With almost a million followers on Instagram, it’s obvious we’re not the only ones who are massive fans of Stephanie Smith (better known as Steph Claire Smith). She’s a gorgeous Aussie model, currently studying personal training and has just launched a website called Keep it Cleaner with best friend, Laura Henshaw, to encourage young girls and women to incorporate healthy habits – and some delicious looking food (we’re obsessed with the Matilda Mud Cake) – into their lives. Steph shares with us her healthy and balanced ‘Day on a Plate’, along with some inspirational words of advice for those starting up their health journey…
I am a full time model, based in Melbourne Australia for the most part. I am also an author of a healthy eating ebook called ‘Keep It Clean’ and my business partner and I recently launched a website called Keep it Cleaner to expand on that. I have developed quite a social media following on Instagram and Snapchat, and have absolutely loved having younger girls or women look to me as some sort of healthy inspiration. I try and keep to a healthy routine both with my diet and exercise, and I’m happiest that way.
When I was younger I was quite lucky with my fast metabolism, but that slowed down as soon as I hit 18, which was also when I started modelling. Modelling was probably the first thing that got me eating better and exercising more, just because you’ve got to feel good about yourself to perform well in front of a camera. Just like everyone who first starts exercising and eating better, at first I wasn’t into it… but after a while I noticed not only a change in my body, but a change in my skin, my mood, and my energy levels. I still treat myself and I’m not too strict on myself… but I definitely prefer the feeling I get after eating well, then after eating something bad.
I’ll explain a day off, because my modeling jobs are ALWAYS different… different locations, different call times, different catering…
First off, Josh (my boyfriend) leaves the house just after 6am, more often than not I fall back to sleep once he leaves. I’ll always set my alarm to 8:30 though, even if i have nothing to wake up for… I just don’t like to waste the day in bed, and like to keep my body clock on point. First things first, I let my dog Ari outside for a wee. Then it’s breakfast time. I NEVER skip breakfast… even if I’m running late to something, I will make a quick smoothie or grab a banana and some nuts before I run out the door. I’ve got quite a sweet tooth first thing in the morning, so I usually opt for a smoothie, an acai bowl, a quinoa or spelt porridge with berries or yoghurt, fruit and nuts.
If the weathers good I’ll go for a long walk with Ari, usually 7-10km. I always make the most of my days off… so I’ll study (I’m studying online personal training atm) or I’ll write up a new blog for my website, and I will schedule time for a workout.
Sometimes when work gets hectic my exercise routine suffers, so I like to make sure that on my days off I work out. I usually would do a class at KX Pilates, or I’m a member at Good Life gyms, so I’d go there instead.
Lunchtime on a day off usually means catching up with a friend or having a meeting over some smashed avo on toast at a cafe. I also opt for a brekkie salad sometimes… I absolutely love poached eggs on a salad. If I get peckish in the afternoon before dinner then my snacks of choice are; a baked good from my ebook or website, a piece of fruit, peanut butter on a spelt or rice cracker, a smoothie or 1-2 hard boiled eggs.
Dinnertime is always my favourite time of the day. To me there is something very therapeutic about cooking dinner, particularly when I’m cooking for Josh, I just love trying new dishes out on him! He’s a great critic. Our most regular dinners would be; a healthy pasta dish, chicken stir fry with heaps of veggies and brown rice, roast chicken with veggies or a salad of some sort.
I always finish off the day with a piece of dark chocolate … sometimes more than one hehe… and a peppermint tea!
Meat, brown rice and fruit.
A home made muesli bar, or some nuts or fruit.
Stick to it. It sucks at first, but once you’re in a routine, and you see how it makes you feel, you won’t understand how you ever lived without it.
Feature photo courtesy of Chadwick Models
All Instagram photos taken by Steph herself.
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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.
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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
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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