Nadia Fairfax is our kind of gal – she’s a total jetsetter, a talented self-made fashion blogger at Fairfax Journal and still manages to make time to go for meditative walks and enjoy a little bit of indulgence. We love her balanced philosophy when it comes to health and wellness – happiness and enjoyment is key! We agree!
I am 25, I live a pretty outrageous life, I get to travel a lot and I work for myself which means my hours are very adaptable. I do believe this contributes to my well being. I am extremely lucky! I was an elite athlete for many years before swapping professions, currently I work in the fashion industry. I create content for fashion, beauty, technology and lifestyle brands. I’d say I am only moderately active annddddddd, I don’t mind a party night!
Truthfully, I have no typical routine when it comes to meals… It’s pretty hard to have a routine when you live between two continents (AUS and US). I think I break so many rules. I am usually not hungry when I first wake up, so I don’t eat breakfast until around 10am (eeek, I’ve been told this is a huge no-no). I only eat savoury breakfasts and I usually need it to consists of some sort of carbohydrate or I am a little moody my lunch, just ask my assistant!
I try to walk a few mornings a week, although depending on schedule, sometimes this takes place in the afternoons. Nothing too strenuous, it’s more about a mental state then a physical one. I love to let my imagination run wild on my walks – I think about my wedding, my future, creative projects, how I could change the world – you know? All the normal things! Haha. It’s a great escape, I truly drift off to another place… I don’t mediate (YET) so I feel this is my own form of meditation.
There is often a lot of laptop-time during the day, I always make sure I have a bottle of water with me when I am typing. Whenever I need a breather or have to stop to think of a particular word (or simply WHAT THE HELL IS THAT EMAIL?), I take a sip, I end up drinking a lot of water! It saves my skin… Sometimes during the holidays when I am digital-detoxing my skin turns to rubbish as I am no where near hydrated enough… I graze a lot during the day, sometime I would say I don’t even eat set meals. I eat when I am hungry and I eat whatever my body craves, if its carbs or sugar I allow it. I think your body tells you what it needs! When I am in Australia I am early to bed (9pm-ish) and early to rise (6am-ish) , when I am in NYC I feed off the energy that the city gives, I am usually up quite late and sleep in like crazy (Until 11am sometimes!!)
There is a time and place for both! I really enjoy having a coffee in the morning prior to a walk! Gets my heart rate up, gets me extremely excited to take on the day. Although if anyone heard the awesome 90’s beats I have playing whilst walking it would be truly embarrassing. I only drink herbal tea and it’s more for cold weather post lunch! As most of my friends would tell you, I am a little ball of energy, I really have to stay away from caffeine in the evenings otherwise I have difficulty sleeping.
There isn’t just one! I must admit I can be pretty naughty when it comes to food choices. I wont say most of the time, I’d say about 50% of the time I am super healthy (I actually really enjoy vegetables and fruits/anything fresh) but then I don’t mind a few cocktail here and there and I do binge on naughty foods fair bit. I love any form of chips, from pringles to pizza shapes, I can sit down and eat an entire packet of Tim Tams… DON’T HATE ME! Hahaha! I think if you can balance it out then its usually A-OK. I have a deep love for savoury things, especially cheese.
A big bowl of mung beans with some sort of oil based dressing. Prawn cracker, yep – like what you get when you get take away Chinese! So bad for you, but so delicious. And, VEAL! I eat so much veal, It’s a huge part of my diet. I eat a lot of protein – simply because I love to taste of meat! I love cold meat from the fridge – it’s such a great snack.
Blue Dinosaur bars! They are way too yummy, and also good for me! WIN WIN! Lamington is my fave.
Hmmm – Well, I have been an elite athlete (Gymnast) at the Australian Institute of sport and now I am in the fashion industry, two spaces that can be highly controversial in regards to weight and well being! I consider myself to be in really great health and I have never taken exercise and / or dieting too seriously. Its all about enjoyment and fun… if you are happy the rest follows.
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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