Day on a Plate: Melissa Ambrosini

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Melissa Ambrosini is an incredible author, speaker, entrepreneur, self-empowerment coach and long time friend of JSHealth. She exudes positivity, energy and a divine light everywhere she goes – not to mention, she creates some delicious, gut-friendly and nourishing foods! She’s super passionate about empowering women to start living their dreams – in Mel’s own words, it’s time to kick some inner Mean Girl ass! You can start by reading her Day on a Plate…

 

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself – who you are and what you do.

 

My name is Melissa Ambrosini and I am the bestselling author of Mastering Your Mean Girl, I am a speaker, entrepreneur and self empowerment coach. I help empower women to unlock their full potential so they can become wildly wealthy, fabulously healthy and bursting with love. I do this through different mediums such as published books, speaking events and via online products and programs all found at melissaambrosini.com – If you want to be the best version of yourself go check it out 😉

 

  1. What was the ‘uh ha’ moment that inspired you to get into health and wellbeing?

 

Back in 2010 I ended up in hospital with a whole host of health issues. I had a cocktail of health issues from adrenal fatigue, thyroid problems, leaky gut, candida, SIBO, high levels of mercury, hives, serious hormonal imbalances, depression, an eating disorder, loads of vitamin and mineral deficiencies, adult acne and eczema all over my body. And because my body was so run down and my immune system shot, I suddenly developed a serious case of the cold sore virus (and I mean serious). I had cold sores all over my face, in my mouth and down my throat — I couldn’t eat, drink, talk or even open my mouth. If that’s not a big enough wake-up call from the universe I don’t know what is. I was also dealing with panic attacks, anxiety, depression and an eating disorder. I was very unwell, unhealthy and unhappy and I knew that I needed to get my health and life sorted. That was the start for me on my health and wellness journey.

 

  1. Talk us through a typical day in your life…

 

Upon rising I have a big glass of warm temperature, clean, filtered water with lemon or apple cider vinegar to kick start my digestion. I then do oiling pulling, some yoga on my bedroom floor in my PJs, then sit for a 20 minute meditation. After that it’s breakfast time 😉

 

Breakfast (like all my food) is always changing as I listen to my body and eat in alignment with the seasons, but at the moment I am enjoying my fatty latte which is a recipe from my ebook The Glow Kitchen. The fatty latte is full of good quality saturated fats which are great for brain cognition and keeps you fuller for longer which is why I don’t need a mid morning snack.

 

Then I get stuck into work. I knuckle down on my 3 MIT’s (most important tasks) for the day.

 

I break for lunch around 12:30pm (ish). Lunch is usually in the sun and I have a massive plate of veggies with some protein and good fats like olive oil or avocado. I also have a spoonful of fermented veggies to help feed the good gut bacteria.

 

The afternoon I usually book all my meetings or I get outside and go for a walk. For afternoon tea I will usually have a cup of bone broth or a big glass or filtered water. I am not a massive snacker. I always make sure I tune into my body and make sure I actually want something and I am not just eating out of habit, boredom or to fill an emotional void.

 

I always have a medi in the afternoon before dinner. Dinner is very similar to lunch, loads of veggies, salad, protein and fermented veg. My favourite dinner is organic slow cooked lamb. Yum Yum!

 

  1. Three foods you can’t live without?

 

I LOVE vegetables SO MUCH especially brussel sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli, covered in loads coconut oil and ghee, turmeric, cumin and salt and pepper… mmmm yumo!

 

 

  1. What’s your go-to snack for those days on the run?

 

I am not a massive snacker but if I was on the go and needed a snack I would take some bone broth or activated macadamia nuts from Star Anise Organic Wholefoods.

 

  1. And any last words of advice or tips for those starting out on their health journey?

 

Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Everyone’s body is very different and what works for me won’t necessarily work for you. It’s best to tune into your body and cultivate a beautiful relationship with yourself and your body. Always listen to your body and take 3 deep breaths before you eat and say ‘thank you’ for the beautiful food placed in front of you. Bless your food and take your time with it, there’s no rush.

And remember that it doesn’t matter how much kale you are eating, if you haven’t mastered your inner Mean Girl you are wasting your time and money. Master that inner Mean Girl and fall head over heels in love with your beautiful self first, and the rest is so much easier 😉

 

To see more of Mel, follow her on Instagram or check out her website: https://melissaambrosini.com

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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.

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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.

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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

- Jacinta

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!

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– Sophie

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!

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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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