This week’s inspirational person is not only one of Australia’s leading nutritionists, she’s also a #1 best selling author! If you’re not already familiar with this truly lovely woman, we’re so pleased to introduce you!
NAME: Lola Berry
OCCUPATION: Nutritionist and yoga teacher
Tell us a little about who you are, what you do and how you go here:
I guess I’m a bit of a health and yoga hippie nerd. I’m all about living your dream and being the very best version of yourself that you can be. How I got here? Well, I guess I’ve just followed my bliss.
What does ‘health’ mean to you?
It means listening to your temple, nourishing yourself in any way you can. Feeding your body, mind and soul with the things it thrives on. For me food is here to nourish you and to share with the people you love. And being healthy is about each day showing up and being the best version of yourself that you can be. Some days you’ll slip up and that’s part of being human, but each morning I get up I just focus on being the best that I can be and I’m so happy with that!
How do you manage to stay so fit and healthy?
I smile lots. I have inspiring people around me. I put myself first, which sounds really selfish, but I really honor my journey and my own growth. When I do that I feel clear and can give more to others.
As far as exercise goes I do the things I love. I do yoga, I swim in the ocean, I walk through the forests. Biophilia is my favorite word in the entire world, so I really embrace this concept. Biophilia literally means the healing power of mother nature. So I spend as much time out in nature as humanly possible.
Can you share your food philosophy and tips?
It’s pretty simple. Eat real food, listen to your body, and go for whole local foods whenever you can! That’s what the whole basis of my book “The 20/20 Diet Cook Book” is all about and it’s how I lost 20kg in 20 weeks. That and being really mindful and present when you eat, enjoying the whole process, noticing the textures.
What brings balance to your life?
Nature and yoga help to keep be centred. And I love love love music. I used to be a DJ so I love seeing gigs, anyone who’s living their passion inspires me loads. Just being around that energy is really ace!
Your favorite healthy recreational activity?
Yoga!! I’m such a yoga nerd!
Who is your greatest health inspiration?
I just want to be the best version of myself, so I try to draw inspiration from my own journey.
Where is your favorite place on earth?
Oh wow! Well, I’m a bit of a mermaid so I’d say Wiamea Bay in Hawaii. It’s seriously amazing, I find it so hard to leave! And you’re swimming in the most stunning ocean with these epic Jurassic Park mountains behind you! I cried the first time I swam there…blew me away. I always come back to Hawaii. I also love going swimming with the Honu’s – that’s Hawaiian for turtles – they’re so magical it takes my breath away.
What is your favorite healthy meal/snack?
Crispy salmon with Charlie’s avo salad from the book “The 20/20 Diet Cook Book.” It is so nutrient dense and just delishimo!
What is your favorite healthy neighborhood restaurant?
Hmmm…well I’ve just moved to Sydney but I’m loving the Suveran, About Life, Henley’s Wholefoods, Earth to Table, The Health Emporium… man oh man the list just goes on!
What is next on the cards for you? Your goals and aspirations?
To live my dream, I love spreading the word in as many ways as possible through doing the things I’m passionate about, filming, shoots, yoga, creating books, talks, touring, you name it! I just feel really blessed to be living my dharma or bliss.
Please share one of your favorite healthy recipes:
This is what I’m making for my roommate tonight – it’s the raw, vegan paleo “EPIC RAW BANOFFEE PIE.” And it’s delishimo!!!!
Connect with Lola:
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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