Lola Berry is an Aussie nutritionist that we can’t get enough of! Having just released her newest cookbook – full of delicious recipes to make you glow – she’s ticking all our healthy, delicious foodie boxes. We’re so excited to feature her on the blog today in this week’s Day on a Plate! Prepare for some seriously yum raw treats, smoothie bowls and more…
My name is Lola Berry, I’m a nutritionist, yoga teacher and co-owner of Happy Place smoothie bar. I’m a bit of a hippie healthy nerd I guess you’d day, I love the healing power of mother nature (biophilia) and crystals and I enjoy meditating so I’m a bit of a whimsical soul!
For me there’s been a few turning point moments, one of the most recent ones was when I did a naked photo shoot for Women’s Health magazine and I was so self conscious and nervous then right at the moment I had to get my kit off I was like, stuff this I’m just going to start loving myself way more and doing what makes me happy, that’s the key I reckon, to anything in life, doing what makes you happy.
Perfect start to my Saturday! Yoges at @powerliving bondi which felt so good after yesterday's massage (thank you @stillbeautyau) then @coffeebondibeach followed by brekkie at the markets with @jamie_gonzalez then fresh organic local fruit and veggie shop from @bondifarmersmarket 🥒🍉 Happy Saturday! #bondi #bondifarmersmarket
First up; Yoges (I love yoga and love when I start the day with it, feels like I’m kicking off with nice energy).
Brekkie; Green smoothie (kale, avo, coconut oil, almond milk, maple syrup, banana, macadamia nuts, cinnamon) topped with paleo granola, we serve this at Happy Place smoothie bar, it’s our signature green smoothie bowl! Recipe is in my new book, Food to Make You Glow!
I also have one black coffee a day and I love it, I brew it myself and it’s a little ritual, while I have my coffee is the time I check emails.
Snack: Raw chocolate, I have such a sweet tooth so I always keep raw chocolate around, and I like to have it during the day rather than night time as I find it a bit stimulating. I love the brands Loving Earth and Pana chocolate.
Then I’ll get to meetings and often pop in and see my agents.
Lunch could be a meeting in which case I’ll often get some kind of protein and salad or I also love getting eggs when I’m out. I’ll couple with with a tea, at the moment I’m loving hibiscus tea which is said to be great for skin health detoxification and the immune system.
Dinner; Salmon and salad is my go to! Love the recipe in my new book, Food To Make You Glow!
Sweet treat: Lavender love balls from Food To Make You Glow – I love having these at night time because they have a calming effect at night time.
Love them both, I have one (or two on some days which are super early starts) coffees, I love brewing my own, it’s a sweet mindful ritual.
Teas are a brill way to support the body too, I love drinking skin glowing teas and detox teas, there’s so many great teas out there. Licorice tea is also lovely if you’re craving something sweet.
Raw chocolate and raw vegan treats always hit the spot for me.
Avocado, salmon, eggs, blueberries, zucchinis, basil (I’m going through a big zucchini noodle and basil pesto phase) – that’s six foods! Haha!
I love making protein balls and keeping them in the fridge as a nice “grab and go” snack!
Enjoy the process and never be hard on yourself. Everything happens for a reason and remember you’re doing this for you.
Lola’s newest book Food to Make You Glow is published by Plum, RRP $39.99, and is available from all good bookstores nationwide.
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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