What Do I Eat? I Chat With Jess Sepel

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I had the privilege of chat to Jess Sepel from JS Health about what my typical day on a plate looks like. Jess is a beloved voice behind the ‘JSHealth’ brand and one of Australia’s most sought after health and wellness advocates, encouraging a balanced lifestyle filled with delicious and nourishing wholefoods and recipes. You can read the full interview here, but here’s a snap shot…

Things you may not know about me. I was a competitive gymnast and did sports acrobatics, where I became the Australian sports acrobatics champion at age 14.

My food philosophy? If food comes straight from the earth, eat it! If it has a label, question it. 

A typical day in your life … On most days, I start with a 45–minute brisk walk in nature. On the days I don’t do a morning walk, I do a 30-minute HIIT class at the gym. I swear by the benefits weight training for women. It makes me feel strong and is the key to a faster metabolism. More about what I eat

My kids are fussy eaters. Mealtime battles are common and pleasing everyone’s taste buds is no easy feat. Meals can range from fish and [hidden] vegetable bakes, salmon and roasted sweet potato, meatballs, fish tacos, homemade [hidden] vegie pizza, or crumbed lamb cutlets. I’m a big fan of one-pot and one-pan dinners.

Coffee or tea? Both. In the morning, it’s coffee. In the afternoon, it’s tea. At the moment, I’m loving dandelion.

What is your indulgence of choice? Chocolate. I eat it almost daily.

What are three foods you can’t live without? Avocado, mushrooms and broccoli. I eat these foods almost daily.

What’s your go-to snack when you’re on the run?  Nuts. When I crave something sweet, I try to have a stash of my homemade brownie bites in the fridge or freezer.

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What advice would you give to someone who is starting out on their health journey? Listen to your body. Just because something works for someone else, it doesn’t mean it works for you. Avoid following the fads. Healthy eating need not be complicated. The basic principles never really change. As for fitness, just simply find ways to move more, or find an activity you love and stick to it.