We were so lucky to have the divine Rachael Finch as our question queen at last week’s book launch in Watson’s Bay. Not only is she an Australian media personality, dancer, model, and now certified health coach… She has just released a new online dance workout program – B.O.D Body of Dance! We are so thrilled to feature her on the blog today! Take it away Rachael…
First and foremost I am Mumma to my girl Violet and soon to be baby number 2! Can’t wait! For the past 15 years I have worked as a model and now in the media, across television and radio for various sport and lifestyle programs. I work as an ambassador for Myer and love that no 2 days are the same for me! I love getting out of bed feeling awesome and knowing what is going to make me stronger, happier and more confident than the day before. I started playing sport from the age of 3 and you could say I’ve used my body my entire life as my ‘job’. I just released my book ‘Happy Healthy Strong’ and launched my health & wellness program ‘Body Of Dance’ which takes you through dance cardio sessions, toning and strength circuits, stretching and meditation. You also get meals and snacks each day and mindfulness activities.
I remember leaving home at 17 to travel to my first overseas destination for modeling. I woke up in an unfamiliar apartment in an unfamiliar country and immediately thought, “I have to start taking care of myself now”. There have been many moments along the way in my career where I have stopped to reassess or redefine my way of thinking about health and how I treat my body. I remember getting quite strict with my diet and exercise at one point, that I lost my menstrual cycle for many months. This was a big turning point and helped me to understand how to love my body and mind more.
Every day is different for me, so a ‘typical’ day does not exist. I love it this way. Upon waking I have a spoonful of apple cider vinegar followed by a warm glass of water with lemon. We then try to get outside in the fresh air straight away with our dog Simba and Violet to let Simba have a run in the park.
I change up my breakfast every day to keep my meals exciting and let my body get a mix of vitamins and nutrients. Some can include, eggs on rye toast with avo, bircher museli, an omwlette or even a smoothie packed with the lot! I drink an almond latte with honey or just an almond piccolo.
I try not to snack too much unless I feel really hungry and my body needs it. I like whole pieces of fruit, nuts, protein balls or rice cakes with avo.
Having a good relationship with your food is vital if you want to be the strongest, healthiest and best version of yourself. It's not about deprivation or restrictions. I used to count my calories and dwell on how much energy I had expended throughout the day to ensure I had 'burnt them off'. This is a backward way of thinking. Focus on how food makes you feel. Stop when you eat and chew your food slowly. Breathe between mouthfuls. At @bodbyrachaelfinch I show you everything I love to eat and the way I treat my body. My first program starts Monday! www.bodbyfinch.com ✨✨ #bodbyfinch
Dinner usually consists of an organic, lean piece of protein like fish chicken or lamb with steamed greens and mashed sweet potato.
I like to move my body every day in some way whether that be a walk with our dog, one of my circuits that are all free-body weighted, or a dance session. While I’m pregnant the intensity of my exercise isn’t as high but I still like to move my body in some way. Stretching is also a huge part of my week, even 10 minutes before bed makes a huge difference and helps me sleep better.
Coffee in the morning, tea at night.
Dark chocolate, any way.
Avocado, mangoes and dark chocolate.
This choc banana whip is so delicious guys – one of my recipes in @bodbyrachaelfinch you can try tonight for a healthy dessert.
2 bananas, sliced and frozen 1/4 cup Greek yoghurt 2 tsp almond butter 1 tbs cacao 1. Line a small loaf tin with glad wrap/cling film. 2. Blitz all ingredients in blender until smooth. 3. Pour into prepared tin, place into freezer and chill
for 20-25 minutes, until set. Sign up at www.bodbyfinch.com
Brown rice cakes topped with anything – nut butter and banana, avo and tomato or tahini and raspberries.
Always trust your own body and take time to listen to it. It’s the most intelligent thing you will ever know and it has the potential to love you more than anyone ever will.
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.
I want to empower you to make good choices, every day. I want you to enhance your understanding of health and nutrition. I'm committed to making sure you live the best life. Because you deserve it. Are you ready to start feeling great?
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