From fad dieter to health and lifestyle Guru, 28-year-old Jessica Sepel (JSHealth) has become one of Sydney’s most popular voices on health and nutrition. After years of carb-restricting, artificially-sweetening and scale-fearing, Jessica has healed her turbulent relationship with food and her own body through practicing self-love and viewing food as a source of nourishment – rather than the enemy. Now a qualified nutritionist, author, health blogger and wellness coach, Jessica has garnered a wide and diverse community of followers. Through considering both lifestyle and diet, Jessica advocates a holistic philosophy that connects the mind, body and soul. We spoke with Jessica about how to stay healthy throughout the winter months.
What inspired you to become a wellness and lifestyle advocate? Have you always loved food and healthy living?
I was fortunate enough to grow up in a healthy household that preached balance in every way. My mum has always been an amazing, healthy cook – using the freshest ingredients and creative flavours. I sadly lost that sense of balance as a teenager, but came back to it after my studies. My grandma (another food inspiration in my life) took me to a health retreat for my 14th birthday and I knew then and there that I wanted to be a nutritionist.
From blogging to recipe books to creating your own health program: what drives you to keep building the JSHealth community?
The people. I genuinely care about them. I have never focused on the numbers, the business or the dollars. I care about helping people live a healthier life and helping them build healthy relationships with themselves and their bodies. The community is what keeps me inspired and motivated. The JSHealth way involves helping people transform their lives by practicing balance and giving up dieting for life. There is nothing more motivating for me!