Jessica Sepel is on a mission to help you rebuild your relationship with food, your body and mind.
Jessica chats with us about gut health, her favourite recipes, nutrition tips and shares her day on a plate.
What’s your food philosophy?
I just stick to clean, wholefoods. Nothing from a packet and nothing processed, though I don’t put pressure on myself to eat perfectly. I also have a commitment to health, so it’s not even a negotiation to me – health comes first. I also practice mindful eating as much as I can, which is as important as making a healthy food choice – mindful eating tips can be found in my new book, The Healthy Life.
Following the release of your latest ebook The Cleanest Gut – tell us, why is gut health so important?
I truly believe that health and happiness lies in the gut- literally. The gut is responsible for the production of serotonin, the happiness hormone and 80% of our immune system is found there. Gut health is neglected by almost everyone – yet it’s so important. People are looking to lose weight by restricting themselves and over exercising, when sometimes their bodies are so overloaded with toxins and digestive issues, that the last thing our bodies are going want to do is to burn fat and release even more toxicity into our bodies (as fat is where toxins are stored). Poor gut health shows itself in many ways, so I wrote this based on my clinical experience for anyone who suffers from bloating, constipation, IBS, skin breakouts and low mood & immunity.
What’s your favourite recipe from your new e-book?
My gluten free banana bread or my sugar free bliss balls – divine!
Top 3 things to improve gut health?
- Cleanse your gut! Take it back to basics and get rid of the toxins, then slowly build back up the good bacteria
- Listen to your body and how you feel after eating – everyone is different, so it’s important to eat intuitively and get to know what works for you
- Invest in a good probiotic, as maintaining healthy gut bacteria is important for digestive health
What’s your average day on a plate?
I wake up to a warm lemon water to fire up digestion and detoxify my body after a good night’s sleep.
My 8:00 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.
By 1:00 my belly is ready for lunch – I usually have a dark, leafy green salad with a portion of protein (fish, chicken, lean grass-fed meat or beans) with quinoa or brown rice. 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, miso paste and dijon mustard – yum!
I have a snack around 4:00 to keep my blood sugar stable until dinner. I love a cup of herbal tea with a quarter cup of raw nuts, or perhaps a homemade bliss ball. I try to have dinner as early as possible, so I typically eat at 7:00. One of my favourite dinners is salmon with cauliflower mash and steamed broccoli – I love cruciferous vegetables.
And I make room for a treat! I always have a cup of chai tea, but If I feel like something sweet I’ll have dessert at about 9:00. Enjoying a couple squares of quality dark chocolate, 2 dates with almond butter, or a homemade cacao ball is a great way to end the day.
Lastly, what’s next for you?
I am releasing my hardcopy book, The Healthy Life, in August 2015 which I’m so excited about. I’m also getting married to the love of my life, Dean, in December this year. I’m on business in LA at the moment and absolutely loving this lifestyle, so everything is happing for me at JSHealth and I feel so blessed to have an amazing community to share in my health journey!
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