Im so thrilled to introduce you to this weeks inspiration. Jessica Sepel, is a beautiful nutritionist, health blogger and wellness coach. What I love about Jess is that she has been through it all herself and is now using her experiences and struggles to help others find a true love and confidence for their bodies through the power of food and mindfulness. She is so naturally beautiful and you can really see that she nurtures herself from the inside out. She has an amazing ebook called ‘The Clean Life’ it is a huge 400 page guide book to transforming your health, kicking your bad habits and conquering emotional eating.
So Jessica, Describe yourself in one sentence. A health obsessed, loving, sensitive, hard working, passionate and committed gal.
What is your motivation to get up and do what you do everyday? The JSHealth community. Honestly. To have such a tribe of supporters and fans motivates me to wake up and do what I love to do. I feel so supported. I am so grateful.
What or who was it that inspired you to create a change in your life, to help others and to become the lovely human you are today? My family and my incredible partner. They are the ones who helped me uncover my true desires and believed in me every step of the way. In fact, my partner is the one who convinced me to make my blog public! Had it not been for his inspiration and faith, I don’t know that I would have had the courage to do it. Now, through lots of self love and self-care, I am even more grateful for the impact I can make in this world.
What was your wake up call or ‘aha’ moment that you realised you had to make a change or that you wanted to create a change in the world around you? When I realized that I had the ability to change my life through proper nutrition and self-care. I began to feel myself come alive! Through my self-healing, I began telling myself I was worth it; I was capable of helping other people on their own journey to health. I realized I could have a career where I would wake up each day and feel excited about what I was doing. Through my work with clients and now with the release of my book, my dreams are truly manifesting into reality!
Its amazing how nutrition plays such a large part of healing and feeling well, Self Love is so important in this feeling of wellbeing, What would you say are the 3 things you love most about yourself?
I have the capacity for great compassion.
My ability to be honest, both with others and with myself.
I can relate to a variety of people.
So I have read that you had some of your own personal challenges with health, What would you say was your biggest personal hurdle or health challenge? How did you overcome it, how has it changed you and helped you to grow? 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.
Body Image is such a huge issue in our society and now days it effects people from such a young age. What advice would you give to someone who is going through their own personal challenges or hardships? What do you think has helped you most through your darkest times? Slow down. My therapist would always say to me, “Jess, slow down.” And it works! 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.
I love that, I couldn’t agree more, we all need to slow down! I know I definitely do, we get so caught up in trying to achieve things or fit too many things into our lives that we forget to be present. So would you agree that you need to nourish your mind equally as much as the body, if so why? And what is it that you do to achieve this? Yes, absolutely! I do this in several ways – I make it a priority to shut my door for 10 to 15 minutes every day. I put my legs up against the wall and breathe deeply from my belly. Sometimes it’s how I start the day, sometimes it’s how I end it, and sometimes I do it between clients! Whenever I need a little centering, I find it really grounds me. I also write in a gratitude journal. As corny as it might sound, it keeps me grounded and stress-free. You can’t feel stressed when you feel grateful.
Gratitude, is one powerful emotion. Jess, Do you have a favourite inspirational quote, mantra or affirmation? “We are nothing without our health”. Healthy living itself keeps me motivated, energized, and gives me a feeling that I can do anything and everything.
Thank you Jess, Its been an absolute pleasure and Im so very grateful to have you as part of my “You Inspire Me’ series, Would you leave us with your favourite food or recipe creation?
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!
Power Protein smoothie
1 serving of protein powder (100% natural pea, whey or sprouted brown rice protein) OR1 raw egg OR 2 tbsp LSA mix
1-2 tsp stevia
1/2 tsp cinnamon ground
1 tsp vanilla extract/powder (if available)
1 tsp chia seeds
1/2 cup frozen berries
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup spinach leaves
½ cup almond milk
1/2 cup ice blocks (the more ice the creamier!)
1/2 cup coconut water/filtered water
Simply place all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth, then top with homemade granola, nuts or seeds.
That sounds delicious! Hope you guys enjoyed this weeks ‘YOU INSPIRE ME’ with Jessica Sepel. What a beautiful human!
Connect with Jess at:
Web @ www.jessicasepel.com
Facebook @ JSHealth
Instagram @ JSHealth
Twitter @ JessicaSepel