Sitchu BlogPEOPLETips from Health & Lifestyle Blogger Jessica Sepel on How to Stay Happy and Healthy in Winter

Posted 15 Jun 17

Tips from Health & Lifestyle Blogger Jessica Sepel on How to Stay Happy and Healthy in Winter

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!

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With winter fast approaching, what are your 5 tips for avoiding the flu and staying healthy?

  • Lots of water
  • Avoid refined sugar
  • Commit to stress reducing exercises – yoga, belly breathing and slowing down
  • Vitamin C and Zinc caps – under the guidance of a nutritionist
  • Eat lots of warming foods

What role does food play in fighting off a head cold/ flu?

The nutrients in food play an integral role in boosting immunity. Different types of food have the potential to impact gut health, which is important because 80% of our immune system lies in the gut. I’d recommend staying clear of gluten to boost your immune system and heal your gut!

Do you have any go-to vitamins and nutrients to boost immune support?

My go-to’s in winter are Vitamin C, zinc and fish oil.

What are your favourite top 3 recipes that you are loving this winter?

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In the winter months, it can be hard to pull yourself out of bed to exercise. What are your top winter workouts?

I honestly believe that you need to listen to your body. I use winter as a sort of stay at home health retreat. I slow down and instead of forcing myself to do intense work outs I prioritise yoga, pilates and slow walks in nature. I try not to overdo it. I do like to do two days of interval training (quick and effective). But it is also important to forgive yourself if you do not have the time or energy – you will have it again another day!

What pre-and post workout snacks do you recommend to fuel your body for these workouts?

Protein and carbs are needed! The JSHealth Power Protein Smoothie is a perfect snack to energise your body before a work out, or to regain energy after.

Complete this sentence. When I begin to feel sluggish, the first thing I do is…

Rest. I listen to my body, have early nights and less rushing. Plus lots of greens!

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VAUCLUSE / EASTERN SUBURBS

How long have you lived in Vaucluse and what made you decide to live in this area?

I feel so fortunate to be living in Vaucluse. This is the area I grew up in. I recently came back from being in LA and I feel so lucky to have found a very happy home here on our return. My entire, immediate and extended, family live within walking distance! 

When it’s cold outside, where is your favourite local to grab a bite to eat?

My kitchen! Otherwise my favourite local hot spots include:

Where are your go-to healthy spots in the Eastern Suburbs during the cooler months?

I absolutely love to enjoy a chai latte at Bondi Wholefoodsor go to My Asana for a cosy yoga class!

Where do you like to shop for fresh produce?

I love to stock up on all things organic, wholesome and healthy at Bondi Health Emporium.

Explore all that Vaucluse has to offer in our Sitchu suburb guide.

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