Jessica Sepel is a health blogger, nutritionist and wellness coach with a popular following for her honest advice and delicious recipes. Beautiful Because were excited to catch up with the Green Queen herself, for advice on healthy living, one of her fave recipes and beauty tips!
Like so many young women, I spent my teenage years and early 20s struggling with negative body image. I tortured myself to the point that food was the enemy. 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.
My clients and the JSHealth community. I learn so much from them and am grateful every day to be able to share wellness and nutrition wisdom with them.
Beauty starts in the kitchen. I believe in fuelling and nourishing my body with real, whole foods. That means clean, unprocessed foods that are as close to their natural state as possible – inner health reflects outside too.
A clean diet is key. This means unprocessed foods with lots and lots of greens, lean protein, and healthy fat from things like nuts, seeds, and oily fish. This is where we obtain most of the vitamins and minerals that are so vital for skin repair – and that coveted glow! So many things we eat contain just what we need for beautiful hair, too. For hair growth, silica is key – include lots of green leafy vegetables, cucumber, zucchini, mango, and beans. Zinc is equally important and can be found in things like eggs, pecans, Brazil nuts, and fresh oysters. Oily fish is another must for shiny hair!
Take one step at a time! If you try to overhaul your diet at one time, you’ll get overwhelmed and frustrated! I generally recommend removing gluten for a trial period to see how you feel, and processed sugar is must to cut out! I think you’ll be amazed by how good you feel just with that simple switch.
That healthy food doesn’t taste amazing. I love whipping up fun recipes to show just how good it really tastes, and how incredible it will make you feel.
Rest, rest rest! That is my number one health tip – people are always on the go. We all need to slow down and make proper rest a priority. Reducing stress is a huge part of that. It’s my belief that stress is what sabotages our health. Take 10-15 minutes every day that are just for you and allow you to mediate, deep breathe, take a bath, read, or simply rest (there it is again!)
I actually have a whole Restart Program specifically for that purpose! The eBook is a gentle guide to cleansing the liver through healthy, wholefoods. You (and your liver) will love it.
My JSHealth readers! Honestly, I am constantly inspired by their beautiful whole food creations and get new ideas and twists on recipes from them all the time.
Greens, of course, but that seems obvious. Honestly, I couldn’t be without my spices! They truly take a meal from ordinary to extraordinary, and they’re so versatile. I am forever trying out new combinations to see what will tickle my taste buds.
I am loving pancakes right now. On a relaxing Sunday morning, I love to prepare a big healthy breakfast for my family. Protein pancakes are always a favourite – they’re so versatile! Simple combine:
Mix all ingredients to achieve a batter consistency. In a medium non-stick fry pan, melt coconut oil. Spoon 3 tbsp of mixture into the pan. Cook for 4 minutes on the first side, then flip and cook for another 3 minutes on the other side. Pile them on your serving plate and top however you wish! I love berries and bananas, or sometimes a dollop of Greek yoghurt and a sprinkle of raw nuts. Delish!
I love drinking tea and reading a good book in an Epsom salt bath – the magnesium is so soothing and relaxing!
Right now I am loving Pilates! I don’t believe in long, strenuous workouts – they stress out the body. My favourite ways to move are yoga, jogging, and weight training a few times a week.
Rest, again. I believe rest is the most important thing we can do for our health and beauty.
Confidence. It makes you glow from the inside out.
Visit Jessica's blog for more inspirational health and nutrition advice: www.jessicasepel.com
By Nina Weston