay tuned next Sunday to be inspired all over again.