We must take care of our insides to look beautiful on the outside!
Here are a few of my beauty ticks:
Eat Nutritious foods that are high in enzymes and minerals. Minerals and enzymes are key elements that contribute to beautiful skin, nails and hair– Found in dark green leafy veg (spinach, kale, broccoli, rocket), nuts, seeds, fruit, sprouts. Enjoy a green juice a day/green powder formula to make it easier to load up on minerals and enzymes.
Water– stay hydrated. Aim to drink 1.5-2l filtered water daily. This can include some yummy herbal teas. This is the easiest and most effective beauty tip in my opinion. Our bodies need water! Enjoy warm lemon water upon riding to kick start digestion and great for the skin.
Cut sugar- sugar breaks down collagen and causes hormonal havoc. Enjoy a sugar-free diet. Sugar is the main culprit for wrinkles.
Eat good fats– essential for healthy and glowing skin, fats make essential hormones (promoting hormonal balance) and good fats reduce inflammation in the body. My favorite good fats include coconut oil, olive oil, avocado, walnuts, flaxseed, chia seeds and fish. Or invest in a good fish oil supplement that contains EPA + DHA.
Eat Antioxidant rich foods – antioxidants prevent cell damage- this includes skin cells! Antioxidant rich foods include:
I eat all of the above foods with great pleasure!
Zinc it up! Zinc is my favorite mineral. It plays an important role in healing wounds and scar tissue. It is know for rebuilding collagen to make skin glowing and healthy. Zinc is known to prevent signs of aging and skin damage such as wrinkles and stretch marks. It also assists with hormonal balancing. Foods high in zinc include: Oysters, pumpkin seeds, seafood, and nuts. Or invest in a supplement form (our soils are quite low in zinc therefore it can be hard to obtain enough).
I love Vitamin C. Vitamin C is fabulous for skin and very high in antioxidants. Vitamin C also nourishes our adrenal glands, helping with the stress response (stress is the number one beauty killer in my opinion). Foods high in Vitamin C include: Broccoli, cauliflower, parsley, lemon, strawberries, papaya, citrus fruits, dark leafy greens, and capsicum. Or again, invest in a supplement form with the guidance of a health practitioner. I use Vitamin C serum on my skin.
Face Mist- I love Kora’s Balancing Rose Mist– This unique combination provides the skin with antioxidant protection known widely to assist in supporting the skin’s own collagen production.
Sleep – sleep promote rest and repair of our cells. Sleep 7-8 hours a night. This is absolutely the key to good health.
Gut Health is key to beauty– we absorb all of our nutrients in the gut. If our gut is not in top shape, we wont be absorbing the necessary nutrients to make us look and feel beautiful. I believe all of us should be taking probiotics or eating fermented foods to restore good gut bacteria. Reducing our consumption of wheat and gluten can make all the difference for optimal gut health- that is a huge tip!
Rest – stress = inflammation and hormonal imbalance. Schedule in downtime daily such as: power nap, yoga, brisk walk, Epsom salt bath, meditation, and legs up against the wall, deep breathing. Slowing down is my favorite anti-ageing tip. Those who age well, rest well!
Dry body brushing– Use a dry brush for circulation and lymph drainage. Keeping your blood flowing and promoting lymph drainage can help aid glowing skin and reduce cellulite! I dry body brush a few times a week. Found at most health stores.
How to use a dry brush:
Use a soft, natural bristled brush.
Dry brush before your shower every morning.
Use a light pressure as you brush.
Starting at your feet, brush in small movements up towards your heart.
When you are done, take a shower.
Slow down! Life is busy and we must learn to say NO to social expectations, emails, requests, every job opportunity and trying to do it all. This causes us a lot of stress- you may not even be aware of it! We need to prioritise and do one thing at a time. When we feel like too much is going on, its best to stop- reevaluate- slow down- take a break. Your body will so appreciate this from you.
Solitude- I really believe enjoying some solitude and silence in my days helps my body to rebalance itself. Sometimes we can be unaware of how exhausting it is to be around other people all the time. Solitude is a really effective way to reconnect with your own body.
