Jessica Sepel (BHSc, Adv Dip Nutr. Med.) is the face of health and lifestyle brand, JSHealth. Jessica’s approach to a healthy lifestyle is informed by a well researched understanding of nutrition and complimented by a passion to achieve physical and psychological balance.
Jessica has just released her first hardcopy book, ‘The Healthy Life’ internationally, topping bestseller lists in Australia and South Africa. JSHealth aims to inspire people to live the best possible lifestyle by finding and maintaining a healthy relationship with their bodies through food and exercise.
Emanating from this is the desire to make healthy living glamorous and desirable, through healthy travel and the creation of a ‘clean’ lifestyle. Ultimately, the message behind JSHealth is that in order to feel better, we must first be better.
7am: I wake up to a warm lemon water to fire up digestion and detoxify my body after a good night’s sleep. Sometimes I’ll also take a shot of apple cider vinegar before my morning meditation, and then I’ll do a 30-45 minute yoga, high intensity cardio or weights session.
8am: Breakfast is usually a power protein smoothie topped with mixed nuts and seeds, homemade granola with organic Five: Am Greek yoghurt, gluten-free oats topped with organic yoghurt, or 2 eggs – boiled or scrambled with steamed greens and avocado.
10:30am: 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 between clients and meetings.
1pm: I usually have a dark, leafy green salad (packed with broccoli, kale and spinach) with a portion of protein (fish, chicken, lean grass-fed meat or beans) with a complex gluten-free carbohydrate (quinoa, brown rice or sweet potato). I also include a good fat like avocado, hummus, or a sprinkle of mixed seeds. My favourite salad dressing is a combination of olive oil, tahini, lemon juice and Dijon mustard.
4pm: It’s important for me to have a snack mid-afternoon to keep my blood sugar stable until dinner. I love a cup of herbal tea with a quarter cup of raw nuts, or veggie sticks with a healthy dip or my homemade froyo: organic Five:Am Greek yoghurt mixed together with a scoop of clean protein powder, cinnamon and a little stevia to sweeten – add to freezer for 30 minutes. This is also an ideal time to take a 30-minute switch off – or, as I call it, go into The Stress Free Zone. I make this a priority every single day. Sometimes I’ll simply shut the door, put my legs up the wall and rest. I also love to read, meditate, practice yoga, go for a walk – whatever it is, it’s done with my phone turned off!
7pm: I try to have dinner as early as possible, so I typically eat at 7:00. One of my favourite dinners is herb and almond crusted snapper or salmon with cauliflower mash and steamed broccoli and green beans. My fiancé and I love cooking together – we just moved into our first home together and have been having so much fun breaking in the kitchen!
8pm: I always have a cup of chai tea, but if I feel like something sweet I’ll have dessert at about 8:00 once I’ve switched off for the night. Enjoying a couple squares of quality dark chocolate, 2 dates with almond butter, or some Greek yoghurt with berries and cinnamon.
To find out more about Jessica head to: http://www.jessicasepel.com/