There’s no denying that in today’s world, looking after your gut health is incredibly important. Your gut has 10 x more bacteria than we have cells in our body and it’s often a reflection of your overall health, so its functionality is extremely important.
Jessica Sepel is no stranger to these kinds of health struggles. A clinical nutritionist and successful author, Jessica identifies as a foodie who uses nutrition to fuel her mind and body to live a nourishing and healthy lifestyle.
The Canberra Edit caught up with Jessica to chat about her launch of a plant-based protein and probiotic range with Nuzest, her passion for nutrition and the one food she can’t live without.
The launch of this product must’ve been really exciting for you; why did you want to create something like this?
For years, the JSHealth community have been asking me which protein powder I recommend. I’ve always loved and recommended Nuzest, so it naturally made sense for us to collaborate and bring out our own protein powder.
Together, we have created a truly high-quality protein in two of my favourite flavours: cinnamon scroll, and cookies and cream. We’ve added in one of my favourite probiotic strains, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, to nourish the gut flora and support digestion.
Our range is free from gluten, dairy, soy, GMO ingredients and is also 100% vegan. I have been having it every day and so far, the feedback from the community has been incredible, so we’re super proud!
What’s your ideal way of using JS Health X Nuzest products?
There are so many ways. I love using it in my morning smoothie, chia pudding, oats, pancakes, biscuits, mixed with Greek yoghurt and berries for an afternoon snack. The list goes on and on.
What does your ideal day on a plate look like?
7am: I wake up and drink warm lemon water to fire up my digestion and detoxify my body after a good night’s sleep. Once I’ve had my lemon water, I pop a good-quality probiotic, then take a few of my JSHealth Vitamins
8am: Lately, I’ve been having a cinnamon scroll smoothie for breakfast every day. It’s so utterly delicious and I’ve been using the new Nuzest x JSHealth Protein + Probiotics. (try the recipe here). I’ll also have my one-a-day coffee with breakfast.
8.30am: Once I’ve had breakfast, I take the AM vitamin and the Hair + Energy, which both help to boost my energy and give me the essential vitamins that my body needs for my busy working days. I truly can’t imagine starting my days without them. Then, I pop my Skin + Digestion, which helps my skin looking smooth and vibrant.
1pm: I usually have a dark, leafy green salad that’s packed with broccoli, kale and spinach. I pair it with protein, usually fish or chicken and then I add a complex carbohydrate such as brown rice or sweet potato. I also include a good fat like avocado, hummus, or a sprinkle of mixed seeds. I finish with some lemon juice, olive oil and a drizzle of tahini. Delish. I call this my ‘healthy build-a-meal guide which is on the JSHealth App and in my new book, The 12-step Mind-Body-Food Reset which is due to be released on 24 September.
4pm: Time for an afternoon snack. I love having a small handful of nuts, some carrots and cucumbers with hummus or one of my favourites: Greek yoghurt mixed with 1 scoop protein powder, a handful of berries and cinnamon. Pro tip: In summer, I pop it in the freezer for 5-10 minutes and it’s like a homemade froyo. So delicious!
7pm: Dinner is always quick, easy and nourishing. I love food but after a long day at work, the last thing I want to do is slave away over the stove all night. That’s why I love my one-pan dinners. I pop some protein, complex carbs and veggies on an oven tray, then add a good sprinkling of spices including turmeric, cinnamon and curry powder. This goes into the oven for 20-25 minutes and you have a nutritious dinner in no time. Serve with some leafy greens, some healthy fats (nuts, tahini or avocado) and a drizzle of lemon juice to finish. So simple and delicious. After I’ve had dinner, I take my PM Vitamin, which helps to calm the mind and body, and prepares the body for a restful sleep.
8pm: I always have a cup of chai tea, but if I feel like something sweet I’ll have JSHealth dessert, dates with almond butter or a couple of pieces of dark chocolate.
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Nut butters! I love almond, peanut and cashew – I could live on them all!
What was your driving force to become a nutritionist?
I wanted to be a nutritionist since I was a little girl. I remember being on holidays with my grandmother when I was around seven or eight years old. We were at a health retreat and there was a nutritionist there giving a talk on healthy eating. I remember looking at her and thinking that’s what I want to do when I’m older. So, when I finished high school, it was the logical next step. I completed a Bachelor of Health from Macquarie University in 2010 and completed an Advanced Diploma in Nutritional Medicine in 2012.
In this social media era, what’s your biggest piece of advice to someone who is looking to start living a healthier life?
Tune into your body and stop punishing yourself. As women, we put so much pressure on ourselves to follow the perfect diet or meal plan which is often fed or promoted to us from the media. As a result of our diet-obsessed culture, we’re totally disconnected from our bodies because of this inundation of information. It’s time we appreciate how unique and special we all are. It’s time we nourish, not punish our bodies. That’s why I’m promoting the UNDIET movement and helping women all over the world end the toxic cycle of dieting for life.
Jessica Sepel is a clinical nutritionist, best-selling author, international health blogger and the beloved voice behindJSHealth and @jshealth. She is passionate about helping people overcome fad dieting and disordered eating, having gone through her own struggles with food. H. She is the founder of JSHealth Vitamins, a premium range of nutritionally designed vitamins, designed to assist with energy, metabolism, de-bloating, detoxing, hair health, skin health and more. Jessica is also the founder of the JSHealth App, which features a world-first nutrition clinic, hundreds of healthy recipes, a daily meal planner, health guides, body love support and much more.