Balanced Babes: Interview with Jessica Sepel
Jessica Sepel is the real deal. As a nutrionist, health blogger, and wellness coach (not to mention a mega babe!) she has a beautifully balanced and holistic approach to healthy eating - one that includes indulging in a couple of glasses of red when she feels like it!
Along my own health journey Jess has been a huge source of inspiration and I often head to her blog for healthy recipes and info. You can now grab all that inspo in her new eBook The Clean Life which is full of healthy recipes and tips on healthy living.
I'm super excited to have her here! Get ready to be inspired, let's dive in.
01. What does living a big, juicy, healthy life mean to you?
It means balance. It means putting myself first. It means making the choice to eat nutritious foods that keep my body functioning optimally. It means moving my body in ways that I love. It means waking up and feeling amazing about myself. It means having the energy and passion to achieve my goals; to live the life of my dreams.
02. How did you get there? What made you chose to make your health a priority?
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 realized 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.
03. Can you share a great piece of advice you’ve been given?
Slow down. My therapist would always say to me, “Jess, slow down.” When I slow down - I am more present in my own life. And nothing scares me more than watching my life just pass by. When I slow down, I take better care of my body. When I slow down I am able to think clearer and work more efficiently. When I slow down, my body heals itself. When I slow down, the blessings of my life become very clear. We all need to slow down.
Amelia: I hear that!
04. What inspires you? What gets you bursting with excitement, leaping out of bed, and losing track of time?
The JSHealth community. Honestly. To have such a tribe of readers and supporters motivates me to wake up and do what I love to do. I am so grateful.
05. What does your perfect day look like?
Waking up after a quality night of sleep to quiet meditation – whether it’s writing in my gratitude journal or yoga, something to center me and get me connected. Then a big, beautiful breakfast with my partner, followed by a day of exploring – perhaps at the beach, biking, just spending time together. The evening would be spent preparing a healthy, hearty meal for my family. I love when we have the opportunity to cook and eat together! The perfect ending would be soaking in an Epsom salt bath – perhaps with a glass of wine – followed by getting cosy in bed with a book. Delicious!
06. What reinvigorates you when you’re feeling a little less sparkly and vibrant than normal, or when that inner critic just won’t shut up?
I write in my gratitude journal. As corny as it might sound, it keeps me grounded and stress-free. You can’t feel stressed when you feel grateful.
07. I love soaking up the knowledge of the people around me - what is your favourite question to ask people?
How do you manifest your dreams? I love to ask that question – either they already know the power of positive thinking and are excited to open up about it – or it gets them thinking if they’ve never considered it before!
08. What’s your favourite tip to make healthy living easy?
Preparation is key. Thinking ahead. It’s very important to set aside some time each day or at the beginning of the week to prepare healthy meals and snacks. That way, you’ll have plenty of great options available at all times - especially when you’re in a rush!
Weirdest healthy food or practice you’ve tried? Cooking grated carrots on the stove like porridge. I just started doing this and I am in love – probably because I love anything related to carrot cake. Weird, right? Try it!
Favourite travel destination? Thailand. I want to get married there I love it so much.
Quote you love? We are nothing without our health.
What cracks you up? My family. I absolutely love spending time with them – my two beautiful sisters and I laugh together for hours.
Who do you think deserves a big high 5? Kate, my blog and social media assistant. She keeps me on my toes!
Awesome book to read? “Rushing Woman Syndrome” by Dr. Libby Weaver. Every modern day female should read this – it’s about the impact of rushing and stress on the body.
Feeling inspired to live a gorgeous healthy life? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!