Hi Jessica, I believe in synchronicity so when I was guided to you .on FB I was intrigued and inspired. I turned 46 last week and my husband bought me your book. I wanted to thank you for sharing your wisdom in such a beautifully presented way. My copy is now filled with tabs and post it notes with actual notes throughout. I am dairy intolerant since having my gallbladder removed 15+ years ago, I don't eat meat, very minimal gluten and was told 12 months ago my gut was not digesting my food properly so I wasn't receiving sufficient nutrients and taking supplements would be a waste of time. My weight fluctuates tending to gain rather than lose but now I believe I have a tool to help me bring my body back into balance that I need for my health and longevity of life - so again thank you. The first few steps to creating a stronger path forward for my health has found its foundation in your beautiful book, The Healthy Life.
With kindest regards Samantha
I'm writing this email because I wanted to tell you how much I love your blog and how you really helped me in my health journey. Thank you for sharing all your advices and experiences.
When I started my studies, I was drinking lots of coffee and I was eaten the wrong foods, and feel bad about it, I wasn't at my best. So I had done some research on the net but at first I didn't found advices that are for me, and then I found your blog. It was exactly what I was looking for, good advices and healthy recipes. Now I'm following your advices on rest more, and snacks between meals and prep the meals and take time for myself to reconnect with my body and let go my anxiety, etc, and I have a more balanced life and have a new relationship with food thanks to you.
I bought your book and it's honestly the best book I have ever bought. I suffer from IBS and anxiety. I have paid so much money seeing naturopaths however after reading your book and all of your tips I'm noticing so much of a difference, so simple and easy to follow. And symptoms have dramatically decreased. Also you have helped me to relax. Currently drinking the protein health smoothie! Thankyou your amazing.
Hey Jessica! I haven’t yet brought ‘The Healthy Life’, but I do have the clean life and your slim down plan! I would like to thank you so much for the knowledge your share and the message you put across about health and wellness. I’m studying Nutritional Medicine in Melbourne and absolutely love the philosophy that you share with your JSHealth community. The work you’ve done to show people that leading a healthy lifestyle isn’t boring, tasteless, difficult or depriving is amazing and hope to share the message myself one day. You’ve inspired me to start my own blog , to share the message and have taught me so many things about my own health! You should be proud of your achievements! Thank you again
I searched for help and tips through the Internet and found Jessica Sepel. This is seriously not exaggerated, but she was the reason why I have dared myself to eat again, to have snacks in between, to nourish my body. I could slowly improve my negative thoughts about my body image and my stupid anxiety of gaining weight. Besides, The Cleanest Gut was awesome too! A huge thank you! Especially from my mum. Seriously, without you I wouldn’t be where I am now!
Congratulations on your new book! It looks absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been following you on Instagram for a few years and you’ve inspired me to slowly but surely eat healthier without giving myself a hard time when I don’t. It made me so happy (and weirdly proud) to see the Daily Mail article on The Healthy Life. I remember trying out your recipes before you even had your eBook out! I can’t wait to get my hands on the book. Keep up the great work.
Cooking in this way truly brought out the foodie in me and has instilled a huge passion for health and wellness! Life throws you hard and frustrating things sometimes but I truly believe that this is where we learn more about ourselves and what our passions in life are! Thank you for inspiring me on my journey to health and wellness!
I am a yoga teacher in Johannesburg and am thrilled to have bought your book today. I love making healthy, nutritious food for my family, friends and fellow yogis! Thank you for this book and your inspiration (had to share a pic of my book on my recipe stand in the kitchen).
I bought your beautiful book during the week and told my bestie to go out and buy it also! I love love love it. It is the book I would give to my younger self if I could (I am 41 years old). Everything is just so sensible and informative and is definitely a book all teenagers should have. This should be a text book for girls becoming teens. I will love going back and re-reading it many many times and can't wait to make more of the recipes. Thank you Jess - you are an incredibly inspiring woman and you should feel so proud
My fiancé bought your book and we have cooked some of your meals. Amazing! I love your outlook on a healthy lifestyle and your hints and tips with preparing tasty meals are fantastic. Thanks for reviving us to live a healthier lifestyle and get our bodies wedding ready.
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